This will surely help them stay objective (as will the half-mil Thomas’ wife got to lobby against the law)

Scalia And Thomas Party With Obamacare Challengers On Day Court Takes Up Case – Forbes http://www.forbes.com/sites/rickungar/2011/11/15/scalia-and-thomas-party-with-healthcare-opponents-on-day-court-takes-up-healthcare-challenge/

The Los Angeles Times is reporting that just hours after the United States Supreme Court huddled to decide whether it would take up the constitutionality of the Affordable Care Act, Justices Antonin Scalia and Clarence Thomas were honored at a dinner sponsored by the very law firm that will argue for the challengers in the case.

Among the sponsors of the fundraiser for the Federalist Society, a conservative group long favored by Scalia and Thomas, were Bancroft PLLC, the law firm that will argue that the insurance mandate provisions of the ACA is an overreach of Congress’ powers under the Commerce Clause of the Constitution and, therefore, unconstitutional. Also listed as an event sponsor was law firm Jones Day, the lead counsel in a separate case challenging the law brought by the National Federation of Independent Business.

We already know how these guys are going to rule, I think there’s only one justice that is a question.

NOTE: I covered AFP’s $500,000 payouts to Ginni Thomas in this post.  Funny how Clarence forgot to report that income for a decade.

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Republican Congress pushes pizza, fries in school lunches

(AP)  WASHINGTON – Congress is fighting to keep pizza and french fries on school lunch lines, picking apart an Obama administration proposal to make school lunches healthier.

A spending bill released late Monday would unravel school lunch standards proposed by the Agriculture Department earlier this year, forcing USDA to pull back an attempt to limit potatoes on the lunch line, delaying limits on sodium and delaying a requirement to boost whole grains.

The spending bill also would allow tomato paste on pizzas to be counted as a vegetable, as it is now. The department’s proposed guidelines would have attempted to prevent that.

The changes had been requested by food companies that produce frozen pizzas, the salt industry and potato growers. Some conservatives in Congress have called the push for healthier foods an overreach, saying the government shouldn’t be telling children what to eat.

In a bill summary released Monday, Republicans on the House Appropriations Committee said the changes would “prevent overly burdensome and costly regulations and … provide greater flexibility for local school districts to improve the nutritional quality of meals.”

via Congress pushes pizza, fries in school lunches – CBS News.

See the President realizes that obesity is driving up public costs for Medicare, and everything else.  Indeed, it is currently the #1 health threat in the U.S.    However, many Republican donors make a good living selling crap to kids and don’t want this gravy train to end.  Hence Republicans now claim that “overregulation” is the problem and that it makes perfect sense to consider “pizza sauce” a vegetable, and therefore the core of a healthy diet.