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Appeals Court Rejects Ron Johnson's Obamacare Challenge 15.4.2015 Politics on HuffingtonPost.com
By Jonathan Stempel April 14 (Reuters) - A federal appeals court has rejected Wisconsin Sen. Ron Johnson's effort to stop members of Congress and their staffs from getting health insurance subsidies under President Barack Obama's 2010 healthcare law. The 7th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals in Chicago said Johnson lacked legal standing to sue because he did not show he had been injured by the "special treatment" he claimed Obamacare gave senators, representatives and their staff. Tuesday's decision by a unanimous three-judge panel upheld a July 2014 ruling by U.S. District Judge William Griesbach in Green Bay, Wisconsin. Johnson, a Republican, said he will review the decision before deciding whether to appeal. "With this decision today, another executive action by the administration will go unchallenged," he said in a statement. Johnson's lawsuit is one of many challenging part or all of Obamacare. The senator had opposed the federal government's authority to make employer contributions even when lawmakers ...
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The Ted Cruz Way 26.3.2015 Politics on HuffingtonPost.com
Republican Texas Senator Ted Cruz has announced his candidacy for President of the United States. While critics, including some in his own party, dismiss him, Cruz is a smart, shrewd and brash politician. He is also arrogant, self-confident and power-hungry. Cruz recently told Fox News host Sean Hannity that his critics call him "crazy." Well? In September 2013, Senator Cruz spoke in opposition of the inclusion of the Affordable Care Act in a continuing resolution to fund the government. His faux-filibuster lasted more than 21 hours, and he opened with, "I rise today in opposition to Obamacare." Then, after being recognized, he said he would speak "until I am no longer able to stand." His effort was not a filibuster because the Senate had already scheduled its cloture vote. But the Cruz show went on, including reading from the Dr. Seuss's classic , Green Eggs and Ham. His daughters watched from home on C-Span as he read from the book, "You do not like green eggs and ham?" But Cruz was so angry ...
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Learn An Entire Semester Of Campaign Finance Law In Less Than 4 Minutes 25.3.2015 Politics on HuffingtonPost.com
As American elections become even more outrageously expensive , the advocacy group Public Citizen argues voters deserve to know who is making a financial play for influence in Washington. The think tank is asking President Obama to sign an executive order requiring all federal contractors to disclose their contributions to political candidates and campaigns. Such an order would mean more transparency about how much money politicians get from companies in competition for lucrative government contracts -- a competition that may be decided by the very politicians those companies donate to. But how did campaign finance law become so shady? And what led to elections becoming a billion-dollar industry? It all goes back to Buckley V. Valeo , "the most important case in campaign finance law" in our nation's history, according to Jessica Levinson, a professor at Loyola Law School. Watch the video above to see Levinson break down 30 hours' worth of her class to HuffPost Live's Josh Zepps in less than four ...
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Sarah Palin: Hillary Clinton Should Face The Same Tough Questions I Did Over Emails 10.3.2015 Politics on HuffingtonPost.com
Former Alaska Gov. Sarah Palin (R) said former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton (D) should receive the same scrutiny she did over emails in the aftermath of her 2008 vice presidential campaign. In an op-ed for Fox News published Monday, Palin recalled how she released her emails from her time as governor of Alaska after a slew of requests from the media: First, some background: I know something about how annoying FOIA requests can be for public officials. After I returned home from the 2008 vice presidential campaign, the state of Alaska was flooded with innumerable FOIA requests to see literally every single email I ever wrote while governor. It was an overwhelming request for a small population state with limited resources. But our system of government relies on transparency, and that means public officials must suck it up and let the public see whatever they want. When FOIA requests bombarded us, investigators and our attorney general’s office were given full access to all of my state and private ...
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Did the GOP Just Give Away $130 Billion of Public Property? 19.2.2015 Truthout - All Articles
In December, two Republican senators, John McCain and Jeff Flake, pushed Congress and the president into giving away what could amount to over $130 billion in public property. (Photo: ChameleonsEye / Shutterstock.com ) Do you want media that’s accountable to YOU, not to corporate sponsors? Help publish journalism with real integrity and independence - click here to donate to Truthout! A giant Anglo-Australian mining company is getting the rights to a huge copper reserve - and we don't know what American taxpayers are getting in return. In December, two Republican senators, John McCain and Jeff Flake, pushed Congress and the president into giving away what could amount to over $130 billion in public property. That's enough to provide every single unemployed American a minimum-wage job for an entire year. That's enough to pay for a year of tuition at a public institution for every college student in the US. And yet the GOP big-shots call themselves "fiscal conservatives"! "Fiscal conservatives," my ...
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Washington Should Stop Slobbering Over Saudi Arabia: Vicious Frenemy Makes World More Dangerous 6.2.2015 Politics on HuffingtonPost.com
The king has died. Long live the king. Saudi Arabia today is a medieval system whose horrid human rights practices match its antiquated political system. After King Abdullah died King Salman ascended the throne. Official Washington breathed a sigh of relief at the swift and smooth transition. President Barack Obama visited Riyadh to pay his respects -- or, some would say, demonstrate his obeisance. Abdullah's body was still warm when the plaudits began to roll in. A "moderate" and "man of moderation," he was a "shrewd" and "wily" operator and "cautious reformer." Despite his access to great wealth he was "ascetic" and spoke plainly to commoners. Abroad the king talked of encouraging greater "tolerance" and "sincere dialogue" among different religions. Sen. John McCain (R-Ariz.) called the late monarch "a vocal advocate for peace." Secretary of State John Kerry called the departed king a "man of vision and wisdom." President Barack Obama declared of Abdullah: "he was always candid and had the courage of ...
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Sarah Palin Hits Bill O'Reilly For Saying She And Donald Trump Would Make GOP 2016 Race A 'Reality Show' 28.1.2015 Politics on HuffingtonPost.com
Former Alaska governor and 2008 GOP vice presidential candidate Sarah Palin took a hit at Fox News host Bill O'Reilly for suggesting conservatives like herself and billionaire Donald Trump would turn the 2016 Republican primary into a "reality show." Palin argued there needs to be "unity" among conservatives in order to put up a fight against former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton, a potential Democratic presidential nominee. She said Republicans are already suffering because "even there on Fox, a quasi- or assumed conservative outlet," hosts like O'Reilly are joking about potential candidates like Palin and Trump. "He's talking about his show tonight, or the commentary on his show, and that would be, 'Oh, all these GOP contenders thinking about running for president like Donald Trump, Sarah Palin' and he names them off. He says, 'Oh, what a reality show that would be, yuck, yuck,'" Palin said. "Well the left doesn't do that. They take this serious, because this is war." "Hopefully the media, even the ...
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From Know-Nothingism to Do-Nothingism in the U.S. Senate 25.1.2015 Green on HuffingtonPost.com
The "I am not a scientist" era in the U.S. Senate may be starting to wane. But the "I am opposed to doing anything about climate change" era is still going strong. In votes Wednesday on amendments to the controversial Keystone XL pipeline bill, some Republican Senators finally went on record acknowledging that man-made climate change is real. But it is clear that the Republican leadership and most members of their caucus still have no plans to do something about it. Five Republican Senators agreed that "climate change is real" and "human activity contributes significantly to climate change." Sens. Lamar Alexander (TN), Kelly Ayotte (NH), Susan Collins (ME), Lindsay Graham (SC), and Mark Kirk (IL) joined 45 Democrats voting for a climate science amendment offered by Sen. Brian Schatz (D-HI). Ten additional Republicans could bring themselves to support those two simple propositions only after striking out a rather key word, to wit: "human activity contributes significantly to climate change." Sens. Bob ...
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Sarah Palin 'Seriously Interested' In Running For President In 2016 25.1.2015 Politics on HuffingtonPost.com
Former Alaska Gov. Sarah Palin (R) continued to tease a potential bid for the Republican nomination for president this week leading up to a Saturday address at the Iowa Freedom Summit. Palin characterized herself as having a "servant's heart" in a Thursday interview with ABC News, saying she's "had enough" of seeing a "sign on the Oval Office door saying, 'No Girls Allowed.'" “Of course, when you have a servant’s heart, when you know that there is opportunity to do all you can to put yourself forward in the name of offering service, anybody would be interested,” she said. The Washington Post followed up with Palin on Friday in Des Moines. “You can absolutely say that I am seriously interested," she told the Post. "As I said yesterday, I’m really interested in the opportunity to serve at some point.” Palin has said many times that she hasn't ruled out a run for the White House, saying she'll "never say never," and that she'd "love to see a woman on both sides of the aisle" pursue the role . The 2008 vice ...
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John Boehner: Obama's 'Out Of Excuses' For Blocking Keystone Pipeline 9.1.2015 Politics on HuffingtonPost.com

WASHINGTON, Jan 9 (Reuters) - A decision by the Nebraska Supreme Court on Friday clearing the way for the Keystone XL crude oil pipeline through the state means President Barack Obama can no longer delay the project, the top Republican in the U.S. House of Representatives said.

"President Obama is now out of excuses for blocking the Keystone pipeline and the thousands of American jobs it would create," Speaker John Boehner said in a statement.

The House of Representatives is expected to pass a bill on Friday to approve the project. The White House has said Obama will veto the bill. (Reporting by Roberta Rampton; Editing by Bill Trott)
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Defense Bill Passes, Giving Sacred Native American Sites To Mining Company 13.12.2014 Politics on HuffingtonPost.com
WASHINGTON -- The U.S. Senate passed a measure authorizing the nation’s defense programs Friday, and along with it managed to give lands sacred to Native Americans to a foreign company that owns a uranium mine with Iran. The $585 billion National Defense Authorization Act of 2015 is one of the must-pass pieces of legislation that Congress moves every year. But like they did in attaching extraneous riders to the must-pass government funding bill, lawmakers used the defense bill as a vehicle to pass a massive public lands package. The bill sailed through on a vote of 89 to 11. Many of the land measures were popular. But one, the Southeast Arizona Land Exchange and Conservation Act, had twice failed to win support in the House of Representatives, blocked both by conservationists and conservatives. The deal gives a subsidiary of the Australian-English mining firm Rio Tinto 2,400 acres of the Tonto National Forest in exchange for several other parcels so it can mine a massive copper deposit. The Iran ...
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Iran Uranium Partner Could Get Gift From Lame-Duck Congress 3.12.2014 Politics on HuffingtonPost.com
WASHINGTON -- Congress may use must-pass legislation in the next two weeks to slip through a controversial land deal that would help a company that jointly owns a uranium mine with Iran, sources told HuffPost. The company, the international mining conglomerate Rio Tinto, has been trying for nearly a decade to acquire 2,400 acres of the federally protected Tonto National Forest in southeast Arizona -- land that sits atop a massive copper deposit. Under legislation offered in the House and Senate, the company's subsidiary, Resolution Copper -- which Rio Tinto co-owns with another international mining giant, BHP Billiton -- would get land originally set aside during the Eisenhower administration to conserve the environment and protect sacred Native American sites. The deal foundered in the mid-2000s when then-Rep. Rick Renzi (R-Ariz.), who was convicted in 2013 on charges of conspiracy, racketeering and a number of other felonies, tried to use it to score his own real estate windfall. It has since run into ...
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A Poetic Exploration Of The Hunting Tradition In America's North 21.11.2014 Green on HuffingtonPost.com
Photographer Clare Benson comes from a long line of hunters. Growing up in northern Michigan, she remembers her father, now 82 years old, winning archery championships and reminiscing about his time as a hunting guide in the Alaskan wilderness. For her, the tradition of hunting -- and the rugged northern landscape that serves as its backdrop -- represents themes of memory and mortality, ones she's managed to weave in and out of her work for some time. Her series "The Shepard's Daughter" addresses her connection to hunting most directly. The images show Benson, her sister and her father trekking through snow-covered scenes, respectfully carrying the spoils of hunting trips past. She pointedly juxtaposes portraits of her family members lounging in contemplation with photographs of the animals they hunt, skin, cook and eat. Set in a vast world unfamiliar to most urban dwellers, Benson paints a picture of a hunting tradition we don't often encounter. The Shepherd's Daughter, 2012 The project, she explained ...
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18 Stunning India-Based Instagram Feeds You Should Be Following 19.11.2014 Politics on HuffingtonPost.com
A photo posted by Subhash Chandra (@subhash_chandra) on Sep 9, 2014 at 7:34pm PDT 5. Hashim Badani: A self-described "chronicler of the mundane," Badani tends to shoot in and around Mumbai. Every once in a while though, the Lonely Planet contributor happens on somewhere completely surreal (see below). A photo posted by hashimbadani (@hashimbadani) on Nov 11, 2014 at 12:15am PDT 6. Siddhartha Joshi: This wandering photographer is another strong portraitist, whose subjects range from kids at play to the army men patrolling India's northern borders. A photo posted by Sid (@siddharthajoshi) on Aug 8, 2014 at 5:56am PDT A photo posted by Sid (@siddharthajoshi) on Oct 10, 2014 at 8:22am PDT 7. @my_mumbai: This popular feed features work by anyone who tags their photos #my_mumbai. The resulting account is sweeping, well-curated, and -- for anyone drawn to the world's densest locales -- undoubtedly worth a follow. A photo posted by #MyMumbai (@my_mumbai) on Oct 10, 2014 at 2:59am PDT A photo posted by #MyMumbai ...
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Austin Flake, Son Of Senator Jeff Flake, Pleads Not Guilty To Animal Cruelty Charges 14.11.2014 Green on HuffingtonPost.com
By David Schwartz PHOENIX, Nov 13 (Reuters) - The son of U.S. Senator Jeff Flake and his wife pleaded not guilty on Thursday to multiple animal cruelty charges after 21 dogs died while the couple were caretakers at a boarding kennel that overheated in suburban Phoenix, court officials said. Austin Flake is married to Logan Flake, daughter of the Green Acre kennel's owners, who were on a trip to Florida and had left the couple, both aged 21, in charge of the facility when the incident happened in June. The pair entered their pleas in the high profile case at Maricopa County Superior Court, where they each face 21 felony and seven misdemeanor counts after being indicted by a state grand jury last month. "Austin and Logan Flake have declared their innocence," the Flakes' attorney Dennis Wilenchik said in a statement. "This was a tragic and unforeseen accident, nothing more." Attorney John Schill, who represents the dead dogs' owners in a civil lawsuit against the Flakes and the owners of the ...
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Report Casts Serious Doubts on Federal Investigation Into BP Atlantis Facility 8.11.2014 Commondreams.org Newswire
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Here Are The Top Super PAC Mega-Donors In 2014 Elections 1.11.2014 Politics on HuffingtonPost.com
WASHINGTON -- In Iowa, a television station recently created a new program so it could sell more advertising to political campaigns, party committees and independent groups bombarding voters in this year's battleground states. The advertising crush is being driven in large part by big-spending independent groups, including super PACs and nonprofits, which are on pace to set a record for independent spending in a midterm election cycle. The groups are set to spend more than $600 million -- double their expenses from the 2010 elections. Super PACs accounted for $332 million in spending through the end of October, according to the Center for Responsive Politics. Massive contributions from the wealthiest Americans, large corporations, dark money nonprofits and labor unions are behind this super PAC spending binge. A review of Federal Election Commission records by The Huffington Post found that 140 donors who gave more than $500,000 each to super PACs accounted for $365.5 million in super PAC donations as of ...
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Here Are The Biggest Campaign Whoppers Of The 2014 Midterms 29.10.2014 Politics on HuffingtonPost.com
Braley’s VA Hearing Attendance Under Attack , Aug. 1 Misleading Ads About Taxes Nothing, the saying goes, is as certain as death and taxes. To that we might add “and misleading political ads about taxes.” As usual, 2014 campaigns have been filled with bloated boasts about tax cuts and off-base accusations that an opponent has raised taxes. The bipartisan deal reached on New Year’s Day in 2013 to avoid the so-called fiscal cliff provided plenty of ad fodder for both sides. Known as the American Taxpayer Relief Act of 2012, the compromise agreement permanently extended Bush-era income tax cuts for everyone except for individuals making more than $400,000 and couples making more than $450,000 a year. That led to a grossly misleading boast by McConnell, the Senate minority leader from Kentucky, who voted for the bipartisan deal. McConnell claimed he “[s]aved 99% of Kentuckians from Obama’s Tax Increases.” But Obama’s plan would have extended the Bush-era tax cuts for those earning up to $250,000 for families ...
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Billionaires Answer Call To Donate To Republican Super PACs For 2014 Homestretch 22.10.2014 Politics on HuffingtonPost.com
WASHINGTON -- Billionaires are rushing to the aid of Republicans in the homestretch of the 2014 elections with a massive super PAC infusion after a plea from big money mastermind Karl Rove. On Sept. 17, Rove, the co-founder of the super PAC and dark money duo American Crossroads and Crossroads GPS, took to the Wall Street Journal editorial page to send out his billionaire bat-signal. If the rich want to ensure Republican control of the Senate, "reducing the Democratic cash advantage will tip the needle in the GOP's direction," Rove wrote. "That will only happen if Republicans open their wallets to candidates whom they may have never met." Since Rove's plea, 21 billionaires and their family members have poured $19.9 million into super PACs backing Republican Party candidates, fueling an October outside spending surge. Only $5.1 million was given to the Republican super PACs in the first half of September, before Rove's request. The billionaire cash infusion came from what has become the core of the ...
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Fishy Money Fuels Super PACs In Alaska Senate Race 11.10.2014 Politics on HuffingtonPost.com
WASHINGTON -- Outside super PACs have played a major role supporting Sen. Mark Begich (D) as he faces a tough re-election race against former Alaska Natural Resources commissioner Dan Sullivan (R). These groups have already pumped $13.8 million into the state to support the first-term senator, according to the Center for Responsive Politics , with more to come before the Nov. 4 election. The majority of this outside spending binge has come through the super PAC Put Alaska First. This group is almost entirely funded by the national Democratic Party's super PAC for Senate elections , Senate Majority PAC, which in turn receives most of its money from wealthy donors with little interest in the affairs of Alaska. That doesn't mean that donors with significant business interests in Alaska, or those with a stake in what happens before the key Senate committee that Begich chairs, aren't making unlimited contributions to these groups -- even if they're afraid to say so. Two limited liability companies hailing ...
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