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The Supreme Court will soon announce its ruling on the constitutionality of President Barack Obama’s health care law passed in 2010, and for many legal observers who have worked in the court and argued cases before the justices, the federal government’s defense of the measure in March did not inspire confidence.

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In coordination with the American Action Forum and Purple Strategies, Center Forward conducted two surveys of Supreme Court clerks and attorneys who have argued before the Court in advance of the decision on the Affordable Care Act (ACA) – one in March before the oral arguments and one prior to the ruling.

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Journalists in Washington and other places have reported for at least the past year and a half on the so-called end of the moderate in Congress. I’ll be the first to admit that there are fewer moderate members of Congress than there were in the last Congress. And after Election Day, there may be fewer still.

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By Linda Killian

Perhaps the biggest myth about independents is that they are closet partisans or “leaners” who are independent in name only but regularly vote with one party.

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Mr. Lugar is the latest in a long line of relatively moderate Republican senators to meet an electoral demise. In fact, most moderate Republicans who served in the Senate just a few years ago will no longer be in the Congress when it meets again 2013.

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If Mr. Mourdock is elected, I want him to be a good Senator. But that will require him to revise his stated goal of bringing more partisanship to Washington. He and I share many positions, but his embrace of an…

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Death of the Center Two more prominent Congressional moderates headed for defeat.   by Josh Kraushaar   In the next month, we’re poised to see the latest death blow to centrism in both parties, with Republican Sen. Richard Lugar of…

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  By Nathan L. Gonzales   Republican strategists certainly weren’t pleased with Illinois Rep. Timothy Johnson’s post-primary retirement decision, but why was a Democratic Member of Congress from almost 1,000 miles away so upset? “Shedding a tear for my Center Aisle Caucus…

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By Jeff Zients and John Engler

So much has changed over the past 30 years. The Cold War has given way to a globalized, interdependent world. Landlines turned into smartphones. The Internet is no longer a research tool for a few. In response, companies have re-engineered themselves for this new digital information era, and governors have redesigned and modernized their states’ governments.

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By Ronald Brownstein

As the Supreme Court prepares to hear historic oral arguments on President Obama’s health care reform law this week, a survey of legal insiders released Monday morning found a widespread expectation that the Court would uphold the central pillars of the law.

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By Jake Sherman

It’s no secret that D.C. these days is bereft of centrists. The House Republican Conference has shifted sharply rightward. House Democrats have lost most of their moderates. And the Blue Dog Coalition — once the bastion of centrist Democrats — is ever-thinning inside the Capitol. Now the downtown contingency of Blue Dogs is getting a new look, as well.

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  I will focus my remarks around Osama bin Laden’s removal. First, on the man himself; Next, on the organization he founded – al-Qaeda; Then, on the threat from al-Qaeda today; Then, on why we were able to achieve what…

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