Court rules Hobby Lobby can challenge health law, won’t have to pay fines

Court rules Hobby Lobby can challenge health law, won’t have to pay fines

Via Associated Press- In a health care decision giving hope to opponents of the federal birth-control coverage mandate, a federal appeals court ruled Thursday that Hobby Lobby stores won't have to start paying millions of dollars in fines next week for not complying with the requirement. The 10th Circuit Court of Appeals in Denver decided the Oklahoma City-based arts and crafts chain can proceed with its case and won't be subject to fines in the meantime. The reprieve gives Hobby Lobby Stores Inc. more time to argue in a lower court that for-profit businesses -- not just currently … [Read more...]

Ted Cruz to Block State Dept. Nominees Until Inspector General Nominated

Ted Cruz to Block State Dept. Nominees Until Inspector General Nominated

By BURGESS EVERETT | Via -Politico Sen. Ted Cruz said Wednesday he will hold up all presidential nominees for the State Department until President Barack Obama nominates an inspector general for the department. The Texas Republican said that the attacks on Americans in Benghazi as well as overspending in overseas conflicts in Afghanistan and Iraq underscore the need for Obama to select a watchdog to the State Department, which has been missing a permanent IG since Obama assumed the presidency in 2009. “The position has been vacant for almost 2,000 days. This is a crucial oversight … [Read more...]

Justice Scalia-Defense of Marriage Act

Justice Scalia-Defense of Marriage Act

By the way I am a huge admirer of Justice Scalia Via - National Organization for marriage- From Yesterday- Key parts of Justice Scalia's dissent to the majority opinion on the Defense of Marriage Act (written by Justice Kennedy) are worth reading and pondering: "...to defend traditional marriage is not to condemn, demean, or humiliate those who would prefer other arrangements, any more than to defend the Constitution of the United States is to condemn, demean, or humiliate other constitutions. To hurl such accusations so casually demeans this institution. In the majority's judgment, any … [Read more...]