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- One reason why conservatives successfully reinjected long-discredited ideas into our constitutional discourse — including the idea that Social Security, Medicare or the Affordable Care Act is unconstitutional — is because they spent years publishing books educating their partisans about their distorted view of our founding document. My friend Garrett Epps has an excellent new book that helps begin the progressive counterattack to this effort. You can buy it here.
- A federal court in Maryland struck down Baltimore’s overhaul its fire and police pension programs, an overhaul which caused many retirees to receive fewer benefits.
- Noah Feldman explains that much of the world is “astonished” to learn that the United States government cannot engage in censorship, and that this astonishment explains much of the recent tensions in the Middle East.
- The Ninth Circuit appears poised to strike down a California law requiring DNA collections from all persons arrested for a felony, even if the person is ultimately found innocent or never charged.
- Justice Ginsburg predicts that the unconstitutional Defense of Marriage Act will come before her Court soon.