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Posted at 06:00 PM ET, 03/29/2012

Happy Hour Roundup

Plenty of good stuff:

1. Health care in the Supreme Court: Simon Lazarus mounts an against-the-grain defense of Solicitor General Don Verilli. Plausible? I’m not sure. Worth reading? Yup.

2. But political science research suggests that indicators from oral arguments suggest what court observers saw: trouble for the mandate. From Michael Evans at the Monkey Cage.

3. Jack Balkin identifies not one, but three “limiting principles” that could allow the Court to affirm ACA while still not subjecting us to the feared broccoli tyranny.

4. While Matt Yglasias notes that there’s no apparent limiting principle of the power to tax – which makes the whole exercise sort of pointless, since Congress can rework a lot of things into taxes/tax deductions.

5. Which Will Wilkinson suspects is the very unprincipled point of the conservative campaign against the mandate: if it’s knocked down, then conservative judicial activists can next go after the taxing power, since the remaining distinction would be irrational.

6. As I argued here yesterday, that’s why finding “limiting principles” is the wrong way to approach the question. Or, as Yale's Akhil Reed Amar told Ezra Klein, “The limit is the Constitution.”

7. And what’s at stake: David S. Bernstein on tyranny and health care back in the real world.

8. Moving on, Elspeth Reeve has very helpful advice for Victor Davis Hanson and anyone else struggling to understand what is actually very simple etiquette problem (try in good faith to call people by the name(s) they ask to be called; try hard in good faith to avoid calling people by the name(s) they ask you to avoid. Was that really very hard?). Oh, that was me, there, in the parentheses. Back to Reeve: make sure you read down to the bottom.

9. When is it okay to accuse generals of lying? Apparently, when Paul Ryan wants to. Or maybe not – Spencer Ackerman reports.

10. Michael Cohen argues that anyone worried about government overreach should have been focused on Libya, not health care.

11. Steve Benen: the Ryan budget passes the House as all but ten Republicans give themselves a self-inflicted wound.

12. Speaking of unpopular moves, Jared Bernstein talks GOP plans to slash Pell Grants.

13. While higher education across the nation is getting battered. Must-read from Coburn Palmer.

14. Digby argues that the consistent problem for liberals and this White House is that they believe their own hype.

15. Peyton Craighill makes the case for the effects of the GOP calendar on how Mitt Romney’s nomination was perceived.

16. And something fun to chew over: Alyssa Rosenberg’s list of five TV shows she would like to see revived

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