Republicans believe a Supreme Court ruling against ObamaCare this summer would give them leverage to force President Obama to scrap the healthcare law’s central pillars.Sen. John Barrasso (R-Wyo.), who is leading the Senate GOP’s response to King v. Burwell, said Republicans will be willing to strike a deal with Obama to ensure that the 7.5 million people who stand to lose their subsidies are protected, at least until the 2016 elections. But in return, they would demand that Obama to do something he has long resisted: nix the employer and individual mandates for insurance coverage.“Is the president going to say, ‘Tough, I’m going to veto that’?” Barrasso said in an interview in his Dirksen office. “There will be, as part of that [deal], things we want to have happen.”
The debate has resulted in a highly unusual alliance of House Speaker John A. Boehner, the White House, the Tea Party and a bipartisan majority in the House. They are in opposition to Mr. McConnell, his Intelligence Committee chairman, and a small group of defense hawks. In addition, two Republican presidential candidates in the Senate, Ted Cruz of Texas and Rand Paul of Kentucky, have made it clear they will not accept a straight extension of the current Patriot Act.
One wound occurred when Gray struck his head on a bolt that jutted out in the van, the official said, but that was not Gray’s only head injury. And the injuries overall are consistent with what medical examiners often see in car collisions, the official said…Police say his legs were shackled and he wasn’t wearing a seat belt, which authorities say was a violation of policy. They said officers ignored his pleas for medical help.
He signaled that the GOP wouldn’t roll over when it comes time to raise the national debt ceiling later this year. “I always think a debt ceiling is a good tool to carry something,” McConnell said when asked if he’d heed White House demands to keep the measure free of restrictions. “I hope we can add something to it.”
Asked directly during a question and answer session if he would cancel the deal if he’s elected president in 2016, Bush said: “If it’s in the security interests of the United States, absolutely.”
So far, he’s advocating the same economic policies he pushed as governor of Florida: cutting taxes and rolling back regulations on industry….Bush pushed through tax cuts for corporations and wealthy investors — a group that made up, with rare exceptions, the richest 5 percent of Floridians. At the same time, Bush’s cuts to the state’s tax base shifted much of the burden of paying for schools to locally collected property taxes, which critics say disproportionately hurt middle-class homeowners and renters.