Supreme Court Justice Kennedy Says Constitution Is A “Flawed Document”…

Except it isn’t.

Via SF Gate:

Supreme Court Justice Anthony Kennedy wasn’t out to make news when he addressed the annual conference of the Ninth U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals and devoted most of his 50-minute speech to the Magna Carta, which turns 800 years old in 2015. But Kennedy did let on that he doesn’t belong to the school of Constitution-worshipers who base their legal doctrines on what they glean to be the original, literal meaning of every word and phrase in the nation’s founding document.

“The Constitution of the United States is a flawed document,” Kennedy said at Thursday’s windup conference session in Monterey. By “thinly veiled language,” he said, it “basically reaffirmed the legality of slavery,” referring to provisions that allowed the slave trade to continue at least until 1808 and defined each slave as three-fifths of a person when deciding how many congressional delegates to assign to each state.

The 600,000 who died in the Civil War, Kennedy said, were “one of the things it cost for having a Constitution that was flawed.”

At the same time, he said, the drafters of the Constitution had the insight to declare principles, like due process of law, that could be interpreted anew by future generations — a sacrilege to literalists like Justice Antonin Scalia, who contends the court is strictly bound by what he deems to be the original intent and meaning of the document.

Dem Sen. Chris Murphy Attacks Israel For Endangering U.S. National Security With Civilian Deaths In Gaza…


Via Politico:

Sen. Chris Murphy on Tuesday said the substantial number of Palestinian civilians killed in Gaza could endanger U.S. national security.

Appearing on MSNBC, the Connecticut Democrat cited a United Nations report that an estimated 75 percent of Palestinian casualties have been civilians, saying the statistic could be used as a recruiting tool for America’s enemies.

“[T]hat is a problem for Israel,” he said. “But it’s a problem for the United States, as well, which is why we have to be so concerned about this. This is bulletin board material, stuff for people that are recruiting folks to the fight against Israel but also against the West in general.”

The senator also appeared to take a jab at Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu. Murphy expressed pessimism in a long-term peace deal, saying that anything “more substantial” would not come under Israel and Palestine’s current leaders.

“[I]t’s been clear for a long time that you don’t have the leadership right now — either on the Israeli side or on the Palestinian side — in order to do anything more than that,” he said, referred to an immediate, short-term ceasefire. “I think we are in a position of essentially waiting for new leadership on both sides in order to do anything more substantial on the peace process.”

Today’s Court Ruling On Obamacare Subsidies Frees More Than 57 Million Americans From Individual And Employer Mandates…

If the Supreme Court refuses to take the case or upholds the Circuit Court’s ruling Obamacare is toast.

Via Forbes:

… 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.

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16-Year-Old Gaza Terrorist Wounded During Fight With IDF Being Treated In Israeli Hospital…

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.

MSNBC Contributor Slams Network Claiming They Are Too Pro-Israel…

And yes, she’s serious.

Via TPM:

An MSNBC contributor used her appearance on the cable news channel Monday to sharply criticize its coverage of the Israel-Hamas conflict.

During an interview on “Ronan Farrow Daily,” Palestinian journalist Rula Jebreal unloaded on Western media outlets, including MSNBC, arguing that influence from pro-Israel forces makes the news coverage more favorable to the likes of Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu.

“Because of AIPAC, and because of the money behind it, and because of Sheldon Adelson, and because of all of us in the media. We are ridiculous. We are disgustingly biased when it comes to this issue,” Jebreal said.

“Look at how many airtime Netanyahu and his folks have on air on a daily basis. Andrea Mitchell and others,” she continued, referring to the MSNBC stalwart whose show airs right before Farrow’s afternoon program. “I never see one Palestinian being interviewed on theses same issues.”

When Farrow pushed back gently and pointed out that Palestinian guests have been interviewed, Jebreal continued her criticism.

“Maybe 30 seconds! And then you have 25 minutes for Bibi Netanyahu, and then half an hour for Naftali Bennett and many others,” Jebreal said.

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Day After Defending Obama’s Fundraising Trip, WH Says Obama Cancelled Appearance On Kimmel Show Because of Current Crises…

Beyond parody.

Tweet Of The Day

White House: Screw The Court Ruling, Obamacare Subsidies Will Keep Flowing…

Expect any less from the Imperial Presidency?

Update to this story: DC Circuit Deals Huge Blow To Obamacare, Throws Out IRS Rule Offering Subsidies In States That Opted Out

DOJ statement on the ruling:

Senior DHS Advisor: Hamas Should Demand Egypt Free Muslim Brotherhood Prisoners As Part Of Ceasefire Deal With Israel…

DHS’ Elibiary previously called ousted Muslim Brotherhood President Mohamed Morsi “Egypt’s Nelson Mandela”

German Police Order Protesters To Stop Chanting “Gas The Jews” At Anti-Israel Rallies…

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.

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Turkish PM Erdogan Says He’s No Longer Obama’s Good Friend, Stopped Taking His Phone Calls…


Via Ahram Online:

Turkish Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan said he has stopped talking to US President Barack Obama on the phone, amid growing strains between Ankara and Washington over Syria and the Gaza conflict.

Turkey, a fierce opponent of Syrian President Bashar al-Assad and an open supporter of armed rebel fighters, felt betrayed when the United States backed away from military action against Damascus in September.

“In the past, I was calling him (Obama) directly. Because I can’t get the expected results on Syria, our foreign ministers are now talking to each other,” Erdogan said in a live interview on pro-government ATV channel late Monday.

“And I have talked to (US Vice President Joe) Biden. He calls me and I call him.

“I expect justice in this process. I couldn’t imagine something like this from those who are championing justice,” Erdogan added without elaborating, in an apparent jibe at Washington.

BREAKING: DC Circuit Deals Huge Blow To Obamacare, Throws Out IRS Rule Offering Subsidies In States That Opted Out…

Oh my.

Via The Hill:

A federal appears court on Tuesday struck down one of the pillars of ObamaCare, ruling that the law’s premium subsidies are invalid in more than two-dozen states.

The D.C. Circuit Court of Appeals said the Affordable Care Act does not permit the IRS to distribute premium subsidies in the federal ObamaCare exchange, meaning those consumers must bear the full cost of their insurance.

The 2-1 decision by the three-judge panel in Halbig v. Burwell sets up a major legal showdown that conservatives believe could deal a fatal blow to President Obama’s healthcare law.
The government is expected to appeal the ruling to the full D.C. Circuit, but even if the administration triumphs there, the case appears destined for the Supreme Court.

The appeals court’s decision tossed out the ObamaCare subsidies on the grounds that the statutory language of the Affordable Care Act does not explicitly allow enrollees on the federal exchanges to receive premium tax credits.

U.S. Sen. Udall (D-CO) Fails On Pay Equity

Msrk Udall

He provides free birthin control insurance with a discount for using planned parenthood.

Via Watchdog

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.

No Joke: White House Takes Credit For Slowing Illegal Immigration…

Defies logic.

Via CNS News:

White House spokesman Josh Earnest told reporters on Monday that the situation at the overwhelmed Texas-Mexico border is improving, and he attributed it partly to the administration’s response:

“You know, we have seen a reduction, at least for now, in the flow of individuals from these Central American countries to the border. We’ve seen a stepped-up campaign from Customs and Border Patrol in Spanish-language media, in Central America, to try to make it clear why parents should not put their kids on this dangerous journey.”

Earnest said the reasons for the reduced numbers of unaccompanied children and adults traveling with children “cannot be attributed to any one factor.”

But, he added, “We do believe that the administration’s response and efforts to work with Central American leaders to publicize the dangers of the journey and reinforce that apprehended migrants are ultimately returned to their home countries in keeping with the law, as well as seasonal flows, have all played a part.”

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Obama’s Schedule Today: Two Photo-Ops, Three Fundraisers…

Crises? What crises?

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Democrats To Spend Week Living On Minimum Wage Budget

WA: May Day march through Seattle for immigrant rights

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.

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Politico’s Roger Simon: Rick Perry Sending National Guard To Border “To Shoot Small Children”…

You stay classy, Roger Simon.

Israel Says Soldier Missing After Bloody 7-Hour Battle In Gaza…

Still not known if he was kidnapped or they are unable to locate his remains.

Via WaPo:

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.

Rep. Rosa DeLauro (D-Troll) Accuses GOP of Treating Unemployed Americans Like “Road Kill”…

Via CNS News:

Rep. Rosa DeLauro (D-Conn.) accused House Republicans of treating unemployed Americans like “road kill” at an event where she and other Democrats demanded an extension of insurance benefits for the long-term unemployed even though jobs grew faster after they expired.

A spokesperson for House Speaker John Boehner dismissed DeLauro’s accusations, pointing to data in a recent House Ways & Means Committee report that indicates that employment and jobs have grown faster since the Emergency Unemployment Compensation Program expired on Dec. 28, 2013.

“There were more jobs and far more people were employed after the EUC program ended than while it operated,” the report stated.

“More unemployment checks won’t create less unemployment, in fact, the evidence suggests they create more,” said Matt Wolking, communications advisor for Boehner.

President Obama also recently bragged that “we’ve now seen the fastest job growth in the United States in the first half of the year since 1999.” June data from the Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS) showed that the unemployment rate has fallen to 6.1 percent, down from 6.3 percent in May.

But DeLauro ignored the data, suggesting that Republicans want the unemployed to “suffer.”

Islamic State Details “Jizyah” Payments Christians Must Make…

Via one of IS’ Twitter accounts: