Scalia’s Touching Faith in Congress

There was an exchange during oral argument in King v Burwell on Wednesday, the case that seeks to eliminate subsidies for those getting health insurance through federal exchange rather than a state one, that was both amusing and alarming. If the court rules for the plaintiffs, more than 8 million will lose their health insurance and the Affordable Care Act will be gutted.
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Shocking News: Barton Caught Lying Again

If it seems like I do a post like this at least once a week, it’s because I do. More accurately, it’s because David Barton tells a lie at least once a week and Warren Throckmorton usually catches him at it. The latest is his dishonest attempt to defend his claim that the Bible says there will never be an AIDS vaccine. Here’s what Barton had to say:
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House Funds DHS Without Anti-Obama Provisions

House Speaker John Boehner is again taking enormous heat from the most conservative members of his own Republican caucus and from the usual gang of far-right ideologues, pundits and talk show hosts for bringing a clean funding bill for the Department of Homeland Security to the floor on Tuesday, where it passed easily.
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Rios Still Pushing Diseased Immigrant Myth

Sandy Rios of the American Family Association continues to push the thoroughly racist Myth of the Diseased Immigrant, using staggeringly stupid arguments for her position. She says all those kids from Central America are unvaccinated (actually, more likely than Americans to be vaccinated) and just don’t know how to use the bathroom.
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Shoebat: ‘Islamification’ Leads To Gay Rights, Cannibalism

Walid Shoebat, the most famous of a group of fake “ex-terrorists” — read: “Christian evangelists” — making lots of money by scaring the pants off people, told former Senate candidate (and now right wing talk show host) Joe Miller that the “Islamification process” in America leads to gay rights and cannibalism.
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Barber and Staver Continue to Rant Against Equality

I find it highly amusing to listen to Mat Staver, the dumbest lawyer in America not named Larry Klayman, and Matt Barber rant and rave about all the terrible things that will happen as a result of letting gay people get married. This will destroy marriage! Destroy Christianity! Destroy civilization! Destroy the galaxy!
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Former Federal Judge Urges Judicial Restraint

J. Harvie Wilkinson III was one of those conservative judges in the pipeline, on the short list for a Republican Supreme Court nomination along with John Roberts, Samuel Alito, Michael McConnell and others. And then he quit his lifetime appointment. And now he has a book out, reviewed here by Jeffrey Rosen. He appears to reject all interpretive theories and urge only a vague “judicial restraint.”
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