Heritage Senior Legal Fellow Hans von Spakovsky spoke with us after the first of two hearings let out this morning. This morning’s arguments focused on the severability of the individual mandate and determine what happens if a majority rule the individual mandate to be unconstitutional.
From the Las Vegas Sun
Sen. Dean Heller has informed Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid that he will not sign off on the nomination of Clark County District Judge Elissa Cadish to the federal bench, an extraordinary move that rarely happens between two senators of the same state, sources confirm.
Heller, I’m reliably told, informed Reid of an issue involving gun rights that arose in a previous Cadish campaign. It apparently has to do with her commitment to the Second Amendment, which caused Heller’s concern. Cadish has not — at least not yet — been asked to withdraw.
When I asked Heller’s office for a reaction, his spokesman, Stewart Bybee, responded: “Senator Heller looks forward to supporting the confirmation of Miranda Du to be U.S. District Judge for the District of Nevada tomorrow. In addition, Senator Heller will continue to work with Senator Reid to fill any judicial vacancies in the state of Nevada.”
That’s what old Ben Bradlee called a non-denial denial. Du is the northern judge up for the federal bench and nominated last August by the president.
No response yet from Reid’s office.
UPDATE: Reid’s office confirms Heller declined to sign on.
President Obama nominated Cadish on Feb. 16 with this gushing statement
My guess is the White House and Reid are looking for a graceful way out.
Obama’s lawyer, Don Verrilli tries to find the words to explain the unexplainable and sell this nonsense to the Supreme Court!
Democrat Governors Are Calling Obamacare’s Medicaid Mandates ‘Devastating,’ Say They ‘Have No Idea How We’re Going To Pay For It’
Unfunded Medicaid Mandates Will Cost State Taxpayers $118.04 Billion
NGA: “States Face Significant Challenges: Medicaid In Particular… spending on Medicaid is expected to consume an increasing share of state budgets and grow more rapidly than state revenue growth.” (“The Fiscal Survey Of States,” National Governors Association, P.iv, Fall 2011)
· “…state spending on Medicaid is likely to continue to see above average growth due to… the implementation of the [Patient Protection and] Affordable Care Act…” (“The Fiscal Survey Of States,” National Governors Association, P.vii, Fall 2011)
“This report conservatively estimates that PPACA will cost state taxpayers at least $118.04 billion through 2023.” (“Medicaid Expansion In The New Health Law: Costs To The States,” Sen. Hatch & Rep. Upton, P.2, 3/1/11)
DEM GOVS: ‘Devastating,’ ‘I Have No Idea How We’re Going To Pay For It’
GOV. STEVE BESHEAR (D-KY): ‘I have no idea how we’re going to pay for it.’ “…starting in 2016, Washington will begin shifting that additional costs to the states. ‘I have no idea how we’re going to pay for it,’ Beshear said candidly.” (Editorial, “Medicaid Expansion Will Cost Taxpayers,” The Paducah Sun, 2/13/11)
GOV. BRIAN SCHWEITZER (D-MT): “I’m going to have to double my patient load and run the risk of bankrupting Montana…” (“Montana Looks North For Health Care That Works,” Yes Magazine, 10/21/11)
· “In 2014, when the PPACA kicks in, many of the uninsured will be given the opportunity to enroll in Medicaid. With this change, Schweitzer expects the state’s Medicaid population to double, creating a huge financial burden on the state of Montana under the current health care system.” (“Montana Looks North For Health Care That Works,” Yes Magazine, 10/21/11)
· “The governor told Marguerite Salazar, a regional director of the Department of Health and Human Services, that Congress has designed a ‘pack of crap’ that gives away far too much to the pharmaceutical industry.” (“Schweitzer Calls For Universal Health Care,” The Associated Press, 9/28/11)
GOV. JERRY BROWN (D-CA): “We will be further disadvantaged under the Medicaid expansions mandated under the Affordable Care Act … proposals to shift several billion dollars in Medicaid costs to California would be devastating and would clearly move us in the wrong direction.” (Gov. Jerry Brown, Letter To President Obama, 6/27/11)
GOV. CHRISTINE GREGOIRE (D-WA): “Some states with Democratic governors, including Washington, are also quietly pressing for the change. ‘We’re asking for cooperation… so that we can work our way through what is a very challenging time for us,’ Washington Gov. Christine Gregoire said at a meeting of the National Governors Association in Washington this weekend, where curbing Medicaid costs was a top issue.” (“Governors Scramble To Rein In Medicaid,” The Wall Street Journal, 2/28/11)
In Nevada, KTVN-TV in Reno reports that Senator Dean Heller has introduced the Gas Price Relief Act. Nevada Senator Dean Heller has introduced an amendment to a Senate bill he says would help ease the pain at the pump for Nevadans. “Under the Gas Price Relief Act, every American who drives a car will reap the benefit of tax relief. My legislation closes the tax loopholes for the major integrated oil companies and cuts the gas tax while ensuring revenue is still being delivered to the Highway Trust Fund.”
Got Ice Cream Sandwich? If you’re like many Android owners, the answer may be “not yet.”
The Ice Cream Sandwich version of Google’s Android OS — also known as Android 4.0 — has been rolling out to devices since December. But three months later, many phone and tablet owners are still waiting for a taste.
Given the breadth and diversity of the Android ecosystem, it’s inevitable that upgrade availability and timing will vary to some extent from one device to the next. Manufacturers do, however, often provide us with insights into their plans for various phones and tablets — and with the end of 2012′s first quarter now upon us, I thought it’d be worth checking up on those promises to see who’s followed through and who’s let us down.*
Based on their own publicly shared plans, here’s how the different Android manufacturers have performed in 2012 so far.
*The first quarter technically ends this Saturday, March 31. If by chance anything changes in the few days between now and then, I’ll update this page accordingly.
Android 4.0 Report Card: Acer
Acer promised its entire Iconia Tab line would be upgraded to Ice Cream Sandwich, starting with the A200 and moving from there to the A100 and A500 devices. Acer rolled out Android 4.0 for the Iconia Tab A200 in late February; with a stated upgrade window of “mid-April” for its A100 and A500 tablets, the company is thus far on track and keeping up with its word.
• FINAL GRADE: A
Farmers in the US may soon be prevented from dosing healthy livestock with antibiotics that encourage faster growth. Pressure to ban the practice has fallen on the US Food and Drug Administration (FDA) following a court ruling and the publication of research showing how a strain of bacteria jumped from humans to farmyard animals and back again, picking up antibiotic resistance on the way.
The court ruling, won by the Natural Resources Defense Council in New York, commits the FDA to reconsider a ban first proposed in 1977 on the non-therapeutic farmyard use of penicillin and two other types of antibiotics called tetracyclines in animal feed. More
The phone maker is throwing in a free bundle with a longer-life battery and cover to protect it.
Buyers of Samsung’s 4G LTE Galaxy Nexus smartphone can now score a free extended-life battery with the usual two-year contract.
The free battery bundle consists of the i515 2100 mAh battery and a special cover for added protection. This package normally sells for $49.99 directly from Samsung and runs anywhere from $30 to $40 from various online retailers.
4G LTE devices have been notorious battery hoggers, so a free extended-battery kit can come in handy. More