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Thursday, March 29, 2012
Arthur Silber - Thanks, Regrets
Solicitor-General Verilli excerpt, Day 3:
GENERAL VERRILLI: . . .if I may just say in conclusion that -- I would like to take half a step back here, that this provision, the Medicaid expansion that we are talking about this afternoon, and the provisions we have talked about yesterday, we have been talking about them in terms of their effect as measures that solve problems, problems in the economic marketplace, that have resulted in millions of people not having health care because they can't afford insurance. There is an important connection, a profound connection between that problem and liberty. And I do think it's important that we not lose sight of that. That in this population of Medicaid eligible people who will receive health care that they cannot now afford under this Medicaid expansion, there will be millions of people with chronic conditions like diabetes and heart disease, and as a result of the health care that they will get, they will be unshackled from the disabilities that those diseases put on them and have the opportunity to enjoy the blessings of liberty. And the same thing will be true for -- for a husband whose wife is diagnosed with breast cancer and who won't face the prospect of being forced into bankruptcy to try to get care for his wife and face the risk of having to raise his children alone and I can multiply example after example after example. In a very fundamental way this Medicaid expansion, as well as the provisions we discussed yesterday, secure of the blessings of liberty. And I think that that is important as the Court's considering these issues that that be kept in mind.
Echidne - Today's Action Alert
Echidne - How About Them Teachers? Ripping Us All Off, From Primary School To Universities!
. . .[These are] "don't look at the man behind the curtain" tactics. As income inequality increases and one percent of the top one percent gets almost all of the recent gains ordinary people are asked to turn their inchoate feelings of unfairness and their bitterness against someone else. . .
Michael Doyle (McClatchy (Bellingham Herald)) - Can you predict an outcome from Supreme Court justices' questions?
. . .For three uninterrupted minutes Wednesday — an eternity in oral-argument time — Verrilli concluded with a stirring speech about health care and freedom from disease. No justice broke in to question him.
Joel GAzis-SAx - The Martyrdom of Mayor George Moscone (1996)
. . .The jury found White guilty only of voluntary manslaughter. In other words, even though White had taken the trouble to load his gun in advance, to use the most lethal ammunition, to carry extra bullets, to climb through a window to avoid the metal detector, to sidestep Moscone's bodyguard, to reload after killing Moscone and then walk across City Hall to hunt down Harvey Milk, Douglas Schmidt had convinced the jury that there had been no premeditation. . .
NICHOLAS D. KRISTOF - From South Sudan to Yale
Sean Coughlan (BBC) - Gordon Brown calls for global fund for education target
Natalie Angier (NYT) - The Mighty Mathematician You’ve Never Heard Of
just talked with work colleague about traffic in India, he found it hard to understand (and frankly, I did too, when he pointed it out to me) how someone could walk into oncoming traffic and get hit like in the Youtube videos.
HEATHER TIMMONS and HARI KUMAR (NYT) - India Steadily Increases Its Lead in Road Fatalities (2010)
. . .Shivani, a 15-year-old student, recently landed in St. Stephen’s Hospital in Old Delhi with a fractured right leg after just such a highway dash.
SARITHA RAI (NYT) - The End of ‘Traffic Hell’ (2011)
S S Kumar (Rediff) - A cure for India's traffic mess (2009)
Hannah Mae - Rest In Peace (Adrienne Rich, “Diving Into the Wreck” (1973))
Re: Valentine's Day, I've always liked Hannah's 2008 post:
Cupid aims for the head · 15 February 2008, 00:23
Dorothy L Sayers - THE "LAWS" OF NATURE AND OPINION (1941)
. . .There is a difference between saying: "If you hold your finger in the fire you will get burned" and saying, "if you whistle at your work I shall beat you, because the noise gets on my nerves".
Susie Madrak - Setup
Violet Socks - The complete George Zimmerman surveillance video
Ezra Klein - At World Bank, Jim Yong Kim could be right fit at right time
Matthew Yglesias - Chicago Federal Reserve President Charles Evans has an ingenious plan to jump-start job creation. His Fed colleagues should listen to him.
Noah Smith - Thursday Roundup (3/29/2012)
Mike Konczal - Iceland Recovers from a Financial Crisis with Debt Writedowns
Paul Krugman - The FT Does Iceland
Jim Yong Kim - My Call for an Open, Inclusive World Bank
Ezra Klein - In Kim, an activist to lead the World Bank
Felix Salmon - Why Ngozi Okonjo-Iweala should run the World Bank
Salmon may be right, and Okonjo-Iweala seems like a good choice, but Kim is a very good choice, too. My slight preference goes to Kim, on the grounds that I'd prefer a non-insider to an insider, and a technology-transfer background to a finance background. But I could very well be wrong, and, to repeat, they both seem like good choices.
ATUL ANEJA (Hindu) - All eyes now on enforcing a ceasefire in Syria
SUJAY MEHDUDIA (Hindu) - BRICS nations say they won't sever ties with Iran
Dana Goldstein - In Defense of Peter Beinart
Jonathan Cohn - Obamacare Is On Trial. So Is the Supreme Court.
. . .Think about that for a second: If the justices strike down the Affordable Care Act, they would be stopping the federal government from pursuing a perfectly constitutional goal via a perfectly constitutional scheme just because Congress and the President didn’t use perfectly constitutional language to describe it. Maybe labels matter, although case law suggests otherwise. But do they matter enough for the Court to throw out a law that will provide insurance to 30 million people, shore up insurance for many more, and help to manage one-sixth of the American economy? It wouldn’t seem so. . .
Dealing with this Supreme Court is like dealing with the mind-numbing bureaucracy of "The Place That Sends You Mad".
Jamelle Bouie - The Attack on Liberal Legitimacy
. . .The broader question, I suppose, is this—if our majorities don’t count, and our laws don’t either, then what does?
The answer, it seems to me, cannot be "civil war". LGBT rights seems like a good guide, to not compromise on principle, to not give up, but also to not to start, or think of starting, a civil war.
@TylerCowen: "People in North Dakota aren't saying we won’t create new jobs because of tax and regulation uncertainty."
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