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Breaking: Federal Appeals Court Gives Obamacare Significant Setback

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More details to come, Fvx Nation has Karl Rove practically limboing under a pole, so they think it's good news over in fantasy world.

A Washington D.C. Federal Court of Appeals has just tried to make an end run around Obamacare and fee/subsidy systems as they pertain to the I.R.S., a decision that could seriously imperil implementation of the Affordable Care Act. As MSNBC reported," … without those subsidies, insurance could become prohibitively expensive, seriously hurting the law and potentially pushing it into a death spiral." Link below.

MSNBC looks as if they will be updating their coverage regularly, link here.

Footage as soon as possible of John Earnest's first block of questions in the Press Room.

From the New York Times.

Federal Appeals Court Deals Setback to Health Care Law
In a ruling that could upend President Obama’s health care law, a federal appeals court ruled Tuesday that the government could not subsidize premiums for people in three dozen states that use the federal insurance exchange. The 2-to-1 ruling could cut off financial assistance for more than 4.5 million people who were found eligible for subsidized insurance in the federal exchange, or marketplace.

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Under the Affordable Care Act, the court said, subsidies are available only to people who obtained insurance through exchanges established by states.
The law “does not authorize the Internal Revenue Service to provide tax credits for insurance purchased on federal exchanges,” said the ruling, by a three-judge panel of the United States Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia Circuit. The law, it said, “plainly makes subsidies available only on exchanges established by states.

Update, 12:35 PMEST  Another federal appeals court in the neighborhood, hailing in from Virginia this time, made some opposite news shortly after lunch. Think Progress reported that the first case rests just about on a typo:

Punishing Millions For A Proofreading Error

The two Republicans’ decision rests on a glorified typo in the Affordable Care Act itself. Obamacare gives states a choice. They can either run their own health insurance exchange where their residents may buy health insurance, and receive subsidies to help them pay for that insurance if they qualify, or they can allow the federal government to run that exchange for them. Yet the plaintiffs’ in this case uncovered a drafting error in the statute where it appears to limit the subsidies to individuals who obtain insurance through “an Exchange established by the State.” Randolph and Griffith’s opinion concludes that this drafting error is the only thing that matters. In their words, “a federal Exchange is not an ‘Exchange established by the State,’” and that’s it. The upshot of this opinion is that 6.5 million Americans will lose their ability to afford health insurance, according to one estimate.

 

Update 2:35 PMEST Ultimately, the ruling in Virginia opposed the decision made in the District. Think Progress said:

Unlike the DC Circuit’s opinion, the Fourth Circuit is a model of judicial restraint and humility. Although all three judges on the Fourth Circuit panel were nominated by Democratic presidents (Judge Roger Gregory, who authored the opinion, has the unusual distinction of being nominated by both President Clinton and the second President Bush), the majority opinion does not claim, as the DC Circuit did, that this case is a slam-dunk for their political party’s preferred outcome. Indeed, it claims that different provisions of the law seem to conflict with one another, and that the meaning of the statute is ambiguous. Though Judge Gregory’s opinion concludes that the Obama Administration “make[s] the better of the two cases” regarding how the law should be read, he also writes that “we are not convinced that either of the purported statutory conflicts render Congress’s intent clear.”

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Pat Robertson: Busily Sowing A Fear of Witchcraft Like It Is 1692

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Huge thanks to the folks at Raw Story for getting this offensive smut of Pat Robertson's reported and out on the airwaves.

As a direct female to female descendent of Rebecca Nurse, hung in Salem, Massachusetts a rather long time ago, this ticks me off. Royally. This is the best Pat can come up with? Is he just ripping off Alan Ball, catching a little True Blood cachet because he heard there were some Right Wingers in it?

{Sidebar: If you're a fan, you so know that there ARE Wingers in True Blood and they are SO well depicted it's as electrifying as Sookie in a Mood ... the Tea Party undercurrents are handled with deftness, and if you have been watching Ball forever, you know why his first HBO Series 'Six Feet Under' is still important as a wild, California-West Coast lens or socio-political record of the Bush culture and years.}

Back to the candidate for reigning King of the Regressive Right Asshattery, Pat Robertson. This ... blind, lame and deeply crippled philosophy, or transparently rampant superstition, is the sort of intellect of a man they build universities 'to' in places like Virginia? The husband pursued the collegial Arts at Lynchburg for a spell, bless his New Jersey heart, the tales are frightening and completely explain his time as a Dead Head.

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Witchcraft? Seriously?!?

Without further ado. Pat Robertson.

What a way to celebrate Bastille Day ... bring out the Senior Religionist Fringe!

In a nutshell, Pat Robertson answered a 700 Club Dear Abby letter from a mother claiming her son was in demon-induced agony by telling her to look over to Ancestry.com or the family Bible and find the wicked witch of an ancestress she was meant to identify and fixate blame on.

Rebecca Nurse was said to have gone to her death with the kind of dignity my generation might expect from Dame Judy Dench or the intrepid Ethel Kennedy.

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In the meantime, Pat Robertson is busy sowing fear, creating one more 'Other' to avoid, casting seeds of hate and demonizing those he imagines are out to get him. How much does Pat Robertson remind you of a paranoid conspiracy-theorizing guy with fully-stocked and staffed bunkers in at least two countries?

Somewhat more eccentric underneath than either J. Edgar Hoover at home or a randy Dick Morris ... The Full Vitter Truthiness Challenged Territories?

Excerpted from one of the great folks over at Raw Story, David Edwards, these eminently Tweetable, Bizarro Robertson 700 Club and All Purpose Christian talking points that really rang my alarm bell.

Instead of recommending that the mother seek medical attention, Robertson said that the boy could be “oppressed or possessed by demons.”

Sounds smart.
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You see, the mother had mentioned extreme belly pain in a teenage boy, distress akin to a gut punch - a Big Mac might have been the first culprit looked to. Or an aversion to organized religion at ungodly hours. But, no, Robertson had the cockamamie 'truth' to be touted in his absolutely un-researched reading of the situation, aka a shot at the most fashionable Hater target du Jour for Wingers, the occult or 'somebody in witchcraft'. Double points if the witch is a member of the LGBTQ community or a skin color other than 'pale'.

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“You need to get somebody with you who understands the spiritual dimension and doing spiritual warfare,” he continued. “If I were you, I would look back in your family. What in your family — do you have anybody involved in the occult, somebody in witchcraft or tarot cards or psychic things?”

“Has there something been there that you don’t know about. Some grandparent, great grandparent or something. Look into the family tree, and then get some people in there and cast this stuff out. But that does not sound like normal.”

So Robertson is advocating for exorcism, now? Has he been watching too much modern melodrama on the silver screen, got a wee streaming habit, there Pat? Global warming, No Way ... but looking back to cast out demons and witches is your spiritual and gastroenterological diagnosis?

Better reenroll in one of your Born Again colleges. Silly season doesn't even cover it.

Which leaves progressives faced with the farsical and fanciful or simply surreal set of circumstances to dissect. And an unendingly enormous appreciation of humor.

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Talk To The Trees And They Now Will Listen To You

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In 1951 a Broadway musical called Paint Your Wagon with book and lyrics by Alan J. Lerner and music by Frederick Loewe hit the boards. Then, in 1969 it became a successful film with popular songs like "They Call the Wind Mariah" and "Wanderin' Star."

But there was also another tune which Clint Eastwood sang in the movie version: "I Talk To The Trees."

I talk to the trees
But they don't listen to me
I talk to the stars
But they never hear me

Now there's a way to talk to the trees and they WILL listen to you.

According to HuffPo: 

Did you know that Americans throw away 150 million cellphones every year? Well now there's a new way to put some of those old phones to use. A startup called the Rainforest Connection plans to turn old, unwanted Android phones into sophisticated listening devices that can help prevent illegal logging and poaching.

Waste not, want not. So don't just toss away those old phones when you get a new one. Do something good for the environment. Help prevent the destruction of the rain forest. A simple recycling or your old cell can help save the rain forest which in turn helps save our environment.

The phones will not only help protect trees and endangered species, they will also have a direct effect on the planet. Rainforest Connection says each of their deployed phones will save 300 hectares of forest. This will provide a CO2 benefit the equivalent of removing 3,000 cars from the road for a year.

That's so little effort to do so much good. Maybe next time you talk to the trees, they WILL listen to you. Or at least there will still be trees to talk to.

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Breaking: Hobby Lobby and Corporate Contraceptive Power Upheld by SCROTUS *Updated*

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Supreme Court Rules for Companies in Hobby Lobby Case.

SCROTUS screwed us again. When Alito was rumored to be writing, we knew.

As feared, they ruled for the Green Family and Hobby Lobby and Born Again Wackadoos everywhere this disappointing Monday in late June. Poli-comedian John Fugelsang summed it up.

The women's movement just took a giant hit. From MSNBC news, the initial shock and awe. Craig Melvin had the anchor chair.

 

 

Absolutely catch Nicole Sandler's program now or later on Radio Or Not, as she superbly gives the Progressive view on Hobby Slobby and other SCROTUS rulings coming down the pike. And catch her post "Supremely Wrong", fresh this morning right here at the Carnival.

Some fine background from Think Progress should catch you up to where we are - still reeling from the decision and seeing how the ruling is explained to We the People.

From the day the justices agreed to decide whether employers with religious objections to birth control can refuse to follow a federal rule requiring employer-provided health plans to cover contraception, a broad array of Court watchers have treated the Hobby Lobby litigation as the single most important issue facing the justices this term,this site has probably given this impression as well.

Cartoon by Shan, Durango Telegraph.

Cartoon by Shan, Durango Telegraph.

Updates below on this absurd Hobby Lobby Ruling!

8:55 a.m. PST UPDATE From The Caucus Blogs at the New York Times:

Justice Samuel Alito, writing for the Court, declared that family-owned corporations like Hobby Lobby cannot be forced to pay for contraception for employees. The ruling means that the Religious Freedom Restoration Act of 1993 applies to corporations, that the contraception requirement placed a substantial burden on companies like Hobby Lobby, and that the government has not chosen the least restrictive means to further a compelling governmental interest — the most demanding test in constitutional law.

Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg, writing for the court’s four-member liberal wing, said the contraception coverage requirement was vital to women’s healthy and reproductive freedom. Justices Stephen G. Breyer and Elena Kagan joined almost all of the dissent, but they said there was no need to take a position on whether corporations may bring claims under the religious liberty law.

On that point, Justice Ginsburg, joined by Justice Sonia Sotomayor, said the court’s decision “is bound to have untoward effects” in other settings.

“The court’s expansive notion of corporate personhood,” Justice Ginsburg wrote, “invites for-profit entities to seek religion-based exemptions from regulations they deem offensive to their faiths.”

The Supreme Court’s ruling was greeted by cheers from anti-abortion groups that gathered at the court Monday morning. As soon as the decision was announced, chants arose of “Hobby Lobby wins! Hobby lobby wins!”

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Lori Windham, a lawyer representing Hobby Lobby, celebrated the decision but was cautious in interpreting it, noting that the ruling was “narrow and careful.”

10:30 PST Analysis continues to grow. Ronan Farrow Daily at MSNBC had a roundtable to discuss.
Akhil Amar, Terry O’Neill, Karen Finney and Robert Traynham have a look at the Supreme Court’s ruling that once again puts businesses before people.

10:40 a.m. PST Nicole Sandler posted Supremely Wrong -- a Progressive do not miss.

1:30 p.m. PST Alex Wagner had some fine analysis on her MSNBC program, Now, at the top of the hour.

If you want to make your voice heard, Daily Kos paved the way.

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Mid-Day Distraction: Gluten-Free People Have No Idea What Gluten Is

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A Jimmy Kimmel Pedestrian Question!

What is Gluten?

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The House Votes For Another Crazy Bill

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Smoking A Joint Raw Story:

A Republican congressman has successfully pushed legislation to pressure the U.S. Department of Justice to crack down on marijuana in states that have legalized its use. “It is with growing alarm that we see this administration selectively executing and enforcing federal law,” Rep. John Fleming (R-LA) said Wednesday on the House floor.

Growing alarm, huh?

On Friday, a seemingly contradictory measure was passed. The House of Representatives approved an amendment to prohibit the federal agency from spending taxpayer money on activities designed to stop the use of medical marijuana in states in which such use is legal.

Then comes this dickwad from Louisiana. Somehow he got enough other bozos in the House to go along with him in trying to step their foot back down on the accelerator to force more arrests by the Justice Department. All this at a time when it's become more clear that marijuana busts are a racial issue. The numbers are staggering. But how about this wacky logic by Representative Fleming?  He's pushed through the following (by voice vote):

Fleming’s amendment reduces the Department of Justice’s Salaries and Expenses, Legal Activities account by $866,000 until the Attorney General enforces the Controlled Substances Act in every state.

So, by cutting the Justice Department's budget, how can they step up enforcement? What Fleming and his ilk have actually done is made it more unlikely the DOJ has the money to take on these marijuana cases. I guess this means stupid is as stupid does. Good work Republicans. Now I feel safer lighting up a reefer because there's less money to apprehend me.

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First Lady Michelle Obama Can't Win For Trying To Shape Our Arses Up

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Written by guest contributor, "hardybear" of the wonderful Free Range Talk site:

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The misogynist neo-con swinery are in full-fledged Rightly Ridiculous form.

It's not enough to label Texass' incredible Wendy Davis "abortion Barbie" and diminish the distinguished Alison Lundergan Grimes to an "empty dress" to try to win women's hearts … the Reich Wing has once again turned it's impotent weaponry on our FLOTUS.

We've all heard the disgusting freaky fringe of Rushbots and the Lipton Brigade make fun of "Moochelle's" efforts to -GASP!-  get children healthy, it is among their classier hate campaigns, right?

For Easter, Fvx News will Resurrect glory stories about the Nazi-esque 'Moochelle's' liberal brainwashing fixin' to get kids to perhaps exchange a healthy snack rather than the traditional packages of processed sugar ... complete with enraged Republican Mama Grizzly's, chubby sad children and victimized recriminations about the First Lady's Nerve.

The audacity. How dare she attempt to radically reduce childhood obesity? Make kids care about nutrition?! Suggest that we might be unable to cover our obese asses as nimbly as we once did? Uppity, bossy, brassy bare-armed beyotch ... just who does she think she is?

On Tuesday the impeccably fit Mrs. Obama announced a new initiative to continue promoting healthy eating and exercise into after-school programs.The Regressives screamed like we were coming after the coupons that getcha' six free gallons of Pepsi Cola with the purchase of every hundred rounds of ammo at Walmart in the months of March through May.

Contrarily, they are simply miserable about children eating well enough to grow like they live in a developed country. According to the conservatively ebullient and idiotic BizPac Review  (pack your Febreeze-lined BullShite Wellies):

One Illinois Republican lawmaker has asked the White House and the Obama’s to stop being “hypocrites” and practice what they preach about nutrition.

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Image courtesy Agence France-Press

Davis’ bill, H.R. 3686, the School Nutrition Fairness Act, is “to make sure this Administration is aware of the real-life impact their regulations are having on kids who are going hungry and our smaller school districts who are struggling to keep up with the increased costs,” he wrote on FacebookTuesday.

Davis has to be a pal o' the Uber-Bum Rush. Limbaugh evacuated this FLOTUS-aimed manure Live onto the airwaves earlier this month. [Rush being so lithe, trim and virtually a Beckham Body-double.]

You'll notice that this dress is bigger than the president of France. Here, let me make one more adjustment here and I'll show you this again. Take a look at that picture. The little guy in the middle is the socialist dictator -- well, not dictator. He's the socialist president of France. On the left, that's not Oprah. Don't confuse that. That's Michelle Obama. I saw a picture of this from the rear. That's why I thought it was Oprah.

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Obesity in pre-schoolers has dropped by 43% according to shocking numbers released this week -- my gawd, what is that evil heifer-woman up to?? Healthier toddlers? Reversing the epidemic of childhood obesity before it could be embraced and conserved??! Heinous.

Just as surely as Mormons publicly frown on private masturbation,  the Ridiculous Right will clearly, consistently gang-bash Michelle Obama for a n y t h i n g ... but this bigotry is truly a big bowl of wrong.

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