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Striking Down ObamaCare Subsidies in Some States Would End Individual, Employer Mandates

There are many ways to skin a cat, the saying goes, and there may be more than one way to frame the Supreme Court striking down the IRS’ lawless extension of ObamaCare subsidies to an estimated 5 to 6 million Americans.

If the Court invalidates the subsidies for people living in states without a state-run ObamaCare exchange – as a plain reading of the law requires – then the consequences will have a ripple effect.

“For instance,” columnist Philip Klein explains, “ObamaCare’s fines against employers that do not offer health insurance coverage are triggered when a worker claims government subsidies to purchase insurance on an exchange – but in states where workers can no longer legally receive those subsidies, then there are no fines. The employer mandate, thus, is effectively…[more]

January 28, 2015 • 05:16 pm

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Letting It All Hang Out
Wednesday, January 28 2015

An Oregon man is suing a local sheriff's office and others after he was arrested in 2014 during a nude demonstration outside the federal courthouse in Portland.

Matthew Mglej is seeking $1.1 million in a lawsuit against the Multnomah County Sheriff's Office, Portland Police Bureau and others, alleging unlawful arrest and detention, use of excessive force, malicious prosecution, First Amendment rights violation, cruel and unusual punishment, battery, assault and negligence by authorities.

According to news reports, police received several complaints about a man (Mglej) playing a violin and making signs while naked outside the courthouse. Portland's city code declares it "unlawful for any person to expose his or her genitalia while in a public place or place visible from a public place, if the public place is open or available to persons of the opposite sex."

Mglej was arrested after being told his nudity violated the city code. When Mglej refused to walk on his own, police carried him to the patrol car; Mglej claims he was picked up and dropped several times and then dragged on the ground on the way to the patrol car. Mglej further claims to have been mistreated while at the Multnomah County Detention Center.

Mglej pleaded not guilty to indecent exposure four days after his arrest. He is scheduled to appear next month for a hearing in the current matter.

"Lovin' with that Body" Lands Rick Springfield in Court
Wednesday, January 21 2015

Pop rock legend Rick Springfield was sued by a fan after allegedly knocking her out with his buttocks.

According to news reports, Vicki Calcagno was at a concert in 2004 watching "Jessie's Girl" star Springfield when the singer fell—and allegedly loved her with a little too much of “that body.” Calcagno claimed Springfield knocked her unconscious after he fell and struck her head with his backside.

At court proceedings recently held for the incident, Calcagno's attorney, Kenneth Goldblatt, called Springfield to the witness stand and reportedly asked "very aggressive" questions. Springfield was eventually reduced to tears after his attorney, John Pfeifer, questioned him about performing in the audience to get closer to his fans.

Springfield, during nearly 90 minutes of testimony, informed the court it’s not uncommon for women at concerts to grab his butt—“if they’re feeling a little saucy.”

After Calcagno was carried out on a stretcher during deliberations, the jury returned a not guilty verdict in favor of Springfield, who quipped, “My butt’s never gotten so much attention.”


The Slippery Slope of a Threatened Lawsuit
Wednesday, January 14 2015

Thanks to threatened and existing lawsuits, towns across America and Canada are banning tobogganing and/or sledding. In Iowa, Nebraska, New Jersey, Indiana and farther north in Canada, the fear of lawsuits and injuries have towns banning the sport.

In 2013, the town of Hamilton, Ontario was ordered to pay $900,000 to plaintiff (and lawyer) Bruno Uggenti, who suffered a spinal injury while (illegally) sledding. Since November of 2014, a petition demanding the city "LET US TOBOGGAN!!" has collected more than 1,000 signatures.

Now, Dubuque, Iowa, is set to ban toboggans in nearly all of its 50 parks.

“We have all kinds of parks that have hills on them,” said Marie Ware, Dubuque’s leisure services manager. “We can’t manage the risk at all of those places.”


An Unhappy Inmate
Wednesday, January 07 2015

A convicted felon is suing Maury Povich after claiming to be traumatized from seeing his daughter and ex-wife interviewed on The Maury Povich Show.

According to news reports, Alan B. Griffin was watching TV from a Florida prison -- he's serving time for sexual battery and 2nd degree attempted murder -- when he saw his 7-year-old daughter Lanique and ex-wife Sherilitra on the show, talking about him.  Griffin says seeing his "only child being exploited" by Povich led to suicidal thoughts which landed him in a 72-hour mental health hold and a year of psychiatric counseling.

Griffin is suing Povich, his production company, and NBC for $100,000. Griffin is representing himself.


One Final Plea
Monday, December 29 2014

On the eve of her upcoming jail time, "Real Housewives of New Jersey" television star Teresa Giudice is suing her bankruptcy lawyer, blaming him for her troubles.

In a lawsuit filed in Manhattan Supreme Court seeking $5 million in damages, Giudice alleges attorney James Kridel misrepresented her during her bankruptcy filing. Guidice charges that the petition filed by Kridel ultimately led to federal fraud charges against her and her husband, Joe (who will serve 41 months prison time after his wife is released in 15 months). Giudice claims that Kridel prepared inaccurate amendments, mishandled the bankruptcy filing and ultimately failed to prepare Teresa for a meeting with the federal Bankruptcy Court trustee and creditors.

The Giudices filed for bankruptcy in 2009 and dropped the case in 2011. In the initial 39-count indictment stemming from the filing, the federal government accused the Giudices of hiding rental income and Teresa's "Real Housewives" salary.


Question of the Week   
Which one of the following U.S. states has the highest gasoline tax as of January 2015?
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Quote of the Day   
"President Obama delivered his penultimate State of the Union with renewed confidence, eager to take credit for the economy's recent growth spurt. He offered few olive branches to Republicans for their landslide victory two months earlier; articulated a panoply of liberal proposals that stand little chance of passing through Congress; and took the rosiest possible view of the economy and international…[more]
—Josh Kraushaar, National Journal Political Editor
— Josh Kraushaar, National Journal Political Editor
Liberty Poll   

Will Bill Clinton’s association with convicted billionaire pedophile Jeffrey Epstein have significant negative effects on Hillary Clinton’s presidential aspirations?