And in California, rich backers of charter schools are spending millions to elect Antonio Villaraigosa as governor, Seema Mehta and Ryan Menezes reported. Reed Hastings, the founder of Netflix, Eli Broad, Michael Bloomberg and Bill Oberndorf, a hedge fund manager who has contributed heavily to Republicans, are among the top sources of money for an effort to boost the former L.A. mayor in next month’s top-two primary. … [Read more...] about Robert Mueller, Kim Jong Un and the psychology of the president
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“It’s those pieces that families have that I think get lost in a lot of this,” he said. “It’s a public family, yes, but my favorite day of the year is Thanksgiving because we have most of our family around a table and it’s like, you got to be first in line for the turkey because if you’re not, you ain’t getting anything.” … [Read more...] about Joe Kennedy III: The Trump administration is ‘letting people down everyday’
David J. Garrow, a history professor at the University of Pittsburgh and frequent author on the history of the Supreme Court, says that in his view some of the justices have taken the idea of becoming public figures too far. “I’ve been disappointed that Roberts has not succeeded—and we don’t know how much he has tried—in disciplining his colleagues for participating in public behavior that does not conform with the institution as a judicial one,” Garrow says. … [Read more...] about John Roberts marks 10 years as chief justice by taking the long view
4. Is Medicaid Expansion Under the ACA Constitutional?Perhaps the most unexpected component of today's decision is the limitation imposed on the ACA's Medicaid expansion. Medicaid funds medical care for needy individuals through a federal and state partnership under which the federal government provides matching funds to states that agree to comply with federal requirements. Congress may change Medicaid requirements, and participating states must amend state Medicaid plans to comply with changes in federal law. Under the ACA, Congress expanded Medicaid eligibility to certain individuals under age 65 who do not receive Medicare and who have an income up to 133% of the federal poverty level. The ACA requires states to provide limited Medicaid coverage to these newly eligible individuals beginning in 2014. Funding of the expansion will not follow traditional matching guidelines; instead 100% of the expansion will be paid for by the federal government through 2016, with the federal share … [Read more...] about Analysis: U.S. Supreme Court Upholds the Affordable Care Act: Roberts Rules?
Kelleher was the nation’s oldest federal judge on the bench at the time of his death, report City News Service, the Metropolitan News-Enterprise and the Associated Press report. He didn’t hold the record, however. U.S. District Judge Wesley Brown, who died at the age of 104 in January, was the oldest-ever sitting federal judge. … [Read more...] about Federal Judge Robert Kelleher Dies at 99