Courts Keep Striking Down Obama Appointments; Rubio Stumbles; Reid Says ‘Climate Change’ Is Causing All The Fires; Even Jimmy Carter Hates PRISM; Obamacare Costs A Million Bucks – Thursday Morning News Roundup 7-18-2013

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Here is a collection of some of the stories making the Internet rounds this morning. Click the links for the full stories.

  • A third Federal appeals court ruled Wednesday that President Barack Obama violated the Constitution last year when he made recess appointments to the National Labor Relations Board, adding more weight to the case as it goes before the Supreme Court in the justices’ next session. Source: The Washington Times… 
  • Immigration reform — the very issue Senator Marco Rubio (R-Fla.) thought would be a game-changing legacy-builder — looks like a big liability, at least right now. In the process, the self-confident Presidential hopeful suddenly looks wobbly, even a little weak, as he searches for what’s next. Source: POLITICO… 
  • Senator Harry Reid (D-Nev.) on Wednesday blamed “climate change” for the intense Southern Nevada blaze that consumed nearly 28,000 acres and drove hundreds of residents from their homes. “Why are we having them? Because we have climate change,” he said. “Things are different.” Source: Las Vegas Review-Journal…
  • Jimmy Carter criticized the American political system this week at an Atlanta speech, saying “America has no functioning democracy” and that “the invasion of privacy has gone too far — and I think that is why the secrecy [about the National Security Agency’s surveillance activities] was excessive.” Source: Spiegel Online… 
  • KSAT in San Antonio reports that a local businessman faces a $1 million Obamacare bill (with video). Source: The Weekly Standard…

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Ben Bullard

Reconciling the concept of individual sovereignty with conscientious participation in the modern American political process is a continuing preoccupation for staff writer Ben Bullard. A former community newspaper writer, Bullard has closely observed the manner in which well-meaning small-town politicians and policy makers often accept, unthinkingly, their increasingly marginal role in shaping the quality of their own lives, as well as those of the people whom they serve. He argues that American public policy is plagued by inscrutable and corrupt motives on a national scale, a fundamental problem which individuals, families and communities must strive to solve. This, he argues, can be achieved only as Americans rediscover the principal role each citizen plays in enriching the welfare of our Republic.

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