Tag Archives: Dahlia Lithwick

Splitting Hairs about Basic Issues

And so it begins… the first day of arguments before the Supreme Court, that the Affordable Care Act, Obamacare, is unconstitutional. The general idea seems to be the government has no business doing anything about healthcare – that is each … Continue reading

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Previews of Coming Attractions

No, no one knows why they still call them trailers. Yes, those movie previews used to come after the feature film – but the satisfied and thoroughly entertained audience, or those disappointed or nicotine-crazed after two hours in the dark, … Continue reading

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Basic Misunderstandings

Basic misunderstandings arise for all sorts of reasons. People misunderstand formality and respect for custom as rudeness – those French folks just won’t loosen up and smile and relax. They’re so rude. And openness and enthusiasm, and blurting out your … Continue reading

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When It Should Be Simple

Political disputes in America seem to be about telling the other guy he’s worried about the wrong things. Everyone is worried about the economy that refuses to come back from the dead. Corporate profits are soaring again – even if … Continue reading

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Jurisprudence and Prudence

Aside from being a sexual hound dog, John Edwards was never going to be president. He may have said exactly the right things for the right constituencies – there were two Americas and it was time for the little guy, or … Continue reading

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Calling the Game

Americans love to scream at the umpire – or in basketball scream at the ref – when they blow a call. That guy was out at first and that was a perfect game. Everyone saw that last runner was out. … Continue reading

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The Politics of Me

Okay, that’s it. All politics is identity politics. And we should know that by now. If you’ve been around long enough you remember that classic question about Richard Nixon. Would you buy a used car from this man? Sure, that … Continue reading

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