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Romney raises $4.6 million in just 24 hours following Obamacare ruling by Supreme Court

Angry right-wingers, pissed over the Supreme Court’s ruling on Obamacare, are protesting with their checkbooks, contributing $4.6 million to presumptive GOP Presidential nominee Mitt Romney in the 24 hours following the court’s decision upholding the health care law‘s individual insurance mandate. Contributions from more than 47,000 donors flooded the online donations page of Romney’s campaign web site. Campaign spokesman Andrea Saul said the contributions continue to flow in, mostly in small donations by those angered by the Supreme Court decision. Romney’s campaign wasted no time in sending out a fundraising email after the court’s decision was announced Thursday. Said Romney
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Eric Holder found in contempt of Congress after 108 Democrats walk out

Rather than fight and take a stand, 108 Democrats turned tail and ran away Thursday from the battle over a criminal contempt citation against Attorney General Eric Holder, walking out of the House chamber rather than vote. That left 17 Democrats willing to vote to hold the Attorney General in contempt and joining party-line Republicans in approving the contempt citation by a lopsided 255 to 67 margin, making Holder the first cabinet officer in history to be held in contempt by a Congressional vote. House Minority Whip Steny Hoyer called it “an irresponsible day for the House of Representatives.”  House
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Supreme Court upholds Obamacare insurance mandate

In what will undoubtedly be viewed as a major victory by the Obama administration, the U..S. Supreme Court, in a landmark 5-4 decision, upheld Obamacare’s controversial individual mandate that requires all Americans to purchase or have health insurance. Some legal scholars felt the mandate would be struck down by the high court but the Supremes kept the power of Congress to impose the mandate as a tax if necessary but Chief Justice John Roberts joined the court’s liberal side to five the mandate a victory. Wrote Roberts in the court’s opinion: If an individual does not maintain health insurance, the
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Supreme Court makes lying about military service, honors, legal

The Supreme Court today made it legal to lie about military service and even to claim winning the Congressional Medal of Honor. Bragging about exploits that didn’t exist, the court said, is bragging but not illegal. The court struck down The Stolen Valor Act, passed by Congress in 2005, which made it illegal to claim or wear certain high honor medals from military service. In 2007, Xavier Alvarez, a member of the Three Valleys Municipal Water District Board in Pomona, CA, said he had been “wounded many times” in combat as a Marine and was awarded the Congressional Medal of
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Did Sen. Rand Paul abandon his Libertarian and Tea Party philosophies?

Critics say Sen. Rand Paul of Kentucky abandoned his state and local rights philosophy by offering a series amendments to a District of Columbia local spending bill that would dictate policy on guns, abortions and unions. The amendments forced supporters of the local funding bill to pull it from consideration and brought a rash of complaints over what they called the Kentucky Senator’s “hypocrisy.” Editorialized The Washington Post: We thought we could no longer be surprised by congressional hypocrisy when it comes to the nation’s capital, but Mr. Paul’s willingness to turn his back on his supposed libertarian principles and
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Advisers warned Obama that naming Holder AG was a dangerous move

Washington insiders warned Newly-elected President Barack Obama in late 2008 that selecting scandal-tinted prosecutor Eric Holder as Attorney General could have consequences. Many questioned Holder’s role, as assistant attorney general, in President Bill Clinton’s last-minute and controversial pardon of fugitive financier and big-time Democratic contributor Marc Rich.  Holder advised Rich’s attorney to do an end-around the normal procedure on Presidential pardons and instead present a last-minute appeal to Clinton just as the President was leaving office. Some felt Holder lied to both the House Government Reform Committee and the Senate Judiciary Committee about his role in the pardon.  The House
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Democrats to their party: ‘Hell no, we won’t go’ to the convention

An increasing number of Democrats are not only running for election or re-election this year. They are running away from their own party and an incumbent Democratic President. Democratic National Committee officials fret over the alarming number of Democratic incumbents skipping the party’s Presidential nominating convention in Charlotte. Sen. Claire McCaskill of Missouri is saying “thanks but no thanks” to her invite. So is Sen. Jon Tester of Montana.  Others opting out Democratic Representatives like Mark Critz of Pennsylvania, Jim Matheson of Utah and Georgia’s John Barrow. Why?  Most are locked in tight races and don’t see any advantage wasting
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The Holder debacle: Just petty politics as usual in a town where lying is the name of the game

Republicans in the House of Representatives, set to vote Thursday on a contempt citation against Attorney General Eric Holder, say the battle is about Presidential abuse of power and lying to Congress. Of course, many of these same Republicans sat on their hands during the administration of George W. Bush when he used executive privileges to conceal information from Capitol Hill and refused to provide documents to Democrat fueled investigations into a GOP president’s abuse of power. Such is the hypocritical nature of politics and government and that hypocrisy intensifies during an Presidential election year.  Republicans used their new majority
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Sources: Substance abuse, not exhaustion, led to Jesse Jackson Jr.’s ‘leave of absence’

Sources close to supporters of Illinois Congressman Jesse Jackson Jr. say the “medical leave of absence for treatment of exhaustion” announced Monday is a cover story for a history of substance abuse by the son of civil right leader Rev. Jesse Jackson. “The Congressman has substance abuse issues,” a former aide told Capitol Hill Blue Monday. “The exhaustion story is a cover.” Jackson’s office has been in cover-up mode since the Congressman’s “medical leave” began on June 10, issuing press releases with manufactured quotes by the incapacitated representatives, posting phony tweets to his Twitter Account and withholding announcement of the
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Condi Rice nails Obama on immigration, praises Romney at GOP fundraiser

Condoleezza Rice, George W. Bush’s Secretary of State, unloaded on President Barack Obama at a Republican shindig Monday night, knocking his actions on immigration while delivering strong praise for presumptive GOP nominee Mitt Romney. Speaking to a party fundraiser at the Capitol Hill Blue — a Republican hangout just steps from the Cannon House Office Building — Rice said; This is a truly consequential election. This is perhaps a turning point for the country. I’m very often asked to speak about the foreign policy aspects and there are some key important foreign policy issues before us. There are many foreign
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