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Carry On

am i the only one who listens to fun (specifically this song) and hears pure old simon & garfunkel?

discuss, kids.

and yes, i know it has been a significant, perhaps tragic, hiatus on my part. i thought this was a worthy piece of food for thought to get the juices back on the flow.

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CBS News’ Jan Crawford confirms widespread rumors that Chief Justice John Roberts initially voted to strike down the Affordable Care Act’s individual mandate, but decided midway through the opinion drafting process that he could not support this constitutionally unjustifiable result. In what may be the biggest revelation of her piece, Crawford also reports that pseudo-moderate Justice Anthony Kennedy led the internal lobbying effort to bring Roberts back into the right-wing fold…

Crawford sites two unnamed sources, and there are a very limited universe of people who could have revealed this information to her. Only the justices and their personal staff would have access to this knowledge, and it is highly unlikely that a clerk or secretary would be willing to risk their entire career by revealing the Court’s confidential deliberations to the press. Crawford, moreover, is a very well connected conservative reporter who has, at times, worked closely with the Federalist Society to drive conservative legal narratives. Nothing is certain, but it is likely that one or both of Crawford’s sources is a conservative justice…

To be clear, at this point only two facts are confirmed: 1) According to Crawford, Roberts flipped his vote midstream; and 2) someone within the Court must have leaked her this information. It is perfectly appropriate for Justice Kennedy, or any other justice, for that matter, to internally lobby Roberts to try to obtain his vote in an important case. If a member of the Court has turned to conservative columnists like Will or reporters like Crawford in order to pressure and then embarrass Roberts, however, that would be a significant and unusual escalation from the justices’ regular tactics.

Supreme Court Springs A Leak; Leaks To Conservative Pundits May Have Started More Than A Month Ago (via ryking)

(Source: diadoumenos)

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So we have been home a few days now… And what do i have to show for my sojourn? No t-shirts or snow globes here. Here is my big souvenir from vacation! Ta-da!

Boyfriend shall now heretofore only be known as fiancé and I am now a bride-to-be!

So we have been home a few days now… And what do i have to show for my sojourn? No t-shirts or snow globes here. Here is my big souvenir from vacation! Ta-da!

Boyfriend shall now heretofore only be known as fiancé and I am now a bride-to-be!

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