Note to Republicans: Cordray was confirmed, so any questions about the legality of his appointment went bye-bye. Time to...
To rub salt into that GOP wound, a U.S. district judge has now granted the Obama administration's motion to dismiss a lawsuit filed by Georgia, Michigan, Ohio, Texas, and others who did not have standing to challenge the Dodd-Frank law.
Judge, short version: No harm, no foul. Now get outta here.
Take that, attorneys general of all eleven states.
A federal judge has dismissed a lawsuit by a Texas bank, two free-market advocacy groups and 11 states against the Dodd-Frank Wall Street reform law, saying they did not show the likelihood of financial harm from the new government authority.
The suit specifically targeted the centerpiece of the law, the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau, charging the agency was granted too much power and that its director, Richard Cordray, was installed unconstitutionally with a recess appointment in 2012.
If Republicans would stop wasting everyone's time and money going after Dem-supported laws, maybe we could get a few things done around here.
This is a feel good/feel bad story. But most of all, it should make you feel.
Two people meet and fall in love. They're both 27 at the time and spend the next twenty years together. Sadly, ALS, Lou Gehrig's disease (always fatal) strikes one of the partners. Time is running out and the inevitable must be faced. Plans for burial.
The dying partner, John Arthur wanted his survivor to receive the earned benefits from his years of work. But even more pressing was the fact that the burial plots that had been purchased by the Arthur family stipulated that for John's spouse to be buried in the family plot, the two must be legally married. So, after 20 years, they applied to be married. And the state of Ohio refused them a license.
With only a few weeks left, maybe only days, the two received donations from friends as they didn't have enough money -- illness and no Obamacare to cover them -- to fly by private plane (commercial flights were out of the question as John is bed ridden) to Maryland where they could be married. But they faced their big challenge when they came home for the last time. Would Ohio acknowledge this out of state marriage? Could this loving couple spend their final hours together without worrying about the state of their future and whether they could remain side by side in the cemetery? Could John Arthur pass peacefully with his partner at his side for eternity?
But this wasn't just any marriage. It was a same sex marriage between John Arthur and his spouse James Obergefell.
Monday, the two men sued Ohio Gov. John Kasich, Ohio Attorney General Mike DeWine and the Cincinnati doctor responsible for approving death certificates. Obergefell and Arthur asked a judge to overturn existing Ohio law - which doesn't recognize same-sex marriage - to allow Obergefell to be listed as surviving spouse on Arthur's death certificate and for it to show that Arthur's marital status at death as married.
Monday they won. Arthur has but a few days left, perhaps even as this is posted, the end will be here. But this story goes to show you how love and perseverance, coupled with a fair interpretation of the law is now possible since DOMA was struck down. Hopefully soon there won't have to be stories like this -- but merely of two consulting adults being able to love and marry one another, in sickness and in health, and to be together, until death do they part.
Because GOD KNOWS we wouldn't want this guy to go around unarmed.
A pro-gun group from Ohio launched a fundraising effort over the weekend to buy George Zimmerman a new gun.
On the heels of reports that the Justice Department is placing a hold on all evidence in the case, including the Kel-Tec PF-9 9mm pistol Zimmerman used to kill unarmed teenager Trayvon Martin, the Buckeye Firearms Foundation announced that it is raising money to buy the former neighborhood watch captain a new gun.
"This is about more than mere principle. Zimmerman and his family now face daily threats on their lives," the group said in a post announcing the "Zimmerman Second Amendment Fund." "More than ever, he has a right to defend himself against those who would seek to do him harm. Gun owners must stand together and refuse to allow an injustice like this to go unanswered. If we choose to sit idly by while the full force and weight of the federal government descends upon a free man, it will embolden others to take liberties with our rights."
The group said it is accepting any donations supporters can afford in order to provide Zimmerman, who has no current source of income, "with the funds he needs to replace his firearm, holster, and other gear."
Sadly, women's rights and equality is a marathon, not a sprint. And perhaps this video is a little too literal, but it makes a great point. If we look at the struggles and regressive thinking that's effecting women today by the GOP on the state and national levels, you'll see that brave and in-exhaustive women like Texas State Senator WendyDavis and Texas resident and hero Sarah Slamen are the Kathrine Switzer's of today.
Don't recognize the name? Watch this video.
So much for reaching out to women in the GOP's increasingly unsuccessful attempts to rebrand the party:
Where Republicans have taken the reins of state power across the country, they have used it single-mindedly to shut down women's health clinics just since the last election.
And it is not like we didn't have a national fight about this issue in that election. I mean, for their national ticket in 2012, Republicans picked an anti-abortion hard-liner ticket, a vice presidential contender who said he would even force a rape victims to bear a rapist's child against their will. And a presidential contender who, for his part, pledged frequently to end Planned Parenthood. Said he would cut off federal funding for Planned Parenthood, he would end it.
He said he would overturn Roe v. Wade. That's what he hoped for. The Democrats responded to the Republicans' initiatives by stepping up their support for women's rights....
...In the Republican/Democratic general election races all over the country, saying that Democrats would be the ones to defend women's rights and the abilities to decide their own pregnancies without the government. Democrats warning across the country that a vote for Republicans would be a vote to ban abortion in this country...
Republicans lost the last election nationally really badly. They lost the white house really badly. They lost seats in the Senate. They lost seats in the House. Nationally, in the last election, Republicans lost and Democrats won.
But, national isn't everything. And if Republicans are in control in your state, this is what they have decided to do with state governance now.
Since that election, that is what they have decided state governance is for now. If you live where the Republican party is in control now, right now, this is your life.
Iknow its not a beltway story, doesn't feel like a national story because nobody adds up what happens in the individual states to see how it affects American women, to see how it affects American rights in an aggregate sense, that's not the way we do beltway reporting in this country, but this is a national story that is significant in terms of the way it's going to affect women's health, women's lives, and American families for generations to come.
This is the national story.
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