Justiceline: February 15, 2012

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  • The New York Times reminds us that the Affordable Care Act’s insurance coverage requirement was a Republican idea, at least until it was embraced by Barack Obama and the GOP’s kneejerk opposition kicked it.
  • Baltimore County, Maryland is poised to pass an anti-discrimination bill protecting transgender persons.
  • Police on the island of Nevis may have identified a suspect in the robbery of Justice Stephen Breyer.
  • A New Jersey court rejects the odd claim that non-citizens lost their ability to change their name because of, um, 9/11.
  • Newt Gingrich complains about an “80 year drift to the left” on the courts — something that would come as a huge shock to Chief Justice Roberts and his allies who cannot tell the difference between a corporation and a human being.
  • The Minnesota ACLU joins the fight against an anti-gay proposed constitutional amendment in that state.