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Hardline Polish government makes surprise concession to EU over Supreme Court 

“The law, which came into effect in July, saw 22 supreme court judges forced to quit their posts before the expiration of the constitutional term” writes Lucy Denyer for telegraph.co.uk. Polish president Andrzej Duda has backtracked on a controversial law that suspended members of the country’s supreme court after an international backlash and protests across the country.The government pushed through an amendment on Monday suspending parts of the law that forced judges into early retirement, a rare example of the country stepping back from a conflict with the EU and…

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Tuesday Letters: Teachers don’t need guns; U-turn law confusing

“Instead of spending more on guns, training and guards, wouldn’t it be cheaper to ultimately just eliminate guns and to start with making possession of gun(s) much more expensive?” writes South Florida Sun-sentinel for sun-sentinel.com. Specifically, if a driver is making a right turn on red that driver must yield to cars making U turns at the intersection.Indeed very similar to ownership of vehicles which these days are causing less damage/fatalities than guns.In Daniel Sweeney’s story he stated that Florida law requires a driver making a right turn on a…

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Obamacare remains an unsettled law, and will continue to be

“Meanwhile, major legislation such as the adoption of Social Security or Medicare have become settled law” reports washingtonexaminer.com. Simply passing a law and seeing it signed by the president was obviously not enough to settle Obamacare.The leads to a second reason why Obamacare is unsettled: We live in a time of political warfare in which everything is subject to attack. Source: washingtonexaminer.com Share This:

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Senate to vote on Trump-backed federal pot legalization, but passage unlikely

“Tom McClintock, R-Calif., to protect state recreational marijuana markets from federal agents and prosecutors” reports washingtonexaminer.com. National polls generally show more than 60 percent support for recreational marijuana, but reform through legislation, rather than ballot initiative, is slow.In a 2015 House vote, lawmakers voted 222-206 to reject an amendment from Rep.Chambers of Congress rarely vote on recreational marijuana.The Senate is expected to vote Tuesday on an amendment that would federally legalize marijuana by allowing states to regulate their own medical and recreational pot markets. Source: washingtonexaminer.com Share This:

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Seventeen Democratic attorneys general filed a motion Monday to challenge a Friday decision by a federal judge that ruled the Affordable Care Act unconstitutional.

“Seventeen Democratic attorneys general filed a motion Monday to challenge a Friday decision by a federal judge that ruled the Affordable Care Act unconstitutional” reports washingtonexaminer.com. “We’re asking the court to make clear that the ACA is still the law and ensure that all Americans can continue to access affordable healthcare under it.”. The motion, led by California Attorney General Xavier Becerra, asks the judge to grant a stay on his ruling until it is appealed to the U.S. Court of Appeals for the 5th Circuit in New Orleans.It also…

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Nation to hold referendum on legalising recreational cannabis

“New Zealand will hold a referendum on whether to legalise cannabis for recreational use at the general election in 2020, a week after legalising the use of cannabis for medicinal purposes” writes Eleanor Ainge Roy for theguardian.com. The cannabis referendum coalition of New Zealand said scheduling the vote to coincide with the general election would “maximise turnout” and encourage thorough debate.The justice minister, Andrew Little, said the government had already forewarned the electoral mission to schedule the referendum at the same time as the general election, usually held around September. Source:…

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After judge’s ruling against Obamacare, what happens now?

“The impact would go well beyond the more than 20 million people who are directly covered through the Obama health law” writes Associated Press for seattletimes.com. That means that beginning in January, there no longer will be a penalty for not purchasing health insurance.WASHINGTON — A federal judge’s ruling would, if upheld, wipe away the entire Affordable Care Act, the health-care overhaul championed by President Barack Obama and twice sustained by the Supreme Court.Although O’Connor said the entire law must fall, he did not grant a request from its opponents…

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What Happens to Obamacare Now?

“All those disturbances are reminders that while the bulk of the massive Affordable Care Act is the law of the land, it is still a rather delicate experiment” writes Newkirk Ii for theatlantic.com. In a scramble to counter those rollbacks, former President Barack Obama himself had to cut an ad promoting his signature policy achievement. Source: theatlantic.com Share This:

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Ex-FBI chief Comey says Trump undermines rule of law with ‘lies’

“Asked about the president calling Cohen a “rat,” Comey said it undermined the rule of law” writes Midwest Communications Inc for 95kqds.com. “This while the president of the United States is lying about the FBI, attacking the FBI and attacking the rule of law in this country.”Republicans used to understand that the actions of a president matter, the words of a president matter, the rule of law matters and the truth matters. Source: 95kqds.com Share This:

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New York Governor Cuomo aims to legalize recreational marijuana use

“NEW YORK (Reuters) – New York Governor Andrew Cuomo on Monday said legalizing marijuana for recreational use would be one of his top legislative priorities next year” writes Midwest Communications Inc for 95kqds.com. In addition, 33 states – including New York – and the District of Columbia have legalized marijuana for medical purposes.”We must also end the needless and unjust criminal convictions and the debilitating criminal stigma, and let’s legalize the adult use of recreational marijuana once and for all,” Cuomo said.Vermont became the first state this year to approve…

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