The Wednesday Curator – 7/1/15

Here, courtesy of the Washington Post, is the transcript of President Barack Obama’s eulogy for Clementa Pinckney, murdered on June 17, 2015. It’s President Obama at his finest!

A Former Israeli Ambassador Takes Aim at Obama—and American Jewry by Jeffrey Goldberg for The Atlantic is yet another piece about Ambassador Michael Oren’s op-eds and his new book, Ally: My Journey Across the American-Israeli Divide. Mr. Goldberg is a very astute and balanced observer on Middle East issues and Israeli politics. What gave me reason to circle back to the Oren Issue are both Mr. Goldberg’s analysis and the transcript… Continue reading

It’s a Wrap at the U.S. Supreme Court

It’s a wrap! The U.S. Supreme Court issued its last three opinions for the 2014-15 Term this morning. (Links are to SCOTUSblog pages, which have links to the Court opinions and other material.)

In Glossip v. Gross, No. 14-7955, the lethal injection/cruel and unusual punishment case, a 5-4 majority ruled against death row inmates on a claim about the use of midazolam, a part of the three-drug protocol for lethal injections. The inmates claimed using midazolam—used because states cannot purchase other drugs,. because manufacturers will not sell them for use in the execution process—may cause them to suffer unreasonable… Continue reading

Obergefell v. Hodges

In Obergefell v. Hodges, No. 14-556, the U.S. Supreme Court held that

… the right to marry is a fundamental right inherent in the liberty of the person, and under the Due Process and Equal Protection Clauses of the Fourteenth Amendment couples of the same-sex may not be deprived of that right and that liberty. The Court now holds that same-sex couples may exercise the fundamental right to marry. No longer may this liberty be denied to them. … and the State laws challenged by Petitioners in these cases are now held invalid to the extent they exclude same-sex… Continue reading

More on King v. Burwell

Well, well, well! A fine day it’s been for Americans, what with the ruling in King v. Burwell, No. 14-114. (Texas Department of Housing and Community Affairs v. Inclusive Communities Project, Inc., No. 13-1371, the important housing/disparate impact case, also provided plenty to cheer about. Because its issues are more complicated, I’m sticking the King and the Affordable Care Act for now.)

At lunch today my old Wingnut friend started on a rant about Obamacare being forced through Congress with no opportunities for R input. I bit for a moment, and then a sense of calm passed… Continue reading

Supreme Court Update

Two decisions today. In Texas Department of Housing and Community Affairs v. The Inclusive Communities Project, No. 13-137, the Court upheld the right to bring disparate impact claims involving housing discrimination. MRW was wrong.

And in today’s Big Dog case, King v. Burwell, No. 14-114, the Affordable Care Act/subsidies case, subsidies, and the ACA structure, survive, 6-3. MRW called it 6-3, although we had Justice Scalia in the majority. Roll up that net, fellas, for I’m not falling off the limb on the tree today.

Presently, MRW is 3-2 on predictions, with an asterick for the… Continue reading

The Wednesday Curator – 6/24/15

Charleston can’t be far from anyone’s mind. I read three pieces which really resonated. First, here’s Clementa Pinckey, a Martyr of Reconciliation by David Blight for The Atlantic. Then there’s Charles Blow’s column for the New York Times, In Charleston, a Millennial Race Terrorist. Finally, David Remnick, Editor of the New Yorker, wrote Charleston and the Age of Obama for his magazine. I’m sure this signal event will change nothing about our insane gun policies. Maybe, just maybe, we can hope for a bit of intelligent conversation about race and a war the losers are still fighting 150 years… Continue reading

Supreme Court Update

Here’s the Supreme Court update for Monday, June 22. Four opinions issued. First up was Kimble v. Marvel Enterprises, No. 13-720, which is the Spiderman patent case. (Details from MRW are at Spiderman Goes to the Supreme Court.) We called this one 6-3 or 7-2 for Marvel, hoping for a ruling in favor of friends Steve Kimble and Bob Grabb. Unfortunately, Marvel prevailed 6-3.

The other three cases the Court decided were: City of Los Angeles v. Patel, No. 13-1175; Kingsley v. Hendrickson, No. 14-6368; and Horne v. Department of Agriculture, No. 14-275. In… Continue reading

Father’s Day 2015


[Note: I’ve lightly edited and updated Happy Father’s Day from June 12, 2014. Look down at my shoes if you see me soon after reading this post. And, finally, this is the last post for this weekend. If Father’s Day 2015 means anything, it means someone—me—gets a break!]

Well, Father’s Day 2015 is upon us, just a day away. I’ve now been the subject of 22, and shared a total of 44 with my father.

I like Father’s Day. Lots. I have my two-part ritual, developed over the past decade or more and missed only once, when I attended an… Continue reading

Fear and Blame, as Policy

Curating on Wednesdays—71 weeks without a miss, I’m pretty sure—gives me a chance to share with you what others have written. Alas—a word I’ve overused to many times—life happens, and this Friday post depends primarily on what others have written.

I stay away from Israel generally, as my life has all of the tsouris it needs right now. That said, in the last few days my friend Larry Gellman has shared pieces by Peter Beinart for Haaretz, J.J. Goldberg for the Forward (where a great-uncle of mine was what would be, today, the CFO, 85 years ago), and Jeremy Ben-Ami… Continue reading

Supreme Court Update

Update from U.S. Supreme Court – What’s Left?: Decisions today in: (1) Reed v. Town of Gilbert, AZ, No. 13-502, the sign ordinance/church case; and (2) Walker v. Texas Division, Sons of Confederate Veterans, No. 14-144, the Texas license plate case. In Reed the Court rejected the local sign ordinance unanimously, as MRW predicted. In Walker the Court upheld the state’s right to regulate messages on license plates. (MRW missed blew this one completely.)

The other four decisions—Ohio v. Clark, No. 13-1352; Davis v. Ayala, No. 13-1428; Brumfeld v. Cain, No.… Continue reading

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