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Mocking health reform, Republicans propose mandating gun ownership

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In a measure apparently mocking the Affordable Care Act’s health insurance mandate, Republican lawmakers in South Dakota want to force everyone over 21 years of age to buy a gun by 2012.

If the measure passes, those turning 21 would have six months to buy a firearm “sufficient to provide for their ordinary self-defense.”

Residents would be required to pick a gun “suitable to their temperament, physical capacity, and preference.”

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The bill was intended to be a form of protest against President Barack Obama’s health care reform law, which required that every American purchase health insurance by 2014 or face a penalty.

South Dakota state Rep. Hal Wick (R-Sioux Falls) was sponsoring the measure. He told The Sioux Falls Argus Leader that he knows the bill won’t get far.

“Do I or the other cosponsors believe that the State of South Dakota can require citizens to buy firearms? Of course not,” he said. “But at the same time, we do not believe the federal government can order every citizen to buy health insurance.”

A federal judge in Florida ruled Monday that the individual health insurance mandate was unconstitutional, and the entire law must be voided. South Dakota was one of 26 states that filed the lawsuit.

US District Judge Roger Vinson in Pensacola, Florida went even further than a federal judge in Virginia last month who also struck down the law.

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The Obama administration has announced plans to appeal the rulings, and the Supreme Court could eventually take up the case. Two other federal judges have upheld the law.

Conservative columnist Ann Coulter told Fox News’ Sean Hannity Monday that if the health care law is allowed to stand “then Republicans should turn around and mandate all citizens be forced to purchase a gun and a Bible.”

“There’s a lot more evidence that owning a gun and a Bible is better for society than everyone having to own health insurance,” she said.

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This video is from Fox News’ Hannity, broadcast Jan. 31, 2011.


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If Democrats fight right-wing ‘fake news’ fire with fire, we all lose

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Democrats are increasingly worried about losing the 2020 presidential election to Donald Trump. The party is in seeming disarray from the botched Iowa caucuses and the failure of an "electable" frontrunner to emerge early in the primary season. Trump's fundraising and digital operations are humming, buoyed in part by his acquittal at the Senate trial which refused to remove him from office for soliciting foreign interference in the 2020 elections and obstructing the House's investigation of it.

This article first appeared in Salon.

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Nevada GOP activist reveals how he ‘caucused for Bernie’ to help Trump win: ‘It would be a dream election’

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Conservative activist Chuck Muth said that he temporarily switched parties to vote for Democratic presidential candidate Bernie Sanders in the Nevada caucuses.

Muth, who spoke to the Las Vegas Journal-Review while wearing a red Keep America Great hat, explained that he had crossed over to “vote for the weakest candidate possible of the Democrats.”

“It was kind of a way of demonstrating how absurd I think it is to have same-day registration as well as early voting for a caucus,” Muth explained. “So my wife and I last Sunday went to an early voting site, we changed parties right there on the spot. We caucused for Bernie.”

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Soledad O’Brien shames 1980 ‘Miracle on Ice’ hockey team for photo-op with Trump while wearing MAGA hats

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In an early Sunday morning tweet, award-winning journalist Soledad O'Brien expressed her dismay with members of the 1980 Gold Medal-winning Olympic hockey team for celebrating their historic win over the then-Soviet Union -- dubbed the "Miracle on Ice" -- with Donald Trump while wearing "Make America Great Again" hats.

According to O'Brien, seeing them hand Trump a photo-op filled her with "disappointment."

Taking to Twitter, she wrote, " Ugh.... so disappointed by the @1980MiracleTeam . I loved watching that game as a kid with my dad. Loved watching the movie with my kids. To see them on a stage, in maga hats—kinda crushing I have to say."

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