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Tax needle threaded perfectly

Posted by  ▪  July 4, 2012

The conundrum – how to be intellectually consistent that the mandate was an unconstitutional penalty to force people into commerce, yet deal with the fact that The Chief and the four liberal Justices called it a constitutional tax. I said

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Just a little neighborhood July 4

Posted by  ▪  July 4, 2012

Every year on July 4 there is a mini-parade in the neighborhood in my home town in Rhode Island, apart from the “big” parade through the center of town. Mostly it’s for the neighborhood children, and it ends with ices and

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Elizabeth Warren fits the Native American “box checker” profile

Posted by  ▪  July 4, 2012

A reader [see update] sent me the link to the article below which examines the “box checker” phenomenon in college and law school admissions.  I think the same analysis applies with regard to professional advancement in fields where there is enormous

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July 4 / August 14

Posted by  ▪  July 4, 2012

Reader TowsonLawyer writes: Just in time for the Fourth of July – Lost Film from 1945 Here’s the story from Richard Sullivan: 67 Years Ago my Dad shot this film along Kalakaua Ave. in Waikiki capturing spontaneous celebrations that broke out

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Take it personally

Posted by  ▪  July 4, 2012

Yet another sign of the times. From Kathy, taken near Gainesville, FL:

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Right wing smear machine to blame for Elizabeth Warren’s Cherokee problem (again)

Posted by  ▪  July 3, 2012

Hey, you know who is to blame for Elizabeth Warren’s false claim to be Cherokee? Definitely not Elizabeth Warren if you are a defender of Elizabeth Warren in Massachusetts.  No, this is far deeper and vaster than Elizabeth Warren, it goes well into the

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Beware journalists turning conservatives into a circular firing squad

Posted by  ▪  July 3, 2012

The hot news today was a story at National Journal about how the Romney campaign supposedly was Declaring Cease Fire on Health Care: In the aftermath of the Supreme Court health care ruling, the early conventional wisdom was that an

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Upstate New York is the heart of Operation Counterweight

Posted by  ▪  July 3, 2012

It may seem counter-intuitive, but Upstate New York (the NY flyover country) is a key to holding the House, and will form a core of Operation Counterweight.  In 2010, Republicans picked up several seats upstate; redistricting has caused the loss

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Fake

Posted by  ▪  July 3, 2012

I remember hearing about this case, and it struck me as strange at the time but not enough to write about it. Add the case to a long line of fake hate crimes — which often occur on campuses or

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Mia B. Love “the fresh new face of the GOP”

Posted by  ▪  July 3, 2012

Mia B. Love appeared on MSNBC today, and it was a pretty fair segment. As noted here before, while Jim Matheson is beatable, it’s not going to be easy.  Matheson falsely portrays himself as a moderate. That “outside money” rolling

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41% don’t know about Obamacare decision

Posted by  ▪  July 3, 2012

I guess that doesn’t surprise me. Also, does Christie thread the needle on the tax/penalty issue?  Or just muddle things even more?  (not his fault, really) Via Mediaite: Sure. Yeah. I mean, listen, I thought all along that it was

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In the Matter of …

Posted by  ▪  July 3, 2012

It’s the biggest case of them all. From reader KGB: Not a bumper sticker, I know, but an interesting campaign sign I came across in East Randolph, NY, while out for a Sunday drive. I don’t know if this is

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The shape of things to come

Posted by  ▪  July 2, 2012

A reader writes (emphasis mine): Devoted, and unregistered, reader, first time emailer. It seems the GOP has a “Read my lips” moment here with Obama promising no tax increase. The ad practically writes itself. I guess they’d never throw Bush

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Try to remember the kind of November

Posted by  ▪  July 2, 2012

Try to remember, and if you remember … how it felt in 2010…

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