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Administration faces tough
fight on contraception cases

Politico, by Josh Gerstein

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Posted By:StormCnter, 1/4/2014 5:18:46 AM

As a new round of religion-based challenges to President Barack Obama’s health care law head to the Supreme Court, advocates on both sides of the issue say the administration’s arguments are likely facing a chilly reception. On Friday, the Obama administration urged the court to reject a plea from an order of nuns who say a provision of Obamacare conflicts with their opposition to birth control. Already, the Supreme Court is preparing to hear two cases filed by private companies who say contraception provisions in the law violate their firms’ rights to religious freedom. Together, the cases could recreate a

      


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Administration faces tough
fight on contraception cases
Politico, by Josh Gerstein    Original Article
Posted By: StormCnter- 1/4/2014 5:18:46 AM     Post Reply
As a new round of religion-based challenges to President Barack Obama’s health care law head to the Supreme Court, advocates on both sides of the issue say the administration’s arguments are likely facing a chilly reception. On Friday, the Obama administration urged the court to reject a plea from an order of nuns who say a provision of Obamacare conflicts with their opposition to birth control. Already, the Supreme Court is preparing to hear two cases filed by private companies who say contraception provisions in the law violate their firms’ rights to religious freedom. Together, the cases could recreate a

   

 

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Downton Abbey:Watch the 8 funniest parodies
The Week, by Scott Meslow    Original Article
Posted By: StormCnter- 1/4/2014 5:07:55 AM     Post Reply
D ownton Abbey fans have been waiting nearly a year to see how the show´s many British characters will solve their many British problems after the tragic cliffhanger that ended season three. (Unless, of course, those fans live in the U.K.; for them, the fourth season premiered in September and ended in November.) We´re now just two days away from seeing what twists and turns Downton Abbey will take next. But if you can´t wait for everyone´s favorite period soap opera to return to the screen on Sunday night, ask your butler to brew you a cup of tea and sit down

Access to Abortion Falling
as States Pass Restrictions
New York Times, by Erik Eckholm    Original Article
Posted By: StormCnter- 1/4/2014 5:04:32 AM     Post Reply
A three-year surge in anti-abortion measures in more than half the states has altered the landscape for abortion access, with supporters and opponents agreeing that the new restrictions are shutting some clinics, threatening others and making it far more difficult in many regions to obtain the procedure. Advocates for both sides are preparing for new political campaigns and court battles that could redefine the constitutional limits for curbing the right to abortion set by the 1973 Roe v. Wade decision and later modifications by the Supreme Court. On Monday, in a clash that is likely to reach the Supreme Court,

Singalong Junk
American Spectator, by Daniel J. Flynn    Original Article
Posted By: StormCnter- 1/4/2014 5:00:57 AM     Post Reply
Paul McCartney, an entertainer whose artistic peak occurred several years before my birth, earned more money from touring in 2013 than any other performer. The $106 million that Beatle Paul grossed from his traveling act more than quadrupled the amount taken in by the nearest competitor (Kanye West). When Frank Sinatra hit #1 in 1966 during The Beatles’ heyday, it struck the era’s pop stars as a bizarre anachronism. “Stranger things have happened,” a bemused Mick Jagger offered. Yet, Sinatra was but fifty years young when he claimed the top spot on both sides of the Atlantic with “Strangers in the

The Bleeding Obvious
PJ Media, by Michael Walsh    Original Article
Posted By: StormCnter- 1/4/2014 4:58:50 AM     Post Reply
File this under Least Surprising News Story of the Week. A new study finds: The purpose of the present study is to determine the effects of state-level assault weapons bans and concealed weapons laws on state-level murder rates. Using data for the period 1980 to 2009 and controlling for state and year fixed effects, the results of the present study suggest that states with restrictions on the carrying of concealed weapons had higher gun-related murder rates than other states. It was also found that assault weapons bans did not significantly affect murder rates at the state level. These results suggest that

America needs a king
American Enterprise*, by Michael Auslin    Original Article
Posted By: StormCnter- 1/4/2014 4:54:10 AM     Post Reply
Does America need a monarch? Ever since, according to legend, George Washington turned down the chance of becoming the new country´s king, America´s identity as a republican nation of citizen rulers has been rock solid. Indeed, nothing can stir patriotic anger more than the suggestion that the U.S. president is acting like unelected royalty. Yet even before independence, John Adams argued in favor of a "republican monarchy" of laws, lamenting, "We have so many Men of Wealth, of ambitious Spirits, of Intrigue ... that incessant Factions will disturb our Peace." Looking at the United States, today, Adams was prescient, with

   

 

  


 
The Illegal Lawyer and the Rule of Law
Commentary Magazine, by Jonathan S. Tobin    Original Article
Posted By: StormCnter- 1/3/2014 5:16:52 PM     Post Reply
On the surface, the tale of Sergio Garcia’s legal triumph is heart-warming. The native of Mexico worked hard in several jobs and went to college, eventually graduating from Cal Northern School of Law and passed the state’s unusually challenging bar exam on his first try. He should be celebrated as an example of how the American dream still works for immigrants who are willing to follow the same path emigrants from other countries pursued in the past. But because Garcia entered this country illegally, his successful attempt to practice as an attorney illustrates both the dysfunction of the current system

Snowden Lied About China Contacts
Daily Beast, by Gordon G. Chang    Original Article
Posted By: StormCnter- 1/3/2014 5:14:30 PM     Post Reply
Yesterday, the New York Times urged the Obama administration to offer Edward Snowden “a plea bargain or some form of clemency.” The paper called the former NSA contractor “a whistle-blower” for his exposure of “the vast scope” of the NSA’s “reach into the lives of hundreds of millions of people in the United States and around the globe.” Perhaps Snowden is what the Times portrays him to be, a hero of sorts, yet the editors of the paper rushed to judgment. In their editorial they did not even raise the possibility that he passed along vital national security secrets to China.

A GOP Year
Weekly Standard, by Fred Barnes    Original Article
Posted By: StormCnter- 1/3/2014 5:09:14 PM     Post Reply
A White House official once noted that the problem with the national press corps is it can only keep one idea in its mind at a time. And while that’s often true, it’s not at the moment in regard to Republicans.Today’s media line on the Republican party is it faces irreversible decline. That’s on the one hand. On the other, Republicans have a solid shot at capturing the Senate in the midterm elections in November, are all but certain to retain control of the House, and have reasonable prospects of winning the White House in 2016. That these two scenarios conflict

Hospital agrees to let Jahi
McMath family take girl
Chronicle [San Francisco, CA], by Henry K. Lee    Original Article
Posted By: StormCnter- 1/3/2014 5:03:40 PM     Post Reply
Oakland -- Children´s Hospital Oakland reached an agreement with the family of Jahi McMath on Friday that will allow a critical care team to enter the hospital to move the girl to an unspecified facility. The agreement, described in the courtroom of Alameda County Superior Court Judge Evelio Grillo, is the latest development in an unusual battle between the hospital and the girl´s family, who is rejecting the declaration that Jahi is dead after doctors determined that she was brain dead. On Friday, the Alameda County Coroner issued a death certificate stating that Jahi died on Dec. 12. The family insists that Jahi

Wild West shoots down Hillary
Clinton and Elizabeth Warren
Boston Herald, by Joe Battenfeld    Original Article
Posted By: StormCnter- 1/3/2014 11:02:42 AM     Post Reply
As a Tea Party troublemaker and liberal lightning rod, former Florida Congressman Col. Allen West is used to fending off attacks from Democratic critics. But he admits getting nervous when he thinks about a certain Massachusetts Democrat running the White House. “I’m more ... concerned about Elizabeth Warren than I am about Hillary Clinton,” West said in an interview on Boston Herald Radio. West said despite Warren’s statement that she won’t be in the presidential race, he believes the freshman senator would have a better chance of rallying progressives unimpressed by Clinton’s liberal credentials. “Elizabeth Warren is their

   

 

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Please, Liberals: Stop
Abusing ´A Tale of Two Cities´
New Republic, by Reid Cherlin    Original Article
Posted By: StormCnter- 1/3/2014 10:02:22 AM     Post Reply
Wednesday was a big day for Charles Dickens, the beloved novelist who died 143 years ago. At the inaugural ceremonies for Mayor Bill de Blasio, singer and activist Harry Belafonte called the justice system under Mike Bloomberg “deeply Dickensian.” The new mayor himself followed suit: “When I said we would take dead aim at the Tale of Two Cities, I meant it,” he said. “And we will do it.” Decrying inequality by invoking the 1859 classic—the title was capitalized in his prepared remarks—is certainly nothing new for de Blasio and his supporters. Neither is the more ballistic phrasing, “taking dead



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