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July 30, 2014
POLITICS: Obama Peddles Impeachment Conspiracy Theories To Raise Money

RS: Obama Peddles Impeachment Conspiracy Theories To Raise Money

Obama Impeach Me SignThe definition of a conspiracy theory is that it requires belief in a secret agreement among other people in the absence of of any evidence of such an agreement. President Obama and the Democratic Party are presently peddling a conspiracy theory that Republicans have a secret plan to impeach him from office. Their reason for selling this theory is nakedly self-interested: to raise money from gullible donors and drive turnout from excitable but poorly informed voters who may be unhappy with the President's job performance but remain personally loyal to him.

Democrats, of course, are just cynically exploiting anything that can help them gain partisan advantage. What is much more disappointing is the media playing along with this agitprop campaign, in particular by hounding Republican candidates across the country to discuss impeachment and then turning their answers into "Republicans talking about impeachment" stories even if they strenuously deny that they're interested in such a thing (or, as commonly happens, if they duck the question or offer vague answers designed to avoid alienating voters who might very much like to see the President impeached or at least see something tried).

Anyone who was not born yesterday knows full well that this is a conspiracy theory - that John Boehner and House leadership have zero interest in a futile and politically counterproductive effort to impeach an unpopular lame duck President; that they have no secret plan to do so; and that there is zero chance that the House Judiciary Committee, which has jurisdiction over Articles of Impeachment, will ever vote out such Articles against President Obama. Nor, among the many outside groups that have become major players in Republican primaries and have been busily engaged in many conservative efforts to pressure Capitol Hill on other issues, is there any organized effort to get Boehner and House leadership to take any other position. Reporters would never ask questions to Democratic candidates, on zero evidence, about something with so little chance of ever happening; they should not abet this conspiracy theory by continuing to cover it as if it was anything but a conspiracy theory.

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Posted by Baseball Crank at 6:02 PM | History • | Politics 2014
July 25, 2014
LAW/POLITICS: Halbig's Critics Hoist By Their Own Petards

RS: Halbig's Critics Hoist By Their Own Petards

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This has not been a good week for defenders of Obamacare and their scorn for the legal arguments challenging whether the statute provides subdsidies for buyers of health insurance policies on the federal Helthcare.gov exchange. On Monday, a divided panel of the DC Circuit ruled in Halbig v Burwell that the statute only provides subsidies for purchases on the state exchanges (the Fourth Circuit reached the opposite conclusion). The reaction to Halbig from pundits on the Left - most of them not lawyers, and many of them obviously woefully ignorant of how courts read laws - can only be characterized as an unhinged meltdown. The latest news has only further undermined their position.

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Posted by Baseball Crank at 5:00 PM | Law 2009-Present • | Politics 2014
July 22, 2014
POLITICS/BUSINESS: Latest Posts

More of my latest posts, off the site. At RedState:

DC Circuit Blocks Obamacare Subsidies, Mandate in 36 States (updated with the Fourth Circuit's decision)

Could Elizabeth Warren Face Ted Cruz In 2016?

8 Myths In The Immigration Debate

At The Federalist:

17 Ways Driverless Cars Could Change America

Posted by Baseball Crank at 2:52 PM | Business • | Law 2009-Present • | Politics 2014 • | Politics 2016
LAW/POLITICS: DC Circuit Blocks Obamacare Subsidies, Mandate in 36 States

RS: DC Circuit Blocks Obamacare Subsidies, Mandate in 36 States

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A divided panel of the DC Circuit this morning handed down its long-awaited decision in Halbig v Burwell, holding 2-1 that Obamacare does not provide subsidies for purchases of insurance on the federal Healthcare.gov exchange, and that the individual mandate does not apply in states that have not established their own state exchanges. The decision, based on the plain language of the statute (and not any Constitutional issue), is a huge blow to Obamacare, but is almost certainly not the last word in this litigation (which may yet go to the full DC Circuit and/or the Supreme Court) or in the political battle over the exchanges.

UPDATE: The Fourth Circuit has just handed down a ruling coming to the opposite conclusion, which increases the likelihood that the Supreme Court will have to step in.

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Posted by Baseball Crank at 10:40 AM | Law 2009-Present • | Politics 2014
July 18, 2014
POLITICS: Could Elizabeth Warren Face Ted Cruz In 2016?

Similar, But Not The Same

Should the Democrats nominate Elizabeth Warren for President in 2016, as a draft-Warren movement, some liberal pundits and enthusiasts at this week's Netroots Nation convention believe?

Should Republicans nominate Ted Cruz, who has kept his options open with frequent trips to Iowa and New Hampshire? In some ways, Cruz and Warren are mirror images, and the cases for and against them are surprisingly similar. But there are also some critical differences.

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Posted by Baseball Crank at 3:38 PM | Politics 2014 • | Politics 2016
July 15, 2014
POLITICS: 8 Myths In The Immigration Debate

Stop Saying That. It's Not True.

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The ongoing debate over immigration, and over illegal immigration in particular, is one of the most acrimonious - usually needlessly so - in our politics. It divides both parties, though it's no secret that the divisions within the GOP on this issue are far worse. And all sides in this debate are guilty of peddling myths and rhetoric that do more harm to the debate than good.

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Posted by Baseball Crank at 12:03 PM | Politics 2014