So, here’s a quandary. From day one, the GOP’s main argument against ObamaCare (or BaucusCare, as we like to call it) has been that the individual mandate, which requires people above a certain income threshold to purchase health insurance, is unconstitutional. But years later, as it debates immigration reform, Republicans are realizing that allowing uninsured immigrants to stay in the country could be a massive financial drain on the health care system. That confronts the party with an awkward choice: Either accepting that financial drain, or impose an individual mandate on undocumented immigrants. We’re very curious to see how this will play out; will Republicans end up voluntarily defanging their own strongest argument against the Affordable Care Act? source
Former Gov. Mark #Sanford will fill the vacant U.S. House seat in South Carolina’s 1st Congressional District, CNN projects.— CNN Breaking News (@cnnbrk)
JUST IN: Former South Carolina Gov. Mark Sanford wins hotly contest U.S. House seat - AP— NBC News (@NBCNews)
Former Governor Mark Sanford is being projected as winner of the race for South Carolina’s first district House seat, defeating his Democratic opponent, Elizabeth Colbert Busch. Sanford, 52, was dogged by his infamous abandonment of his post as Governor in June of 2009, when he vanished to Argentina to engage in an extramarital affair. He ran on a very overt platform of redemption and asking forgiveness, however, and SC-1’s largely conservative voters seem to have been in a forgiving mood — Sanford is back from the Appalachian Trail, and he’s headed to the United States House.
But does that mean that employees in other countries get paid more or that CEOs in other countries get paid less?
#OccupyWallStreet: “This is what democracy looks like.”
MUST. NOT. GET. ON. SOAP BOX.
“Every pillar of the Taliban regime will be destroyed.” So said a message to the Taliban leader Mullah Omar from the United States in October of 2001. This message, along with a veritable treasure trove of previously classified documents from late 2001, have just been released and posted by the National Security Archive. They involve a great deal of information on the initial US strategic response in Afghanistan and the early planning and development of the War on Terror.
Start looking through the documents here. GWU has taken the time to give some highlights from these documents, including a detailed timeline of Cheney’s post-9/11 whereabouts, and an NSC strategic plan outlining the desire to take down al Qaeda and the Taliban without commiting to “any post-Taliban military involvement.” (Because all that nation-building could get tricky and entangling, no?)
John McCain with Michele Bachmann eyes.