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Federal Judge Rules Obamacare Mandate Unconstitutional in VA Challenge

A federal judge has ruled Monday that a key part of Obamacare to be unconstitutional. U.S. District Judge Henry E. Hudson declared the Obama administration’s health care law unconstitutional, siding with Virginia’s attorney general in a dispute that both sides agree will ultimately be decided by the U.S. Supreme Court.

Virginia Republican Attorney General Kenneth Cuccinelli filed a separate lawsuit in defense of a new state law that prohibits the government from forcing state residents to buy health insurance. However, the key issue was his claim that the federal law’s requirement that citizens buy health insurance or pay a penalty is unconstitutional. ... Read Full Story

Florida Lawsuit Against Obamacare Can Proceed

According to Bloomberg a legal challenge to President Barack Obama’s health-care overhaul can proceed, a federal judge ruled, turning aside Justice Department arguments that the lawsuit led by the state of Florida is at best premature.

Florida Attorney General Bill McCollum lawsuit against Obamacare can proceed says Florida judge.

U.S. District Judge Roger Vinson in Pensacola today allowed portions of the claims by 20 states to go forward, as he forecast he would after a day of oral arguments last month. The requirement to purchase health insurance is “simply without prior precedent,” Vinson wrote, allowing the suit to proceed. ... Read Full Story

Stephen Colbert Mocks Immigration at House Hearing (VIDEO)

WASHINGTON, DC – Stephen Colbert, from Comedy Central, was invited by congresswoman, Zoey Lofgren (D-CA), to address a serious issue about Immigration and migrant farm workers, during a hearing of the Subcommittee on Immigration, Citizenship and Border Security.

Stephen Colbert mocks immigration problem after being invited by congresswoman, Zoe Lofgren, to speak to the Subcommittee on Immigration Citizenship and Border Security.

Lofgren compared Colbert to celebrity humanitarians such as Angelina Jolie and Bono, but when Colbert opened his mouth to speak, that comparison was hardly the case. Instead Stephen Colbert went on to make a mockery of immigration with his obnoxious jokes. He showed disrespect to not only the migrant workers, but the American people and Congress. ... Read Full Story

Kagan Confirmed to Supreme Court by Senate 63-37

Elena Kagan has been conformed by the senate as the newest Supreme Court justice, approving President Barack Obama’s second pick as president and making her the fourth woman to serve in the 221-year history of the court.

Senate confirms Elana Kagan 63-37 as Supreme Court Justice.

Kagan, Obama’s solicitor general and the former dean of Harvard Law School, will join the high court after its summer recess ends later this year, replacing retiring Justice John Paul Stevens, 90. As expected, the 63-37 vote confirming Kagan, who also served in the Clinton administration, was largely along party lines, with just five Republicans voting with Democrats to confirm her – and one Democrat, Senator Ben Nelson (D-Neb.), voting no.

Full Story: Politico

Federal Judge Blocks Parts of Arizona Immigration Law

By Jacques Billeaud and Amanda Lee Myers, Associated Press Writers

PHOENIX — A federal judge on Wednesday blocked the most controversial parts of Arizona’s immigration law from taking effect, delivering a last-minute victory to opponents of the crackdown.

The overall law will still take effect Thursday, but without the provisions that angered opponents — including sections that required officers to check a person’s immigration status while enforcing other laws. ... Read Full Story

Elena Kagan Views On Religious Freedom Exposed

The New York Times reports that Elena Kagan, President Obama’s nominee to the Supreme Court, was involved in a number of issues concerning religious freedom according to documents released Friday.

President Bill Clinton’s library in Little Rock, Ark., released about 42,000 pages of documents to the Senate Judiciary Committee, which currently is considering the Kagan nomination. ... Read Full Story

Helen Thomas RETIRES After Israel Remarks

Helen Thomas, the 89-year-old veteran White House correspondent, who has covered every president since Dwight Eisenhower, has retired as columnist for Hearst Newspapers because of controversial remarks made on May, 27, 2010, about the need for Jews to “get the hell out of Palestine” and return to Poland and Germany.

Helen Thomas forced to retire after showing true colors towards Israel

“Helen Thomas announced Monday that she is retiring, effective immediately,” a Hearst Newspapers statement said. “Her decision came after her controversial comments about Israel and the Palestinians were captured on videotape and widely disseminated on the Internet.” ... Read Full Story

Obama Will Nominate Elena Kagan to Supreme Court

President Barack Obama plans to nominate Elena Kagan to the Supreme Court. Kagan is slated to fill the postiton that Justice John Paul Stevens will vacate.

NBC News’s Pete Williams reports:

Kagan, 50, served as the Dean of Harvard Law School from 2003 to 2009. Obama nominated her to serve in her current post as solicitor general early in 2009, and she won Senate confirmation by a vote of 61-31. She is the first woman to serve as solicitor general of the United States.

She was widely viewed as a front-runner when Obama was considering candidates for a Supreme Court opening last year, but the president ultimately chose Sonia Sotomayor for the job.

Unlike the other Supreme Court justices, Kagan has never before served as a federal judge.

Kagan would be the fourth woman ever nominated to the high court and continue a trend of Ivy League-educated lawyers who sit on the bench.

Virginia Law Allows Opt Out For Individual Health Insurance Mandate

Virginia State Capitol

RICHMOND, VA – Virginia state law makers passed laws earlier this month that are intended to nullify proposed health-care legislation that carries with it mandates for individuals to purchase health insurance.

Virginia is the first state to pass a law that would allow its residents to opt out of the proposed federal requirement for individuals to purchase health insurance, which is one of the elements of the proposed health care bill currently pending in Congress. State legislatures in Idaho and Utah also approved similar measures this month that would limit the scope of the proposed legislation. Several other state legislatures also are considering similar laws and are promoting constitutional amendments that would limit federal requirements. Most are following Virginia’s lead in nullifying the mandate on health insurance… ... Read Full Story

President Could Have Emergency Power Over Internet

White House May Obtain Power Over Internet

White House May Obtain Power Over Internet

Sen. Jay Rockefeller, a West Virginia Democrat, along with his aides, have spent months behind closed doors drafting a revised U.S. Senate bill that proposes giving the White House the power to disconnect private-sector computers from the Internet.

CNET News has obtained a copy of the 55-page draft of S.773 (excerpt), which still appears to permit the president to seize temporary control of private-sector networks during a so-called cybersecurity emergency.

The new version would allow the president to “declare a cybersecurity emergency” relating to “non-governmental” computer networks and do what’s necessary to respond to the threat. Other sections of the proposal include a federal certification program for “cybersecurity professionals,” and a requirement that certain computer systems and networks in the private sector be managed by people who have been awarded that license.

“I think the redraft, while improved, remains troubling due to its vagueness,” said Larry Clinton, president of the Internet Security Alliance, which counts representatives of Verizon, Verisign, Nortel, and Carnegie Mellon University on its board. “It is unclear what authority Sen. Rockefeller thinks is necessary over the private sector. Unless this is clarified, we cannot properly analyze, let alone support the bill.”  Read full story here

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