Peter Roff


June 2011


Next Stop for Obamacare's Mandate: The Supreme Court

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By a vote of three to two, a three-judge panel of the Sixth Circuit Court of Appeals upheld Wednesday the constitutionality of the individual mandate to buy heath insurance that is the cornerstone of Obamacare.

In a blow to those who argue the mandate is an overreach of federal government power,

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Obama, Barack
health care reform
Congress
Wall Street Journal
Supreme Court
Kagan, Elena
Scalia, Antonin

The Media Will Soon Turn on Michele Bachmann

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The Des Moines Register poll showing Republican Minnesota Rep. Michele Bachmann in a tie for first place with former Massachusetts Gov. Mitt Romney among likely Iowa Caucus goers has turned the presidential race on its ear.

At least for the moment.

There are people who follow presidential politics ...

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Romney, Mitt
deficit and national debt
Congress
2012 presidential election
national security terrorism and the military
Republican Party
tea party
Bachmann, Michele

GOP Waits on Perry, Palin, Giuliani for 2012

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Anyone who claims to know at this point what is going to happen in the Republican presidential nominating contest doesn’t know what they are talking about.

This is not just because it is early in the race and early polls are a poor predictor of the eventual outcome. It’s that the field is ...

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2012 presidential election
Republican Party
White House
Bachmann, Michele
Palin, Sarah
Giuliani, Rudolph
Perry, Rick
Cain, Herman
Gingrich, Newt
Johnson, Gary
Santorum, Rick
Paul, Ron
Pawlenty, Tim
Huntsman, Jon
national security terrorism and the military

Rick Perry's Good--But Not Sure--Shot at 2012

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It’s beginning to look more and more like Texas Gov. Rick Perry is going to throw his hat back into the presidential ring.

He’s been acting like a reluctant candidate for months, starting with his barn-burner of a speech last February to the Conservative Political Action Conference, the nation’s ...

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Perry, Rick
Romney, Mitt
2012 presidential election
Republican Party
immigration reform
unemployment
Democratic Party
Gore, Al

Supreme Court: Only EPA Can Regulate 'Greenhouse Gas' Emissions

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In a near unanimous ruling Monday, the U.S. Supreme Court found that the power to regulate so-called greenhouse gas emissions rests solely with the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency.

The court ruled 8-0 in American Electric Power Co. v. Connecticut that the federal Clean Air Act gives the EPA the ...

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Supreme Court
unemployment
Democratic Party
Republican Party
energy policy and climate change
Congress
White House

Media Attacks Sarah Palin Out of Fear She'll Become President

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Based on the available evidence, it is fair to conclude that the media’s treatment of former Alaska Gov. Sarah Palin has had but one purpose: to discredit her.

The elites—and not just the liberal ones—fear her. Where she a Democrat, she would be a national hero, but because she is a Republican, and ...

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Palin, Sarah
2012 presidential election
Republican Party
Democratic Party
media
White House

Debt Ceiling Pressure Builds on House GOP Leaders

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No one is quite sure what to do about the debt ceiling.

The Obama stimulus has pushed federal spending up near 25 percent of U.S. gross domestic product—well above its historical post-war average of around 18 percent. The failure of the economy to rebound strongly from the recent recession has ...

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deficit and national debt
national security terrorism and the military
unemployment
Boehner, John
Cantor, Eric
White House
Republican Party
politics

GOP Governors Lay Out Common-Sense Medicaid Reform

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Back in the mid-'90s, when the Washington crowd was fighting over welfare reform, the GOP-controlled Congress looked to the states to find out what was working.

Under the leadership of then House Speaker Newt Gingrich, congressional Republicans borrowed generously from the successful reforms ...

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Congress
Clinton, Bill
Republican Party
Medicaid
health care reform
2012 presidential election
Perry, Rick
Gingrich, Newt
Barbour, Haley
Hatch, Orrin
Upton, Fred
Democratic Party

Poll: Democrats and Republicans Support a Voter ID-Check Law

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Democratic National Committee Chairman Debbie Wasserman Schultz not only alienated the GOP when she accused the Republicans of wanting to bring back "Jim Crow" because they support voter-ID at the polls, she lined up against the feelings of three-quarters of the country.

A new national telephone ...

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Republican Party
Democratic Party
elections
Hispanic voters
Wasserman Schultz, Debbie
Congress

House Prepares to Rebuke Obama Over Libya

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President Barack Obama’s notion that he need not consult with Congress over ongoing U.S. military operations in Libya—because, in his words, they were “temporary”—is getting some push back from the House Republicans, who Thursday unveiled a resolution that tries to set things straight.

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Libya
Qadhafi, Muammar
national security terrorism and the military
Republican Party
Democratic Party
Boehner, John
Congress
health care reform
White House

Don't Believe Pro-Obama Pundits Talking Down the GOP 2012 Field

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With just about six months to go before the start of the 2012 primary season, newspapers and TV are full of reports about the weakness of the GOP field.

Don’t believe it. The lack of a clear frontrunner is unusual in Republican politics, but that’s only because the eventual nominee has been pretty ...

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TAGS:
Republican Party
2012 presidential election
health care reform
unemployment
Obama, Barack
Gingrich, Newt
Democratic Party
Congress
White House
politics

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