Room for Debate asks: Are the justices giving due consideration to a complicated legal dispute, or preparing to engage in “judicial activism” to reduce federal power? (New York Times)

Heritage’s Hans von Spakovsky on the Supreme Court hearings on the Affordable Care Act--Individual mandate goes against basic freedom and liberty: “The Supreme Court has a solemn duty to apply the law, and thus, it must find the individual mandate and the coerced Medicaid spending conditions unconstitutional. Because those provisions are inextricably intertwined with so many others, the court should throw out the entire law.” (U.S. News & World Report)

“Rep. Paul Ryan made absolutely clear that he is not now and never was interested in deficit reduction. After a couple of years of being lauded by deficit hawks as the man prepared to make hard choices, he proposed a budget that would not end deficits until 2040 but would cut taxes by $4.6 trillion over a decade while also extending all of the Bush tax cuts, adding an additional $5.4 trillion to the deficit. Ryan would increase military expenditures and then eviscerate the rest of the federal government,” writes Brookings’ E.J. Dionne. (Washington Post)

Michael Barone on “The Road We’ve Traveled.” (National Review)

“The ideologues in the Civil Rights Division of the Holder Justice Department are proving themselves to be not only blindly partisan, but legally incompetent. In the process, they are hurting disabled individuals and their families, while costing the American taxpayer big bucks. Americans simply cannot afford the price of this incompetence and ideological zealotry,” write Heritage’s Hans A. von Spakovsky and Travis LaCouter. (National Review)

Assisted living, behind bars. (New York Daily News)

Cato’s Roger Pilon: Don’t look to government if you want equality. (Cato)

Manhattan Institute’s Nicole Gelinas: Deadly demolitions: How companies game city rules. (New York Post)