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Why Can’t You Give Me Anything But Sympathy

Against all odds, America has been spared a dictatorship of empathy from Justice Sotomayor: Her divergent conclusions in two remarkably similar cases capture the guiding concern of her jurisprudence – a legal system distinguished by procedural fairness, if not necessarily … Continue reading

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Non Récupérable

So to return, again, to the Ross Douthat column from yesterday morning… The night before it was published, avid PYM reader DougJ at Balloon Juice agreed with Douthat that Rick Perry is more of a corporatist than a radical Christian: Teh … Continue reading

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More thoughts on the video game decision

I got back around to reading more of the opinion in Brown v. EMA, and there’s some genuinely interesting stuff in here. For the TL;DR crowd, go to the last two paragraphs. There’s the clear finding that video games are … Continue reading

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Lawyers Against Legalese

Nina Totenberg had a story yesterday about Supreme Court justices’ preferences on legal briefs.  Many justices believe that a well-written legal brief is like reading their favorite authors. Justice Breyer mentioned Proust, Stendhal, and Montesquieu; Justice Kennedy cited Hemingway, Shakespeare, … Continue reading

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The Death Of Conservatism As A Political Philosophy

Health care costs are different from costs of, say, toasters or Ford trucks.  Health care decisions are often made in emergency situations, require expert input and action, and are so expensive that they can only be paid for by using … Continue reading

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You’ve Had Your Cry, No, I Should Say ‘Wail’

Jeffrey Goldberg praises as “great journalism” this Carl Cannon article on King & Spalding’s abortive defense of DOMA (previously discussed around here).  Goldberg and Cannon miss the mark, for three main reasons. First, Cannon doesn’t mention the strange “gag clause” in the … Continue reading

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Freedom Fries

French police have arrested a few women wearing veils today, though it’s unclear if they were arrested for running afoul of the new law against veils, or were merely arrested for an unlicensed protest. Al Jazeera English’s report this morning … Continue reading

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