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Some of the country’s largest insurers are estimating that premiums could increase as much as 400$ under Obamacare. Internal reports from 17 companies, which were priveded to the House Energy and Commerce Committee, the Examiner reported that the estimated increases would be tied to the cost of implementing the new regulations, taxes, fees, and mandates in the healthcare reform law.
And the average increase is expected to be about 100%, but could go as high as 400% according to a report released Monday by the committee laying out the estimates from such companies as Aetna, Blue Cross Blue Shield and the Kaiser Foundation.
Attorney General Eric Holder has recently written a letter to Kansas Gov Sam Brownbeck informing him that the Obama administration considers state attempts to protect the Second Amendment “unconstitutional” and that federal agents will “continue to execute their duties,” regardless of state statutes to the contrary.
This letter was dated April 26, refers to a Kansas statute recently signed by Brownbeck that criminalizes any attempt by federal officers or agents to infringe upon the Second Amendment rights of citizens of the Sunflower State. Section 7 of the new law declares:
It is unlawful for any official, agent or employee of the government of the United States, or employee of a corporation providing services to the government of the United States to enforce or attempt to enforce any act, law, treaty, order, rule or regulation of the government of the United States regarding a firearm, a firearm accessory, or ammunition that is manufactured commercially or privately and owned in the state of Kansas and that remains within the borders of Kansas. Violation of this section is a severity level 10 nonperson felony.
Prominent criminal defense attorney, Judy Clarke, who has represented defendants in some of the most high-profile death penalty cases in recent years, has joined the legal defense team for accused Boston bombing suspect Dzhokhar Tsarnaev. Clarke, who is from San Diego, defended Jared Loughner, who pleaded guilty last year to an Arizona shooting rampage that wounded then-U.S. representative Gabrielle Giffords and was spared the death penalty.
Prosecutors have charged Tsarnaev with using a weapon of mass destruction in connection with the Boston Marathon bombings that killed three and injured 264, an offense that can carry the death penalty. Last week, Miriam Conrad, a public defender representing Tsarnaev, filed a request in Boston federal court U.S. Magistrate Judge Marianne Bowler to appoint to his legal team Clarke and another lawyer. She cited a federal law that gives such defendants a right to “learned counsel,” or lawyers with experience handling death penalty cases.
California was ordered by a federal court to reduce prison overcrowding, so they’ve finally come up with a plan and it was just released to the public. The idea is to reduce inmates’ sentences, while increasing its use of private prisons to meet a court-ordered population cap by the end of the year, under a plan Gov. Jerry Brown which was filed late Thursday.
The plan calls for early release credits for inmates and freeing elderly and incapacitated prisoners, while slowing the return of thousands of inmates who are being held in private prisons in other states. Gov Brown intends to seek a delay of those steps while he appeals the ruling on overcrowding, which already has been upheld once by the US Supreme Court.
Obama has just received a message from a federal judge: Stop bypassing Congress on immigration. June 0f 2012, Obama issued a directive halting the deportation of many young illegal aliens after Congress refused to pass the DREAM Act, which would have provided conditional permanent residency to young illegals.
But a federal judge in Dallas is threatening to reverse that order.
On Tuesday, US District Judge Reid O’Connor said that he will likely rule in favor of a lawsuit seeking to overturn the new policy. He has asked both sides to file additional arguments by May 6.
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