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Judge Roger Vinson stayed his own order to allow government more time to appeal his ruling in Florida's challenge to the health law -- part of tangle of cases likely to wind up before the U.S. Supreme Court.
The Mississippi governor laid down political and policy markers this week while potential presidential primary rivals dithered, misspoke or held private meetings.
Bowing to pressure from governors, the president announced the change Monday, though states opting out must provide affordable insurance coverage to at least as many residents as the Affordable Care Act provides.
Critics say some federal laws deserve to be overturned. But Montana's governor questions state legislators who are challenging Washington. They have no 'logical, coherent legal argument,' he says.
Rep. Paul Broun said he was "stunned" by the question and chose "not to dignify it with a response." However, one witness told Talking Points Memo that Broun laughed at the remark.
He's not a household name. But Cain is trying to build a grassroots movement and tea party support for a possible bid for the White House in 2012.
The Constitution doesn't stop Congress from preventing 'free rides' on health insurance for people who would opt not to buy it, a federal judge says.
Health care for the poor is in trouble and so are the states that are charged with providing an increasing share of it. Many states have already had to curb Medicaid and more cuts are yet to come.
'The health care bill was very complicated, and the CBS poll shows a significant amount of 'no opinion' depending on the question,' said Scott Keeter, director of survey research at the nonpartisan Pew Research Center.
Asked if she'd consider a presidential run, the secretary of state says she has "no thoughts for 2016." Teaching, and hitting the beach, however, are good bets down the road.
As lawmakers reignite a 200-year-old debate, many are wondering how far the states will go in their fight against the federal government's health care law.
The master dealmaker tries to convince social conservatives at CPAC that he's one of them -- and in particular that he's pro-life. Really.
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