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“It sounds to me, if I may, you’ve declared for president,” the comedian said.
Mrs. Clinton laughed. (x)
President Obama addressing partisan disagreement over The Highway Trust Fund
Reminder that “imperial presidency” was a phrase that Karl Rove and Dick Cheney used to describe the doctrine the Bush administration openly subscribed to and followed.
But, no. It’s President Obama who goes too far every time he does anything.
Following a previous ruling in February, a federal judge has overturned Kentucky’s ban on same-sex couples marrying within the state.
I can try! To be honest, as a disclaimer, I am no expert on the Supreme Court. At all. I don’t know if this was sent before the decision came out or not, so as you may or may not already know SCOTUS sided 5-4 on the side of Hobby Lobby.
The question was whether or not a corporation with religious owners can deny coverage based on their religious beliefs. In this case, certain types of contraceptives were in question. The court ruled that “closely held corporations” (definition of closely held here in case you were wondering) with religious owners can not be required by the government to provide contraceptive coverage. This ruling was narrow in the fact that “this decision concerns only the contraceptive mandate and should not be understood to mean that all insurance mandates, that is for blood transfusions or vaccinations, necessarily fail if they conflict with an employer’s religious belief.” (x)
The narrow nature of this ruling is causing a lot of controversy because many believe it is mostly an affirmation of privilege…by not opening the door to various religious claims (which would be absolutely insane) and making it only about contraception aka women’s repro health care….it’s really only about one thing: conservative sexual morality. Additionally, it’s causing quite a stir due to the fact that it falls in line with the current Court’s penchant for giving corporations rights while simultaneously steamrolling over an actual group of people’s rights. The government can pay for coverage itself and the Obama admin is “almost certain” to provide contraception coverage to woman covered by today’s decision. (x x) That being said, it’s not necessarily about the coverage or the denial of the actual birth control in this case, at least not for me (although I obviously have issues with that). It’s more the implications of the ruling and the trend this SCOTUS has continued to support that worries me the most.
Today the US Supreme Court struck down a Massachusetts bill that gave abortion/family planning clinics as 35 foot protection zone in which protestors could not harass clinic patients, opening patients to the possibility of harassment, verbal and physical attacks, and even death threats as they attempt to enter a clinic.
This is ridiculous.