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The Imperial Presidency, Reloaded

Let’s imagine the following situation:

In 2012, Mitt Romney wins the election. He tries to repeal Obamacare but the Democratic Senate won’t even take it up. He then tries to pass a bill reforming the law, but the Senate rejects him again. He then proceeds to, by executive order:

  • Delay the minimum requirements of the insurance policies until after the midterm election.
  • Change the date of compliance for the employer mandate and entertain the possibility
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    Lerner Takes the Fifth

    Lois Lerner, the former IRS official at the center of the IRS controversy over the targeting of Tea Party groups, took the fifth amendment again today, causing a contentious end to the hearings. There’s been a lot of foolishness thrown around in the wake of this. I’ll point you, once again, to Ken at Popehat

    I’ve been seeing a lot of comments to the effect of “why should Lois Lerner take the Fifth if she

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    They got this wrong…

    Some scientists are claiming that they have found the most massive entity in the universe. From the article:

    The galaxy known prosaically as M87 doesn’t look like much. Unlike beautiful spiral galaxies (including the Milky Way), M87 appears as an orangish blob of stars through telescopes. Its only noticeable feature is the long streamer of gas emanating from the galactic center.

    The source of that jet is far from prosaic, however: It’s a black

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    The Pledge

    As you know, Obama invoked his imperial executive powers to delay the employer mandate for businesses with 50-99 employees. One aspect of it, however, has not caught much attention. In order to qualify for the exemption, businesses must certify, under penalty of perjury, that they did not cut down on employment to get under the 100 employee cap:

    This week, the Obama administration finalized a regulation that delays enforcement of the employer mandate until

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    The Threat of Liberty

    Via Reason, I found this article which digs into the spate of vehemently anti-Libertarians screeds which have been recently popping up on liberal websites and publications. Salon became a hard-core anti-libertarian site so gradually I hardly even noticed. Slate has been shifting against libertarians. The New Republic published a rancid little article trying to dig into the supposed libertarian ideals of Glenn Greenwald, Julian Assange and Edward Snowden. LGF and Balloon Juice have been screaming … Read more

    D’Souza in the Gunsights

    Dinesh D’Souza, who has written a book and made a movie heavily critical of Obama was indicted last week on charges of breaking federal campaign finance laws. The allegation is that he made strawman donations — reimbursing employees and friends for donating to the failed senate campaign of Wendy Long so he could exceed the $5000 campaign contribution limit. D’Souza has responded that he broke the law accidentally due to a “misunderstanding”.

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    Do We Want Another War?

    A couple of months ago, the Obama Administration and the P5+1 negotiators worked out a temporary deal with Iran on nuclear weapons. About a week ago, the first date was set — January 20 — for Iran to begin scaling down their program.

    Congress is now working on a plan to scuttle this deal. Their bill, which is apparently one vote short of being veto-proof, would impose new sanctions on Iran, effectively ending the agreement. … Read more

    Playing Politics With Kids

    At present, there is no evidence directly linking Chris Christie to the bridge closures. But if there is, he will be in serious trouble. It’s pretty repulsive to punish innocent citizens to get at a politician. And when you’re talking about hurting children, that’s just disgraceful.

    You know where this is going, don’t you?

    A House Natural Resources Committee investigation has found that President Obama’s Office of Management and Budget ordered that sequestration cuts

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    Christie Hits A Scandal

    Ok, let’s review what we’ve learned over the last five years about political scandals.

    When Obama’s attorney general was part of a program that lost track of guns it was walking into Mexico and people were killed with those guns, we were told this was not a scandal.

    When an embassy in a hotbed of terrorist activity was poorly guarded and the subsequent attack killed four people and the President’s UN Ambassador falsely claimed it … Read more

    Putting The Obama in Obamacare

    One of the things we’ve touched on occasionally how Barack Obama has been unilaterally rewriting parts of the Obamacare as problems emerge. On Friday, we had the most blatant example yet:

    The Obama administration, in an 11th-hour change, announced significant exemptions for people who recently lost their insurance coverage and are struggling to get a new plan — drawing immediate criticism from the insurance industry and Republican lawmakers.

    Health and Human Services Secretary Kathleen Sebelius

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