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The Supreme Court is on the ballot this November — and every two years

All signs point to the Supreme Court issuing two decisions that will rapidly transform American society as we know it this week.

The majority is likely to grant corporations the right to deny birth control coverage based on their own — completely unscientific — determination that a pill causes an abortion. This decision comes right after a new report shows that women have saved $483 million thanks the Affordable Care Act making contraceptive coverage mandatory in all insurance policies. With corporate personhood expanded to include religious rights, employers objections will soon fill the legal system as the government is forced to determine the sincerity of a legal entity’s beliefs.…

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REMINDER: Tea Partiers still want a default that will destroy the global economy

In the midst of the worst of the Great Recession, before Barack Obama was even sworn in, Eric Cantor was the leader of the movement to do nothing to help the new president fix the disasters he inherited.

During the debt limit crisis of 2011, the author of The New New Deal Mike Grunwald points out, Cantor’s job was to “babysit” John Boehner to keep the Speaker from striking a deal as the world’s markets tumbled.

But that wasn’t extreme enough for this Republican Party.

On Tuesday, Cantor was defeated by Dave Brat, an economics professor who idolizes Ayn Rand.…

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Republicans aren’t complaining about the economy — they’re bragging about how good they are at sabotage

We’ve recovered all the jobs Bush killed or, as the GOP says, time for a new Bush

After a record 51 months of consecutive job growth, America has finally recovered all the jobs lost in the Great Recession. We now have 98,000 more jobs than January 2008 — a record for this country.

This is a bittersweet victory considering that population growth means millions more are out of work than in 2008, which was hardly a great economy for the middle class after 28 years of conservative economics.

Republicans love to point out that the labor force is at a 36-year low, which shows at least two things: 1) the economy is far from fully recovered and 2) Baby Boomers, who make up a huge chunk of our workforce, are retiring.…

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UPDATED: Michigan Lt. Gov. Brian Calley believes President Obama does not support our military men & women

If you want to know just how extreme Republicans in Jackson, Michigan are, the fact that they chose Allen B. West as the keynote speaker for Lincoln Day fundraising dinner last week tells you pretty much everything you need to know. Besides being one of the most intentionally outrageous tea partiers in the country, West recently attacked the patriotism of Congresswoman Tammy Duckworth who has been selected to be one of several Democrats on the House Select Committee to rehash Benghazi yet again.

Duckworth is a decorated war veteran who lost both legs and the partial use of one of her arms while serving in Iraq.…

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(PHOTOS) President Obama brings #minimumwage populism and campaign-style energy to Ann Arbor

President Obama came to Ann Arbor, Michigan yesterday to promote raising the national minimum wage to $10.10. His speach was full of energy and populism and had the crowd of around 1,400 on their feet and energized for the entire 35 minutes.

Chris and I were there to record it.

Before I came here today, I stopped at Zingerman’s, which is the right thing to do when you’re in Ann Arbor. I stopped for two reasons. The first is the Reuben is killer. So I ordered like the small and it didn’t look that small. So I gave half to Valerie Jarrett, who’s traveling with us.…
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Democrats running from President Obama and Obamacare? Not. Even.Close. (PHOTOS)

Please proceed.

Republicans want you to believe that even Democrats are jumping ship in their support for President Obama and the Affordable Care Act. Unfortunately, the truth is getting in the way of this convenient (for them) meme. There was solid proof it overnight in Ann Arbor.

The last time President Obama came to Ann Arbor in January 2012, demand for tickets was huge with students lining up for them overnight.

Last night, students began filling the Union at about 7:30 p.m. in hopes of being among the first in line to receive a ticket. At 1 a.m., students were asked to leave the building before it officially closed to the public at 2 a.m.…
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“Tax and Spend” Obama has lowered the deficit by almost two-thirds

You have to admit, Republicans can spread a lie better than anyone on the planet

So this is amazing:

A new report released Tuesday says the government’s budget deficit is set to fall to $514 billion for the current year, down substantially from last year and the lowest by far since President Barack Obama took office five years ago.

The Congressional Budget Office report credits higher tax revenues from the rebounding economy and sharp curbs on agency spending as the chief reason for the deficit’s short-term decline. [...]

CBO sees the deficit sliding to $478 billion next year before beginning a steady rise years through 2024 that would bring deficits back above $1 trillion a year.

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The 2014 State of the Union: Let’s make this a year of action

From my view inside the White House, I saw what every other American watching the President’s speech did: true leadership.

I believe in the dream of America. I always have. So has President Obama, which is why he’s always had my support.

In his 2014 State of the Union address, he made it clear that his optimism is unwavering. Despite all the obstruction and partisanship he’s faced from day one, he still believes that our country can come together for the good of every citizen.

Let’s make this a year of action. That’s what most Americans want: for all of us in this chamber to focus on their lives, their hopes, their aspirations.…
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Get the inside scoop from the 2014 State of the Union

I’ll be reporting live from the White House — and you can be there virtually, too.

There aren’t many things more exciting than being invited to the White House. At least not to me. So you can imagine how thrilled I was to learn I’d been selected as one of the lucky social media users who will attend the #SOTUSocial at the White House.

I’ll be there in person for President Obama’s State of the Union address — before, during and after. I’ll use Twitter, Facebook, Instagram and other social media channels to share my thoughts on the speech. Our group will also meet with White House officials immediately following the SOTU, when we’ll have a chance to ask them questions about the speech and the legislative agenda it will outline.…

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Obamacare Friday Update: Private 2.4M, Medicaid/CHIP 4.5M, 10M Total

Full details available at ACASignups.net

The biggest news since last Friday was Monday’s release of the official HHS Dept. December enrollment numbers. I had the Private QHP Enrollment total as 2.137 million as of 12/31. HHS has the official tally as 2.153M as of 12/28. I love being 99% accurate! :)

In any event, the second biggest news as far as enrollments are concerned are the weird, seemingly contradictory Medicaid/CHIP numbers that have been released by HHS and CMS respectively. HHS gave the exchange-based number as 1.58 million as of 12/28…but the December CMS report gave it as 3.9 million as of 11/30.…

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