Federal District Court Judge declares the Affordable Care Act unconstitutional -- but denies the state of Texas's request for an injunction, meaning that his declaration has, essentially, no legal force at present. Why, you might be tempted to call that drama! In the unlikely event our Supreme Court upholds this decision -- four Justices won't, and it's probably occurred to Chief Justice Roberts that a mandate tax that's currently zero could conceivably be raised by Congress tomorrow and thus render the decision nonsensical -- there's still Medicare-for-All, you know, which makes all these legal questions moot. Unless the five hard right-wingers on our Supreme Court now think Medicare is unconstitutional, that is.
On the other hand, this is probably a nothingburger, too: House passes a new Farm Bill with an irrelevant legislative rider preventing the House from taking up a War Powers resolution relating to the war on Yemen -- one day before the Senate, in a 56-41 vote, approves a War Powers resolution aiming to stop our involvement in that war. OK, maybe not a complete nothingburger, since even getting the Senate to express disapproval of our continued involvement in the Saudi/UAE war against Yemen has taken years, but it does anger a man that our "leaders" constantly shit all over everything. And I sure hope anyone running against the Senators who changed their votes for this Senate resolution will note that they only voted for it when it wouldn't make a difference.
Ho hum, Frank Clemente at the Our Future blog reminds us that "The GOP Tax Bill is Creating Jobs -- Just Not in the U.S." The 2017 tax "reform" "charges corporations just half the tax rate on foreign profits that it charges on domestic earnings" and thus "(i)t’s hard to imagine a stronger lure for corporations to pack up their plant and equipment and ship them offshore." I might not have been so understated. As an aside, it's always good to be reminded that our Administration did explicitly promise that every family would get a $4,000 raise from the tax "reform," and that corporations have spent 117 times as much money on stock buybacks as on worker pay raises.
Chalmers University of Technology study suggests that growing organic food will actually exacerbate climate change. How? Because organic farming doesn't pump out the same yields as conventional farming, thus requiring more land, leading to deforestation, which vastly increases carbon emissions. Sounds reasonable, right? But the study's authors seem to imagine a world in which a) any government would mandate that all farming be done organically and b) only large producers will do any farming. I can't imagine that folks who grow their own food organically won't be helping reduce climate change simply by relying less on industrial farming for their food needs. And those who complain that we'll never make that world? Well, that's not the attitude that ended slavery.
From the "No, Somebody Actually Does Gotta Say It" file: Benjamin Barber at Facing South reminds us that the ongoing imbroglio over the election in North Carolina's 9th U.S. House district reveals that the real "election fraud" threat seems to come from the right-wingers who whine about it the most. Unreturned absentee ballots that just so happen to come disproportionately from counties with larger minority populations -- gosh, who woulda thunk it? But please, right-wingers, keep using that Interstate Crosscheck database that unconstitutionally deregisters voters without checking if voters with the same first and last names in different states even have the same middle names.
Finally, after Sen. McConnell (E-KY) finally allows a vote on a criminal justice reform bill, Carl Hulse at the New York Times gazes in apparent open-mouthed wonder at just how many actors had to pressure Mr. McConnell to hold a vote on the bill. Your jaw will hit the floor, too, when you read that Mr. McConnell actually brought up Willie Horton back in 2016 in the process of telling his caucus the bill wouldn't come up then. Let's avoid calling Mr. McConnell a "law-and-order Republican," though -- recall how he moved mountains to get Don Blankenship's coal corporation off the hook after it polluted the drinking water of 27,000 good Kentuckians with a massive slurry spill, and you'll be reminded that, for our leaders, "law and order" is only for us "little people."