The decision by a federal district judge to strike down the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act is the big, if ultimately irrelevant (this law is going to be decided at 1 First Street), news of the day. But other stuff happened too! Let's round it up.
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Eric Alterman gives a solid memoriam of Marty Peretz's tenure at the helm of the The New Republic.
Who would have guessed that the lead Democratic co-sponsor of the GOP there's rape and then there's rape bill would be
Rep. Dan Lipinski (D-IL)? I can't quite figure out how he avoids a primary defeat each year -- he really is among my least favorite congressional Democrats.
Okay, a quick foray into PPACA: Brian Galle has an interesting, brief paper up on the constitutionality of PPACA under Congress' taxation powers.
The Realistic Dove has a good appraisal of how Israelis are reacting to the democratic revolution in Egypt. Their putative opposition has been greatly overread -- while a few pro-Israel voices in the US have been acting like dicks, by and large it is better to describe them as "anxious" than hostile. Turmoil inside a country that is now one of your few regional allies but with which you've fought three wars against in living memory will do that to a country.
Ta-Nehisi Coates has an interesting post on the development of stereotypes with respect to Blacks and Jews in athletics. I want to be nicknamed "the intellectual assassin" one day.
Given the awful argument being made by, most prominently, ex-Sen. Rick Santorum (R-PA) that Black people like President Obama are traitors to their racial heritage and the abolitionist movement insofar as they don't necessarily oppose abortion rights, this post, which actually examines the role abortion played amongst enslaved Black women in the American South, is a desperately needed corrective.