The Supreme Court’s conservatives didn’t kill off unions this morning. But they took a swipe that will leave labor reeling and worrying—a lot—about the next case, or the one after that. Today’s decision in Harris v. Quinn is also bad for people with disabilities and the workers who care for them at home and get paid through government programs like Medicaid.
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 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.
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.