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Sanders, top Dems urge repeal of 'Cadillac' tax

Sen. Bernie Sanders (I-Vt.) and seven Democratic senators introduced a bill Thursday to repeal ObamaCare’s so-called “Cadillac” tax on high-cost healthcare plans.

The bill’s Democratic cosponsors include heavyweights such as Sen. Charles Schumer (D-N.Y.), who is in line to become the chamber’s top Democrat, as well as Sen. Patrick Leahy (D-Vt.), the chamber’s longest-serving member. Sen. Chris Murphy (D-Conn.), who leads the Senate’s ACA Works campaign, has also signed on.

The Democratic presidential candidate’s newest bill gives momentum to a years-long lobbying campaign by both business leaders and union groups. The Democrats' repeal push puts them in direct odds with President Obama, who has refused to budge on the much-maligned tax.

The move also puts pressure on Sanders' presidential rival Hillary Clinton to declare her position on the tax. She has previously said she is “examining” the provision but did not make any mention of the tax during a series of speeches this week focused on her healthcare platform.


A Picasso for Your Dorm Room? Harvard Lets Students Rent Art Masterpieces

BOSTON — Dorm life can be anything but classy, but Harvard University students are being offered the chance to rent valuable original prints of masterpieces by the likes of Pablo Picasso, Henri Matisse and Andy Warhol.

Under the Student Print Rental Program run by the Harvard Art Museums, students living in Harvard housing can pay $50 to rent an original print, said Jessica Diedalis, the curricular registrar at the Harvard Art Museums.

The program, which had been on hiatus since 2008 because of museum construction, began in 1972 with an anonymous donation. Museum officials now curate a special collection for students of the Ivy League school in Cambridge, Massachusetts, to select from on the first days of class each year.


How a $2.7 billion air-defense system became a 'zombie' program

Unknown to most Americans, the Pentagon has spent $2.7 billion developing a system of giant radar-equipped blimps to provide an early warning if the country were ever attacked with cruise missiles, drones or other low-flying weapons.

After nearly two decades of disappointment and delay, the system — known as JLENS — had a chance to prove its worth on April 15.

That day, a Florida postal worker flew a single-seat, rotary-wing aircraft into the heart of the nation’s capital to dramatize his demand for campaign finance reform.

JLENS is intended to spot just such a tree-skimming intruder, and two of the blimps were supposed to be standing sentry above the capital region. Yet 61-year-old Douglas Hughes flew undetected through 30 miles of highly restricted airspace before landing on the West Lawn of the U.S. Capitol.



Reject the Pope, embrace a sociopath: A lesson in Tea Party logic

Sometimes politics is about using your office as an ideological burn pit, and as Exhibit A we present Tea Party congressman Paul Gosar, a devout Catholic from rural Arizona who prefers the company of a law-breaking racist over the Pope.

Gosar, a first-termer adept at grandstanding – his main issue is the impeachment of EPA head Gina McCarthy – blogged that he will boycott Pope Francis's speech before Congress because the Holy See has "adopted all of the socialist talking points. . . and is being presented to guilt people into leftist policies."

Gosar is impervious to guilt, so that's one less problem.

But in one daft stroke, he repudiated both his religion and government.

Since the Fifth Century, the Pope has been considered the Vicar of Christ, which means this petty partisan has decided that the earthly representative of Christ should be rejected because He wants to discuss matters important to Him – in this case, his planet boiling over.



Take A Valium, Lose Your Kid, Go To Jail

Alabama has turned hundreds of pregnant women into felons for using drugs — even when they’re legal and the kids turn out fine.

Casey Shehi’s son James was born in August 2014, remarkably robust even though he was four weeks premature. But the maternity nurse at Gadsden Regional Medical Center seemed almost embarrassed, and as she took the baby from his exhausted mother’s arms, Shehi felt a prick of dread.

“She said they were going to have to take him back to the nursery to produce some urine, because I had a positive drug screen for benzodiazepines,” Shehi, 37, recalled one evening a few months ago at a café near her mother’s home. She hadn’t been sleeping well; her brown hair hung lank past her shoulders, and her eyes were rimmed with worry. “I said: ‘That can’t be true. Can you please check it again? Run the screen again.’ ”

The nurse asked: Did she have a prescription for any form of benzo — Xanax or Klonopin or Ativan? No, Shehi insisted, there must be a mistake.

Then she remembered: the Valium.



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