TOP NEWS: Democracy: July 2, 2012
- Congress finally gets its business done
- Young Voters Shed Image as Obama Brigade
- Health Care Ruling Dominates Debate, Shapes Election
- Ruling is win for conservatives
- Bain Attacks Make Inroads for President
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CONGRESS/STUDENT LOANS/HWY FUNDS: Congress finally gets its business done.
David A. Fahrenthold, Washington Post - This is what the most detested, divided, gridlocked Congress in recent memory looks like when it The House and Senate finally got down to business last week, passing a student-loan and highway-funding bill. Before that, though, it was business as usual, as lawmakers fought over, among other things, the definition of a catfish, the question of when life begins, health-care legislation and an immigration bill.
2012 ELECTIONS:Young Voters Shed Image as Obama Brigade
Susan Saulny, NY Times - For 18- and 19-year-olds, the unemployment rate as of May was 23.5 percent, according to the Bureau of Labor Statistics. For those ages 20 to 24, the rate falls to 12.9 percent, compared with the national unemployment rate of 8.2 percent for all ages. The impact of the recession on the young has created a disillusionment about politics in general, several experts suggested.
SUPREME COURT: Health Care Ruling Dominates Debate, Shapes Election
Christina Bellantoni and Terence Burlij, PBS - Susan Clark of Venice, Calif., argues with another demonstrator outside the Supreme Court last week. Reports that Chief Justice John Roberts switched his vote to uphold President Obama’s health care law aside, last week’s Supreme Court decision will reverberate on the campaign trail, shaping the outcomes of elections on Nov. 6 and beyond.
HEALTH CARE: Ruling is win for conservatives
George Will, Washington Post OPINION - Conservatives won a substantial victory on Thursday. … If the mandate had been upheld under the Commerce Clause, the court would have decisively construed this clause so permissively as to give Congress an essentially unlimited police power — the power to mandate, proscribe and regulate behavior for whatever Congress deems a public benefit. By persuading the court to reject a Commerce Clause rationale for a president’s signature act, the conservative legal insurgency against Obamacare has won a huge victory for the long haul. This victory will help revive a venerable tradition of America’s political culture, that of viewing congressional actions with a skeptical constitutional squint, searching for congruence with the Constitution’s architecture of enumerated powers.
2012 ELECTIONS: Bain Attacks Make Inroads for President
Jim Rutenberg and Jeff Zeleny, NY Times - President Obama is successfully invoking Mitt Romney’s career at Bain Capital to raise doubts about Mr. Romney’s commitment to the middle class, strategists in both parties say.
More on Elections 2012
Eli Lake, Daily Beast - Insiders say advisers are sidelined, scrambling to be heard in a campaign that seems solely focused on bashing Obama’s economic record. At the Romney 2012 campaign, there’s a well-known mantra that drives much of the candidate’s strategy: Every day Romney talks about something besides the economy is a victory for President Obama. That maxim has left many of the foreign-policy wonks participating in the campaign feeling sidelined,..
Jonathan Martin, POLITICO - Just as aspiring movie stars covet being among the nominees for cinema’s ultimate prize, ambitious politicians want to have their names on the oft-repeated list of potential vice presidents. Getting on the ticket is the ultimate goal, but even being a finalist — or convincing the media you were a finalist even if you weren’t — brings benefits, too.
Glenn Kessler, Washington Post - FACT CHECKER | Obama has used an article in The Washington Post to attack his GOP rival, but neither side characterizes its findings correctly.
Katharine Q. Seelye, NY Times - Former Gov. Angus King has a strong lead in the race to fill Olympia Snowe’s Senate seat, but it has made him an early punching bag.
Emily Heil, Washington Post - “If things continue as they have so far, I’ll be the first sitting president in modern history to be outspent in his reelection campaign,” he said, according to the report. If Democrats didn’t write checks, Obama warned, such Republican PACs could permanently alter the political landscape. “The special interests that are financing my opponent’s campaign are just going to consolidate themselves,” he said. “They’re gonna run Congress and the White House.”
David Catanese, POLITICO - Obama — and by extension, Kaine — have caused a crisis of confidence among business owners worried about complying with the health care law and other policies he considers hostile to job growth.
More on the Supreme Court Health Care Ruling
Jeffrey Toobin, The New Yorker – By affirming the constitutionality of the Affordable Care Act—the legislative cornerstone of Barack Obama’s Presidency—Roberts was disappointing those closest to him.
Sarah Kliff, Washington Post - Florida and South Carolina have decided that they will opt out. Republican legislators elsewhere are also mulling the idea.“Florida will opt out of spending approximately $1.9 billion more taxpayer dollars required to implement a massive entitlement expansion of the Medicaid program,” Florida Gov. Rick Scott’s office said in a Sunday evening statement.
Valerie Richardson, Washington Times - “Let’s be clear on who that 1 percent is: Those are people who can afford health insurance, who choose not to buy it, and then when they get sick they go to the hospital and the cost gets spread among all the people paying for insurance,” Mr. Lew told host George Stephanopoulos on ABC’s “This Week.” “The court found it constitutional. Frankly, what you call it is not the issue.”
video: Alex MacGillis tackles the idea that the Supreme Court decision was somehow a win for Mitt Romney and Republicans
Alexandra Jaffe, National Journal - Though the Supreme Court upheld the law in its ruling released last week, McConnell argued on Fox News Sunday that the court’s reasoning for upholding it opens the door for Republicans to attempt to repeal the measure through reconciliation. Such a move requires only a simple majority to pass a bill, rather than the 60 votes required to overcome a filibuster…
Ezra Klein, Washington Post – Since the Supreme Court decision, Republicans have been calling the Affordable Care Act “the largest tax increase in the history of the world.” Politifact rates this false.
Joseph Curl, Washington Times - In voting to uphold Mr. Obama’s disastrous health-care overhaul, the chief justice took away the president’s main line of attack that surely would have been deployed had the court voted 5-4, along party lines
Adam Liptak, NY Times - A look back at the term just concluded reveals that the court, which has had a reputation for predictable ideological splits, has entered a new phase. This term, it sometimes worked with striking unanimity and assertiveness to review the actions of the other branches of government. When the court was divided, as it was in the immigration and health care cases, its voting often did not track the usual patterns. There is good evidence that Chief Justice John G. Roberts Jr. has worked hard to insulate his institution from the charge that it has political motivations…
Kate Pickert, TIME - Of all the ways President Obama’s health care law is poised to alter the U.S. medical system, the extension of new health insurance coverage to some 32 million people has been billed as its most important.
James Kitfield, National Journal – In ruling that the Affordable Care Act was constitutional but amounts to a tax on Americans who decline to buy insurance, the Supreme Court kicked the divisive issue of health care back into the partisan scrum of Washington politics. The early kicking and scratching from both sides on Sunday’s talk shows suggests that the issue will loom large in the November elections, whether the American people like it or not.
Vivek Wadhwa, Washington Post - The Supreme Court’s decision may have been historic, but new technologies are the key to making health-care affordable for all.
Greg Sargent, Washington Post - In the wake of the Supreme Court ruling upholding Obamacare, Republicans have signaled that they will renew the push for full repeal of the law — and party strategists are quoted far and wide claiming this is a certain political winner for them. Time will tell whether they’re right. But there are a few angles on this story worth considering[...]
Chris Cillizza, Washington Post OPINION- “I will act to repeal Obamacare,” said former Massachusetts governor Mitt Romney on Friday.
Robert Barnes, Washington Post - When Chief Justice John G. Roberts Jr. joined with the court’s liberal justices to uphold President Obama’s health-care law, It was only the second time in his seven years on the court that he provided the winning vote for the left to prevail over the conservative justices. That statistic alone should be enough to cool hopeful chatter from some liberal political commentators that perhaps Roberts is showing signs of becoming the next David H. Souter. Souter, nominated to the court in 1990 by President George H.W. Bush, eventually became a fairly reliable liberal vote.
David M. Walker, POLITICO - So what do we do? Here’s a four-point plan: 1. Focus on Needs Rather Than Wants. [...] 2. Move Toward Evidence-Based Care. [...] 3. Create a Federal Budget for Health Care. [...] 4. Increase Individual’s Financial Stake.
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CAMPAIGN FINANCE: US election: Fully funded
Richard McGregor, Financial Times - Courts have made it easier to make big donations and keep them secret, transforming the electoral landscape.
SUPREME COURT: High Court Rejects Challenges to Media Rule
Amy Schatz and Brent Kendall, WSJ - The U.S. Supreme Court Friday refused to consider challenges to Federal Communications Commission rules that limit ownership of broadcast outlets and newspapers in local markets.
WASHINGTON: outages ‘almost unprecedented’
Staff, Washington Times - Outages numbered in the hundreds of thousands for a second day, as officials warned residents across Maryland, the District of Columbia andVirginia that power might not be restored until late in the week, and crews worked in temperatures nearing triple digits to make repairs from a devastating storm that claimed more than a dozen lives.