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Dylan Scott -TPM

House lawyers filed a brief Friday rebuffing the Securities and Exchange Commission's subpoenas for a GOP staffer and a congressional committee in its investigation into the leak of market-moving information to Wall Street.

And in it, after SEC lawyers had alleged the House aide "may have been" the source of the leaks, congressional counsel pointed the finger back at the Obama administration.

"The SEC purports to be investigating an alleged leak of a particular health care reimbursement rate which, if it occurred at all, must have originated at (the federal Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services)," the House counsel wrote in the brief, which asks a Manhattan federal court to dismiss the SEC's lawsuit to force compliance with the subpoenas.

As TPM has reported, the investigation centers on the leak of a pending policy change by CMS that reversed proposed Medicare funding cuts for private insurers. A flash report was distributed to stock traders before the change was publicly announced, and shares in major insurance companies spiked.

Sen. Chuck Grassley (R-IA) had implicated administration officials shortly after the leak became public in April 2013. But the tables seemed to have turned last month when SEC and Justice Department subpoenas of the House aide, Brian Sutter, and the Ways and Committee were made public. The SEC alleged that Sutter may have been the source of the leak and that he allegedly spoke on the day of the leak with a lobbyist who reportedly helped distribute the information to Wall Street.More...


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Staff posted on July 1, 2014 07:02

Sen. Mike Lee: Birth Control Pills Are For 'Recreational' Use

h/t RawStory

Sen. Mike Lee: Birth Control Pills Are For 'Recreational' Use

Maybe Mike Lee should just come out and call women sluts for wanting access to contraceptives? Oh wait, I think he just did! The free boner pills are totally fine with this guy, but if you're female, you're a slut.

ThinkProgress

Sen. Mike Lee (R-UT) agreed on Monday that women use birth control to protect themselves from “recreational behavior,” just hours after the Supreme Court ruled that some companies can refuse to provide health insurance coverage that includes contraceptive services.

During an appearance on Sirius XM’s The Wilkow Majority, host Andrew Wilkow argued that the real question in Burwell v. Hobby Lobby Stores Inc., was about “whether or not a person who runs a business should be forced to provide something that is largely for recreational behavior, if it goes against their religious beliefs.”

Wimmenz, the Senator totally has your number and he's looking at you over there with the endometriosis and you over on the other side using birth control pills for your acne. Recreation is bad, procreation is good. Learn your lesson, ladies. And for God's sake, respect your employer's religious beliefs because you are OWNED by them.

Lee, responded by saying “Yea, that’s right, that’s right,” before claiming that “this administration is using the often coercive power of the federal government to force people into their way of being and their way of existing, their way of believing and thinking and acting.”


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The Powers That Be Don't Give A Damn About Charter School Corruption

“ A new investigation by the Orlando Sun Sentinel found, "Unchecked charter-school operators are exploiting South Florida’s public school system, collecting taxpayer dollars for schools that quickly shut down … virtually anyone can open or run a charter school and spend public education money with near impunity."

When politicians and pundits take to the barricades to defend "wonderful charter schools," is this what they're thinking of?

A recent article in a Minnesota newspaper reported about a change in state law that could imperil the existence of a charter school that serves a student body sorely in need of heroic efforts. According to the reporter, "Nine out of 10 of the school’s 275 high schoolers meet the legal definition of 'highly mobile,' meaning they do not have stable housing; 109 are flat-out homeless. Some couch-surf. Some sleep in cars, some in bus stations. Often they spend the night in small groups, for safety. Poverty – a given – is usually the least of their worries. To teens forced to support themselves, a diploma is a life raft."

The schools founder and chief operator is quoted: "We have kids who are one credit away from graduating … We are one of the first consistent things in their lives.” More...


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