Palintology

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September 3, 2008

OK, now she's given her speech, and we know this much: She's a good speaker, the camera likes her, and she sounds like a real Amurican.Republicans have good speechwriters – not great, like some of the Dems, but definitely good.The delegates really, really like herVictory is within reach in Iraq.  Who knew?Judging from the audience […]

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Grossman on California fertility treatment case

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September 3, 2008

Following is the analysis by Joanna Grossman (Hofstra, visiting at Vanderbilt) of the California Supreme Court's ruling that a physician's religious beliefs could not justify denying fertility treatment because of a patient's sexual orientation  (North_Coast_Womens_Clinic_v_Superior_Court ) [my previous post here]: FindLaw's Writ By JOANNA GROSSMAN …The defendants' fate in North Coast was essentially decided in […]

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Recommended reading: all law students, all courses

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September 2, 2008

Jane Mayer's new book The Dark Side is as good as reviewers have said. It is not easy reading; the descriptions of torture are circumspect, but not without detail. And it's no fun reading about the adoption of "enhanced interrogation techniques" as formal U.S. policy. It brought home to me as nothing else has that […]

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How do political junkies celebrate Labor Day?

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September 1, 2008

They play "pick Obama's cabinet", of course. In this spectacularly unscientific poll, Al Gore will be in charge of energy policy, Eric Holder narrowly won the post of AG, Colin Powell will return to head the Defense Dept, Michael Bloomberg will be Secretary of Treasury, Bill Richardson will take over Homeland Security, and Caroline Kennedy […]

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The oval office marriage

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August 29, 2008

Like pretty much everyone else, I know almost nothing about Sarah Palin. As an Obama supporter, I'm generally happy about  McCain choosing her, since the qualifications gap is gargantuan. Ultimately, I don't think that this strategy will work to bring in Clinton supporters, but I do think it's going to be fascinating to watch how […]

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A queen is a terrible thing to waste

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August 28, 2008

A few weeks ago, gay press sources were reporting that Obama had a 60-point lead over McCain among gay voters. Who knows what that number was based on, but just assume for a moment that it's real. Consider what it means: that 8 out of every 10 (we're just goofing around here) (male) hairdressers, interior […]

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