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Conservative Justices Don’t Want To Be John Roberts’s Friend Anymore

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OMG, you guyz, yer SOOO not going to believe this! So, like, remember two weeks ago, when we thought John Roberts was gonna be all like, “the individual mandate can suck it,” and instead he went, “the individual mandate is totes kosh?” and everybody just FREAKED THE FUCK OUT?

Well, I know the Supreme Court is all like secretive and shit, but this chick Jan like totally knows the people to talk to, and she said that her friend said that Antonin, Clarence, Sam and Tony are SO PISSED at John Roberts right now. Cuz they thought John was their friend, right? Like, when they started hanging out with him in 2005, they were totes BFFs, writing “Federalism” in chalk on the sidewalk and running away from girls cuz they got icky parts. But then John just up and said, “I’m gonna go play lesbian softball with Ruth and Sonya and Elena and that dude 4% of Americans think is Harry Reid, screw you guys.” And he tried to get Tony to go along with him, he was all, “Tony, you should totally come play lesbian softball with us,” and Tony was like, “No way, broseph. Dudes stick together. We were gonna invite you over to watch DVD commentary on 24, but instead you can go play with your sissy friends.”… Read More

 

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5 Things You Need To Know About Obamacare’s Political Fate

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Now that SCOTUS is done with it, Obama’s health care reform package goes into the political realm of public polling and district politics. Obamacare has never been popular with the public, and was used in 2010 to defenstrate Democratic candidates. Did two years, and the high court’s seal of approval, change anything?

Here are five things you need to know about Obamacare’s political fate:

 

1. The bill is already getting more popular

Not suprisingly, support for the Affordable Care Act went up following the Supreme Court’s ratification of it (or its constitutionality, anyway). After the decision, everyone expected a bounce, and five points is about right. A new Reuters/Ipsos poll taken this weekend found support for the Affordable Care Act rose from 43% to 48%, with disapproval dipping from 57% to 52%. Still not above water, but a marked change from where the public was just a few weeks ago….Read More

 

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How The Supreme Court Could Still Save Obamacare

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Four ways the Supreme Court could save Obamacare:

 

1. Anthony Kennedy and the Limiting Principle (Worst judicial cover band EVER): 5-4 in favor of Obamacare

The day health care was passed (#memories), someone cracked wise about how we might as well just drive to Anthony Kennedy’s house right now and ask him how he feels. This comment wasn’t far off the mark: Kennedy is almost certain to be the swing vote, as he has been since Sandra Day O’Connor stepped down in 2005. Unfortunately, Kennedy got to be the swing vote chair by being unpredicatible and unreadable to a Delphic degree….Read more.

 

 

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Boehner Warns GOP Not To Celebrate Like Ghouls If Obamacare Is Overturned

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The years long debate over Obamacare, né the Affordable Care Act, long ago passed the point of being about health care, or about policy at all, and became a battle between two sides over Who’s Going To Win, Team Death Panel or Team You’re Gonna Die At 50 Of Untreated Diabetes. Good on you if you even remember what’s in the PPACA.

At least one person seems have snapped to and realized that fact. And so I present to you John Boehner’s warning to Republicans not to celebrate like a bunch of ghouls in the Supreme Court overturns Obamacare… Read More.

 

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PoliticOlogy’s Guide To Faking Your Way Through A SCOTUS/Obamacare Convo

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The Supreme Court is set to hand down its decision over Obamacare as early as next week, and everybody’s going to be talking about it (unless Beiber (Bieber?) breaks his eyebrowagain). If you haven’t been paying attention, or need a refresher course, here’s a handy guide to faking your way through a convo about the Affordable Care Act, complete with a glossary, useful links, handy phrases, drink recommendations and warning lines that you need to make for the exit…. Read More.

 

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The Defense of Marriage Act: Is This Thing Unconstitutional Or Not?

The First Circuit Court of Appeals in Homostan, Massachusetts struck down the Defense of Marriage Act yesterday, the first federal court to do so, though other challenges are being considered by the Ninth Circuit in California. 

The decision led to a flurry of articles along the lines of “Gay marriage ban declared unconstitutional” and so forth, in which PoliticOlogy was more than complicit, mostly because we here knew what an awful jobs report was on the way and wanted to bask in some good news first. So it’s worth stopping now and asking just what the First Circuit decided about DOMA, the scope of its decision, and law’s likely fate once it reaches the Supreme Court, which it definitely will… Read more.

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Does America Have An Illegal Immigration Crisis?

 

Arizona’s vicious SB 1070 became a national controversy two years ago, when Jan Brewer claimed her state’s illegal immigration crisis was draining law enforcement resources, public funds and citizens’ patience. A crisis so severe, Brewer argued, required a severe response, and since the federal government refused to enforce border policy, Arizona was justified in taking matters into its own hands.

But what if illegal immigration isn’t as bad a problem as everybody keeps suggesting? In fact, what if it isn’t a problem at all?…Read More

Related: SCOTUS Hearts Arizona’s Immigration Bill

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SCOTUS Hearts Arizona’s Immigration Bill

 

Solicitor General Donald Verrilli was back against opponent Paul Clement in the Supreme Court today, this time arguing not about Obamacare but Arizona’s infamous immigration law, SB 1070.

Verrilli had a rough go of it last month over the Affordable Care Act arguments, and today wasn’t much better. According to the indispensable SCOTUSblog, even the more reliably liberal justices were not buying Verrilli’s argument that Arizona overstepped its bounds by legislating immigration policy and enforcement, ostensibly the purview of the federal government. At one point, Justice Sonia Sotomayor flat out told Verrilli his argument “wasn’t selling,” and asked if he had anything else…Read More

Related: Senate Democrats To Challenge GOP Over Arizona Immigration Law

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Poll: Americans Down on the Supreme Court, Gas Prices

 

We’ve hashed out the main takeaways from the ABC News/Washington Post poll, but buried a bit further down are some interesting findings on Americans’ view of the Supreme Court and Barack Obama’s handling of gas prices.

First of all, because nobody, including Obama, can just wait until the Supreme Court hands down its decision on Obamacare, we have this…Read More

Related: Poll: Will Obama’s Populism Hurt Him With Swing Voters?

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Is Obama Getting Too Clever In His SCOTUS Feud? (VIDEO)

The problem with running against future villains based on events that haven’t happened yet is you risk sounding like you don’t know what you’re talking about. Obama had to twist his remarks on the possibility of a judicial override into such a pretzel that it sounded like the former constitutional law professor didn’t understand the foundational decision of the Supreme Court…Read More

Related: Obamacare Goes to Court, Analysis: Well, Is This Thing Constitutional or Not?

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