* The Senate is about three steps away from proposing a border fence to keep jobs from entering the United States.
* Actually building such a wall, though, would violate the 112th Congress' solemn oath to do no anything.
* The good news is that Arizona Sheriff Joe Arpaio finally gets to redeem his name in a court of law. The bad news is they're probably not going to consider brain wave faxes and solid gold hunches admissible as evidence.
* Congratulations, America! You have successfully contributed $1 billion to the presidential campaigns! And less than a third of that came from Sheldon Adelson!
* Download the Indecision Election Companion, our free app for your iPhone and iPad, and climb up into the the Peanut Gallery — our liveblog/instant reaction arena — to watch and respond as Tim Pawlenty explodes his electric personality all over your TV screen this Sunday morning on NBC's Meet the Press.
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Tags: Arizona, Joe Arpaio, Judiciary, Meet the Press, Money, Pork Barrel, Senate, Unemployment
Conservatives — apparently concerned that the term "Obamacare" wasn't providing quite as much ridicule or ire as was originally intended — have seized upon Chief Justice John Robert's mandate-as-tax rationale for deciding the Affordable Care Act as constitutional as an opportunity to rename health care reform.
Behold, you are witnessing the birth of history…
Rush Limbaugh: "Now all of a sudden since the Supreme Court ruling has come out and made this effectively ObamaTax instead of Obamacare"
Breitbart.com: "Liz MacDonald of Fox Business tells us that, with ObamaTax now being the law of the land, the IRS will, indeed, be a more intrusive presence in our private lives."
Gateway Pundit: "After a brief ObamaTax bump, Mitt Romney retook the lead over Barack Obama today. Maybe it was the realization that most of the ObamaTax burden will fall on the backs of the middle class."
Townhall: "Guess who will be paying for ObamaTax? The middle class."
NewsBusters: "Shortly after Thursday's Supreme Court ruling regarding ObamaTax, the vulgar comedian [Bill Maher] tweeted the former Republican vice presidential nominee…"
And of course the obligatory hashtag…
So can we now use the hashtag #ObamaTax ???
— GW Republicans (@GWRepublicans) June 28, 2012
Unfortunately, not everyone in the conservative universe has received the talking point memo…
[Romney advisor and progenitor of the "Etch A Sketch" meme] Eric Fehrnstrom, in an interview on MSNBC, said Romney agrees with President Obama that the individual mandate is no tax.
"He agreed with the dissent written by Justice Scalia which very clearly stated that the mandate was not a tax," Fehrnstrom said.
It sucks when an email gets sent to the spam folder by accident.
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Tags: Conservatives, Health Care, John Roberts, Judiciary, Mitt Romney, Supreme Court, Taxes
It's well known that hot and dry places filled with religious extremists often produce judicial rulings that sound anomalous to Western ears. We've seen the phenomenon from Saudi Arabia to Iran to Pakistan and Sudan.
What would Jesus do?
A South Carolina judge not only sentenced a woman to eight years behind bars for driving drunk, but he also ordered the woman to read the Bible.
According to the Herald of Rock Hill, Circuit Court Judge Michael Nettles wants Cassandra Tolley to read the Old Testament and write for him a summary about Job.
I guess this is what creeping Sharia looks like. It's fun to substitute "Quran" for "Old Testament" and "Surat Al-Fatḥ" for the "Book of Job," and imagine whether people would be so sanguine about a civil official mandating that course of religious study, even if, as in this case, the defendant gave her consent.
Though at the same time, this woman can learn some powerful lessons from the Book of Job. After all, it's a story about a powerful, unaccountable authority figure being a dick to people under his command in order to teach an obscure lesson.
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Tags: Crime, Judiciary, Religion, South Carolina