Santorum's Shake
March 23, 2012

Rick Santorum today sent his ill-advised comment from yesterday--that the country would be better off with four more years of President Obama than with Mitt Romney--down the memory hole. Then he gaslighted reporters about it.

The Worst Case
January 19, 2011

Author’s note: Oral arguments are finally over. By the end of this term, we’ll know whether the Supreme Court thinks the Affordable Care Act is constitutional—and, if not, which parts (if any) may survive. But what about the underlying legal theory? What about the claims, made by the health law's critics, that it's an unprecedented and unjustified violation of individual liberty? In late 2010, as these lawsuits were first moving through the courts, I decided to investigate that question, as both a policy and constitutional proposition.

Personality Test
September 09, 2002

Erskine Bowles likes to say that he is not a politician--which might seem strange considering that he's running to replace Jesse Helms as a U.S. senator from North Carolina. But watching Bowles campaign at a nursing home outside of Greensboro one recent summer morning, it was easy to understand his oft-repeated disclaimer. Several dozen seniors were gathered in the facility's dreary dining room, more than a couple of them nodding off despite the breakfast cleanup loudly taking place in the adjoining kitchen.

Village People
April 11, 1994

Can the state of New York, by drawing political boundaries along religious lines, establish a municipal theocracy governed entirely by Satmar Hasidim? This is the constitutional question the Supreme Court is likely to avoid when it takes up the Kiryas Joel case on March 30. Instead, the justices will answer a related but less basic question: Can New York grant the Satmar village all the powers of a religiously segregated public school district and authorize it to educate handicapped Hasidic children at state expense? The missed opportunity is unfortunate.