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Michele Bachmann Goes Both Ways On Gay Marriage

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If you listened to what Michele Bachmann said on Fox News Sunday today, you’d think that she believed that same-sex marriage is an issue that should be left to the states: BACHMANN: In New York state, they have passed the law at the state legislative level and, under the 10th amendment, the states have the Broadcasting platform : YouTube Source : Outside the Beltway Discovery Date : 26/06/2011 21:52 Number of articles : 2

Michele Bachmann Goes Both Ways On Gay Marriage

Miley Cyrus on Family Life: All Good!

Before Miley Cyrus embarks on her Gypsy Heart Tour on April 27, she has a message for fans and followers: “My family is good.” The singer made this statement to The Associated Press, clearing up months of rumors and controversy, most of it centered on her parents’ split, subsequent reconciliation and the scandalous comments her father made in between. Heading to South America in a couple weeks, Cyrus said “you have to make sure everyone is happy before you start traveling.” And it sounds like they are. But is there a problem between Miley and her U.S. fans? Asked why she isn’t playing any concerts in the States, the artist made an interesting comment: “I just think right now America has gotten to a place where I don’t know if they want me to tour or not. I just want to go to the places where I am getting the most love, and Australia and South America have done that for me.” Ouch. Is Miley breaking up with her American fan base? Or has it already split with her?

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Solidarity in Action: Check Out This New Video

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Check out this great video from our team here that pulls together some of the many moments of people power in Wisconsin, Ohio and other states where governors and state legislatures are trying to take away the right of public employees to bargain for good middle-class jobs. It gives a glimpse of the huge outpouring of nationwide support and solidarity for workers under siege by lawmakers who are bought… Broadcasting platform : YouTube Source : AFL-CIO Weblog Discovery Date : 03/03/2011 15:35 Number of articles : 2

Solidarity in Action: Check Out This New Video

Solidarity in Action: Check Out This New Video

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Check out this great video from our team here that pulls together some of the many moments of people power in Wisconsin, Ohio and other states where governors and state legislatures are trying to take away the right of public employees to bargain for good middle-class jobs. It gives a glimpse of the huge outpouring of nationwide support and solidarity for workers under siege by lawmakers who are bought… Broadcasting platform : YouTube Source : AFL-CIO Weblog Discovery Date : 03/03/2011 15:35 Number of articles : 2

Solidarity in Action: Check Out This New Video

Adele Says 21 Has People Thinking ‘I’m Sort Of A Manic-Depressive’

But the British sensation, whose album hits stores in the U.S. on Tuesday, says she just writes somber songs. By James Montgomery Adele’s 21 Photo: Columbia Records Adele is sitting 29 floors above Times Square, eyes tilted toward the ceiling as a makeup artist dabs away, lamenting her early morning (she performed Friday, February 18, on the “Today” show) and laughing that her handlers are trying to kill her. “I’m not allowed any caffeine, because it dehydrates the throat, and I had laryngitis about a month and a half ago, so I’ve had to cut all these things out to make sure it doesn’t happen again,” she smiles, turning her head toward her publicist. “So I had to get up at 10 to 4, go over to the ['Today'] studio, and while everyone else was drinking their delicious black coffee, everyone was doing Starbucks runs, and I was asking for hot water. It was so boring.” And it’s a bit of a shame that Adele, now 22 and two years removed from her upset wins at the 51st Grammy Awards , is being denied coffee, because she certainly needs it. On Tuesday, she’ll release her sophomore album, the jaw-dropping 21 (so named because it reflected her very tumultuous 21st year on earth) here in the States. Thanks to a tidal wave of critical acclaim — and stirring singles like “Rolling in the Deep” — she has already been tipped as the year’s can’t-miss act. She recently filmed an episode of VH1′s “Unplugged,” and in May, she’ll launch a full-blown tour of the U.S. But for right now, she’s enjoying the moment (even without caffeine), delighting in the reviews she’s gotten here in the U.S. (“In the States, even a bad review is like a five-star U.K. review,” she laughs) and trying very hard not to believe the hype — which, if you know anything about her, is a lot easier than you might think. “I think people think I’m, like, sort of a manic-depressive. I think they think I’m very somber and very moody and take myself very seriously, but I think that’s just because [of] the kind of records I write,” she says. “But also, like, everyone is a bit moody and somber sometimes, just that I write about mine, so therefore it’s magnified. I’m no more depressed than any other 21-, 22 year-old-girl when someone leaves them, you know?” And it should be noted that she has absolutely no problem discussing that depression, which came at the end of a relationship with a man “who meant everything to her” and influenced just about every aspect of 21, from kiss-offs like “Deep” and “Rumour Has It” to heartbreaking album-closer “Someone Like You.” “Well, I wrote that song because I was exhausted from being such a bitch, with ‘Rolling in the Deep’ or ‘Rumor Has It,’ ” she laughs. “I was really emotionally drained from the way I was portraying him, because even though I’m very bitter and regret some parts of it, he’s still the most important person that’s ever been in my life, and ‘Someone Like You,’ I had to write it to feel OK with myself and OK with the two years I spent with him. And when I did it, I felt so freed.” Empowered by that freedom, she was able to return to her (relatively) normal life, one that, despite the accolades and the chart-topping success back home in the U.K. (and most of Europe), she says isn’t all that different from any other 22-year-old’s existence, despite what you might have gathered from her music. “Whenever I meet anyone, whether it’s someone I’m working with or a fan or something, they can never link me with the person they think I am,” she says. “But I like that. I’m 22, I’m sarcastic, very boisterous and cheeky. I like to have a bit of a joke.” Are you looking forward to Adele’s new album? Let us know in the comments! Related Artists Adele

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Mumford & Sons Write Sigh No More Follow-Up While Touring U.S.

Breakout British band crafts new tunes in Nashville, Tennessee. By James Montgomery, with reporting by Sway Calloway Mumford & Sons Photo: Getty Images They have, at the moment, the only rock album that’s actually a top-10 staple on the Billboard albums chart (their debut, Sigh No More , which sits at #2), and a pair of singles (“Little Lion Man” and “The Cave”) that continue to gain traction on both rock and pop radio, but the guys in Mumford & Sons aren’t letting all that success go to their heads. “We’re trying really hard to enjoy ourselves, and we’re doing alright,” frontman Marcus Mumford told MTV News. “We’ve met some really nice people, met some heroes … We feel like very small fish in a very large ocean, but it’s great. “We’re a very young band,” he continued. “We only have one album: We’ve got a lot more work to do, a lot more shows to play, but we don’t want to attach our identity too much to this whole parade, because we know quite clearly what we want to do and why we do it, but we’re just going to try to enjoy it.” And while they’re riding high — thanks to their Grammy-show performance with like-minded pluckers the Avett Brothers and Bob Dylan (and the subsequent sales bump that performance ensured) — Mumford and his mates are trying to stay focused, not just on their upcoming run of U.S. festival appearances, but also on recording the follow-up to Sigh No More . It’s really the only way they know how to cope with all the attention. “It’s pretty surreal. We’re just trying to keep our heads down and figure it all out, as much as we can,” bandmate Ben Lovett said. “We’ve been writing. … Up in Nashville, [Tennessee,] we wrote a bunch of new tunes, and we’ll continue to do that. We’re going to tour them in, and when we feel ready, we’ll put the second record together.” Perhaps the best thing to come out of Mumford & Sons’ whirlwind run here in the States: the chance to fully absorb the American strains of folk, honky tonk and bluegrass that the Brits’ debut disc dabbled in. “The thing about Nashville that’s amazing is: Everyone plays … so you don’t meet up for a drink, you meet up for a pick,” banjo player (and recent trucker-cap enthusiast ) Winston Marshall said. “It’s an incredibly creative town, just bubbling with energy.” Are you looking forward to Mumford & Sons’ next album? Tell us below! Related Artists Mumford & Sons

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Open Thread: Virginia Judge Rules Individual Mandate Unconstitutional

From the AP : A federal judge declared the Obama administration's health care law unconstitutional Monday, siding with Virginia's attorney general in a dispute that both sides agree will ultimately be decided by the U.S. Supreme Court. U.S. District Judge Henry E. Hudson is the first federal judge to strike down the law, which has been upheld by two others in Virginia and Michigan. Several other lawsuits have been dismissed and others are pending, including one filed by 20 other states in Florida. read more

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Die Antwoord Call Major-Label Debut $O$ ‘Too Fast, Too Furious’

‘Our style is incredibly, like, WWF,’ rapper Ninja tells MTV News. By Rya Backer Die Antwoord Photo: MTV News South Africa’s Die Antwoord first made a splash in the States earlier this year with their stunningly edited, sometimes-creepy video for “Enter the Ninja.” The song, a mix of rave, rap and the uniquely childlike voice of the duo’s female contingency, Yo-Landi Vi$$er, was only an introduction into their world. “Our style is incredibly, like, WWF, too fast, too furious, but the ingredients are South African,” rapper Ninja told MTV News about the band’s sound and aesthetic. They’re also heavily rooted in the Zef subculture. “Zef is, like, a style,” he explained, “but it’s got a lot of … it’s got like a look. It’s a South African style that we just kind of … it’s broken around and we kind of stuck it together. But there’s a whole Zef language.” The slang is an integral part of the Die Antwoord canon and is featured heavily throughout their major-label debut, $O$. Because their American fans — they admit they first broke out Stateside before their popularity grew back home — aren’t privy to some of the vernacular, we had them translate some popular Zef words and phrases. ” ‘Vat pomp’: When you say ‘what’s up,’ like, ‘hello,’ we say ‘vat pomp.’ It means, like, ‘What’s pumping?’ ” Ninja explained. “But they’re not actual words. They’re slang words, but there’s lots of them.” The band has pitched in to make sure nothing gets lost in translation. “We started to notice that the Zef slang is kind of like — if you know ‘Lord of the Rings,’ it’s kind of like learning the Elvish alphabet,” Ninja said. “So we put all our translations, ’cause people always don’t know what we’re talking about … [on] our interwebs on DieAntwoord.com . It’s all our lyrics with Zef translations to help people understand. People enjoy that kind of thing. It’s like a whole world opens up.” What do you think of Die Antwoord? Share your thoughts in the comments! Related Artists Die Antwoord

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Newsweek’s Stuart Taylor a Bit Misleading in Article on Court Challenge to ObamaCare

“The justices have not struck down a major piece of legislation, let alone a president’s signature initiative, as beyond Congress’s power to regulate commerce in some 75 years.” That’s how Newsweek’s Stuart Taylor Jr. today all but argued that, political ideology of the Supreme Court’s majority aside, a Supreme Court decision declaring unconstitutional the “individual mandate” of ObamaCare is quite unlikely. But while Taylor may be right  that no signature presidential initiative post-New Deal has been declared unconstitutional by the Court on the grounds that it violated the interstate commerce clause, he neglected to mention there are two key cases in the past 15 years where the Supreme Court did set outer limits to Congress’s exploitation of the commerce clause as a fountain of federal power. In 1995, a 5-justice majority in U.S. v. Lopez struck down a provision of the Gun Free School Zones Act of 1990 that made it a federal crime to possess a firearm in a school zone. Chief Justice Rehnquist wrote for the Court that “the possession of a gun in a local school zone is in no sense an economic activity that might, through repetition elsewhere, have such a substantial effect on interstate commerce….  Nor is it an essential part of a larger regulation of economic activity, in which the regulatory scheme could be undercut unless the intrastate activity were regulated.” What’s more, Rehnquist noted (emphasis mine), “To uphold the Government’s contention that 922(q) is justified because firearms possession in a local school zone does indeed substantially affect interstate commerce would require this Court to pile inference upon inference in a manner that would bid fair to convert congressional Commerce Clause authority to a general police power of the sort held only by the States.” In other words, if the Court had accepted the government’s rationale in Lopez, it would paved the way to destroy what is supposed to be an enumerated, limited federal power into a broader “police power” that is reserved for the several states of the Union.  Similar arguments regarding ObamaCare are certain to be made before the Supreme Court should the case get that far. Five years later in United States v. Morrison , the Rehnquist Court drew on the precedent in Lopez to strike down a portion of the federal Violence Against Women Act — legislation championed by current Vice President and then-Delaware Senator Joe Biden — on the grounds that it was an improper application of the interstate commerce clause. Wrote Rehnquist for the Court (emphasis mine): The Constitution requires a distinction between what is truly national and what is truly local , and there is no better example of the police power , which the Founders undeniably left reposed in the States and denied the central government, than the suppression of violent crime and vindication of its victims. Congress therefore may not regulate noneconomic, violent criminal conduct based solely on the conduct’s aggregate effect on interstate commerce. Both Lopez and Morrison were 5-to-4 cases, but they are relevant case law for the question of whether the ObamaCare individual mandate violates the interstate commerce clause by jury-rigging it into a police power-granting clause for Congress.

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LCV’s Dirty Dozen Extends to States-level Races, Claims First Victim

photo via flickr All politics is local, right? Maybe, but with a federal cap on emissions stymied for now, greens and climate deniers are increasingly looking to the states for action. Enter the League of Conservation voters, which has put out its first ever state-level “Dirty Dozen” list , targeting state level pols who have poor environmental voting records. On Tuesday, New York state Sen. Bill Stachowski (D) became the first member of the list to go down, losing to Erie County Legislator Tim Kennedy…. Read the full story on TreeHugger

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