2:27 PM, Nov 13, 2012 • By DANIEL HALPER
In remarks on the Senate floor, the top Republican in that chamber argues against a mandate for President Barack Obama after his reelection last week.
"In politics, there is always a temptation among those who win office to think they have a mandate to do what they will," McConnell will say, according to prepared remarks. "But it’s important to remember that in this case the voters also re-elected a Republican-controlled House last week, and a closely divided Senate. And in a government of three equal branches, that’s hardly irrelevant. Most people may focus on the White House, but the fact is, the government is organized no differently today than it was after the Republican wave of 2010."
The top Senate Republican contends that Americans are "wary" of what Obama might do in a second term. "Look out across the heartland, and you’ll see vast regions of the country wary of the President’s vision for the future. The country is sharply divided about the right path forward. If the President wants to unite America, as he has always claimed to, if he truly realizes that he was elected to represent all of its citizens, not just the ones who voted to give him a second term last Tuesday ... then he’ll seek the common ground he avoided so strenuously in his first term. That’s his task. That’s the duty that comes with being President."
McConnell will add, "The campaign is over." Though that line comes after congratulating Obama--as well as Mitt Romney and Paul Ryan on the tough campaign.
"I also want to congratulate the President and Vice President once again on their own hard-fought victory last week. And I’d like to say just a brief word of thanks to our own nominees as well, Governor Romney and Congressman Ryan. They may not have won the race, but they earned our respect and admiration in the effort," McConnell will say. "They fought valiantly for the cause of limited government, free enterprise, opportunity for all, and a stronger social safety net that’s there when people need it most."
"In short, they fought for the kind of constitutional conservatism so many Americans believe in so strongly. And their loss does nothing to diminish the importance of these enduring principles, or our commitment to keep fighting for them. So we thank them, and their families, for making the sacrifices any presidential campaign demands. And I want to assure everyone: the cause goes on."
“It is not some far right, extremist cause.”11:37 AM, Sep 11, 2012 • By JULIANNE DUDLEY
Addressing a largely Catholic audience Monday night at an event sponsored by the John Carroll Society in Washington, D.C., Cardinal Timothy Dolan emphasized the non-sectarian, non-partisan—catholic with a small “c”—nature of the fight for religious liberty. “It is not some far right, extremist cause,” Dolan said, but an “American human rights issue.”
8:19 AM, Jul 5, 2012 • By DANIEL HALPER
Republican presidential candidate Mitt Romney has finally conceded that Obamacare, as it stands under the Supreme Court ruling, "is a tax."
7:00 AM, Jul 3, 2012 • By STEPHEN F. HAYES
One of the few bright spots in last week’s Supreme Court ruling on President Obama’s health care overhaul was a political one: The opinion written by Chief Justice John Roberts argues that Obamacare is constitutional under the taxing powers of Congress. The Obama administration’s advocate before the Court, Solicitor General Donald Verrilli, made this case during oral arguments, and Roberts bought it. The decision, in a sense, formalized what many conservatives had long argued: The Obamacare tax is a tax.
2:36 PM, May 24, 2012 • By DANIEL HALPER
Steve Hayes, with A.B. Stoddard and Charles Krauthammer, last night on Fox News:
12:19 PM, May 24, 2012 • By HOWARD SLUGH
On May 7, 2012, the Rabbinical Council of America (RCA), the largest organization of rabbis in the United States, approved a resolution recognizing that the Health and Human Services (HHS) regulation that mandates employers provide access to contraceptives, abortifacient drugs, and sterilizations forces many employers to “violate the injunctions of their religion.” The RCA, which represents more than 1,000 Orthodox rabbis, urged the Obama administration to amend the regulation to protect the religious liberties of all employers.
10:41 AM, May 22, 2012 • By DANIEL HALPER
Steve Hayes, with A.B. Stoddard and Juan Williams, last night on Fox News:
7:05 AM, Apr 23, 2012 • By VINCENT PHILLIP MUñOZ
The United States Conference of Catholic Bishops has taken a bold stand for religious freedom. In a recent statement, titled “Our First, Most Cherished Liberty,” the bishops call for repeal of contraception coverage mandated by the Department of Health and Human Services. The clarified position sets up a dramatic confrontation with the Obama administration—and would, if the bishops prevail, help preserve the religious liberty of all Americans.
4:25 PM, Mar 30, 2012 • By ADAM J. WHITE
In light of the bruising that Solicitor General Donald Verrilli took during this week's oral arguments, no one can blame Obamacare's supporters for trying to offer (belatedly) winning answers that the government’s attorney lacked. Two of the early entrants are law professors Akhil Amar and Jeffrey Rosen. But their efforts do not improve much on the government's offering.
7:18 PM, Mar 27, 2012 • By ADAM J. WHITE
Yesterday, we endured an esoteric debate over a jurisdictional statute that practically no one expects to actually affect the Supreme Court's review of Obamacare. Today, by contrast, was the argument we've all been waiting for: the challenge to the constitutional merits of Obamacare's individual mandate.
7:20 PM, Mar 26, 2012 • By ADAM J. WHITE
The solicitor general had an interesting morning. He argued before the Supreme Court's nine justices that Obamacare's individual mandate isn't a "tax"—even though he'll argue tomorrow that the mandate is a "tax." And then the government's top litigator invoked the possibility of incompetent government litigators as a reason to reject an argument raised by the plaintiffs
Welcome to the Supreme Court's review of Obamacare. One day down, two more to go.
The Supreme Court weighs Obamacare.Mar 26, 2012, Vol. 17, No. 27 • By ADAM J. WHITE
Ordinarily, judges decide cases by applying the text of laws and the precedents laid down in previous cases. But the Supreme Court is no ordinary court, and the cases that it chooses to decide are not ordinary ones. Cases in which the lower courts disagree; cases of utmost national importance; cases for which there is little precedent or the written law is ambiguous—this is the Supreme Court’s daily fare.
Mar 26, 2012, Vol. 17, No. 27 • By WILLIAM KRISTOL
Why is there still so much resistance among Republican primary voters to Mitt Romney, the likely but not inevitable GOP nominee? Perhaps the deepest reason is this: At a moment in history when we need a bold commitment to reform, a fundamental willingness to limit the state and revitalize self-government, Romney’s achievements and qualifications seem out of step with the times.
8:08 AM, Mar 6, 2012 • By JEFFREY H. ANDERSON
Super Tuesday coincides with the 28th consecutive Rasmussen poll showing double-digit support for the repeal of Obamacare. By a margin of 11 percentage points (53 to 42 percent), the poll shows that likely voters from across the political spectrum favor repealing President Obama’s signature legislation.