Putting Lipstick On Obamacare; Rick Perry’s Buzz Machine; The Gun Veto That Won’t Stick; FBI Sleeps On IRS; Restoring Rubio’s Conservative Cred — Wednesday Morning News Roundup 7-3-2013

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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.

  • The Administration of President Barack Obama is postponing the “employer mandate”  portion of Obamacare — the part that would levy financial penalties on businesses with more than 50 employees that fail to provide health insurance that meet the minimum standards and “affordability” — until 2015. The move delays implementation of at least one component of the unpopular law until after the next mid-term elections. Source: Human Events… 
  • Texas Governor Rick Perry promised friends and top fundraisers Tuesday he’d reveal “exciting future plans” next week in San Antonio, sparking wide speculation he will announce if he’ll run again for Governor. Source: CBS Houston… 
  • Illinois Governor Pat Quinn moved Tuesday to tighten legislation that would end Illinois’ last-in-the-Nation prohibition on gun owners’ carrying their weapons in public places, setting the stage for near-certain legislative defeat for him next week. Source: Chicago Sun-Times… 
  • More than a month and a half after it was announced that the FBI would launch an investigation into the Internal Revenue Service’s targeting of conservative groups, the groups and their legal representatives are still waiting to hear from the FBI. Source: CNS News… 
  • Senator Marco Rubio (R-Fla.) agreed Tuesday to be the lead sponsor of a Senate bill to ban abortion after an unborn child is 20 weeks old. Source: 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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