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Appeals court panel deals blow to Obamacare


WASHINGTON -- A federal appeals court dealt a potentially major blow to President Obama's health care law Tuesday, ruling that participants in health exchanges run by the federal government in 34 states are not eligible for tax subsidies.

The 2-1 ruling by a three-judge panel of the U.S. Court of Appeals for the D.C. Circuit, which is sure to be appealed by the government, threatens the framework of the health care system for about 5 million Americans without employer-provided health plans.

The case, filed by a coalition of states, employers and individuals, had been considered a long shot effort to derail the Affordable Care Act, also known as Obamacare. Federal district judges in the District of Columbia and Virginia previously had ruled for the government. Three similar cases remain pending.

The appeals panel ruled that as written, the health care law allows tax credits to be offered to qualified participants only in state-run exchanges. The administration had expected most if not all states to create their own, but only 16 states did so.

Germany remembers the plot to kill Hitler


July 20 marks the 70th anniversary of Claus Schenk Graf von Stauffenberg's attempt to assassinate German Nazi dictator Adolf Hitler. His son and a former guard still have vivid memories of that day.

Berlin, July 20, 1944: Colonel Claus Schenk Graf von Stauffenberg headed to Adolf Hitler's Wolf's Lair field headquarters. It was still early, just before 8 a.m., on the day Stauffenberg planned to kill Adolf Hitler with a bomb. It was too good an opportunity to miss: Stauffenberg was supposed to brief Hitler as part of his military duties.

Kurt Salterberg, now 91, was a guard at the Wolf's Lair, near what was then Rastenburg in East Prussia and today is the Polish town of Ketrzyn, some 600 kilometers (370 miles) east of Berlin. Back then, 21-year-old Salterberg was part of the team protecting the inner area.

At around 11 a.m. Stauffenberg and two co-conspirators, Major General Helmuth Stieff and First Lieutenant Werner von Haeften, entered the command headquarters of the Nazi regime. It was where the most powerful military figures would meet and where Hitler would hand out orders to his officers.

Florida father who beat up sonís alleged attacker speaks out

Daytona Beach, FL (WESH/CNN) Ė A Florida father who beat up his sonís alleged rapist has been hailed as a hero by many.

But he says his son is the one who is a true hero.

ďMy immediate feeling was to kill him so he will never hurt anyone again,Ē the father said.

We donít identify child abuse victims or their relatives to protect the family.


Later in the article, it says the son (victim) stopped the father when the father went to get a butcher knife.

Let's think good thoughts for California, send them good vibes (drought not going away)



Typhoon Matmo continues towards Taiwan, Invest 91E moves west; Tropical Depression Two moves west

Typhoon Matmo:

Last Updated 7/22/2014, 2:00:00 AM (Eastern Daylight Time)
Location 21.9N 237.3E Movement NW at 17 mph
Wind 100 MPH

Invest 91E:

Last Updated 7/22/2014, 2:00:00 AM (Eastern Daylight Time)
Location 9.8 117.8W Movement W at 15 mph
Wind 30 MPH

Tropical Depression Two:

Last Updated 7/22/2014, 5:00:00 AM (Eastern Daylight Time)
Location 12.2N 46.4W Movement W at 16 mph
Wind 35 MPH Pressure: 1012 MB

Sorry, maps are not displaying well from WU right now.

Typhoon Matmo advances towards Taiwan, Invest 91E moves westward, Atlantic and Caribbean are quiet

Last Updated 7/20/2014, 8:00:00 PM (Eastern Daylight Time)
Location 16.7N 232.8E Movement NNW at 13 mph
Wind 80 MPH

Last Updated 7/20/2014, 8:00:00 PM (Eastern Daylight Time)
Location 9.5 110.7W Movement W at 15 mph
Wind 30 MPH

How is the drought ? How are water restrictions doing ?

All the best to California ! Hope the drought ends ASAP.


Black Republicans, I don't get it

this thread for reference: http://www.democraticunderground.com/?com=view_post&forum=1002&pid=5267123

Do they not understand the fundamental racism of conservatives and Republicans ? Please educate me, DU'ers. Thank you.


Krugman: Always Inflation Somewhere


Whenever you point out that the hyperinflation the usual suspects have been predicting for the past 6 years hasnít materialized, you get a rash of comments declaring that yes it has, the government is just lying about the statistics. One answer ó aside from come on, how do you think that works? ó is that independent measures, like the Billion Price Index, arenít very different from the official index. Still, people will point to the price of something that has gone up as evidence that we have lots of inflation.

Not that I think such people can be budged, but it is important to realize that relative prices are always shifting around, and that some prices inevitably go up more than the average. As the figure shows, if you go back to the beginning of the Great Recession, food prices have risen more than the overall CPI (although hyperinflation it isnít), but car prices have risen more slowly (and high-tech stuff has, of course, gotten much cheaper).

And what about Shadowstats, which claims that inflation is much higher than the government lets on? A subscription costs $175 ó the same as 8 years ago.

"...Roosevelt called President Hoover a 'fat, timid capon' "


Hoover called Roosevelt a "chameleon in plaid" and Roosevelt called President Hoover a "fat, timid capon". In the last days of campaigning, Hoover criticized Roosevelt's nonsense tirades and glittering generalizations as ignorance and defamation.

The good old days of politics, eh ? Nonetheless, I'm very glad FDR won.
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