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  •  This is nothing new this term. (12+ / 0-)

    The decision on the Affordable Care Act contains the same elements.  Really -- political views aside -- that was a masterful move by Chief Justice Roberts.  He joined with the Court's liberal wing in finding the affordable care act Constitutional, and got the headlines saying that.  At the same time, he wrote an opinion that put limits on Congress' power under the Commerce Clause, one of the issues that conservatives care most about. When that decision is cited in the future, I suspect it will be cited as much for its limitations on Congress' Commerce Clause power as anything else.  While the left was celebrating the decision upholding the ACA, there was an undercurrent of glee among some conservatives for the limitation on Commerce Clause power.  

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