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White House: States’ Rights Trump CDC

2:02 PM, Oct 28, 2014

The Obama administration is suddenly a champion of states' rights when it comes to the Ebola quarantine controversy.

From Politico:

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Key Obamacare Architect Said Subsidies Couldn’t Flow through Federal Exchanges

6:01 AM, Jul 28, 2014

The New York Times has described M.I.T. economist Jonathan Gruber as “a card-carrying Democrat” whose “position as an adviser to the influential Congressional Budget Office also left him perfectly positioned to advise the White House on health reform.”  Moreover, the Times writes, “After Mr. Gruber helped the administration put together the basic principles of the [Obamacare] proposal, the White House lent him to Capitol Hill to help Congressional staff members draft the specifics of the legislation.”  Now it turns out that, as the Competitive Enterprise Institute has unearthed, Gruber told audiences as far back as early 2012 that Obamacare’s taxpayer-funded subsidies couldn’t flow through federally established exchanges, but only through state-established ones.  More recently, Gruber has been singing a different tune, as legal challenges on that aspect of the law have proceeded. 

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The Pension Drag

3:09 PM, Oct 02, 2013

The specter of municipal bankruptcies spreading across the land – especially in states like Illinois, California, and Michigan – has been out of mind of late.  Pushed off the agenda by other crises.  But it has not gone away even – or, perhaps, especially – in jurisdictions where the problem was thought to have been dealt with, if not actually solved.

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The Last Redoubt

Republican attorneys general: the unsung heroes in challenging the Obama agenda
Jul 22, 2013

Can you name the attorney general of your state? I’m betting most folks can’t. There’s a reason. Campaigns for attorney general get scant media attention, causing voters to ignore down-ballot races. This is unfortunate, especially if you reside in a red state. Because in the past few years Republican attorneys general have become a growing force in national affairs. They’re not quite a conservative juggernaut, but they’re headed that way.

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The States & Their Gun Laws

6:06 AM, Jan 23, 2013

The Times is upset that some states are legislating non-compliance with proposed federal gun laws.  Even so, sayeth the Times:

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The States Should Say No

. . . to ‘free money’ for Medicaid expansion.
Dec 24, 2012



If someone who is sinking deeper and deeper into debt comes to you with an offer of “free money,” you would be best advised to:

(a) take the money and run,

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Romney and Obama Pick Up More States, Swing States Too Close to Call

8:05 PM, Nov 06, 2012

Fox News projects Mitt Romney will win Alabama, Mississippi, Oklahoma, and Tennessee. Obama, the cable news channel predicts, will win Illinois, Delaware, Connecticut, Maryland, Massachusetts, New Jersey, Rhode Island, and the District of Columbia.

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An Election Night Guide

6:00 AM, Nov 06, 2012

Since the House passed Obamacare 961 days ago, on March 21, 2010 — two days before President Obama signed it into law — all eyes have been on November 6, 2012.  As Bill Kristol wrote on March 22, 2010:

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Early Voting Reform: A Ticking Time Bomb

10:15 AM, Oct 18, 2012

In election law, as in so many things, the word “reform,” when associated with a new idea, is usually a sure sign that mischief is afoot.

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Rasmussen: Obama 271, Romney 267

6:15 PM, Oct 05, 2012

One month and one day before the most important presidential election in the past quarter of a century and perhaps in the past century and a quarter, Rasmussen Reports shows the race being about as even as it could possibly be.  At this point, Rasmussen’s state-by-state polling shows that President Obama would win by the tally of 271 electoral votes to 267 for Mitt Romney.

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Some Laws Favor Labor Unions

11:00 PM, Aug 09, 2012

A new study from the U.S. Chamber of Commerce finds that, when it comes to “threatening or disruptive behavior,” union members have far more rights—or, at least, far more license—than their fellow Americans.

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Rasmussen: Romney 269, Obama 243

12:40 PM, Jun 14, 2012

We’re a long way from November 6 (145 days for those who are keeping score at home), but Rasmussen’s latest polling of likely voters in states across the land shows Mitt Romney currently leading President Barack Obama in the quest for electoral votes.  In fact, if the 9 key swing states were each to go according to Rasmussen’s latest polling, a

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Why It’s Not Surprising Romney Won Illinois

And why it will be surprising if he wins in Louisiana — or Indiana.
8:05 AM, Mar 21, 2012

While it’s clear that regional variations have played a role thus far in the Republican primaries — with Mitt Romney doing well in the Northeast but not in the South, for example — breaking down the contests along other lines might help shed some additional light on the race.

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Pensions Aren't the Problem, cont.

2:27 PM, Mar 28, 2011

Andrew Biggs and Eileen Norcross write this letter to the editor in response to Eli Lehrer's "Pensions Aren't the Problem," which appeared in the March 28 issue of THE WEEKLY STANDARD:

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Why Public Unions are Fundamentally Different from Private Ones

8:36 AM, Feb 23, 2011

Most of the focus on public employee unions emphasizes the fact that states are going bankrupt and that states can’t continue to give these unions the almost obscene perks they have gotten in the past. But that misses the more fundamental point.

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Obama's War on the States

In the Wisconsin union battle, the Obama administration is supporting Democrats' biggest campaign cash cow over a governor that wants needed reforms.
2:42 PM, Feb 18, 2011

In evaluating the battle over public sector unions in Wisconsin, it's worth considering for a moment the state of American unionism. It's not a pretty picture, as far as unions are concerned.

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