On Tuesday, a panel of federal judges in Richmond, Virginia, will hear the first appeal of a lawsuit challenging the constitutionality of the Affordable Care Act. The appeal ties together two cases, including the one filed by Virginia Attorney General Kenneth Cuccinelli that resulted in a decision to invalidate the law's individual mandate. The other lawsuit, brought by Liberty University, failed. Tuesday's case is one of three major appeals cases going forward.
The Conservative Political Action Conference (CPAC) is known as much for its after-parties—where buttoned-up conservatives let loose over libations—as it is known for its official agenda of letting GOP kingmakers and presidential hopefuls vie for the party’s favor. This year’s most talked-about party happened Thursday night, under the dimly lit chandeliers and moody, faux-brocade decor of the 18th Street Lounge, in Washington’s Dupont Circle neighborhood. The toast of the party was GOProud, the ultra-conservative, GLBT advocacy group.
Most conservatives realize it has become totally socially unacceptable to advocate discrimination. So, any opposition to minority rights must be framed as opposition to quotas, affirmative action, "special rights" -- a demand by minorities to be held above other citizens. So, how would the religious right respond to the news that the Obama administration has hired a transgender bureaucrat?