A.M. Links: Obamacare a Presidential Re-Election Tool No Matter What, Berkeley Recommends Rolling Back Police Powers, Uruguay Wants to Sell Its Citizens Marijuana


  • President Obama's re-election campaign plans on using Obamacare on the campaign trail no matter what the ruling from the Supreme Court is.

  • Lt. General William Caldwell is accused of thwarting a Department of Defense investigation into corruption within the Aghan forces with which he worked. A letter from Jason Chaffetz to Leon Panetta alleges the Lt. General opposed the investigation because he wanted to preserve his first-name-basis relationship with President Obama.
  • The city council in Berkeley, California wants to roll back some post-9/11 police powers, recommending the local police department's ability to share information with state and federal authorities about suspected terrorists as well as its intelligence gathering activities be limited.
  • A federal lawsuit filed against a New Jersey hospital challenges the federal Defense of Marriage Act. "They're not seeking money, they're seeking to get the rights every other married couple has," said Jeffrey Norton, one of two lawyers representing the couple. "They're trying to change the system."
  • An elderly bus monitor whose bullying at hands of middle school students went viral has received more than $120,000 in donations. She wants to return to work, but on another route and with an apology from the students.
  • The government of Uruguay wishes to be the exclusive drug dealer for its countrymen, sending a bill to Congress that would let the government sell drugs to citizens who would have to register to buy. "We're shifting toward a stricter state control of the distribution and production of this drug," [Minister of Defense Eleuterio] Fernandez said. "It's a fight on both fronts: against consumption and drug trafficking. We think the prohibition of some drugs is creating more problems to society than the drug itself." (H/T Charles Masoner).

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