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Ed Forchion in court for retrial

 

This longtime activist was found guilty for marijuana possession. He made an appeal and is now asking publicly that the previous guilty verdict is not considered in his retrial. He is charged with drug distribution and drug possession.

 

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Healthcare Law Suffers as Florida Judge Declares it Unconstitutional

The Healthcare Law, a piece of reform legislation that had long been debated for decades and divided many before it was passed and signed into law last year, was declared unconstitutional by U.S. District Judge Roger Vinson in Florida. Vinson ruled that provision of the law (popularly called Obamacare) that requires Americans to have his or her own health insurance starting in 2014 is too forceful for the people concerned.

As a result of the ruling, Vinson took sides with 26 states (represented by their respective governors and attorneys general) and went on to say that “the individual mandate is unconstitutional and not severable, the entire act must be declared void,” On the other hand, the Obama administration announced that it strongly disagrees with Vinson’s ruling, that it would make an appeal and that it was confident it will prevail even if the legal fight gets elevated to the Supreme Court in the future.

Meanwhile, Vinson’s ruling drew praise from critics of the law as well as attacks from those who strongly support it. House of Representatives Speaker John Boehner believed that the decision is correct and that it clearly emphasized that the federal government should not be engaged in forcing people of different walks of life to buy health insurance and penalize them for not getting insured. Historically, the healthcare reform campaign had passed through decades of intense debates not just in the political arena but also in society in general. The reform failed during the time of Clinton administration but succeeded during President Barack Obama’s first fourteen months in office.

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Wall Street protesters move to Times Square

Over five thousand people protested against austerity and corporate greed. Although the New York Police Force acted fast and arrested 69 people to calm things down, the protest didn't stop and it was moved to Times Square.

Protests likes this are not a new thing. Recently similar protests were seen all over the world (see the protest from Rome where 70 people were injured after a short rally soon became a series of street battles)

During the protest people chanted: "We got sold out, banks got bailed out" and "All day, all week, occupy Wall Street."

Staff at Citibank near Washington Square Park called police because "very disruptive" protesters "refused to leave after being repeatedly asked," the bank said.

"The police asked the branch staff to close the branch until the protesters could be removed."

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Ron Paul Keeps Focus on White House for 2012 Race

Longtime congressman and libertarian Ron Paul, who made a spirited campaign for the office of president in 2008, revealed that he is still interested in taking another shot at the White House in the inevitable 2012 just as his fellows at the Republican Party are lining up candidates who can deliver a strong challenge against President Barack Obama. In the last presidential race, the Texas congressman gained a lively following through the internet. In late 2007, he outraised his Republican rivals on attracting campaign donations thanks to the internet. Along the way his grassroots social networking helped him connect with voters who have gotten tired of polarized politics and political bickering.

Other than focusing on the White House, Paul is keeping track of the strength of the U.S. Dollar and stated that he will eventually make a decision before joining the 2012 race or not. Just as he contemplates on a presidential campaign, Paul acknowledged his high ranking among prospects for one of Texas’ seats in the U.S. Senate. Ironically, his son Rand (representing Kentucky) is currently serving as a U.S. Senator. Joining his son in the Senate is a possibility, the 75-year-old congressman said.

A doctor by profession, Paul is well known for his political causes and his sensible approach to issues. Some even declared him as the face of liberty in today’s polarized political environment. In other news, Paul declared that public pressure is needed to make government work and he stated that “what we need is more WikiLeaks on the Federal Reserve.” To this day, the congressman continues to be a strong critic on the legality and function of the Fed.

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