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A federal judge in Florida ruled Monday that key provisions of President Barack Obama’s health care reform law were unconstitutional, and that the entire law must be voided.

US District Judge Roger Vinson in Pensacola, Florida, a Reagan appointee, agreed with the 26 states that brought the lawsuit, and said Congress cannot penalize individuals that do not buy insurance by 2014.

“Because the individual mandate is unconstitutional and not severable, the entire Act must be declared void,” he declared in the ruling.

On the same day that Obama signed the law, then-Florida Attorney General Bill McCollum filed the lawsuit on behalf on 13 states. Since then, 13 more have joined the litigation.

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The federal government was expected to appeal the ruling to the US Court of Appeals in Atlanta.

The Obama administration was also appealing the similar ruling by a Reagan-appointed federal judge in Virginia.

The Atlantic‘s Andrew Cohen cautioned both supporters and opponents of the law not to overreact to the judge’s decision.

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“Both sides will thus likely overreact to Judge Vinson’s ruling — much as both sides overreacted to last month’s similar ruling by US District Judge Henry Hudson in Virginia,” he wrote. “Judge Vinson could issue a virtual Tea Party manifesto Monday — and he might — but it wouldn’t ultimately make a bit of difference in your life or mine if it doesn’t earn the support of at least five Supreme Court justices. ”


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Black Georgia lawmaker accuses white man of demanding she ‘go back where she came from’ in supermarket diatribe

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On Friday evening, Erica Thomas, and African-American Democratic lawmaker in the Georgia House of Representatives, was shopping at a Publix supermarket in Mableton when a white customer came up to her and shouted at her, telling her to "go back where you came from" — words echoing President Donald Trump's recent racist attacks on four Democratic congresswomen of color.

Thomas' crime? She had too many items for the express checkout line.

Today I was verbally assaulted in the grocery store by a white man who told me I was a lazy SOB and to go back to where I came from bc I had to many items in the express lane. My husband wasn’t there to defend me because he is on Active Duty serving the country I came from USA!

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Trump offers to guarantee bail for rapper A$AP Rocky

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US President Donald Trump offered Saturday to guarantee the bail of rapper ASAP Rocky, detained in Sweden on suspicion of assault following a street brawl.

Trump tweeted that he had spoken with Prime Minister Stefan Lofven, who he said gave assurances that the singer would be treated fairly.

"Likewise, I assured him that A$AP was not a flight risk and offered to personally vouch for his bail, or an alternative," Trump wrote.

There is no system of bail in Sweden.

Trump said he and Lofven had agreed to speak again over the next 48 hours.

Fans, fellow artists and US Congress members have campaigned for the 30-year-old artist, whose real name is Rakim Mayers, to be freed since his arrest on July 3 following the fight on June 30.

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The best Civil War movie ever made finally gets its due

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On Sunday and on July 24, Turner Classic Movies and Fathom Events are presenting big-screen showings in theaters nationwide of “Glory,” in honor of the 30-year anniversary of its release. The greatest movie ever made about the American Civil War, “Glory” was the first and, with the exception of Steven Spielberg’s “Lincoln,” the only film that eschewed romanticism to reveal what the war was really about.

The story is told through the eyes of one of the first regiments of African American soldiers. Almost from the time the first shots were fired at Fort Sumter, S.C., the issue of black soldiers in the Union army was hotly debated. On Jan. 1, 1863, as the country faced the third year of the Civil War, Abraham Lincoln issued the Emancipation Proclamation, rapidly accelerating the process of putting black men into federal blue.

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