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Obamacare back before Supreme Court (washingtonpost.com)
Affordable Care Act / SCOTUS
>Ambiguous language in the law regarding healthcare subsidies in states that didn’t set up an exchange is the core of plaintiffs’ argument. Government says it’s a clerical error.
Ferguson police, court showed pattern of racial bias, Department of Justice to report (stltoday.com)
Civil Rights / Police
>Report will tell of disproportionate racial bias in traffic stops and enforcement combined with local courts using fines to raise revenue, creating hardships for innocent poor.
House Approves Homeland Security Budget, Without Strings (nytimes.com)
Budget / Immigration
>Only 75 Republicans voted for the funding while the rest griped, but Boehner’s capitulation will likely not result in a loss of position.
Netanyahu speech receives mixed reviews (ynetnews.com)
Media / Netanyahu
>Israeli media outlet takes a look at U.S. media reaction to the speech, from Jon Stewart’s “festival of slights,” to CNN’s Christiane Amanpour calling it “Strangelovian.”.
Alabama Supreme Court halts same-sex marriages (montgomeryadvertiser.com)
Marriage Equality / States’ Rights
>Only one of the justices dissented from what the majority admitted was “contrary to the federal courts.” judges have 5 days to let the court know if they’ll comply.

FRESH CUTS

Israel, Iran and the chutzpah of Netanyahu

Netanyahu campaign posters in Jerusalem

Listen, Bibi, you arrogant chutzpahnik, don’t think you can turn Jewish pride in Israel into pride of your defense of Israel, and don’t lecture me on the meaning of “Never again!” Your implication that those of us who disagree with you are the same as the passive faithful who were tragically led to the slaughter is wrong and insulting. Activism wears many hats in the Diaspora and in Israel, where this stunt of yours might not defeat you (regretfully), but it should make you think about what you’re saying and to whom you are speaking.

The problem for you and the Republicans is you both see negotiating with the enemy as a weakness. You both seek capitulation through intimidation. For Republicans, it’s the fantasy that it was Reagan’s powerful persona that ended the Cold War.

For you, it’s faith and birthright and the incredulous notion that security comes from the belief that Israel is most safe when it gives no quarter. It is true that as a people, Jews have none to give, but to be a respected player in the world of nations, the State of Israel must show a commitment to negotiate for peace. She cannot last forever as a country with her dukes up and her back against a wall. Other prime ministers have realized that. Why not you?
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Satire, rhetoric, war and truth

Photo by Prose and Thorn

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Je suis…en silence

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Demonstrators in Atlanta. Photo by Steve Eberhardt. All rights reserved.

The galling and the brave – police unaccountable to justice

By (Kane Farabuagh/VOA) [Public domain], via Wikimedia Commons

Ferguson fallout: justice dancing on the head of a pin

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