Supreme Court Takes on Free Speech Case of Often-Arrested Protester

b_250_0_16777215_00_images_obgrabber_2013-12_c1d8d40adc.jpgtrekandshoot/Thinkstock (WASHINGTON) -- John Dennis Apel says he has a First Amendment right to protest peacefully outside of Vandenberg Air Force Base in California, the site of missile and space launch facilities. In fact, years ago, the base commander designated a protest area near the main gate, just off of public Highway 1. But in 2010 Apel was arrested for protesting in the designated zone.

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Dick Cheney Slams Obamacare Tax

b_250_0_16777215_00_images_obgrabber_2013-12_1a4c295c53.jpgABC/Lorenzo Bevilaqua (WASHINGTON) -- The Affordable Care Act’s tax on medical devices has few friends among Republicans and some Democrats, and former Vice President Dick Cheney, who has benefited from his share of medical devices, counts himself among its opponents. “I think that’s one of the dumbest ideas I’ve heard. I feel very strongly about it,” Cheney said at an event at the National Press Club Tuesday night.

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Video Targets Chris Christie for ‘Flip Flop’ on Immigration

b_250_0_16777215_00_images_obgrabber_2013-12_7c9a5c149a.jpgABC News (WASHINGTON) -- After both headlines and some activists in New Jersey called Chris Christie a flip flopper on an important state immigration issue this week, a Democratic group is trying to align the New Jersey governor with controversial Rep. Steve King, R-Iowa. American Bridge, a Democratic super PAC, is pouncing on Christie for not supporting a bill passed in the Democratic-controlled state Senate that would grant in-state tuition for undocumented immigrants.

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Just Before Shutdown, State Department Blew Nearly 200K on Booze

b_250_0_16777215_00_images_obgrabber_2013-12_fe9538a00b.jpgRyan McVay/Thinkstock (WASHINGTON) -- As the government was readying a shutdown in part over disagreements about fiscal responsibility, the State Department apparently declared a very open bar. According to the Washington Times, the diplomatic department blew more than $180,000 on booze to re-stock its embassies and other facilities both in the U.S. and abroad before the shutdown took effect.

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States, Insurers Look to Bypass Healthcare Site

b_250_0_16777215_00_images_obgrabber_2013-12_50da9320e8.jpgBloomberg via Getty Images (WASHINGTON) -- Some states and insurers are seeking ways to bypass the troubled technology associated with the Affordable Care Act, despite recent announcements by the Obama administration that the online marketplace functions smoothly. Planned and unplanned outages on the healthcare site have created problems for several states, which are now looking to separate themselves from the federal infrastructed used to confirm applications, according to the Wall Street Journal.

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