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Saturday, June 27, 2015

So, what has made both the Clinton and the O'Malley camps fundamentally shift their messaging from not mentioning Bernie, pretending like he doesn't exist, and only attacking Republicans like we're already going into the general election, to attacking him as simultaneously "too liberal" and "not progressive enough?"

Could it be that the recent CNN/WMUR holds numbers within it that have likely kept establishment consultants and pollsters up in bed for a couple of nights now? Behold...

"Which Democratic candidate do you think best represents the values of Democrats like yourself?"

Bernie Sanders 41%
Hillary Clinton 30% read more


Friday, June 26, 2015

The U.S. Supreme Court on Friday made marriage for same-sex couples legal nationwide, declaring that refusing to grant marriage licenses to gay and lesbian couples violates the Constitution. The landmark ruling will produce the most significant change in laws governing matrimony since the court struck down state bans on inter-racial marriage almost 50 years ago. A total of 36 states now permit gay couples to get married, covering roughly 70 percent of the US population. Today's ruling means the bans must end in the other 14 states -- Alabama, Arkansas, Georgia, Kentucky, Louisiana, Michigan, Mississippi, Missouri, Nebraska, North Dakota, Ohio, South Dakota, Tennessee and Texas. read more


The newest hire for Hillary Clinton's presidential campaign is a longtime strategist who played a key role in her 2008 primary defeat while working for then-Sen. Barack Obama.

He's also a Washington lobbyist who lobbied the State Department -- led, at the time, by Secretary of State Hillary Clinton -- on behalf of the company seeking to build the controversial Keystone XL pipeline. read more


Thursday, June 25, 2015

The Supreme Court ruled Thursday that people who receive health insurance through the federal government's exchange are still eligible for tax subsidies. The court ruled 6-3 to preserve the subsidies, with Chief Justice John Roberts writing the opinion. In total, 6.4 million people would have faced skyrocketing premiums if the Supreme Court had ruled that four words in the text of the law made federal financial aid illegal. read more


Monday, June 15, 2015

A couple of weeks ago, I noted that the all five of the Republican Party's assorted "fixes" for their plaintiff winning King v. Burwell have basically been given "junk" status by the American Academy of Actuaries...who aren't exactly known for sticking their noses into public policy debates. These guys are about the least-political, most level-headed bunch around, and they just took a giant dump on the GOP's half-baked KvB "fixes" only a few months after sending a pretty urgent open letter to HHS Secretary Sylvia Burwell in which they stressed that a King plaintiff win, without either Congress or the states taking action to resolve the issue, would likely resolve in massive rate hikes and disruption of the entire individual insurance market. read more


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