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Honduras Coup Third Anniversary Roundup

Posted by Charles II on June 29, 2012

The Honduran coup began on June 28th, 2009.

Brother John remembers that day and the subsequent rise in violence.

Adrienne has done a news roundup.

Mark Weisbrot on the exploding violence and the parallel to the Paraguayan coup.

Adrienne on The Real News

Maria Robinson and Adrienne appeared on KPFA (12m onward).

Keane Bhatt talks about the three US forward operating bases built this year.

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The (un?)intended consequences of the Supreme Court ruling on healthcare

Posted by Charles II on June 29, 2012

Looking for the poison pill in the healthcare decision. As mentioned in comments below, Paul Santos of Salon pointed out that Roberts rather obviously switched in mid-stream from voting to strike down the ACA to upholding it. What happened? Surely Roberts is unrelentingly hostile to universal healthcare. So, are there consequences to his vote that will only become clear in years to come?

Kevin Russell, Scotusblog:

Starting to think about the potential collateral consequences of the health care ruling, I think it is very likely that one of its major impacts will be to revive claims that several significant civil rights statutes, enacted under Congress’s Spending Power, are unconstitutional.

In the health care decision, the Court held that Congress exceeded its Spending Clause authority by forcing states into an all-or-nothing choice by threatening to revoke all of their Medicaid funding if they did not participate in the Medicaid expansion. A decade or so ago, several states made similar challenges to a number of important civil rights statutes that condition receipt of federal funds on the state’s agreement to abide by non-discrimination principles in the federally funded programs.

All of these challenges failed. But it seems likely that many will now be revived.

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Fallows finds an acorn: the end of the American Republic

Posted by Charles II on June 29, 2012

James Fallows was not much help when it was happening, having been among the Gore bashers, but at least he has this right:

when you look at the sequence from Bush v. Gore, through Citizens United, to what seems to be coming on the health-care front; and you combine it with ongoing efforts in Florida and elsewhere to prevent voting from presumably Democratic blocs; and add that to the simply unprecedented abuse of the filibuster in the years since the Democrats won control of the Senate and then took the White House, you have what we’d identify as a kind of long-term coup if we saw it happening anywhere else.

Via Scott Horton.

A coup is when one faction in a society usurps the function of one or more branches of government to seize power illegitimately. Military coups are the most common. Paraguay is in the midst of a congressional coup. I called the Starr investigation a judicial coup, and Bush v. Gore was its culmination. That coup placed the Republican Party in control of all three branches of government. We now are experiencing a second coup, this time by billionaires, who aren’t satisfied with exerting indirect control.

Fallows has found his acorn, 18 years too late.

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Friday Cat Blogging

Posted by MEC on June 29, 2012

Friday Cat Blogging

Friday Cat Blogging

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