If the Supreme Court refuses to take the case or upholds the Circuit Court’s ruling Obamacare is toast.
… In the 36 states with federal Exchanges, a Halbig victory would free — not “exempt” — all employers with more than 50 workers from the employer-mandate penalties to which the Obama administration is unlawfully subjecting them. Census Bureau data indicate that in all, more than 250,000 firms and 57 million workers could be freed from those unlawful taxes. That’s more than the population of 27 states. Table 3 shows the number of firms and employees in each of the 36 states with federal Exchanges. In Florida, a Halbig victory would free more than 16,000 firms and 5.1 million employees from the employer mandate. In Texas, it would free more than 24,000 firms and nearly 7 million employees from the employer mandate.
Israel will still be demonized.
Via Times of Israel:
A 16-year-old Palestinian terrorist is being treated in an Israeli hospital after being captured during a pre-dawn Monday terror attack on southern Israel when emerging from one of Hamas’s cross-border tunnels.
The 16-year-old Hamas assailant is being treated in Ashkelon’s Barzilai Hospital and is described as being in moderate condition, Israel Radio reported on Tuesday afternoon. He was unconscious when hospitalized, the report said.
The teenager was captured after emerging from a tunnel dug from Gaza into southern Israel along with several other terrorists. In the pre-dawn attack, two groups of Hamas terrorists emerged from two tunnel exits, one inside the Israeli border near Kibbutz Nir Am, and the other near Erez, also on Israeli territory, several kilometers northeast of the Gaza city of Beit Hanoun.
DHS’ Elibiary previously called ousted Muslim Brotherhood President Mohamed Morsi “Egypt’s Nelson Mandela”
In Germany of all places.
Via IB Times:
Berlin authorities have ordered pro-Gaza demonstrators to stop chanting anti-semitic messages, after protesters were reportedly heard shouting ‘Gas the Jews’.
Sizeable anti-Israel rallies have been held in the German capital, with people taking to the streets allegedly chanting anti-semitic slogans. Some of the demonstrations are said to be organised by Muslim immigrants and neo-Nazi groups.
The Berlin authorities are also investigating anti-semitic behaviour by a radical Imam in the city, after a video uploaded by Israeli daily Haaretz showed an Imam calling for the obliteration of Jews, telling his followers to “kill them to the very last one”.
Condemning the anti-semitism, Dieter Graumann, president of the Central Council of Jews in Germany, was quoted by AFP as saying: “We are currently experiencing in this country an explosion of evil and violent hatred of Jews, which shocks and dismays all of us.
“We would never in our lives have thought it possible anymore [that] those anti-Semitic views of the nastiest and most primitive kind can be chanted on German streets.
He provides free birthin control insurance with a discount for using planned parenthood.
Despite heavy reliance on the “War on Women” theme during his tough re-election campaign, including pay equity, U.S. Sen. Mark Udall, D-Colo., pays his full-time women staffers considerably less than the men who work for him, an analysis by Watchdog Wire shows.
This stands in stark contrast to his campaign challenger, U.S. Rep. Cory Gardner, a Republican.
Data from the site Legistorm, show that, on average, Udall pays his women staffers 86-cents for every dollar earned by the men. The analysis covered fiscal year 2013 — October 2012 through September 2013 — and included only full-time staffers who had been on staff the entire fiscal year. The 17 women earned an average of a little more than $58,000, while the 14 men earned $67,300.
House staffs are much smaller.
Gardner employed only six women and four men for the fiscal year. However, Gardner’s office paid the women an average of $55,000, with the men earning a little more than $46,000.
The difference is almost completely accounted for by the senior staff positions. Udall hired men to serve in the higher-paid chief of staff and deputy chief of staff positions, while Gardner’s chief of staff was a woman.
First the Democrats will have to learn what a budget is.
A slew of prominent Democrats will spend the next week on a minimum wage budget as part of the Live the Wage campaign that is being orchestrated by cash-heavy astroturf groups.
Live the Wage is sponsored by more than 60 liberal organizations, labor unions, and other Democratic interest groups. Participants are asked to live on $77 for one week, claiming that is the average budget for someone earning the current minimum wage of $7.25 per hour. Brad Woodhouse, president of labor-funded front group Americans United for Change, called on Congress specifically to take the challenge before debating a potential 40 percent minimum wage hike.
“To the members of Congress who draw a six-figure government salary and say $7.25 an hour is a livable wage, I say walk the walk,” Woodhouse said in a statement announcing the campaign. “Live the wage before refusing to raise the wage. These tone deaf members might just change their tune if they had a little perspective.”
Woodhouse’s invitation has been met with enthusiasm by Democrats supportive of the $10.10 wage proposed in the Senate. Illinois Democratic Rep. Jan Schakowsky took up the challenge in order to stand “in solidarity with hard-working families who are trying to make ends meet,” according to the release.
Michael Saltsman, research director of the Employment Policies Institute, said that the congressmen were responding to an astroturf effort, rather than genuine grassroots push for wage hikes. He said that the grand gesture of “living on the wage” fails to address the majority of academic studies that have found that raising wages for low skilled workers cuts job openings and opportunities.
You stay classy, Roger Simon.
Still not known if he was kidnapped or they are unable to locate his remains.
An Israeli soldier is missing following a bloody seven-hour battle Sunday in an East Gaza neighborhood, Israel’s military said Tuesday, but it was unknown yet whether the soldier was dead or alive. The development could complicate diplomatic efforts underway to stop the conflict between Israel and Hamas as it enters its third week.
Hamas announced Sunday that it had captured an Israeli soldier. Israel’s ambassador to the United Nations promptly denied the claim, but Israel’s military said it was investigating. The soldier was one of seven Israelis inside an armored personnel carrier in the Shijaiyah enclave when Hamas militants attacked with an antitank missile.
On Tuesday, Lt. Col. Peter Lerner, an Israeli army spokesman, said the military has not been able to identify the soldier’s remains from among those removed from the vehicle.
“We have positively identified six dead soldiers, and we still need to determine if the seventh soldier is missing,” Lerner said.
Via one of IS’ Twitter accounts: