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Sebelius v. Hobby Lobby Stores, Part III: Justiciability of Individual Claims [Updated]

In Part III of the Ordinary Court’s treatment of the Hobby Lobby case, the Ordinary Justices’ voting pattern shifts, with dramatic results.

Je suis confus

I thought the narrative was that anything that is “Koch-funded” is inherently evil and should be dismissed out of hand as corporate astro-turfing because (unlike George Soros, who’s totally ok) they only give money to causes that benefit them financially. Now the positions of anything “Koch-funded” should be dismissed out of hand because the Kochs benefit…

Hugo Chavez – No Hero of the Poor

Supporters of Hugo Chavez and his legacy typically argue that, regardless of his illiberal crackdowns on speech, dissent, and civil liberties, those aspects of his regime pale in comparison to the great good that he did for the poor in his country.  At the newly relaunched FiveThirtyEight, however, Dorothy Kronick demonstrates – quite conclusively, in…

Unclear on the Concept

Noted First Amendment scholar Sarah Palin on the backlash against a reality show star’s anti-gay comments:“Free speech is an endangered species. Those ‘intolerants’ hatin’ and taking on the Duck Dynasty patriarch for voicing his personal opinion are taking on all of us.”  Got that? Speech that is critical of someone who expresses a socially conservative…

The Crackup of the GOP Coalition

John Judis’ article at The New Republic arguing that the GOP coalition is disintegrating is outstanding, and not least because it emphasizes precisely the same point as I’ve been making: the most powerful wings of the coalition no longer have anything of significance in common.  Judis does a particularly excellent job tracing the way in…

Jersey Guy in Cairo

Grant Wahl’s feature piece in Sports Illustrated on Bob Bradley, former head coach of the United States Men’s National Soccer Team, is a must read, no matter how much or how little you care about soccer.  I can’t do the piece justice – you just need to read it.  But for those of you who…

Mo-ment

As with any right-thinking person, I hate and despise the Yankees with the heat of a thousand suns.  While I nonetheless have a healthy respect for Mariano Rivera, I think this whole retirement tour has gone a bit overboard at times (was it really necessary for every team in the National League West to do…

FML

It’s no secret around here that I’m an obsessive fan of the Buffalo Bills and an only slightly less obsessive fan of the New York Mets.  This is a depressing enough combination as it is.  Still, these things all happened yesterday (also this and this).  Because Buffalo, that’s why.  And then this happened.  Maybe I…

Stop. Just Stop.

This may be the Slate-iest article of all time. I’m trying to decide if it’s just idiotic or if it’s actually an indicia of sociopathy. I realize that in some circles, saying goodbye can be up to an hour of potentially tedious conversations, but that’s just a reason to perhaps limit your goodbyes to the…