Thursday, June 28, 2012
In a complicated decision, the justices upheld most of the health care reform legislation popularly known as Obamacare.
Thursday, June 28, 2012
Do you agree with the U.S. Supreme Court's decision Thursday upholding most of President Obama's signature health care reform legislation? By a 5-4 vote, the justices upheld most of the act, although the opinion is a complicated one. The court upheld the requirement that every American purchase health insurance or else pay a penalty, as a tax decision and upheld it on those grounds, in an opinion written by Chief Justice Roberts. "Our precedent demonstrates that Congress has the power to impose the exaction in Section 5000 under the taxing power, and that Section 5000 need not be read to do more than impose a tax," Roberts wrote in one of the key sentences from the opinion. Click here to read the full text of the opinion. Vote in our poll …
Friday, October 21, 2011
President Obama says Iraq War, one of the longest and costliest in U.S. history, to end in December.
President Obama announced Friday he will withdraw all American troops from Iraq by the end of the year, bringing to a close a nine-year war that killed 78 New Jersey residents, at least 14 of whom were Army and Marine Corps servicemen from Bergen and Passaic Counties. The United States had previously agreed to exit Iraq by the end of the year and leave 3,000 to 5,000 troops in Iraq as trainers, but after failed negotiations with the Iraqi government, as little as 150 troops will remain in the Middle Eastern country. The current military presence in Iraq stands at just under 40,000. After a private video conference with Iraqi Prime Minister Nouri al-Maliki, Obama told reporters at the White House Friday that he had kept his 2008 campaign…
Sunday, September 4, 2011
Christie: All 21 counties eligible to apply for cash.
After touring two northern New Jersey towns ravaged by Hurricane Irene, President Barack Obama assured residents Sunday that the federal government will help them rebuild. "We are going to make sure we provide the resources needed," Obama said while touring Paterson, a city of roughly 150,000 that witnessed severe flooding during Irene because of its proximity to the Passaic River. "I want to make it very clear we are going to meet our federal obligations." Obama visited Paterson and Wayne for an hour-and-a-half total with a delegation that included Gov. Chris Christie, U.S. Senators Frank Lautenberg (D-NJ) and Robert Menendez (D-NJ), along with U.S. Reps. Steve Rothman (D-NJ), Bill Pascrell Jr. (D-NJ) and Frank Pallone (D-NJ) and Passaic …