Obama: Dems Should Defend ACA as Sign-ups Hit 8M

Alexis Simendinger, RealClearPolitics
President Obama offered no predictions Thursday about when Americans in larger numbers might embrace the Affordable Care Act, and he urged Democratic candidates to defend the law, even as he said they should heed public calls to focus on other economic issues facing the nation. “My point is that we’ve been having a political fight about this for five years. We need to move on to something else,” the president told reporters during a 32-minute press conference in the White House briefing room. “Democrats should forcefully defend and be proud of the fact that millions of... Read More (Opens In A New Tab)

California Governor Brown wants rainy-day fund in constitution

SACRAMENTO, California (Reuters) - California Governor Jerry Brown on Wednesday stepped up his efforts to enshrine a rainy day fund in the state's constitution, stealing some thunder from Republicans backing a similar measure as he seeks an unprecedented fourth term.

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Obama Must Defend NATO’s Real Red Lines

Michael Barone, DC Examiner
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Packing the Popular Vote

A plan, now stealthily making its way through state legislatures with astonishing speed, would junk the Electoral College and award the presidency to the winner of the popular vote.

The plan involves an interstate compact where states would commit to select electors pledged to vote for the national popular vote winner regardless of how their own state voted. When enough states pass this law -- sufficient to cast 270 votes, a majority of the Electoral College, it will take effect.

The Electoral College will become a vestigial anachronism.

So far, nine states and D.C. have joined, casting 136 electoral votes -- halfway to the 270 needed to put the compact into effect....

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Give Us Back Our Data!

Robert Samuelson, RealClearPolitics
WASHINGTON -- In this age of Big Data, the Obama administration seems determined to make it hard for average Americans to get little data. Recall that in 2011, the Census Bureau decided to eliminate "The Statistical Abstract of the United States," first published in 1878. This was the nation's best compilation of figures on hundreds of topics, ranging from birth rates to forest fires to wage rates to voting patterns. The Census Bureau said it couldn't afford the Stat Abstract (the savings were trivial, about $3 million) and that most figures were online. True. But this doesn't mean that... Read More (Opens In A New Tab)

Bill signed allowing surprise inspections of Arizona abortion clinics

PHOENIX (Reuters) - Arizona Governor Jan Brewer on Tuesday signed into a law a bill allowing state health authorities to conduct surprise inspections of abortion clinics without first obtaining a warrant, handing another victory to abortion foes.

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