A Republican panel of the D.C. Circuit has ruled
[.pdf opinion] in the case of Halbig v. Burwell
that a drafting error in the Affordable Care Act provides subsidies exclusively to state-based exchanges and not to federally-facilitated ones, even while subjectively intending to provide subsidies in both cases.
The ruling threatens to take away federal subsidies for insurance sold on Obamacare exchanges in 36 states.
The Absolutist: [The New Yorker]
Jeffrey Toobin profiles the current state of Ted Cruz.
Fifty years ago this week Andrew Goodman, James Cheney, and Michael Schwerner
, three voting rights workers were savagely beaten and shot to death by klansmen after being stopped by a Neshoba County, Mississippi Sheriff's Deputies
. Today, sheriff's deputies across Mississippi have been tasked with preventing voter intimidation in the ugly
Republican primary runoff election between incumbern Thad Cochran and Tea Party favorite Chris McDaniel. [more inside]
A middle-aged man in a red golf shirt shuffles up to a small folding table with gold trim, in a booth adorned with a flotilla of helium balloons, where government workers at the Kentucky State Fair are hawking the virtues of Kynect, the state’s health benefit exchange established by Obamacare.
The man is impressed. "This beats Obamacare I hope," he mutters to one of the workers.
“Do I burst his bubble?” wonders Reina Diaz-Dempsey, overseeing the operation. She doesn't. If he signs up, it's a win-win, whether he knows he's been ensnared by Obamacare or not.
are declaring a winner in NY-26
as Democratic candidate Kathy Hochul
has a 6% lead (with 91% reporting)
over Republican Jane Corwin (previously)
in Tuesday's special election. [more inside]
Tea Party Nationalism: A Critical Examination of The Tea Party Movement and the Size, Scope and Focus of its National Factions
is a new study that released today, just two weeks before the US midterm elections, by The Institute for Research & Education on Human Rights
(IREHR). Sponsored by the NAACP, it reports that the Tea Party movement
is “permeated with concerns about race” and has “given platform to anti-Semites, racists and bigots.” [more inside]
After winning six congressional elections since 1992, Representative Bob Inglis (R - SC) is now a politician without a party, a policy maven without a movement. And in a few months, he will be without his present job. The reason? "It's a dangerous strategy to build conservatism on information and policies that are not credible...[Obama] is no socialist."