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Author: Raine    Date: 07/03/2014 13:20:36

The Supreme Court on Tuesday confirmed that its decision a day earlier extending religious rights to closely held corporations applies broadly to the contraceptive coverage requirement in the new health care law, not just the handful of methods the justices considered in their ruling.

The justices did not comment in leaving in place lower court rulings in favor of businesses that object to covering all 20 methods of government-approved contraception.
Basically, the contraception mandate has been gutted from the ACA.
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53 comments (Latest Comment: 07/03/2014 20:58:08 by Mondobubba)

Courting Disaster
Author: BobR    Date: 2014-07-02 10:12:11

(Note: Updated at 11:13 AM EDT - see bottom)

Monday's Supreme Court decision in the Hobby Lobby case has created a firestorm of opinions, predictions, anger, and calls for boycotts of Hobby Lobby. There is certainly cause for concern, and there are certainly things to be upset about, but it doesn't help when false information, exaggerations, and absurd predictions and analogies are tossed around. It's important to look at this rationally first before formulating a response.

The biggest misconception (or exaggeration) is that this allows any company to prevent women from getting birth control. In reality, the decision was based on Hobby Lobby's problem with 4 specific types of birth control:

  • 2 types of IUDs
  • 2 types of so-called "Morning After pills"

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51 comments (Latest Comment: 07/02/2014 21:41:04 by Will in Chicago)

Ask a Vet
Author: TriSec    Date: 07/01/2014 10:19:04

Good Morning.

Today is our 4,650th day in Afghanistan.

We'll start this morning as we always do; with the latest casualty figures from our ongoing war, courtesy of Antiwar.com:

US Military Deaths - Afghanistan: 2,332
Other Military Deaths - Afghanistan: 1,120

We find this morning's Cost of War passing through:

$ 1, 545, 949, 050, 000 .00


We'll start briefly in Iraq this morning. We're all aware of what's going on over there, but the overall magnitude has not been reported well here in the west. This past month has been deadlier to Iraqis than an entire decade of war was for Americans.
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50 comments (Latest Comment: 07/01/2014 23:18:26 by Raine)

Back to Reality
Author: Scoopster    Date: 06/30/2014 11:56:30

I'll get this one started today. I saw this article yesterday and couldn't help but wonder if it'd get anywhere near as much attention in the media (or from the usual RW goons) as Bergdahl's return.
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78 comments (Latest Comment: 07/01/2014 03:24:37 by Raine)

I Swear that I am Human
Author: velveeta jones    Date: 06/29/2014 14:33:13

Really, it's come down to this, hasn't it? But you'll just have to take my word for it; since there is no video footage of my death and replacement by a robot. Nor have I had the "666 chip" implanted into my brain. It's all me.

But again, you'll just have to take my word for it. If I start enjoying boiled okra, then you might want to question me.
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2 comments (Latest Comment: 06/29/2014 16:40:09 by Will in Chicago)

Ask a Vet Extra
Author: TriSec    Date: 06/28/2014 12:33:02

Good Morning.

Two Tuesdays ago, my clipboard was empty, but it's somehow grown to six pages since then. We'll skip the stats; let's get right to it.

Let's start right in my backyard. While Phoenix may have been ground zero for the ongoing problems with the VA, there's facilities in all 50 states. You don't need to go very far to find a "harmless mistake".
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4 comments (Latest Comment: 06/29/2014 13:58:01 by Scoopster)

Fluffy-ish Friday
Author: wickedpam    Date: 06/27/2014 13:17:59

Why is it the Daily Show is better at making a point then the rest of the "news"?

#YesAllWomen




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32 comments (Latest Comment: 06/27/2014 22:47:26 by clintster)

Thursday
Author: Raine    Date: 06/26/2014 13:06:44

Shit's all gone to hell. Now who wants to come party on Saturday?

So, I leave you with the real problem, John McCain thought he was going to meet this ISIS when he went to Syria last year…



Instead, he got these guys and he didn't even get a Tshirt!

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93 comments (Latest Comment: 06/27/2014 00:32:25 by Raine)

Ending the Violence
Author: BobR    Date: 2014-06-25 10:36:54

The rapidly escalating situation in Iraq has certainly made some strange bedfellows recently. Megan Kelly on FOX "News" criticized Dick Cheney - to his face. Glen Beck said the Left was correct when we raged against starting a war with Iraq. Cheney has popped up wherever he can to criticize president Obama. The president is not polling very well on how he is handling the situation, even though what he is doing (and not doing) aligns with the desires of the majority of the public. What would they have him do differently - wave a magic wand and undo centuries of tribal, religious, and ethnic hatred and rivalries?

Because that is the crux of the problem. Iraq is an artificial country comprised of three distinct regions. If not for the iron fist of Saddam Hussein, it would have collapsed into anarchy years ago. By breaking the power structure and leaving nothing in its place except for a bad copy of American democracy in a region that doesn't understand it, we guaranteed this outcome.
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60 comments (Latest Comment: 06/26/2014 02:13:46 by Will in Chicago)

Ask a Vet
Author: TriSec    Date: 06/24/2014 10:27:54

Good Morning.

Today is our 4,643rd day in Afghanistan.

We'll start this morning as we always do; with the latest casualty figures from our ongoing war, courtesy of Antiwar.com:

US Military Deaths - Afghanistan: 2,329
Other Military Deaths - Afghanistan: 1,121

We find this morning's Cost of War passing through:

$ 1, 544, 179, 200, 000 .00


We'll start with a brief look at Iraq this morning. Here's the latest figures regarding Iraq, from the same sources as above:

American Deaths
Since war began (3/19/03): 4489
Since "Mission Accomplished" (5/1/03): 4347
Since Handover (6/29/04): 3627
Since Obama Inauguration (1/20/09): 256
Since Operation New Dawn: 66

And our costs in Iraq are currently running at $ 816,941,570,000.00

I did that just to remind us what we've bought with our blood and treasure. And looking at "going back"...there's no hearts and minds to win here; they're already lost.
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29 comments (Latest Comment: 06/24/2014 21:59:03 by Mondobubba)

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