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After four years of failed efforts by Congressional Republicans to repeal
it—including more than 50 votes in the House, and a government shutdown
Obamacare is finally coming to an end on Monday; or at least its first open enrollment period is (YMMV).

If the numbers provided by the White House are to be believed (not bloody likely), more than 6 million people got health care coverage through the federal and state-run exchanges.

What's undoubtedly true is that 310+ million Americans lost their religious freedom as a direct result of the law's contraceptive mandate.

It used to be that a woman could avoid an unwanted pregnancy simply by sticking an aspirin between her knees—or, you know, by keeping her legs closed—but those days are long past.

We now live in a world where colleges are teaching kids the sociology of Miley Cyrus, fer chrissake!

Thanks, Obamacare.

Morning lineup:

Meet The Press: Head of the National Counterterrorism Center Michael Leiter; Sen. Ron Wyden (D-OR); Former NYC Mayor Rudy Giuliani (9/11); New Jersey State Sen. Loretta Weinberg (D); Roundtable: Former Sen. Rick Santorum, Amy Walter (Cook Political Report), Peter Baker (New York Times) and Ithaca, NY Mayor Svante Myrick (D).

Face The Nation: Former NSA Director Gen. Michael Hayden; Former Deputy CIA Director Mike Morrell; NCAA President Mark Emmert; Roundtable: Gwen Ifill (PBS), Carolyn Ryan (New York Times), David Ignatius (Washington Post) and Harvard University Prof. David Gergen.

This Week: New Jersey Assemblyman John Wisniewski (D); Keith Olbermann (ESPN); Roundtable: Democratic Strategist Donna Brazile, Republican Strategist Matthew Dowd, Bill Kristol (Weekly Standard) and Former White House Senior Adviser David Plouffe.

Fox News Sunday: Sen. Angus King (I-ME); Sen. John Barrasso (R-WY); Rep. Mike Rogers (R-MI); Roundtable: Republican Strategist Karl Rove, Ron Fournier (National Journal), Kimberley Strassel (Wall Street Journal) and Charles Lane (Washington Post).

State of the Union: Sen. Dianne Feinstein (D-CA); Former US Ambassador John Negroponte; Washington Gov. Jay Inslee (D);  Roundtable: Democratic Strategist Bill Burton, Republican Strategisy Kevin Madden and Darlene Superville (Associated Press).

Evening lineup:
60 Minutes will feature: an interview with author Michael Lewis about his new book "Flash Boys" (preview); a profile of Tesla/SpaceX founder Elon Musk (preview); and, a musical performance by blind jazz pianist Marcus Roberts (preview).

On Comedy Central...

Jon Stewart was not impressed by CNN's non-stop speculation about the fate of MH370.

The Daily Show

Monday: Actor Peter Dinklage

Tuesday: Author Michael Lewis

Wednesday: Actor Samuel L. Jackson

Thursday: Retired Soccer Player Pele

And Stephen Colbert agreed that the balls will be in the GOP's court this November.

The Colbert Report

Monday: Twitter Co-Founder Biz Stone

Tuesday: Actor John Malkovich

Wednesday: Dan Harris (ABC News)

Thursday: Author Mark Mazzetti

Elsewhere...

Soul man Ted Nugent accused Whitey of keeping him down.

Nugent called Longview Mayor Jay Dean "racist," "clueless" and "dishonest" Saturday, after the city paid $16,000 to ditch the idea of Nugent headlining the city 4th of July Fireworks and Freedom Celebration. [...]

"I hear from reliable sources that the mayor is a racist and was offended that my band performs mostly African-American-influenced music," he wrote, reprising a familiar defense of rock.

"Sounds like a sad case of anti-Texas in Texas," Nugent wrote.

"Everyone knows ol' Uncle Ted is the ultimate Independence Day rockout with the ultimate all-American, soul music, rockin' soundtrack of defiance, liberty and freedom. We shall carry on. We are the good guys. Clueless, dishonest people like the mayor are the bad guys."

Meanwhile...

The National Review explained that black preschoolers are destined to live a life of crime. Or something.

Black males between the ages of 14 and 17 commit homicide at ten times the rate of white and Hispanic males of the same age combined. Given such high crime rates, what do the civil-rights advocates and the Obama administration think is going on in the classroom — docile obedience and strict self-discipline? In fact, the same weak impulse control that leads to such high crime rates among young black males inevitably means more disruptive behavior in school. [...]

Given the black–white crime disparities, it is equally common sense that black students are more likely to be disruptive in class as well.

And, in other news...

The Vice Mayor of Maricopa, AZ was fooled into believing that Fred Phelps was a good guy by The Onion.

The official was criticized for posting an obituary of Fred Phelps, the founder of the intolerant Westboro Baptist Church, on his Facebook page with the caption, "We need more Fred Phelps in this world. May you rest in peace sir," according to The Maricopa Monitor. The obituary came from the satirical news website The Onion, and was titled, "Fred Phelps, Man Who Forever Stopped March Of Gay Rights, Dead At 84." [...]

After he was criticized in the media for his post, Farrell explained to the Monitor over the phone that he didn't really know what he was talking about at all.

"I had no idea who this Phelps guy was, I had no idea about the publication the Onion," Farrell told the Monitor in a phone conversation the next day. "I was just simply scrolling down my news feed and saw this article."

"I had no clue about this guy; he's an idiot," he continued. "I can't believe that I posted what I posted…shame on me."

God hates morons.

- Trix

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