2:46 PM, November 1st, 2013

This week’s ‘SNL’ opened with a blistering takedown of the Obamacare website catastrophe, complete with outlandish figures about enrollment. It turns out, those stats were… gulp… pretty much accurate

12:58 PM, July 11th, 2012

Frontpage: Wednesday, July 11th

  1. Spain Unleashes New Austerity MeasuresThe Spanish government is celebrating being granted a big bank bailout by the U.N. with a brand-new plan for austerity. Spain plans to tighten its belt even further through a new hike in sales tax on such things as cigarettes, cars, clothing, and telephone services, as well as public transportation, processed foods, and hotel and bar services. They’re also adding several more spending cuts in the hope of taking $79.85 billion off its total budget over the next two and a half years.
  2. Parliament: Diamond Misled UsBob Diamond may have resigned and agreed to testify in front of British Parliament when an interest-rate-fixing scandal within Barclays Bank, of which he was CEO, came to light. But now British lawmakers think Diamond misled Parliament during its inquiry into the Barclays scandal. 
  3. GOP: Stop Health Care Law, Stop Tax: House Republicans are on a mission to repeal President Obama’s health-care overhaul, and they’re latching onto the wording of the Supreme Court’s recent decision two weeks ago. The House of Representatives has voted at least 30 times to get rid of Obamacare in some way and will do so yet again on Wednesday, this time making the argument that by doing so, they’d be saving about 20 million Americans from paying an unnecessary tax. 
  4. Hillary Clinton Visits Laos: Secretary of State Hillary Clinton made a stop in Laos Wednesday while traveling through Asia, and was faced with several reminders of the Vietnam War. Her visit was the first by an American secretary of state in 57 years.
  5. Holder: Texas ID Law a Poll Tax: Embattled Attorney General Eric Holder spoke at the NAACP’s annual convention on Tuesday just after federal judges in Washington began hearing a lawsuit over Texas’s voter-identification law. “We will not allow political pretext to disenfranchise American citizens of their most precious right,” Holder declared before the crowd of 600 in Houston. The U.S. Justice Department, led by Holder, has opposed Texas’s photo-ID requirement for voters, finding it more harmful to minorities than helpful.

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Photo of The Day: July 10, 2012

President Barack Obama discusses middle class tax cuts with Jason and Ali McLaughlin at their home in Iowa.


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12:31 PM, July 10th, 2012

What do these 4 governors have in common? Hint: it involves denying poor people health care. 

(Photos: Scott Olson / Getty Images, Chip Somodevilla / Getty Images, Joe Raedle / Getty Images, Chip Somodevilla / Getty Images)

9:39 AM, June 30th, 2012

GOP Govs Prep for Fight

Usually it’s childen who are this petulant about taking their medicine. Republican governors like New Jersey’s Chris Christie and South Carolina’s Nikki Haley say they have no intention of moving forward with the changes brought about by the Affordable Care Act. After the Supreme Court ruled that the law is constitutional, the governors say they’re waiting for Mitt Romney, who has promised to repeal the act, to win November. “Here in Louisiana, look, we refused to set up the exchange,” said Governor of Louisiana Bobby Jindal. “We’re not going to start implementing Obamacare.”

Read it at Politico

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12:01 PM, June 29th, 2012

Want to tackle the actual ruling from the Supreme Court on Obamacare but daunted by its 193 pages of legalese? Have no fear! We had a number of legal experts make helpful annotations explaining the most important paragraphs

5:27 PM, June 28th, 2012


How our readers reacted to the health-care ruling. We asked them to tell us one word. Just one.

How do you feel? 

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12:02 PM, June 28th, 2012


Around And Around It Goes.  Where It Stops Nobody Knows.

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10:37 AM, June 28th, 2012

SCOTUS Blog’s Amy Howe Explains Ruling in Plain English

Take a breath and read this slowly. It helped us. 

In Plain English: The Affordable Care Act, including its individual mandate that virtually all Americans buy health insurance, is constitutional. There were not five votes to uphold it on the ground that Congress could use its power to regulate commerce between the states to require everyone to buy health insurance. However, five Justices agreed that the penalty that someone must pay if he refuses to buy insurance is a kind of tax that Congress can impose using its taxing power. That is all that matters. Because the mandate survives, the Court did not need to decide what other parts of the statute were constitutional, except for a provision that required states to comply with new eligibility requirements for Medicaid or risk losing their funding. On that question, the Court held that the provision is constitutional as long as states would only lose new funds if they didn’t comply with the new requirements, rather than all of their funding.

(via SCOTUSblog)

10:21 AM, June 28th, 2012


In case you haven’t heard, CNN sorta screwed this up. The law was mostly upheld. (ht @BuzzfeedAndrew)

Oops. (It’s not there first time.) 

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10:12 AM, June 28th, 2012
The individual mandate survives as a tax.

SCOTUSblog, on the Health Care decision. More as we get it. (via shortformblog)

CNN originally reported that it was struck down, and they were wrong. 

SCOTUSblog: “So the mandate is constitutional. Chief Justice Roberts joins the left of the Court.”

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9:53 AM, June 28th, 2012

Annndd we’re live! Our panelists are making their predictions now. Have a question for them? You can leave them here and we’ll pass them on. 

1:31 PM, June 27th, 2012

Who’s Screwed If Obamacare Gets the Ax?


These are just a few of the people who could get the shaft if the Supreme Court axes the Affordable Care Act:

  1. Debt-Strangled Young 20-Somethings
  2. People Who Are Bad at Paperwork
  3. Southerners
  4. Fans of Non-Procreative Sex
  5. Insurance Companies

So we’re screwed a few times over, huh. Great!

So screwed. 

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