CASS SUNSTEIN'S CONSTITUTIONAL TIME MACHINE. In an excellent post today on The New Republic's Open University blog, the ever-prolific Cass Sunsteinskips around the recent past and future to remind us of just how much the Supreme Court has changed. First he goes back, then forward in time to point out how our view of the politics of the Court ignores just conservative today's court is by the standards of a few decades ago (the whole piece is worth reading):
MOVEON MOVED VOTERS.Joel Middleton and Donald Green from Yale have just come out with a paper (PDF) looking at the effect of MoveOn.org's GOTV canvassing operation in 2004. MoveOn organized its canvassing by precinct, so the paper compares turnout between voters living on one side of a street in a precinct that was canvassed and those living on the opposite side of the street in a precinct that was not canvassed.
THE RICHEST MAN IN THE WORLD. The richest man in the world is no longer Bill Gates. Nor is it Warren Buffett or that guy who founded IKEA. The online Mexican business magazine Sentido Común is reporting (via the Guardian) that a jump in the price of shares of Mexican businessman Carlos Slim's America Movil telecom group makes him almost 10 billion dollars richer than Gates.
HEALTH CARE REFORM HEADS WEST. If the Libby pardon has you down, here's a bit of good news. George Skeltonreports in the LA Times that "the stars are in rare alignment this summer" for health care reform in California. Democrats in the state legislature have an ambitious plan (PDF) that would expand access to care, though without an individual mandate.