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Archive for June, 2012

Supreme Court Upholds Individual Mandate

WASHINGTON, June 28 (UPI) — The U.S. Supreme Court ruled 5-4 Thursday the federal healthcare law’s individual mandate survives as a tax, handing a huge victory to President Obama. Chief Justice John Roberts, who wrote the prevailing 59-page opinion, abandoned his fellow conservatives and said the mandate can’t be upheld under Congress’ broad power to […]

Russia Has Most Illegal Migrants In World

MOSCOW, (UPI) — A report from the Organization for Economic Cooperation and Development said Russia has the most illegal migrant workers in the world. The OECD’s 2012 International Migration Outlook released Thursday showed almost 7 percent of Russia’s labor force is illegal migrant workers, the RIA Novosti news agency reported. About 3.5 percent of the […]

Supreme Court Overturns Stolen Valor Act

WASHINGTON, (UPI) — The U.S. Supreme Court, by a vote of 6-3 Thursday, struck down a law that made it a crime to falsely claim to have won medals for military service. “Lying was his habit,” Justice Anthony Kennedy said in his majority opinion. “Xavier Alvarez … lied when he said that he played hockey […]

Urban Growth Eclipses Suburban Growth

WASHINGTON, (UPI) — More U.S. cities are growing faster than their suburbs, showing a mind change about city living and the effect of the housing bust, U.S. Census data indicate. Census data released Thursday indicated that growth of city centers in 27 of the nation’s 51 largest metropolitan areas outpaced their suburbs between July 2010 […]

Proclamation Copy Sells For Nearly $2.1M

NEW YORK, (UPI) — A copy of the Emancipation Proclamation signed by President Abraham Lincoln during the Civil War has sold for nearly $2.1 million at a New York City auction. The document fetched $2.09 million, including a $235,000 commission, the second-highest amount ever paid for a copy of the proclamation signed by Lincoln, The […]

'Stand-Your-Ground' Killer Gets 40 Years

HOUSTON, (UPI) — A Houston jury Wednesday sentenced Raul Rodriguez to 40 years in prison for murdering a neighbor in a so-called stand-your-ground shooting in 2010. Rodriguez, 47, was spared a possible life sentence, the Los Angeles Times reported. Defense lawyers had asked for a five-year term, saying Rodriguez — who was convicted this month […]

Man Saves Baby On NYC Subway Tracks

NEW YORK CITY, N.Y., (UPI) — A New York man rescued a baby whose stroller had fallen from a subway platform to the tracks below just as a train pulled into the station, witnesses said. The stroller, carrying 9-month-old Daniel Zamara, was set into motion by a sudden gust of wind Tuesday as the boy’s […]

Colorado Springs Wildfire Doubles In Size

COLORADO SPRINGS, (UPI) — Mandatory evacuations for Colorado’s Waldo Canyon fire were expanded Wednesday as the inferno double in size to more than 15,000 acres. The evacuations were expanded to El Paso and Teller counties and the south and east sides of Woodland Park as the fire increasingly threatened populated areas of Colorado Springs, The […]

Obama’s Healthcare Bill Survives Supreme Court

The Supreme Court issued a ruling on President Barack Obama’s Affordable Care Act upholding many of the laws central provisions Thursday morning. One of the most important rulings by the Court regarding the Constitutionality of the healthcare overhaul was describing the individual insurance requirement as a tax, rather than a forced purchase.

A President Or A King?

During the Constitutional Convention, there was much discussion about the chief executive, how much power he should have, how long his term should be and whether there should be more than one. In fact, the lack of a chief executive was considered one of the glaring weaknesses of the Articles of Confederation.

Save Alexander Hamilton and James Wilson — who advocated for a strong chief executive similar to a monarch — delegates were most concerned that the executive would turn into a virtual king. During the Philadelphia Convention, Charles Pinckney said he was “for a vigorous executive, but was afraid the executive powers of the existing Congress might extend to peace and war, &c.; which would render the executive a monarchy of the worst kind, to wit, an elective one.”

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