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Supreme Court upholds Constitutionality of individual mandate in federal health care law listen

06/28/12 Seán Kinane
WMNF Drive-Time News Thursday
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The Supreme Court of the United States found the Affordable Care Act's individual mandate to be Constitutional if there are tax penalties, but not if it’s interpreted as a fee through the Commerce Clause.

The Supreme Court also said the law’s expansion of Medicaid could proceed as long as the federal government does not withhold the entire Medicaid allotment to states if they refuse to participate in the expansion.

Florida Republicans are upset at the ruling. Governor Rick Scott called ...

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Margaret Flowers talks about the Affordable Care Act Supreme Court decision

06/28/12 Mary Glenney
From A Woman's Point of View
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Dr. Margaret Flowers with the Physicians for a National Health Program (PNHP) talks about the 5-4 Supreme Court Decision upholding the Affordable Care Act. Dr. Flowers, being a strong advocate for a single payer system or Medicare for all, gave the reasons she felt it was not a good decision to give the best affordable care to people. She also expressed her intentions to continue to fight for single payer or medicare for all.

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Dr. Carol Paris talks about the Affordable Care Act and its effects on her practice

06/28/12 Mary Glenney
From A Woman's Point of View
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Dr. Carol Paris, a member of the Physicians for a National Health Program and a practicing physician, talks of the difficulties to her of practicing medicine under the present medical systems. She discusses the difficulty of limiting the time she can afford to spend with patients and the difficulties her patients are having with job and benefit losses. Paris has decided she can no longer give the standard of care she thinks appropriate for her patients and so she is closing her practice in M...

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Charges dropped for two Occupy Tampa members listen

02/29/12 Janelle Irwin
WMNF Drive-Time News Wednesday
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Charges have been dropped by the State Attorney’s office for two members of Occupy Tampa who were arrested for trespassing in Kiley Gardens in November. Their lawyer argued the charges were unconstitutional based on a precedent set last year in St. Petersburg.

Attorney Roger Breit actually filed two...

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Stetson Law professor Michael Allen discusses the Constitution

06/08/11 Robert Lorei
Radioactivity: Live Call-In (Wednesday)
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Good morning, welcome to Radioactivity. I'm Rob Lorei. Coming up today - during the Bush administration many liberals complained that the US Constitution was being violated. Now that President Obama is in the White House we hear the same from conservatives. Here to discuss the US Constitution is Michael Allen who is a Professor of Law at Stetson University College of Law. First up, one of the big constitutional questions of our time is whether health care reform is constitutional. The issue i...

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U.S. House passes Boehner's Libya resolution, but not Kucinich's listen

06/03/11 Seán Kinane
WMNF Drive-Time News Friday
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The U.S. Constitution requires that only Congress may declare war. The War Powers Resolution of 1973 gives the President permission to defend the country without pre-approval from Congress if the country or its allies are in danger. But it still requires action from Congress within 60 days. But President Barack Obama has done none of those things regarding the U.S. involvement in NATO bombing of Libya. Today the U.S. House debated what to do about it and considered two competing resolutions. ...

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Interview with Rev. Barry Lynn executive director of Americans United for Separation of Church and State

03/07/11 Robert Lorei
Radioactivity: Live Call-In (Friday)
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Good morning, welcome to Radioactivity. I'm Rob Lorei. Today an interview with Rev. Barry Lynn of Americans United for Separation of Church and State. Since 1992, the Rev. Barry W. Lynn has served as executive director of Americans United for Separation of Church and State, a Washington, D.C.-based organization dedicated to the preservation of the Constitution’s religious liberty provisions. A member of the Washington, D.C. and U.S. Supreme Court bar, Lynn earned his law degree from Georgetow...

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Erlinder: Supreme Court decision lets Secretary of State define who is a terrorist listen

02/28/11 Seán Kinane
WMNF Drive-Time News Monday
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Last summer the U.S. Supreme Court upheld the federal law that criminalized “material support” for terrorism. But defenders of civil liberties warn that people can be jailed for nonviolent speech, preemptive prosecution, or thoughtcrime. On Saturday in Tampa, activists held a workshop: Wake up call for civil liberties. It featured panelists like Jess Sundin, a peace activist whose house was raided by the FBI, and law professor Peter Er...

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Move to Amend: the movement to limit corporate power

01/20/11 Robert Lorei
Radioactivity: Live Call-In (Thursday)
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Good morning, welcome to radioactivity. I'm Rob Lorei. Coming up today we'll meet a 39-year-old south Florida woman who wants to marry a corporation. She is Echo Steiner. She says since the Citizen's United Supreme Court decision extended even more rights to corporations - why not marry a corporation? She's looking to merge with a corporation who is "well-endowed," environmentally conscious and socially responsible.

Later we'll talk with Carla Christianson who is statewide coordinator of ...

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Law professors maintain the new health care reform law is Constitutional listen

01/18/11 Seán Kinane
WMNF Drive-Time News Tuesday
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House Republicans took up their effort to repeal the health care reform law this afternoon. They plan to vote on repeal tomorrow. Even if it passes, it is likely to die in the Senate. An AP/GfK poll released yesterday found that only about a quarter of Americans support repeal of the law.

In addition to the attempt by conservatives in Congress to repeal the law, many states are challenging its constitutionality in court.

In a conference call with reporters today, The Center for American...

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