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Obama Gains Vindication and Secures Legacy With Health Care Ruling

Reposted from the NY Times

WASHINGTON — For years, President Obama has faced the sneers of political adversaries who called his health care law Obamacare and assailed his effort to build a legacy that has been the aspiration of every Democratic president since Harry S. Truman.

But on Thursday, Mr. Obama walked into the Rose Garden to accept vindication as the Supreme Court, for a second time, affirmed the legality of a part of the Affordable Care Act. Mr. Obama said the law “is working exactly as it’s supposed to” and called for an end to the vitriolic politics that have threatened it.

“The point is, this is not an abstract thing anymore,” Mr. Obama told reporters, with Vice President Joseph R. Biden Jr. smiling broadly beside him. “This is not a set of political talking points. For all the misinformation campaigns, all the doomsday predictions, all the talk of death panels and job destruction, for all the repeal attempts — this law is now helping tens of millions of Americans.”

Mr. Obama’s plea to stop “refighting battles that have been settled again and again and again” met on Thursday with immediate resistance. House Speaker John A. Boehner, Republican of Ohio, promised to “do everything we can” to undermine the law. Jeb Bush, a Republican candidate for president, vowed “to repeal and replace this flawed law” if he succeeds Mr. Obama in the Oval Office.

Boehner ready to let funding lapse for Homeland Security agency

John Boehner, the Republican House of Representatives speaker, said he is willing to let funding for the Department of Homeland Security lapse as part of a Republican push to roll back President Barack Obama’s executive actions on immigration.  Read More

Protect Internet Freedom

Do you like the internet? Sign this petition

What President Obama did yesterday is a big deal for anyone who uses the internet. (Hi!)

He’s urging the Federal Communications Commission to protect net neutrality—the principle that all web traffic should be treated the same, and not controlled by providers.

If you think a free and open internet is a good thing, sign  a petition to tell the FCC you stand with President Obama’s plan to protect net neutrality.

The concept of a free and open internet has been part of the whole deal from the beginning.

It’s common sense: Your cable or phone company shouldn’t get to be a gatekeeper to the internet. They shouldn’t get to slow down or block access to sites you love, or be able to charge you extra if you use a service like Facebook or Netflix.

Consumers like that about the internet—and our economy depends on it. Net neutrality encourages innovation, and puts entrepreneurs on a level playing field.

But if some internet service providers get their way, that could all change forever. They want to have a say in how you use the internet, or how fast your favorite sites load.

The FCC will get to decide which way this goes—that’s why it’s so important that President Obama spoke up yesterday, calling for the “strongest possible rules” to protect net neutrality.

How many jobs for Mayor Kennedy? Four, and all illegal

Oct. 3rd, Asbury Park Press

Mayor Paul J. Kennedy is in trouble with the state for serving in four paid positions within the municipal government he presides over, including the role of acting borough administrator.

Kennedy also receives public salaries for his roles as the town’s acting personnel director, acting coordinator for the Americans with Disabilities Act and acting insurance administrator, according to Borough Clerk Ileana Vazquez-Gallipoli. First elected mayor in 2006, Kennedy receives no salary for that job. The mayor is seeking a third term this November.

For all these offices, Kennedy, 59, a Republican, will receive an annual salary this year of $50,000 from the taxpayers of Ocean Gate. In addition to his municipal duties, Kennedy is also a full-time employee in Ocean County’s government where he receives about $40,000 as a carpenter in the Building and Grounds Department, according to public records. Read the full post »

Vicari calls Sexual Harassment lawsuit “Frivolous!”

Successful business owner and philanthropist Tim Ryan ran for Ocean County Freeholder against one of New Jersey’s most corrupt and greedy politicians, Joseph Vicari. Check out this video of Tim confronting Vicari at a recent public meeting about a sexual harassment lawsuit filed against Vicari and a former county contractor he has close ties to. Vicari calls the blatant sexual misconduct alleged in the lawsuit “frivolous!

Watch the video here

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