Good news, everyone! H. Con. Res. 105, the McGovern/Lee/Jones resolution that would have mandated that President Obama come to Congress before starting any more military shenanigans in Iraq, passed the House by a 370-40 margin. Whether the Senate will take up the resolution is anyone's guess, but if you called your Congressfolk on Friday to urge them to vote in favor of the resolution on Friday, you did good. (The article says "it's unclear" whether the resolution would "trump" the AUMF from 2001, but I don't see why it wouldn't -- though I suppose the Obama Administration would fight it in court citing the AUMF.)
Billionaire Mark Cuban says he'd sell his stock in any corporations that would re-incorporate as foreign corporations simply to avoid paying taxes in America, and encourages others to do the same. I'm divided on Mr. Cuban myself (like him as Mavs owner and Shark Tank feeder, dislike him as Bush supporter and Yahoo! CEO), but he's on the side of the angels here, and I think he's being less "self-interested" than the article would have you believe.
Rand Paul gets another lesson in how difficult it is to get black folks to listen to you if you're a Republican, as he faces a small crowd at the National Urban League Conference. His work on mandatory minimums isn't as impressive as the Times suggests -- a statement I'm willing to revise if I ever see results -- and even if blacks forgive his reversed-under-pressure opposition to certain fifty-year-old civil rights legislation or overpraise his recent wobbliness on Voter ID laws, Mr. Paul's economic prescriptions wouldn't persuade them to vote for him in significant numbers. Then again, Republicans might only need a slight bump to win -- Mr. Romney got six percent of the black vote in 2012 and lost, while Mr. Bush got 11 percent in 2004 and won.
The Affordable Care Act has saved Americans nearly $2 billion on health care premiums since 2011, through its mandate that health care corporations spend at least 80 percent of consumer premiums on actual medical care (as opposed to "administrative costs," like, you know, overpaying the CEO). People don't know about this, partly because $2 billion spread out over millions of families over three years doesn't fatten very many wallets, but mainly because the law allows health care corporations to put that money back into consumer premiums, instead of cutting consumers some checks. It sure is a good thing that "socialist" President Obama let corporations do that in his "socialist" health care bill.
Finally, Mississippi state Sen. Chris McDaniel still hasn't given up his quest to contest his primary loss to incumbent Republican Senator Thad Cochran -- though his camp hasn't actually filed a legal challenge, either. Though Mr. McDaniel's propensity to make enemies even among Mississippi Tea Party honchos may well benefit Mr. Cochran, I still wonder if the Republican establishment's efforts to circle-the-wagons-this-time around their incumbent will even work -- if Mr. McDaniel can drag a serious challenge to Mr. Cochran's nomination out into October, then ex-Democratic House Rep. Travis Childers could well be this year's Joe Donnelly.