Our nation’s capital votes for physician-assisted suicide

The City Council of the District of Columbia has passed a measure to allow physician-assisted suicide.  It needs another vote and the mayor’s signature to become law.  But Ryan T. Anderson has written an eloquent critique of the bill, emphasizing what euthanasia does to the medical profession and to the society that approves of it. [Read more…]

Blaming the messenger

Many politicians, journalists, lawyers, and pundits are just outraged that FBI director James Comey has re-opened the Clinton investigation, based on new e-mails found on disgraced ex-Congressman Anthony Weiner’s computer.  He is trying to influence the election!  He is just playing politics!  He already made his decision not to prosecute so he shouldn’t change his mind!

But defense attorney Page Pate points out that no one should blame Comey.  He didn’t cover up the e-mails that have now turned up.  Clinton staffers, including Huma Abedin, whose correspondence was discovered on her husband’s computer, were asked if they had copies of other e-mails sent from Mrs. Clinton’s illegal server, but they denied it.

Read Pate’s defense of Comey after the jump.

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FBI re-opens investigation of Clinton

While investigating charges that former Congressman Anthony Weiner sent obscene pictures of himself to an underaged girl, the FBI found on his computer e-mails that Hillary Clinton had written to his wife, top aide Huma Abedin.

Those e-mails contained something that has caused FBI Director James Comey to re-open the investigation into Clinton’s illegal e-mail arrangement.  Watergate reporter Carl Bernstein thinks whatever they found must be a bombshell. [Read more…]

Obamacare blows up

2017 may be the year that Obamacare blows up.  The number of mandated free coverages and other government requirements on the insurance companies is causing premiums to shoot up.  It has also caused many of the insurance companies that once participated to drop out of the program, meaning less competition and sending premiums even higher.

An editorial in the Daily Oklahoman cites a buyer who paid $318 per month in Obamacare’s first year.  In 2017, he will have to pay $716 a month.  With a $2,500 deductible.  And his dental and vision plans have been dropped.

Yes, low income customers can get government subsidies, which will also have to go up, adding to the deficit. But even then, the deductibles have become so high that many of the uninsured are still hard-pressed to pay their medical bills even with their government-mandated insurance. [Read more…]

The Lutheran pre-school before the Supreme Court

Once again, a congregation of the Lutheran Church Missouri Synod is appearing before the Supreme Court in a religious liberty case.  First there was Hosanna-Tabor Lutheran Church successfully arguing that it should be able to define who its ministers are, without being subject to discrimination complaints.  Now, as we blogged about. Trinity Lutheran Church of Columbia, Missouri, is arguing that its preschool should have not been denied a state grant to make its playground safer just because it is a religious institution.

There is a good story about the background of the Trinity pre-school case in the Kansas City Star, excerpted and linked after the jump. [Read more…]

Why America will survive a bad election

Ma ny  Americans icans are worried that our constitutional republic won’t survive a Hillary Clinton presidency.  Other Americans worry that it won’t survive Donald Trump.  Still others worry that we are doomed whoever wins.

But David French points out that our Founders put together a constitutional system with so many checks and balances, so many legal limits, and so many opportunities to fix things that our nation can survive a bad election, just as it has already survived much worse.  Not that America couldn’t lose its liberties.  But it would take a long and arduous process to do so and would require the full complicity of the American people.  “Our ship is resilient,” he says. “It would take more than one iceberg to sink.” [Read more…]