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A couple of weeks ago, the court ruled that states cannot exempt themselves from federal laws against the medical use of marijuana.
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A gaffe is when a politician tells the truth.
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A Supreme Court decision that concessions of this sort were unconstitutional would have taken them off the table and actually increased the effective sovereignty of elected officials.
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Almost any government activity can also be seen as taking property "without just compensation." The basic model of an unconstitutional "taking" would be if the government threw you out of your house.
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Although in a narrow sense this was a victory for a conservative policy, in a wider sense it also closed off an avenue for conservative activism.
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Conservatives and liberals alike have been waiting for this moment for a third of a century.
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Did this parody of a testosterone fantasy really happen? But if it did happen, exactly as Arnold described it in 1977, it's pretty disgusting.
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He hasn't said whether he remembers the episode itself - or, if he doesn't, whether that is because it never happened or because it happened too often to keep track. More important, he hasn't said what he thinks about it all from the perspective of 2003.
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He's nice enough not to want to be associated with a nasty remark but not nice enough not to make it. Lacking the courage of one's nastiness does not make one nice.
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If sexual intercourse, as the poets tell us, began in 1963, it was another decade and a half before the American political system began to take notice.
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In 1977, at least, he wished to have people believe that he shared and was proud of an attitude toward women that is not acceptable in a politician. In 2003, all he has said is that he doesn't remember the interview.
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In any event, the proper question isn't what a journalist thinks is relevant but what his or her audience thinks is relevant. Denying people information they would find useful because you think they shouldn't find it useful is censorship, not journalism.
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In recurring episodes over the next couple of decades, the minority view gradually won. A profusion of factors differentiates each case from the others, including naked partisanship on both sides, but the trend has been clear.
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In terms of his fitness for elected office, the fact that Schwarzenegger bragged about this episode in a published interview makes the question of whether it really happened almost irrelevant.
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In those days, the late 1970s, one of the leading politicians was a soon-to-be uncle by marriage of Arnold Schwarzenegger, named Ted Kennedy.
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It wouldn't be fair to say that conservatives cherish property the way liberals cherish equality. But it would be fair to say that the takings clause is the conservatives' recipe for judicial activism just as they say liberals have misused the equal protection clause.
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It's disgusting even if it was consensual all around. It's disgusting even though Arnold wasn't married at the time.
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Like almost all assertions of federal power over the states, this one was based on the Constitution's commerce clause.
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Of course, conservatives always claim to be against judicial activism.
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One answer is that the town's elected officials thought that the project served a public purpose and that the various subsidies and favors were worth the price. But they may or may not have thought this.
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So the danger of conservative judicial activism has been averted for another year. Stay tuned.
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Some sexual habits reflect an attitude toward other people, especially women, that is worth knowing about in the voting booth.
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The "takings" clause of the Fifth Amendment is for conservatives what the equal protection clause of the 14th is for liberals.
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The case decided on Thursday, though, seemed promising to takings fans because it wasn't about compensation. It was about the requirement that any government taking must have a "public purpose."
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The court ruled, 5 to 4, that yuppification is a valid public purpose. Or at least it was reasonable for the city to promote yuppification.
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The equal protection clause was a handy tool because just about anything the government does or doesn't do can be framed as treating people unequally.
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The logic is often far-fetched - how does medical marijuana affect interstate commerce? - and some conservatives would like judges to start throwing out federal laws wholesale on commerce clause grounds. The court once again said no thanks.
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They can't take your house and give it to the mayor's mistress, even if they pay you for it. But they can, apparently, take your house and tear it down to make room for a development of trendy shops and restaurants, a hotel and so on.
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This arrangement reflected the majority view among journalists at the time that a politician's sex life was politically irrelevant. The minority view (mine, among others) was the opposite.
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When the local government showers a big development with money and favors, it's usually not about sovereignty but about lack of sovereignty. Private developers play jurisdictions off against one another, extracting concessions from all that none would actually make a sovereign decision to give.
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Who wouldn't like a few more Starbuckses in town? The four dissenters (O'Connor, Scalia, Thomas and the Chief) said: If this is a "public purpose," what in the world is not?
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