Hit & Run

Obamacare Sign Ups Hit 8 Million, Demographic Mix Falls Short of Target
17 Apr 2014 9:02pm GMT President Obama took another victory lap celebrating his health care law today, announcing at an afternoon press conference that 8 million people had signed up for health coverage through the law’s insurance exchanges. Obama also hammered Republicans for refusing to work with him on making needed changes to the law. The message was clear, if not exactly cogent: Obamacare is working, and the problem with the GOP is that they won’t help him fix it. It’s the latest in Obamacare...

Albuquerque Civilian Police Oversight Members Resign: Can’t Keep Lying to the Community
17 Apr 2014 9:02pm GMT On the same day the Department of Justice (DOJ) released its findings on civil rights violations at the Albuquerque Police Department (APD), the city told its Police Oversight Commission (POC) that it couldn't rule against whatever the police chief decides about complaints against cops. Three members of the commission complained about their toothlessness in letters of resignation this week. Via KOAT: "The city attorney's office addressed the POC on April 10, 2014, and stated that we have no...

Gun Rights and 'Justice Stevens' Foolishness'
17 Apr 2014 9:00pm GMT Earlier this week I noted a Washington Post op-ed by John Paul Stevens, where the retired Supreme Court justice called for a constitutional amendment that would effectively abolish the individual right to keep and bear arms. If he had has way, Stevens said, he would rewrite the Second Amendment to read: "A well regulated Militia, being necessary to the security of a free State, the right of the people to keep and bear Arms when serving in the Militia shall not be infringed." That op-ed has...

Why It Could Get a Lot Harder to Get Divorced in Some States
17 Apr 2014 8:48pm GMT As the great same-sex marriage debate bumbles on, a smaller, quieter marriage battle is taking place in state legislatures. Last week, The Washington Post reported on moves by socially conservative politicians around the country to make it harder for couples to get divorced. Since 2011, more than a dozen states have considered bills that would limit allowable reasons for divorce and/or draw out divorce proceedings (via longer waiting periods and mandated counseling). Wait, you need a...

Jesse Walker on the Overland Park Shootings and Free Speech
17 Apr 2014 8:31pm GMT In the wake of the Overland Park shooting spree of April 13, the notion is being floated, yet again, that we might be able to stop such crimes if only we were less rigid about the Bill of Rights. Jesse Walker explains why this draws exactly the wrong lessons from the killer's career as a violent bigot. View this article.

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