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Crony Contraception
American Spectator, by David Catron

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Posted By:StormCnter, 2/1/2013 6:12:26 AM

The central issue of the public debate over the Obama administration’s contraception mandate, which of course requires all manner of religious and secular entities to fund sterilizations, contraceptives, and abortifacients, has been its brazen disregard of basic liberties guaranteed by the First Amendment. (Snip)Contraception is big business, and the HHS mandate promises to turn it into a cash cow for companies like Barr Laboratories. How? Avik Roy explains: “Under the current system, drug companies have an incentive to compete on price.… Under the new mandate, this price incentive disappears.”

      


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Reply 1 - Posted by: bluefindad, 2/1/2013 10:13:31 AM     (No. 9152211)

My soon-to-be daughter-in-law is convinced that corporations are evil, and that Obama and the democrats are the knights in shining armor who stand between the evil corporations and their desire to suck the blood out of everyone. No amount of evidence of Obama cronyism will change her mind.

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Reply 2 - Posted by: JimJr, 2/1/2013 12:19:21 PM     (No. 9152557)

#1, With all seriousness, you need to have a talk with your son.

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Posted By: StormCnter- 3/3/2014 11:13:16 AM     Post Reply
Obama: We condemn with the strongest possible words your invasion of the sovereign and independent state of Ukraine. If you do not withdraw immediately, there will be consequences. Nations don’t invade other nations in 21st century. The Cold War is over. You must understand your actions are not in Russia’s best interests. Putin: Words are cheap, Mr. President. You and I both know you won’t do a thing to stop me in Ukraine. Neither will anyone else. I’ve replaced you as the dominant foreign power in the Middle East. I’ve got a close and growing closer relationship with Iran, which will

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Washington Examiner [DC], by Michael Barone    Original Article
Posted By: StormCnter- 3/3/2014 11:10:17 AM     Post Reply
It is obvious that Russia is conducting an invasion of Ukraine. This violates the 1994 Budapest Memorandum between Russia, Ukraine, the United States and Britain, in which each party agreed to respect the territorial integrity of Ukraine. Russia´s claim that it is acting to protect the rights of Russian citizens in Ukraine is redolent of Hitler´s claims that he was taking over Czechoslovakia and the free city of Danzig and attacking Poland to protect ethnic Germans. Russia has treaty rights in its naval base in Crimea, but it has gone much farther by taking over the whole peninsula; it is

Putin Goes to War
New Yorker, by David Remnick    Original Article
Posted By: StormCnter- 3/3/2014 6:23:59 AM     Post Reply
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Posted By: StormCnter- 3/3/2014 6:19:48 AM     Post Reply
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Posted By: StormCnter- 3/3/2014 6:02:56 AM     Post Reply
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Posted By: StormCnter- 3/3/2014 5:58:24 AM     Post Reply
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Posted By: StormCnter- 3/3/2014 5:54:23 AM     Post Reply
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Posted By: StormCnter- 3/3/2014 5:52:40 AM     Post Reply
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Lindsey Graham: When Obama
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Posted By: StormCnter- 3/2/2014 3:26:24 PM     Post Reply
South Carolina Republican Sen. Lindsey Graham advised President Barack Obama to stop threatening “thugs and dictators” like Russia’s Vladimir Putin on television, claiming that “everybody’s eyes roll” every time he does. Graham spoke with CNN’s Candy Crowley on a panel including Democratic Illinois Sen. Dick Durbin. Crowley noted that Graham had been critical of Obama’s brief statement on the Russian invasion of southern Ukraine on Friday. “What more do you want from President Obama at this point?” the CNN host asked. “Well number one, stop going on television and trying to threaten thugs and dictators,” Graham began. “It is not your strong

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