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Senate Democrats Payback GOP Obstruction With First Successful Filibuster Of Keystone XL

(The Hill) The Senate on Monday failed to end debate on legislation to approve the Keystone XL pipeline, making it likely that a final vote on the measure won’t take place until next week.

In a 53-39 vote, the Senate fell six votes short of the 60 needed to end debate. Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-Ky.) switched his vote from yes to no, a procedural move that allows him to bring up the motion again.


Obamacare cost to be 20% less than forecast, budget office says

(LA Times) President Obama's healthcare law will cost about 20% less over the next decade than originally projected, the Congressional Budget Office reported Monday, in part because lower-than-expected healthcare inflation has led to smaller premiums.


If Bernie Sanders Runs For President, It Won’t Be as an Independent: “I will not be a spoiler”

(In These Times) Sanders knows he will have to rely on grassroots mobilization to have a fighting chance at being elected, because his campaign will take on every monied interest. “If I run, we’ll be taking on the billionaire class,” he said. “That’s Wall Street, the drug companies, the military industrial complex.”

To the dismay some idealists, Sanders rejected the idea of running for president as an independent. “No matter what I do, I will not be a spoiler,” Sanders said. “I will not play that role in helping to elect some right-wing Republican as President of the United States.”


Ben Carson: Gay Couples ‘Not That Smart’ Because Loving Christian Bakers Might Poison Wedding Cakes

(Addcting Info) Carson says he does have a problem with good, pure, sweet, innocent Christian bakers being forced to make cakes for LGBT couples. In fact, those loving Christians might get so mad that they poison the cake, according to a man who wants to be President:

“What I have a problem with is when people try to force people to act against their beliefs because they say, ‘they’re discriminating against me.’ So they can go right down the street and buy a cake, but no, let’s bring a suit against this person because I want them to make my cake even though they don’t believe in it. Which is really not all that smart because they might put poison in that cake.”


Justice Sotomayor: Stop Bending the Constitution to Favor Cops

(HuffPo) Has the Supreme Court given law enforcement more leeway that the Constitution permits? Justice Sonia Sotomayor seems to think so. At oral argument in Rodriguez v. United States, a case involving the use of drug-sniffing dogs during traffic stops, Justice Sotomayor vigorously resisted the government's arguments and expressed a broad concern about the Court's deference to law enforcement in Fourth Amendment cases. Those who share her belief that neither the Fourth Amendment nor any other part of the Constitution ought to be reduced to "a useless piece of paper" should insist that the Court consistently hold those who enforce the law fully accountable to it.


Michael Moore: "My 12 Years of Support for the Troops"

(Facebook) Before I post my more general thoughts later today or tomorrow about the ruckus of the past week regarding the response to my heartfelt comment on twitter about my uncle who was killed in World War II by a sniper - and how I was taught to despise snipers of any stripe - I would like to address this one insane mantra that the right-wing has twisted my tweet into: "Michael Moore hates the troops."

Well, who would know better about hating our troops than those who supported sending them into a senseless war Iraq in the first place?


Leftist Anti austerity party wins big in Greece

(Guardian) The anti-austerity far left party Syriza has won the Greek election by a decisive margin, but just short of an outright majority. With more than three-quarters of the results in Syriza is projected to win 149 seats in the 300 seat parliament.


Dropkick Murphys Order Scott Walker To Stop Using Their Music: ‘We Literally Hate You!’

(Inquisitr) Punk rock and politics may have always shared a common unification, but that doesn’t mean bands like The Dropkick Murphys will allow their music to be used for just any political purpose, especially if that politician is Wisconsin Governor Scott Walker.

When Scott recently took to the stage at the Iowa Freedom Summit to speak in front of many key members of the Republican party, he did so to the tune of Dropkick Murphy’s cover of the Woody Guthrie song “”I’m Shipping Up to Boston,” reported conservative news source Twitchy. Walker apparently didn’t realize that the Dropkick Murphys are assertively pro-union — an interest unlikely to find any common ground with the governor. Walker has become a national whipping boy for the anti-union cause, previously reported Inquisitr.


Sarah Palin delivers ‘bizarro’ speech to Iowa Freedom Summit and Twitter users react hilariously

(Raw Story) Appearing at Iowa Congressman Steve King’s Freedom Summit, star speaker Sarah Palin spoke from a binder of notes, delivering a string of one-liners designed to fire up conservatives while interspersing them with stock and sometimes garbled patriotic platitudes.

National media covering the event — and viewers watching it live on C-Span — lit up Twitter with running commentary on the linguistic twists and turns Palin made as her own Twitter account pumped out tweets directing followers to her political action committee, SarahPAC.

Omaha Steve

Obama to seek wilderness designation for Alaska refuge

(AP) President Barack Obama says he will ask Congress to designate more than 12 million acres of the Arctic National Wildlife Refuge, including the Coastal Plain, as a wilderness area. The designation would seal the area off from oil exploration and give it the highest degree of federal protection available to public lands.

The nearly 20 million acre refuge has long been a piece of contentious land in the struggle between conservationists and advocates of greater energy exploration in the United States.

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