Archive for June 28th, 2012

Chief Justice John Roberts Channels Oliver Wendell Holmes, Not Owen Roberts »

Conservatives like to have their constitutional argument both ways—to argue on one hand that the Supreme Court is obliged to defend against legislative folly and administrative overreach, and on the other hand to argue that the Court is obliged to uphold the Constitution’s letter and spirit. They often ignore, however, that Article III actually…
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Federal Student Loan Interest Rate Update »

Just before 1:00 a.m. this morning, Sens. Barbara Boxer (D-Calif.) and Jim Inhofe (R-Okla.) announced they had a reached a deal on extending federal highway funding for two years, rather than the anticipated one year. It also includes extending the 3.4 percent interest rate on select federal student loans. More details are expected, but…
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ObamaCare Mandate Upheld: Those dirty, rotten taxes! »

I am still working my way through the opinions in the health care case (193 pages in total), which can be found here. But here is what I see as the skinny: 1. Chief Justice Roberts defected from the ranks of the conservatives to uphold the individual mandate. The Vote was 5-4. Roberts, Ginsburg,…
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