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Fetuses, flood insurance and the political ability to make lemons out of lemonade

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Yesterday, I appeared on RT America’s “The Alyona Show” to talk about Sen. Ran Paul’s (R-KY) efforts to amend a flood insurance bill to include language definining fetuses as people, thus making abortion illegal.

After, we spoke in brief about today’s expected decision about the Affordable Care Act, which came down in favor of retaining the individual mandate, albeit not because of the Commerce Clause. My prediction was that, no matter what happened, both sides would find a way to spin it to the benefit of their political party. And, surprise! In a vociferous defense on his Twitter feed and in an article at The Weekly Standard, conservative writer Jay Cost already proved me right.

The best way to make predictions is to assume the people’s whose job it is to spin stuff will spin it.

And then there’s the part about why everyone hates Congress!

Watch the video, first uploaded by The Alyona Show on June 28, 2012, below:

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Ted Cruz’s dangerous resolution suggests that all forms of political dissent could soon be considered terrorism

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Last week, Republican Sens. Bill Cassidy of Louisiana and Ted Cruz  of Texas introduced a resolution to designate "antifa," which the Anti-Defamation League defines as "a loose collection of groups, networks, and individuals who believe in active, aggressive opposition to far right-wing movements," as a "domestic terrorist organization."

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Florida cop runs down joy-riding black teen on bicycle — then officers shock him with a Taser

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Florida police chased down a joy-riding black teenager, struck the bicycle he was riding and then violently arrested him after he fled in terror.

Jaydon Stubbs and four friends were riding July 17 on their way to Hollywood Beach when an officer spotted the teens in an area where there had been a string of recent burglaries, reported WPLG-TV.

The officer saw the boys popping wheelies and ignoring traffic laws, so she tried to stop them for questioning -- but they split up and rode away from her.

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9/11 first responder goes on Fox and destroys Rand Paul’s phony fiscal conservatism: It’s insulting to our intelligence

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During a Fox News interview on Tuesday, a 9/11 first responder blasted Republican senators who raised concerns about a bill to help compensate those who were injured during the 2001 terrorist attacks and its aftermath.

The Senate is expected to pass legislation that would fund the 9/11 Victim Compensation Fund through 2090, despite Republican senators Rand Paul (KY) and Mike Lee (UT) stalling the bill after raising concerns about the cost.

"[Senate Majority Leader] Mitch McConnell has been nothing but gracious. He kept his word. When we had that meeting with, I can tell you he is keeping his word. While we don’t always agree on everything, he has kept his word, and he helped us get here today," said John Feal, a demolition specialist whose foot was crushed during the 9/11 recovery effort.

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