Sunday, June 28, 2015
Saturday, June 27, 2015
Thursday, June 25, 2015
"In a democracy, the power to make the law rests with those chosen by the people. Our role is more confined— “to say what the law is.” Marbury v. Madison, 1 Cranch 137, 177 (1803). That is easier in some cases than in others. But in every case we must respect the role of the Legislature, and take care not to undo what it has done. A fair reading of legislation demands a fair understanding of the legislative plan. Congress passed the Affordable Care Act to improve health insurance markets, not to destroy them. If at all possible, we must interpret the Act in a way that is consistent with the former, and avoids the latter. Section 36B can fairly be read consistent with what we see as Congress’s plan, and that is the reading we adopt."
Wednesday, June 24, 2015
The slaying of nine African-Americans in a Charleston, S.C., church last week, with an avowed white supremacist charged with their murders, was a particularly savage case. But it is only the latest in a string of lethal attacks by people espousing racial hatred, hostility to government and theories such as those of the “sovereign citizen” movement, which denies the legitimacy of most statutory law. The assaults have taken the lives of police officers, members of racial or religious minorities and random civilians.
Tally of Attacks in U.S. Challenges Perceptions of Top Terror Threat - The New York Times
Friday, June 19, 2015
Tuesday, June 16, 2015
Monday, June 15, 2015
Clinton's comments amount to an implicit rebuke of President Barack Obama's efforts to secure the Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP) and a nod toward liberal critics of the deal as she campaigns to win the Democratic nomination for the November 2016 presidential election.
Democrats in Congress rejected a related trade package on Friday despite a personal plea from the president. Clinton has faced pressure from the left and the right to take a stand on the pact.
"I have held my peace because I thought it was important for the Congress to have a full debate without thrusting presidential politics and candidates into it," she said at a campaign stop in Burlington, Iowa. "But now I think the president and his team could have the chance to drive a harder bargain."
Clinton did not say whether she would support or reject the deal. But she criticized several aspects of the agreement, which has drawn strong opposition from labor unions, environmentalists and other liberal interest groups.
She said that U.S. drug companies that stand to boost foreign sales from the deal should be required to give bulk discounts to government programs like the Medicare health plan for the elderly."Our drug companies, if they are going to get what they want, they should give more to America," she said.
Clinton said a dispute-resolution process should allow greater public input, echoing liberals like Senator Elizabeth Warren of Massachusetts who say it gives too much power to business.
Clinton said Obama should work with opponents like House Democratic Leader Nancy Pelosi, who led opposition to the trade package. If Obama does not get the best deal possible, "there should be no deal," Clinton said in Des Moines.
Saturday, June 13, 2015
"There is no reason why a country that permits its "successful" corporations to park hundreds of billions of untaxed dollars overseas should permit its transportation infrastructure to spiral down into Third World status, even as it ferries around its millionaire "business class." The fact is that the airlines represent a failed experiment, with the "invisible hand" of the free market leading, almost inexorably, to a more and more dismal product that shows no signs of improving in the near future. What this suggests about the natural outcome of American capitalism may be even more disturbing. "
Thursday, June 11, 2015
Sunday, June 07, 2015
Thursday, June 04, 2015
Social democracy in America. Bill De Blasio Extended Interview Video - February 3, 2014 - The Daily Show | Comedy Central
Bill De Blasio Extended Interview Video - February 3, 2014 - The Daily Show | Comedy Central
America in the Middle East - Learning Curves Are for Pussies - The Daily Show - Video Clip | Comedy Central
Wednesday, June 03, 2015
Tuesday, June 02, 2015
"Whatever the exact number was, the seventy-three-year-old from Vermont appears to be attracting bigger crowds than any other candidate, Democrat or Republican. With one recent national survey finding that fifteen per cent of likely Democratic voters support him, and a new Des Moines Register poll showing him picking up sixteen per cent of the Democratic vote in Iowa, the media is starting to accord him some serious attention. The Times, having initially failed to report Sanders’s formal announcement of his candidacy in its print edition, ran a front-page story on Friday about his appeal to senior citizens, andanother piece over the weekend about the enthusiastic reception he was receiving in Iowa. Before speaking in Minneapolis on Sunday, Sanders appeared on NBC’s “Meet the Press,” where he highlighted the “grotesque level of income and wealth inequality” in the U.S. and said, “I think we need a political revolution in this country.”