Wednesday, March 4, 2015

An open line: And news on Obamacare, Ferguson, Mo., and Keystone pipeline

Posted By on Wed, Mar 4, 2015 at 4:07 PM


Here's the snow day open line and video roundup. Also:

* OBAMACARE: Here's the New York Times report on U.S. Supreme Court arguments onj the latest challenge to the Affordable Care Act. Split justices, naturally. Is Kennedy the swing vote again?

* NO CHARGE IN MICHAEL BROWN SHOOTING: The Justice Department says the officer who killed Michael Brown in Ferguson, Mo., will not be charged. This was expected. There was a struggle and no way to disprove the officer feared for his safety, the department said. But let's hope this doesn't obscure the broader findings of evidence of bias in police operations in Ferguson, the kind of thing that can poison police-citizen interaction and escalate minor brushes with the law.

A report from that investigation found a wide pattern of discrimination by the city’s police force, and said that city officials had sent racist emails on their government accounts. One depicted President Obama as a chimpanzee. Another included a photo of topless African women with the caption, “Michelle Obama’s high school reunion.”

* KEYSTONE PIPELINE: The Senate failed to override President Obama's veto of Keystone pipeline legislation. The vote was 62-37, with 67 needed to override. Arkansas's senators are stalwart Keystone proponents, though they don't much like the idea of electric power lines running across Arkansas. Here, they prefer local control. The Keystone review will continue.


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