Supreme Court Breakfast Table

Dick, thank you for this: “The last thing a woman about to have an abortion needs is to be screamed at by the godly.” Amen.


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The “Get Your Hands Off My Cellphone, Officer” Edition

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Supreme Court Breakfast Table

The Supreme Court scored cool points for old people today. They understood that personal diaries are to cellphones as a horseback ride is to a flight to the moon, and so told the police not to search cellphones, after making an arrest, without a warrant. They didn’t let Aereo get away with its fairly ludicrous argument that equipping you with a personal antenna, through which you can then watch all the TV shows you want for as little as $8 a month, doesn’t involve ripping off the copyright of those shows from the cable and broadcast networks that produced them. In both cases, the justices who wrote the majority opinions (Roberts and Breyer, respectively) tossed off references to “the cloud,” and it was absolutely clear they weren’t talking about the weather.


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Kids Value Achievement Over Caring Because They Think Their Parents Do Too

Richard Weissbourd and Stephanie Jones are two of my favorite people to talk with about children and teenagers. They teach at the Harvard Graduate School of Education, and they want to shift the frame for kids’ moral development—away from thinking about themselves, and toward caring about others.


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Rand Paul, Criminal Justice Hero

When libertarian Republicans go on about the “tyranny” of the federal government, as Kentucky Sen. Rand Paul is prone to do, I tune out. But not today. Paul has been talking for a while about how his conception of tyranny extends to long, draconian prison sentences for mostly poor and black offenders. Now he is introducing a bill that would restore voting rights to nonviolent ex-felons in federal elections. This bill is not about to become law any time soon. But give Paul credit for standing on principle even though he and his party would hardly benefit.


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