is headed to a program in Innsbruck, Austria, run by San Antonio’s St. Mary’s University — his first time there, although he is the fifth member of this court to attend.
Anthony M. Kennedy
and Elena Kagan are off to the University of the Pacific’s program in stunning Salzburg, Austria. Her first time, his 23rd.
Justice Antonin Scalia is on tap to teach judicial writing at Duke. With all due respect to the other justices, this is one not to miss. (See his dissent in the same-sex marriage case referring to “legalistic argle-bargle.”) He’s then on to Penn State’s program in Florence, Italy. Che bello!
Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg is lecturing at Tulane’s program, which is conveniently located in Paris.
And Justice Stephen G. Breyer may not have European plans, but he and Kagan are expected in the Rockies at the Aspen Institute.
The court had no information Thursday on summer plans for Justices Samuel A. Alito Jr. and Sonia Sotomayor.
We’ve been hearing much concern lately about the number of pages in the immigration bill the Senate adopted Thursday and in an amendment authored by Sens.
John H. Hoeven III
Good time for a little reminder about official bill text: It ain’t like regular pages, people. The margins are huge. There are far fewer words per page of legislation than on those of your average novel.
It’s the equivalent of those wide-ruled sheets kids write on to practice their penmanship (or used to, back when such things mattered).
The Hoeven-Corker measure is 114 pages; the whole bill is about 1,200. The Loop noted a while back that the immigration bill, then 800 pages, was, in fact, a lighter read than most Harry Potter books. And our pal the Fact Checker roundly smacked down the idea that no one’s had the chance to read the entire darned thing.
To help folks visualize it, at right are the first two pages of the Corker-Hoeven amendment to give readers a flavor of how light on actual words a page of legislation actually is.
Pretty breezy, even by standards of summer beach reads.
Allies in a tokin’ effort
Odd couple alert! Move over, Oscar and Felix:
is a conservative Republican in a suit and a banker’s tie. Rep.
(D-Colo.) is an openly gay liberal who goes in for the collarless-shirt-under-a-blazer look.
While it’s a little early to call these two very different guys BFFs, they at least both appeared last week at a lobbying day on Capitol Hill for students and other activists advocating the decriminalization of marijuana.