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GOP Senator Slams ‘Unconstitutional’ Health Care Policy He Once Supported

Sen. Orrin Hatch (R-Utah) asserted that a mandate requiring individuals to purchase health care insurance violates the U.S. Constitution during an interview on Fox News last Friday. Addressing the legality of the measure, which was included in the health reform package enacted into law earlier this year, the six-term incumbent didn’t hold back in sharing his take on the matter. “The individual mandate, in our eyes, is clearly unconstitutional,” explained Hatch to FNC anchor Greta Van Susteren. “If Congress can do that to us, then there’s nothing that the government can’t do to us.” Earlier this year, Julie Rovner at
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Carol Moseley Braun Announces Bid For Chicago Mayor

CHICAGO — Former U.S. Sen. Carol Moseley Braun kicked off her campaign for Chicago mayor Saturday by reintroducing herself to voters, some of whom weren’t even born when she last won election in 1992. Braun, who runs an organic food company, was the latest candidate to formally enter the race to replace retiring Mayor Richard Daley, who has presided over the city for more than 20 years but announced in September that he wouldn’t seek a seventh term. The former senator joins a field of at least six major contenders that includes former White House chief of staff Rahm Emanuel.
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David Fenton: President Obama: Stop the Searches or I’m Voting Against You

It’s time for Americans, regardless of political affiliation or philosophy, to stand up for themselves and demand that the overly intrusive — likely unconstitutional — enhanced “pat down” searches at airport security checkpoints stop. The stories of outrageous searches of young boys, the humiliation of cancer victims and constant mistreatment of law-abiding American citizens by uncaring TSA employees mindlessly administering policies dictated by Washington DC bureaucrats are piling up. Every day millions of Americans who are exercising their constitutionally guaranteed right to travel are forced to choose between submitting to an x-ray machine which displays their sexual organs and exposes
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Robert Kuttner: Saving Progressivism From Obama

What’s the worst case, and the best case, that we can imagine for the next two years? Let’s look at the economics first. Republicans and the White House both seem determined to make the recession worse by reducing the budget deficit long before the economy is in recovery. The deficit commission’s two co-chairs have proposed that the cuts begin in October 2011, when unemployment is still expected to be at least nine percent. The economy needs a massive fiscal jolt, and instead is likely to get austerity. Meanwhile, the Federal Reserve’s experiment with buying Treasury bonds in order to keep
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Mike Huckabee Lauds Ousting Of Iowa Judges Who Agreed With Decision To Strike Gay Marriage Ban

DES MOINES, Iowa — Former Arkansas Gov. Mike Huckabee said Sunday that Iowa voters likely launched a national movement when ousting three state Supreme Court justices who agreed with a decision to strike a ban on gay marriage. Huckabee was in Des Moines courting evangelical conservatives who pushed him to victory in Iowa’s leadoff precinct caucuses in the last election. “The significance and historic nature of the judicial elections here in Iowa were far bigger than the borders of Iowa,” he said. “It was a very important statement that voters made, a statement that resonated across the country and one
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