Ruth Bader Ginsburg gets few laughs; it’s GOP veep tryout time; Irish Embassy hails Joyce (read-this roundup)


Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg: working on her comedy routine. (J. Scott Applewhite/AP)

Add it up — The Supreme Court by the numbers:According to a trial consultant with a stopwatch, during the high court’s review of the health-care law, Justice Anthony M. Kennedy, considered the pivotal justice in the case, “used about three-quarters of his questions and comments to challenge.”

Not a good sign for supporters, reports our colleague Robert Barnes.

And here’s another stat. The number of times this session Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg has gotten laughs from the bench this term: two. But she’s working on new material, we hear.

Just nod and look interested — It’s VP tryout time, and presumptive GOP candidate Mitt Romney is holding auditions.

Embassy re-Joycing — The Irish Embassy on Saturday celebrated Bloomsday, the day James Joyce chronicled is his landmark “Ulysses.” There were readings, costumes, and dining--though, fortunately, unlike the book’s protagonist, they guests joked that they didn’t feast on “inner organs of beasts and fowls.”

Emily Heil is the co-author of the Reliable Source and previously helped pen the In the Loop column with Al Kamen.

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