The Search for the Limiting Principle

One of the key arguments in the health care reform case is whether the individual mandate to buy health insurance has a “limiting principle” — that is, if the government has that power, can’t it also force you to buy almost anything else? And this argument isn’t necessarily without merit, but as Akhil Reed Amar — in my opinion, one of the most brilliant legal scholars in the country — points out, this is true of nearly every other government power as well.
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Romney’s WTF Statement of the Day

David Plouffe recently said that Mitt Romney is the “godfather” of the health care reform bill — which is true, by the way — and Romney is still scrambling to explain why the very idea he supported as governor is now a socialist plot to destroy the country. And he gave this really weird answer to that question on the Hugh Hewitt radio show:
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So That’s What It Takes to Fire a Cop

I’ve written for years about police officers getting away with just about everything under the sun — drunk driving, faking police reports, beating people up in bars, even killing unarmed suspects — without losing their jobs. So what does it take to get fired? Mowing your lawn in boxer shorts.
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Dick Morris Lies About Obama

When I flew from Washington, DC to Florida on Monday, I ran into Dick Morris at National Airport. He was walking in to a gift shop that I was walking out of, having just bought something to drink. He’s incredibly short, maybe 5’6. He’s also incredibly dishonest, as a new video on his website shows. “Obama assumes dictatorial powers!” it declares.
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NOM Looks for ‘Victims’ of Gay Parents

A court has released previously sealed internal documents from the National Organization for Marriage and it includes a 2009 strategy document with items they were looking to fund. Included in those items was someone to find “victims” of gay parents that they could use to discredit same-sex marriage and adoption.
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NYC: No ‘Evolution’ on State Tests

New York City seems intent on one-upping even Kansas and Arkansas when it comes to bad educational policy. The NYC Department of Education has released a list of 50 words they say should not appear on state tests because they might offend someone. Included in that list: dinosaurs and evolution. Staks Rosch has the full list:
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Wingnut on Wingnut Crime: Fischer v North

Far right nut Bryan Fischer isn’t actually talking to even further-right nut Gary North, a genuine Christian Reconstructionist, but there’s a clear disagreement between them over the Constitution. Fischer, on a recent radio show, claimed that the U.S. Constitution was really a covenant with God.
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Mother Jones on Fake Former Terrorists

Mother Jones has an article about the burgeoning industry of fake “former terrorists” selling their alleged expertise to the FBI, local police departments and wingnut groups and turning their mostly invented stories into cold, hard cash. One of them is Kamal Saleem, who is from Michigan and and has been involved with a lot of right wing politics in the state. But his story just doesn’t hold water.
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