Tuesday was a likely setback in the efforts to see the national health care law overturned.
A computerized lottery delivered a bad break to opponents of the legislation when it randomly selected three Democratic appointed judges from the Fourth Circuit Court of Appeals to hear two cases challenging the law’s constitutionality.
The entire Fourth Circuit has 14 judges, 7 of which were appointed by Democrats, 6 of which were appointed by Republicans, and one judge who was originally appointed by President Clinton but then renominated by President Bush. Yet the three judges hearing the case were Obama nominees James A. Wynn Jr and Andre M. Davis and Clinton nominee Diana Gribbon Motz.
Based on their backgrounds and line of questioning during the oral arguments, it doesn’t bode well for challengers of the law, the state of Virginia and Liberty University.
However, those hoping to see the law, or at least its individual mandate, struck down by the courts, will have several more cracks at the bat.
Two other appeals courts will be hearing challenges to the health care law – the Sixth Circuit, which will hear a challenge from the Thomas More Law Center on June 1st in Cincinatti, and the 11th Circuit, which will consider the suit filed by 26 states led by Florida.
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Public Policy Polling, a Democratic polling firm based in North Carolina, brings us the latest numbers in the Republican presidential primary, which show that the attention Donald Trump received over the birther issue was short-lived.
- Mike Huckabee: 19%
- Mitt Romney: 18%
- Newt Gingrich: 13%
- Sarah Palin: 12%
- Ron Paul: 8%
- Donald Trump: 8%
- Michele Bachmann: 7%
- Tim Pawlenty: 5%
- Other/Undecided: 11%
But if Trump opts not to run, which is likely considering how dumb he has looked in the last two weeks, here is how the field looks:
- Mitt Romney: 21%
- Mike Huckabee: 20%
- Newt Gingrich: 15%
- Sarah Palin: 14%
- Ron Paul: 8%
- Michele Bachmann: 7%
- Tim Pawlenty: 6%
- Other/Undecided: 9%
Tax Hike Mike and Sarah Palin have not announced plans to run at this point. It’s unlikely Palin will since she hasn’t made any sort of move showing a national organization or setting up potential campaign structures in early primary states. But the tax hike-loving former Governor of Arkansas is rumored to still be considering a bid.
Over at the Washington Examiner, Philip Klein reports that two lawsuits challenging ObamaCare were heard before three judges appointed by Democratic presidents, including Barack Obama:
Yes, that is an infant receiving a pat-down from TSA agents. This photo was taken over the weekend in Kansas City. TSA claims that the family was cooperative. That may be so, but it doesn’t matter. They policies that they are pushing under the guise of “making us safer” simply border on the absurd, apparently now to the point that an eight month old has to be searched before it can board a plane.
Tomorrow, Mitt Romney will make what is being billed as a “major” speech on health care, laying out plans to repeal ObamaCare. Apparently, Romney will also stand by the reforms enacted while he served as Governor of Massachusetts:
Former Massachusetts Governor and likely Republican presidential candidate Mitt Romney will outline his approach to health care reform in Michigan Thursday, announcing a plan to “repeal and replace” the law that Democrats enacted last year.
As governor in 2006, Romney signed Massachusetts’ bipartisan health reform law. It required everyone in the state to obtain health insurance and became a model for the controversial law that national Democrats enacted for the entire country in 2010.
The speech Thursday at the University of Michigan Cardiovascular Center will focus on “rolling out his plan to repeal and replace” the national health care law, according to one senior aide.
Romney’s greatest hurdle as a Republican presidential candidate will be squaring his status as the father of health reform in Massachusetts with the near-unanimous opposition the national law faces among Republicans.
A Romney adviser tells ABC News that he will address his own record on health care reform but that it won’t be a major focus of his speech. While Minnesota Governor Tim Pawlenty has apologized for his past support for legislation to enact a “Cap and Trade” system to cut down on carbon emissions, calling it a “clunker”, don’t expect Romney to do the same on health care reform. Look for Romney to continue his federalism defense: the plan he enacted was right for Massachusetts, but not for the entire country.
Standard & Poor’s Ratings Services downgraded Greece’s credit rating Monday, dealing another blow to the debt-laden European nation.
S&P lowered its long- and short-term ratings on Greece to B and C, respectively, from BB- and B previously. The ratings remain on credit watch with negative implications.
S&P’s downgrade “reflects our view of increasing sentiment among Greece’s key euro-zone official creditors to extend the debt payment maturities of their €80 billion of bilateral loans pooled by the European Commission,” the rating agency said in a statement.
As part of this, S&P believes the euro-zone creditor governments would likely seek “comparability of treatment” from commercial creditors in the form of their similarly extending bond and loan maturities.
During last Thursday’s presidential debate in South Carolina, Rep. Ron Paul (R-TX) gave an eloquent defense of Liberty and federalism after being asked a condescending and dismissive question by panelist Chris Wallace:
Jack Hunter’s lastest video take aim at Rick Santorm, a former Senator from Pennsylvania and current Republican presidential candidate, for continuing the “compassionate conservatism” of George W. Bush that brought big government policies like No Child Left Behind and Medicare Part D:
In case you missed it yesterday, Erick Erickson unloaded on Jon Huntsman, former Governor of Utah and Ambassdor to China, for planning a presidential run while serving his boss, Barack Obama:
John Huntman’s disloyalty to the President of the United States, regardless of the President or to which party the President belongs, should not be rewarded by any patriot of this country.
No, it is not his terrible record. It is not his lefty record on the environment. Nor is it Huntsman’s willingness to stand against 70% of Utah’s voters as Governor and come out for civil unions without anyone asking him. Nor is it his buddy-buddiness with Ahnuld and their global warming pact.
And no, it is not because Jon Huntsman’s Presidential bid is largely a creation and fixation of the media and backed by key John McCain advisers. The media, led by McCain’s old advisers, have collectively fawned over Huntsman since the end of the 2008 election.
The reason I will never, ever support Jon Huntman is simple: While serving as the United States Ambassador to China, our greatest strategic adversary, Jon Huntsman began plotting to run against the President of the United States. This calls into question his loyalty not just to the President of the United States, but also his loyalty to his country over his own naked ambition.
Newt Gingrich, former Speaker of the House, will announce his bid for the Republican nomination for president at some point tomorrow:
Former House Speaker Newt Gingrich (R-Ga.) will announce his candidacy for president Wednesday, spokesman Rick Tyler said Monday.
After an Associated Press report that Gingrich would make a 2012 bid official via social media Wednesday, Tyler confirmed it on Twitter.
Tyler said Fox News host Sean Hannity will have the first interview with Gingrich as a declared presidential candidate ahead of the former House Speaker’s speech to the Georgia GOP convention on Friday.
If you’re looking for Republican that has enabled big government, then Gingrich is right up your alley. In Buck Wild: How Republicans Broke the Bank and Became the Party of Big Government, Stephen Slivinski offers insight into the slide that eventually led to the spending spree of George W. Bush and a Republican-controlled Congress. Silvinski gives example after example of how Newt Gingrich sold out of political expedency and threatened members of his own caucus if they didn’t vote how he wanted.
In a new video from the Cato Institute, David Boaz and John Samples take a hard look at the likely Republican field of presidential candidates. They have kind words to say about Indiana Gov. Mitch Daniels, who has pushed for a truce on social issues, and obviously Texas Rep. Ron Paul and former New Mexico Gov. Gary Johnson; the most libertarian candidate in the field.
It’s worth noting that according to a recent CNN poll, Rep. Paul does the best against President Barack Obama in a head-to-head matchup.