A Link to the RP’s Reddit “Ask Me Anything”

I really enjoyed my virgin “Ask Me Anything” chat at Reddit.  I responded to over 110 questions in 2 hours — from No Labels, to our national political mess, to the NBA Draft, to the baseball season, to good television, we covered the whole gamut.

If you are interested in reading a transcript, click here.

An RP Contributor Turns Sweet Sixteen

June 28, 2012 will go down in the history books as the date of a memorable Supreme Court decision and the selection of University of Kentucky superstar Anthony Davis as the first pick in the NBA draft.  (Guess which story the Lexington Herald-Leader led with?)

It is also the 16th birthday of our most beloved contributor to The Recovering Politician, RP-ette Abby Miller.

For those interested in celebrating her birthday with her kvelling father, either leave a message in the comments section below, or send a cash donation to the Abigail Miller College Fund, c/o The RP.

Happy Sweet Sixteen, Abby!

John Y’s Musings from the Middle: Pillows

Today I was reminded that habits we start in youth seem to easily become part of us for many years without questioning.

When I was 7 my Uncle Lorn told me that it bad for my neck and back to sleep with a pillow.

41 years later I still refuse to sleep with a pillow.

When I was 8 years old a friend of the family told me he liked to eat peanuts whole –shell and all. I wanted to impress him.

40 years later I still eat peanuts with the shell.

So, I did at least two things today because a 7 year old and an 8 year old decided it was a good idea at the time. And I’ve never taken the time to question either–from the perspective of an informed adult.

Which leads to the next (and scarier) question: What else did I do this week bc my 7 or 10 or 12 year old self made a lifelong decision for me many years ago?

Join the RP for an “Ask Me Anything” at Reddit NOW Until 1 PM

Today, from 11 am-1 pm, I am hosting an “Ask Me Anything” on Reddit, a social network that has the ability to drive huge amounts of traffic back to No Labels and build the movement.

Ask Me Anything is a forum where you can literally ask me anything — and I’ll answer as many questions as I can. 

I’m sure we will be discussing the news of the day — the NBA Draft.  Oh, and there is news from another Court as well.

Please join the forum. Click here to join the conversation. Click the “UP” arrow next to my original comment to help spread the word to others on Reddit.

You can create an account by clicking “register” in the top right-hand corner of your screen.

Join me NOW until 1 PM.

THE RP’S BREAKING NEWS- Link to Supreme Court Decision — Upholds Individual Mandate

Shortly after 10 a.m. this morning, in a majority decision written by Chief Justice John Roberts, the Supreme Court of the United States has upheld the core of President Obama’s signature healthcare law, stating that while the individual mandate is not permissible under the commerce clause, it is under Congress’s taxing authority. However, the Court said that states can opt out of the law, as many have attempted in the past two years. [Washington Post]

UPDATEClick here for the link to the text of the Supreme Court decision.

UPDATE 2:  Courtesy of The Atlantic, SCOTUS blog, a one paragraph summary of the decision:

In Plain English: The Affordable Care Act, including its individual mandate that virtually all Americans buy health insurance, is constitutional. There were not five votes to uphold it on the ground that Congress could use its power to regulate commerce between the states to require everyone to buy health insurance. However, five Justices agreed that the penalty that someone must pay if he refuses to buy insurance is a kind of tax that Congress can impose using its taxing power. That is all that matters. Because the mandate survives, the Court did not need to decide what other parts of the statute were constitutional, except for a provision that required states to comply with new eligibility requirements for Medicaid or risk losing their funding. On that question, the Court held that the provision is constitutional as long as states would only lose new funds if they didn’t comply with the new requirements, rather than all of their funding.

RP Michael Steele Named “Game Changer” by Politics 365

From Politics 365:

Name: Michael Steele

Title/Occupation: Former RNC Chairman

Organization: Republican National Committee

What Makes The Person A Game Changer:  Michael Stephen Steele is an American politician who served as the first African-American chairman of the Republican National Committee from January 2009 until January 2011. From 2003 to 2007, he was the seventh Lieutenant Governor of Maryland, the first African American elected to statewide office in Maryland. During his time as Lieutenant Governor, he chaired the Minority Business Enterprise taskforce, actively promoting an expansion of affirmative action in the corporate world. He co-founded the Republican Leadership Council, a political action committee.

Zac Byer — Waiting for the Decision

No full meal yet, but wanted to send regards from the line in front of the Supreme Court.

I’m #42 in line to get in and hear the opinions read in the morning — as you know, the healthcare decisions are expected.

First 60 are reserved for public…so I lucked out.

But, I am so ill-prepared. One water bottle, and the same button down and khakis I wore since Tuesday morning and through a red-eye flight. Everyone has sleeping bags and pillows, foam egg crates and blankets. And 95% of us are under 25 years old!

Morgan Hancock: God Loves Sandusky

Sexually molesting ten innocent children: if there is one crime for which I can hardly fathom forgiveness, it is most certainly this one.

Jerry Sandusky was sentenced to life in prison yesterday — and justly so.  He deserved to be punished severely, and if he is murdered in prison, he most likely deserves that as well.

However, in the midst of my celebration of “justice being served,” a still small voice rose up inside of me.

“I love him.”

I knew it was the Lord.

He came again, but louder this time, “I love him.”

I was speechless. Yeah, sure, I know that God loves everyone, but never before had it shaken me to the core like this. Here was man whom abused ten innocent children, and probably more, and God is telling me he loves him. I just couldn’t swallow it.

As I watched one Facebook status after another pop up in celebration of Sandusky’s demise, the Lord’s words played on repeat, “I love him. I love him…”

I don’t understand.

And that’s just it, as humans we have such a difficult time fully understanding the height and depth  and width of God’s unconditional love because it is, well, so un-human.

God loves Sandusky as much as He loves you, your children, and your grandchildren; and even as much as he loves those hurting, aching, and wounded little boys that Sandusky abused.

It’s not fair.

It’s not fair!

“Grace is not fair,” the Holy Spirit interjected unwaveringly.

I guess that’s the mystery of grace; you just can’t get God to quit loving you.

It’s crazy love, way beyond my comfort zone – yet, for it, I’m forever grateful. If grace can be extended to man like Sandusky, then there is hope for us all, and that is good news.

And as for the victims, I mourn for them, but I don’t put anything past my God. I know that out of this horrendous tragedy, He will bring about healing, peace, transformation, and a beautiful display of forgiveness and the ability to overcome all things through Christ.

(Cross-posted, with permission of the author, from Eucharisteo)

Jeff Smith: Dems Go AWOL in Class War

What the hell ever happened to populism in the Democratic Party?

A must-read piece today by Jonathan Martin asks why. [Politico]

RP Evan Bayh at the 92nd Street Y

Speaking at the New York cultural landmark last week, former Senator Evan Bayh discussed the changes he has seen in Congress in the past few decades.

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