SCOTUS: Government Can’t Tell You that You Talk Too Much
Today in a major decision upholding free speech, the Supreme Court ruled 5-4 striking down aggregate limits on federal campaign contributions.
While you may have heard a parent or a teacher say it, what the Supreme Court essentially held today is that the federal government is not allowed to tell you: you talk too much.
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BREAKING: Free Speech win in McCutcheon v. FEC!
More details as they come in. Breaking: #scotus strikes down aggregate campaign contribution limits 5-4 per Chief Justice Roberts in McCutcheon case. — SCOTUSblog (@SCOTUSblog) April 2, 2014 Background here: basically, the question was whether you could limit campaign contributions to political groups. Court said no. Cue the screaming by the people who apparently think that the only speech that the Founders wanted to ever | Read More »
The Life of a Military Wife
On today’s edition of Coffee and Markets, Brad Jackson and Allysen Efferson discuss her experience as a military wife, how her kids deal with long absences of their father and how defense budget cuts in Washington personally impact the bottom line of military families.
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Will Paul Ryan Fight for his Budget?
Congressman Paul Ryan (R-WI) released his budget proposal for FY 2015 yesterday, and as expected, it is quite similar to the budget blueprints from previous years. Let me first say that this budget would be superior to the status quo a million times over. Medicaid and Food Stamps would be block granted to the states and Medicare would be subject to at least some optional | Read More »
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Yesterday, tee hee the President spoke about yesterday’s oh man, about the .. about the Obamacare deadline and mentiohah ha ha ha h ah ah ah aha haaaaaaaaaaaaaaa. *dies* April Fool’s Day joke goes here. I have heard some pretty outrageous whoppers in my time. I once had a guy tell me he took out the Yakuza. Like, all of them. True story. But this | Read More »
Rep. Ann Kuster (D, New Hampshire-2): hates town halls, likes being rude.
Ooh, I can answer this one! Since taking office in 2013, Rep. Annie Kuster has yet to hold a legitimate townhall meeting for constituents in New Hampshire’s 2nd congressional district, and onlookers are taking notice. Today Citizens for a Strong New Hampshire, a Republican-leaning group, released video footage of trackers merely asking why she’d yet to appear before the people who elected her in such | Read More »
Why did the National Republican Congressional Committee Young Gun Program just endorse a RINO in New Jersey?
TEA Party conservative Steve Lonegan is fighting RINO unknown Tom MacArthur for the soul of the GOP in New Jersey’s 3rd congressional district. Liberal Republican Mayor Tom MacArthur of Randolph has a lot of money but not a lot of support. And so, like any former insurance company CEO with ties to AIG, he’s trying to buy it by bribing the local GOP county clubs in New Jersey’s | Read More »
Sen. Jeff Merkley (D, Oregon): soft on Iran, for apparently most of my life.
I appreciate the Oregonian nervously reporting* about the Washington Free Beacons’s chronicling of Senator Jeff Merkley’s knee-jerk tendency to apologize for a regime that hangs homosexuals and adulterers: I might not have gotten to it for a while otherwise. Anyway, it’s depressing how unsurprising this report is: The senator who fronted a campaign against new sanctions on Iran earlier this year has since 1979 been | Read More »
ObamaCare is a success, if you just ignore everything wrong with it
Everyone would like their work to be judged solely on its merits, without a single mention of its flaws. Politicians make this desire into an art form. ObamaCare turns it into an outright psychosis. How else to explain a beaming President Obama taking a victory lap over supposedly reaching 7 million enrollments with a miraculous last-minute surge? No one takes that number seriously, not even | Read More »
[MAP] States Update Laws, Protect Electronic Data from Government
*Promoted from the diaries. – Aaron* In January, we wrote how police agencies in 33 states are using different methods to obtain private citizens’ cellphone location information in massive quantities. Recall that: The main problem is that there are few restrictions or reporting requirements on government efforts to obtain access to cell phone and electronic data. In most states, law enforcement agencies can obtain cell | Read More »
#NotAJoke: Nanny State Wants To Send Fat People Text Messages
*Promoted from the diaries. – Aaron* The Obama administration plans to send text messages to fat people and offer online weigh-ins to help the country’s obese population get down to what a cartel of career academics considers to be a healthy weight. April Fool! No, wait. This is real. The Dietary Guidelines Advisory Committee–the folks responsible for bringing you the food pyramid–is in the midst | Read More »
ObamaCare: Cruel April Fools Joke
Yesterday, was the deadline – March 31, 2014 – the last day to submit an application for ObamaCare. Yet HealthCare.gov had another “glitch.” On the last day to apply for ObamaCare, the ObamaCare website couldn’t accept new applications.
It’s a derisively cruel April Fools joke.
But that’s what ObamaCare is, a self-perpetuating, seemingly endless April Fools joke.
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Ken Cuccinelli: More Sacrifices to Come in Fight for Religious Liberty
On today’s edition of Coffee and Markets, Brad Jackson and Ben Domenech are joined by Ken Cuccinelli to discuss the Hobby Lobby case before SCOTUS, religious liberty and lessons from his 2013 race for Virginia governor.
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The “Cowardly” Senate Leaders Employ Another Budget Gimmick
Here is exhibit A of why we don’t trust current Senate leadership to do the right thing if they were to win back the majority; they refuse to block new spending when in the minority. Last week, House leadership decided to pass the “doc fix” bill (H.R. 4302) by voice vote. This bill reimburses healthcare providers for the scheduled 24 percent cut in payments for | Read More »
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Tech at Night: NSA reform not likely to pass. Supreme Court takes on software patents.
This is one of those nights. I did some work looking into just how foolish the idea of state-run Internet is, and now I’m out of time to do this, sorry to say. Quick links time!
The Senate is taking up STELA. Let’s hope the Democrats now don’t inject something into this virtually must-pass legislation, after House Republicans were kind enough to hold back.
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