Alliance Defending Freedom: It’s days away: The Supreme Court’s marriage decision is expected to come down on June 29.
Education Week: A federal appeals court on Thursday upheld school administrators in Nevada who expelled a student who sent violent and threatening off-campus instant messages to his friends about his desire to shoot up his high school . . . A federal district court granted summary judgment to the school defendants. In its Aug. 29 decision in Wynar v. Douglas County School District, the 9th Circuit court panel affirmed the lower court.
USA Today: The Justice Department will not attempt to challenge state laws that allow for the medical and recreational use of marijuana as long as the drug sales do not conflict with eight new federal enforcement priorities.
The Hill: The Tea Party-affiliated Americans for Prosperity (AFP) on Wednesday demanded that any temporary spending bill that comes before Congress next month cut spending below 2013 levels.
The Hill: A total of 116 lawmakers had signed the letter as of 6 p.m. Wednesday, highlighting bipartisan interest and growing momentum in ensuring a role for Congress in any decision to use force in Syria.
AP: The trip to the Houston Museum of Natural Science is believed to be the first time the delicate, yellowed parchment has left England since it was issued in 1217, two years after the first version of the Magna Carta was distributed.
The Hill: Nearly two dozen House members have signed onto a letter demanding President Obama consult Congress — and wait for its authorization — before launching military strikes against Syria.
Breitbart: “Mitch McConnell must join Senator Mike Lee, Senator Ted Cruz and Senator Marco Rubio and speak up for the people – by passing a one year budget that funds the government but NOT ObamaCare,” Bozell said in his speech, according to prepared remarks provided to Breitbart News. “Senator McConnell, just say NO to funding ObamaCare. Senator McConnell, just say NO to President Obama and his cronies in Washington. Senator McConnell, we need you to keep your promise to the people of Kentucky. Senator McConnell, we need you to lead the fight to defund ObamaCare before it’s too late. Senator McConnell our message today is very simple: If you fund it, you own it.”
San Francisco Chronicle: His replacement will be a gay man, making San Diego the nation’s second-largest city to be led by an openly gay person . . . According to the City Charter rules, City Council President Todd Gloria will become acting mayor when Filner, the city’s first Democratic mayor in 20 years, leaves office Friday. An election will be held within 90 days.
Grover Norquist at Human Events: Every Republican in the House and Senate agrees that Obamacare should be repealed and replaced with a consumer friendly, non-bureaucratic health care system. The question before Republican elected officials who have to vote on specific legislation and the conservative movement offering strategic advice is how to get from here to there.
AP: A child pornography victim from Pennsylvania is using a law that carries her name to seek at least $150,000 each from her father and 13 other jailed men.
The Hill: Rep. Shelley Moore Capito (R-W.V.) said she will introduce the legislation after Congress returns from a five-week break in September. ”As long as Obamacare remains law, members of Congress should not receive exchange subsidies that are not provided to other Americans,” she said in a statement.
The Hill: Key proponents of a plan to allow a government shutdown rather than fund ObamaCare will bring their campaign back to Washington with a major rally next month.
AP: A conservative group is launching a radio ad challenging Senate Republican leader Mitch McConnell to refuse to fund President Barack Obama’s health care law even if it means triggering a government shutdown.
Mark Steyn at NRO: The Obamacare monstrosity blends all the worst aspects of a private system (bureaucracy, restricted access, co-pays) with all the worst aspects of a government system (bureaucracy, restricted access, IRS agents) and sucks up twice as much GDP, ever less of which is spent on “health care” and ever more on the intervening layers of third, fourth, fifth, and sixth parties.
Washington Post: Many cash-strapped cities and counties facing the prospect of shelling out hundreds of thousands of dollars in new health-care costs under the Affordable Care Act are opting instead to reduce the number of hours their part-time employees work.
CNSNews: Asked Thursday if the Affordable Care Act will help “undocumented individuals,” Health and Human Services Secretary Kathleen Sebelius said no — and that’s why immigration reform is so important . . .
Feds are building a detective squad to target consumers and companies that don’t follow Obamacare’s rules
Daily Mail: More than 1,600 new employees hired by the U.S. Department of Health and Human Resources in the aftermath of Obamacare’s passage include just two described as ‘consumer safety’ officers, but 86 tasked with ‘criminal investigating’ – indicating that the agency is building an army of detectives to sleuth out violations of a law that many in Congress who supported it still find confusing.
Washington Post: Signing a ticket stating she failed to meet Wyoming’s residency requirements to purchase a resident fishing license, Cheney posted a $220 bond in the Ninth Circuit Court in Teton County promising to appear in court at 1:30 p.m. Aug. 27.
Washington Post: The Justice Department sued Texas on Thursday over the state’s voter ID law and will seek to intervene in a lawsuit over its redistricting laws that minority groups complain are discriminatory, but Texas Republicans insist are designed to protect the state’s elections from fraud.
Washington Examiner: Sen. Tom Coburn, R-Okla., explained to a town hall of his constituents that he wanted to call a national Constitutional Convention after reading Mark Levin’s new book, The Liberty Amendments.
The Hill: Obama and senior administration officials are planning a teleconference with the managers of state-based insurance exchanges — new marketplaces established by the Affordable Care Act where consumers can compare and purchase healthcare plans.
The Hill: “This is not about Obamacare. The state of Texas has been providing these types of services via Medicaid waiver for decades,” Perry spokesman Josh Havens said in a statement. “Additionally, this has nothing to do with expanding Texas’ Medicaid program. We do not support expanding Medicaid under Obamacare, and are not doing so here.”
The Hill: Sen. Mike Lee (R-Utah) said late Wednesday that his effort to block any funding resolution that includes money for implementing ObamaCare is gaining the support of his GOP Senate colleagues.
AP: President Barack Obama on Thursday will unveil a sweeping new plan for rating colleges based in part on affordability, with the goal of eventually linking those ratings to federal financial aid awards.
TPM: Arizona and Kansas have taken Supreme Court Justice Antonin Scalia’s suggestion and sued the Obama administration in a continuing effort by both states to require proof of citizenship in order to register to vote.
CNSNews: If Republicans pass a government funding bill next month that includes money for Obamacare, they’ll lose Sean Hannity’s support, the talk show host told Rep. Trey Gowdy (R-S.C.) Tuesday night.
Dallas News: Democratic Dallas County commissioners narrowly agreed this afternoon to join a lawsuit against Republican Texas Gov. Rick Perry over state efforts to enforce a controversial voter identification law.
NewsObserver: Kansas and Arizona officials have filed a federal lawsuit in an attempt to force a federal elections agency to change its voter registration forms to compel proof of citizenship.
Ben Carson at Washington Times: The Founders of our nation toiled long and hard to establish a government that was representative of the people. They actually designed a reasonably effective system, but over the years, significant metamorphosis has occurred, producing something that is quite dissimilar from their original intent.
Washington Post: Former senator Jim DeMint (R-S.C.) said in an interview broadcast Tuesday that congressional Republicans who oppose the Defund Obamacare effort “should be replaced.”
The Longer Hispanics Experience U.S. Culture, The Less Socially Conservative they Become | Barna Group
Barna Group: While on the whole, Hispanics are more conservative than might be expected, one of the key findings of the research is a significant gap between U.S.-born Hispanics and foreign-born Hispanics. On almost all counts, U.S.-born Hispanics (including those born in Puerto Rico) are much less conservative in their social views than are those born elsewhere.
Townhall: According to a Forbes’ exclusive, an unpublished Congressional Research Service report reveals that Obama Administration has failed to meet half of the deadlines legally required by the Affordable Care Act.
USA Today: Estimates from 19 states operating health insurance exchanges to help the uninsured find coverage show that at least 8.5 million will use the exchanges to buy insurance, a USA TODAY survey shows. That would far outstrip the federal government’s estimate of 7 million new customers for all 50 states under the 2010 health care law.
Burnt Orange Report: Mary E. Gonzalez, who is the only openly LGBT legislature currently in office, is seeking re-election in her hometown of Clint. The other three LGBT candidates are Celia Israel and Michael Cargill who are running for the seat left by State Representative Mark Strama, (D-Austin), and George Clayton who is running for the seat left by State Representative Stefani Carter, (R-Dallas).
The Hill: “We don’t have time for the media’s games,” RNC Chairman Reince Priebus said before the vote at the RNC summer meeting in Boston. “We’re done putting up with this nonsense. There are plenty of other news outlets.”
Robert Costa at National Review: By late last week, House insiders say Boehner and Cantor had talked much of their conference away from the edge. “No one is advocating a government shutdown,” Cantor assured me on Friday.
The Hill: “Liberals want to bronco bust dissent. But Texans value speech, even if its speech they don’t agree with,” Stockman said in a statement. “From Molly Ivins to Louie Gohmert and every opinion between, Texans value free and open political speech. I’m sure any rodeo in Texas would be proud to have [the] performers.”
San Francisco Chronicle: If you happen to be one of the 400 million people who use Google’s Gmail service for sending and receiving emails, you shouldn’t have any expectation of privacy, according to a court briefing obtained by the Consumer Watchdog website.
AP: North Carolina’s governor on Monday quietly signed a measure into law that overhauls the state’s election laws to require government-issued photo IDs at the polls and to shorten early voting . . .
AP: Potential 2016 presidential candidate Hillary Clinton kicked off a series of speeches on Monday with a call to combat what she called an “assault on voting rights.”
The Hill: GOP Rep. Blake Farenthold (Texas) said House Republicans have enough votes to impeach President Obama, but warned the effort to remove him from office would be unsuccessful and could damage the country.
Kansas City Star: Fallout continued Monday over the performance of a rodeo clown who donned a mask resembling President Barack Obama during Saturday’s bull-riding competition at the Missouri State Fair.
The Hill: Santorum mocked the opinion of GOP strategists, the “pros who guided us so well through the last election” who have joined with Tea Party and libertarian Republicans who assert “we just need to talk about economics.”
The Hill: Sen. Ted Cruz (R-Texas) fired a broadside at his Senate GOP colleagues Saturday by mocking their commitment to defunding ObamaCare and calling for a grassroots army to take up the cause.
Wall Street Journal: The U.S.’s crackdown on global tax evaders is leading to a record number of people renouncing their citizenship, and its effects are being felt keenly in Asia—now the world’s wealthiest region by household assets.
Washington Post: The Republican Party’s struggles with Hispanics have been well-documented. Now, a new poll from Gallup shows that it makes little difference whether Latinos living in the U.S. were born in the country or not when it comes to close alignment with the Democratic Party.
AP: A federal judge has dealt a setback to a New Jersey law that would hold Internet providers liable for content sent over their services.
The Hill: The poll, a part of Gallup’s Minority Rights and Relations survey conducted June 13 through July 5, indicates that 64 percent of Hispanics born in the U.S. to two U.S.-born parents were either Democrats or leaned that way . . .
AP: The fate of Democratic incumbents in GOP-trending Arkansas, Louisiana and North Carolina, the ability of the 71-year-old GOP leader to hold his Kentucky seat and the eventual outcome of a Georgia primary will help decide . . .
Glenn Greenwald at Guardian: A Texas-based encrypted email service recently revealed to be used by Edward Snowden – Lavabit – announced yesterday it was shutting itself down in order to avoid complying with what it perceives as unjust secret US court orders to provide government access to its users’ content.
The Hill: But those who insist the GOP must do everything it can to defund ObamaCare believe they can still win the day if enough grassroots supporters make their voices heard in the next several weeks.
Ilya Somin at the Volokh Conspiracy: The problem, however, is that moderate altruism combined with a low probability of decisiveness is not enough to incentivize most voters to acquire more than a minimal amount of knowledge about they’re voting on. Thus, we get an equilibrium where lots of people vote out of a sincere desire to promote the public interest, but most of them have very little understanding of which policies are actually likely to do that. This problem is the focus of my new book Democracy and Political Ignorance.
Greg Sargent at Washington Post: “Democrats are preaching keep; Republicans are preaching repeal,” Wasserman says. “The winning candidates in 2014 will most likely be preaching fix.”
Washington Post: So, where does that leave us with the Affordable Care Act? Michael McConnell, a former judge on the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Tenth Circuit, has made perhaps the highest-profile argument that the decision was illegal. His case is that the employer mandate delay does more than show flexibility – it dispenses with law altogether.
The Hill: GOP hopes for winning back the Senate rest on Arkansas, where Rep. Tom Cotton (R) is running to unseat Sen. Mark Pryor, widely seen as the most vulnerable Democrat running in 2014.
Congressman who co-sponsored a dozen Obamacare-repeal bills gets targeted by Tea Party group | Video
Washington Post: There’s a lot of chatter today on Twitter about this video, which shows GOP Rep. Robert Pittenger of North Carolina getting prodded by Tea Partyers to say whether he will vote to defund Obamacare. Pittenger’s answer: A flat “No.”
U.S. News and World Report: As a poll last week by the Pew Research Center makes clear, however, Republicans overwhelmingly say that they want their party to become more conservative. When it comes to Republicans, Republicans may be on to something: Conservatives don’t need to moderate so much as to choose. Modern Republicanism is a coalition of at least three different kinds of conservatism: the establishment, libertarians and social (or religious) conservatives.
Washington Post: The Washington Post Co. has agreed to sell its flagship newspaper to Amazon.com founder and chief executive Jeffrey P. Bezos, ending the Graham family’s stewardship of one of America’s leading news organizations after four generations.
The Hill (includes video): Sen. John Cornyn (R-Texas) tried to pass his bill by unanimous consent Thursday on the Senate floor, but Majority Leader Harry Reid (D-Nev.) objected, which thwarted the attempt.
The Hill: Thirty-nine Republican senators demanded answers from the White House on why unrelated federal agencies are spending funds to help implement and promote ObamaCare.
Townhall: By comparison, Congressman Ryan and Governor Walker (as well as a number of other Senate Republicans and state governors) seem to be taking a more nuanced approach. Of course, their objective is the same. But, they believe, delaying certain unpopular provisions of the law is almost certainly a more realistic and more popular way to do it.
NY Times: Cities and towns across the country are pushing municipal unions to accept cheaper health benefits in anticipation of a component of the Affordable Care Act that will tax expensive plans starting in 2018.
AP: With union membership on the decline, labor leaders are getting more creative – and some say more desperate – to boost sagging numbers and rebuild their waning clout.
The Hill: The state insurance department announced Thursday that individual health policies in Ohio will cost an average of 41 percent more next year.