Today in Liberty: GOP Senator’s Obamacare lawsuit dismissed by a federal judge, Kevin McCarthy smears Rand Paul in Kentucky

“I used to support the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan. I thought being ‘patriotic’ and loving my country meant never questioning foreign wars. I was all rah rah America! show ‘em who is boss!…Boy…things change. I saw too many men in their early 20s who lost limbs in war. Their entire lives destroyed. Young 22 year olds dealing with post traumatic stress. Unable to live a normal life. Too many mothers crying over caskets. They will never be able to cope with losing their son or daughter at such a young age.”Julie Borowski

— Congressional Obamacare subsidies lawsuit dismissed by court: The lawsuit filed by Sen. Ron Johnson (R-WI) against the Office of Personnel Management (OPM) over the generous Obamacare subsidies for members of Congress and Hill staffers was dismissed by federal judge on Monday for lack of standing. “Under our constitutional design, in the absence of a concrete injury to a party that can be redressed by the courts,” wrote Judge William Griesbach, “disputes between the executive and legislative branches over the exercise of their respective powers are to be resolved through the political process, not by decisions issued by federal judges.” Politico opines that the Griesbach’s opinion is indicative of the tough time that House Republicans are going to have in their legal action against President Barack Obama. They’ll have to prove injury in the denial of their lawmaking powers by executive action, but it may be a stretch to make assumptions about that lawsuit based on the one Johnson filed. Johnson released a statement on Griesbach’s ruling, but didn’t immediately indicate whether he would appeal.

— Kevin McCarthy knocks Rand Paul in Kentucky: Incoming House Majority Leader Kevin McCarthy (R-CA) visited Bowling Green, Kentucky on Monday, where he was asked whether he could support Sen. Rand Paul (R-KY) if he won the 2016 Republican presidential nomination. “[If] Rand Paul’s the nominee, I could clearly support Rand Paul,” McCarthy said, according to the Lexington Herald-Leader. “I think Rand Paul’s got a lot of good ideas. I differ [with] him on foreign policy.” Paul, by the way, lives in Bowling Green. So there’s that. McCarthy was also asked whether Paul can overcome some of the criticism of his foreign policy views. “I do not think if you’re an isolationist… I do not think that’s a strength for America. I think there’s a reason why America should lead. I think it makes the world safer. It makes America safer,” he replied. “I think being president of the United States, you should be strong.” Sigh. Holding foreign policy views that differ from Old Guard Republicans, like McCarthy and others, doesn’t not make one an “isolationist.” Paul believes in free trade and realizes the importance of good relations foreign allies and a strong national defense. Isolationists, however, want to completely withdraw from world affairs. There aren’t just two choices for foreign policy, interventionism or isolationism. Americans have increasingly become foreign policy realists, not unlike Paul. Not every fight around the globe is our fight. That doesn’t mean that the United States can’t take an active leadership role. It just means that our initial reaction shouldn’t always be the threat of sanctions or violence.

— cronyism: Quality Software Systems Inc. (QSSI), the firm that the Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) picked to fix datahub, has strong ties to UnitedHealthcare, a health insurer that participates in Obamacare exchanges. “The potential conflict there is that they have a subsidiary that may get access to the information that competitors normally wouldn’t allow out into the marketplace,” Hans von Spakovsky told The Daily Signal. “That’s the inherent conflict in what they’re doing.” HHS began work on a firewall to prevent QSSI from sharing data, but the project was discontinued.

— Oh, and speaking of cronyism: Channelling a recent report from The National Law Review, Rebekah Johansen of the Coalition to Reduce Spending explains that the F-35, the $400+ billion boondoggle fighter jet, has probably stuck around because of the $8.1 million in campaign contributions members of Congress have received from its manufacturer, Lockheed-Martin.

— Your state is probably tracking your prescription drugs: Big brother isn’t limited to the NSA and the federal government, folks. Virtually every state has databases in place to track your prescriptions, according to a story from The New York Times. “That’s a little disconcerting, no? While these databases are touted as ways to combat prescription painkiller abuse and trafficking, most states require doctors and/or pharmacists to report prescriptions for any number of medications, including AHDH and anti-anxiety drugs such as Ritalin, Adderall, and Xanax,” Elizabeth Nolan Brown writes at Reason. ”This database then can, and sometimes must, be consulted by future physicians prescribing drugs.” Missouri is currently the only state without a prescription drug database, but regulators have, according to Brown, “deputiz[ed] pharmacists to directly go after those ‘acquiring fraudulent drug prescriptions.’” Brown notes that there is “little evidence that strict monitoring systems are effective in stemming prescription drug addiction and abuse,” pointing to data from a firm that supports drug monitoring. “But such initiatives can have a ‘chilling effect’ on how doctors treat patients,” Brown explains. “Physicians who fear being investigated for overprescribing may unnecessarily withhold medication from those who could use it.”

— RNC launches campaign to “Fire Harry Reid”: Fresh off the launch of a new website highlighting Hillary Clinton’s claims of poverty, the Republican National Committee has rolled out a new 13-state robocall campaign to fire Harry Reid. “The only way to stop President Obama’s agenda and to get jobs bills out of Congress is to fire Harry Reid. And the way to fire Harry Reid is to support your Republican Senate candidate. It doesn’t matter who the Democrat candidate is. A vote for a Democrat is a vote for Harry Reid,” RNC Chairman Reince Priebus said in a statement. “If you’re frustrated by ObamaCare, ready to build the Keystone pipeline, or just tired of the gridlock in the U.S. Senate, there’s a very simple solution: fire Harry Reid.” The robocalls are running in states with competitive Senate races, including Alaska, Arkansas, Louisiana, and North Carolina. The call script focuses on the issues that Priebus mentioned in the press release and tells voters that a vote for Democrats is “is just another rubber stamp on their failed agenda.”

— Club for Growth president wonders where the Left is on Ex-Im: In an interview with Slate’s Dave Weigel, Club for Growth President Chris Chocola explained why fiscal conservatives oppose reauthorization of the Export-Import Bank. “[T]his is corporate welfare at its finest,” Chocola told Weigel. “We think the small things matter at the Club because they’re symbolic of the big things. And if you can’t accomplish the small things then you’re never going to get to the big things.” Although he acknowledged that Ex-Im is a relatively small and obscure program, Chocola said it was “indefensible,” pointing out that the overwhelming amount of its subsidies go to large corporations. “If you can’t eliminate or reform corporate welfare,” Chocola explained, “then how can you have the audacity to talk about reforming social welfare?” He is perplexed about why more progressives haven’t come out against Ex-Im. “What surprises me even more is how progressives can support this because it seems to be counter to everything they claim to be for,” said Chocola. “So, there’s a few. I’ve heard [Florida Democrat] Alan Grayson has come out and spoken against it. But [there] really should be bipartisan opposition to renewing Ex-Im because it is indefensible.” Oddly, Sen. Elizabeth Warren (D-MA), who frequently rails against Big Business, supports reauthorization of Ex-Im, repeating the same talking points used by the U.S. Chamber of Commerce.

— Club for Growth goes big for a young Republican in NH-02: Its PAC, Club for Growth Action, has dropped six-figures on an ad buy in New Hampshire to boost Marilinda Garcia, a young state representative seeking the Republican nomination in NH-02. “People in New Hampshire are hurting because their representatives in Concord have an addiction to higher taxes and spending,” Club for Growth President Chris Chocola said in a press release. “Fortunately, the people of New Hampshire have conservatives like Marilinda Garcia fighting for them. Marilinda opposed the gas tax increase and voted against the budget written by liberals in Concord. Concerned citizens should encourage Marilinda to keep standing strong against higher taxes.” Garcia, who faces former state Sen. Gary Lambert and former state Rep. Jim Lawrence in the Republican primary, has received some attention because of her youth and Hispanic heritage. Her fiscally conservative views, however, are why the Club for Growth backed her campaign.

— Remy lampoons IRS over lost emails and damaged hard drives: We got to see Remy perform this live at FreedomFest a couple weekends ago and it instantly became of our favorites. Here’s the description of the video from Reason: “Remy weighs the odds of finding true love and, like a well-time IRS hard drive failure, finds a higher power at work.” Watch it below and, while you’re at it, check out some of Remy’s other work on YouTube.

— Florida Republican nails it on gay marriage: Republicans would do well to listen to Rep. David Jolly (R-FL), who announced his support for gay marriage after a Florida judge struck down the state’s ban. “As a matter of my Christian faith, I believe in traditional marriage,” Jolly said, according to the Washington Post. “But as a matter of Constitutional principle I believe in a form of limited government that protects personal liberty. To me, that means that the sanctity of one’s marriage should be defined by their faith and by their church, not by their state. Accordingly, I believe it is fully appropriate for a state to recognize both traditional marriage as well as same-sex marriage, and therefore I support the recent decision by a Monroe County Circuit Judge.” That’s a completely reasonable approach to this issue and it’s one that more Republicans should take.

— Here’s another reason to really like ridesharing: Reason’s Paul Best points to a study showing that ridesharing services, like Uber and Lyft, could be keeping drunk people off the roads. “Just a few weeks ago, Pittsburgh resident Nate Good published a quick study that offered the first hard evidence that DUI rates may be decreasing in cities where Uber is popular. An analysis of Philadelphia’s data showed an 11.1 percent decrease in the rate of DUIs since ridesharing services were made available, and an even more astonishing 18.5 percent decrease for people under 30,” Best notes. “As everyone knows, however, correlation does not equal causation. Good’s quick number-crunching was too simplistic to draw any overarching conclusions, but it did open the door for future studies. A recent, deeper analysis from Uber makes the case even stronger that ridesharing services may be responsible for a decline in DUIs.”

— Angelina Jolie isn’t a fan of Barack Obama, apparently: So, she may not be as outspoken as her father, actor Jon Voight, and her political views may mostly be a mystery, but actress Angelina Jolie reportedly “thinks Obama is all about welfare and handouts” and is “a socialist in disguise.”

— Birthday: Happy birthday to United Liberty’s own Matthew DesOrmeaux, who turns 34 today. Give Matthew a follow on Twitter at @cynicusprime and wish him a happy birthday. Also, make sure you tell him that the Houston Texans are awful.

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