Scott Kuhagen

Thoughts on law and policy, immigration-related and otherwise.

What I’m Reading — May 12

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  1. Bad News for Mail Robbers: The Obvious Constitutionality of Health Care Reform — Andrew Koppelman, John Paul Stevens Professor of Law and Professor of Political Science at Northwestern University, has this well-argued piece in the Yale Law Journal’s Pocket Part. It’s one of the better pieces I’ve seen pointing out the constitutionality of the Affordable Care Act. Plus its cites are to Google Scholar for case law. Sample quote:

    If the Constitution were as defective as the bill’s opponents claim it is, a regime in which national problems must remain permanently unsolved, why would it deserve our allegiance?

  2. Most Virginians support gay marriage. — So says Waldo Jaquith, pointing to a new Washington Post poll that finds:

    … of 1,180 adult Virginians … 47% of Virginians support gay marriage and just 43% oppose it. (With a 3.5% MoE, this is actually a tie, though I allowed myself a little gloating in the headline.).

    So here we are. [With Virginia's constitutional amendment banning same-sex marriage] [w]e’ve needlessly marginalized 5–10% of the state’s population, creating some huge headaches and heartaches for thousands of people. How long will we wait to fix this?

  3. Despite hurdles to passage, Reid vows a vote on DREAM Act — The Senate majority leader didn’t say specifically when such a vote would occur. And of course they have to contend with Republican leadership in the House that apparently has no interest in the matter at all, despite Reid’s plea for “Republicans of good will to step forward and work with us on this.”

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