“That’s because unlike black widows, who like to crawl into cracks and under debris for shelter, brown widows like to hide out in people’s things. They gravitate toward the crannies underneath chairs and into those downward-facing recessed handles on garbage cans.”
“Who is the director of the Museum of Contemporary Art? According to the museum it’s Jeffrey Deitch, the former New York art dealer who — with virtually no prior museum experience — assumed the top job at one of America’s leading institutions two years ago.”
“The individual mandate survives as a tax.”—SCOTUSblog, on the Health Care decision. More as we get it. EDIT: SCOTUSblog’s Amy Howe says “The Medicaid provision is limited but not invalidated.” (via shortformblog)
“I keep getting letters from kids in college totally obsessed with the movie. And I still have people who say to me all the time, ‘I was having a Harry-and-Sally relationship with him or her.’”—Nora Ephron in a 2001 interview. Here’s our obit.
The U.S. Supreme Court upheld parts of Arizona’s strict law targeting illegal immigrants, but said the federal government has the ultimate authority to decide who will be held on immigration charges and deported.
The justices said Arizona’s police can stop, question and briefly detain immigrants if officers have reason to believe they are in the country illegally. This was seen as a key part of the state’s law. But the justices said the police have limited authority. They must check with federal immigration agents before deciding to hold the suspects.
The justices also blocked parts of the Arizona’s SB 1070 that would have made it a state crime for illegal immigrants to fail to carry documents or to seek work.
UCLA researchers say the number of days topping 95 degrees each year will jump by as much as five times. The study could help local governments prepare for extreme temperatures and reduce risk to residents, L.A. Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa says.
If the Supreme Court strikes down Obama’s health insurance mandate, emergency room bills will be passed on to taxpayers, as they have been for the last quarter century.
That unresolved question — who pays? — helped shape President Obama’s 2010 healthcare law and its requirement that Americans get health insurance. For years, it even convinced many Republicans, including former Massachusetts Gov. Mitt Romney, to champion an insurance mandate. But today, the insurance mandate is the central target of GOP opposition to the law.
Another excellent healthcare piece by Noam N. Levey.
“You don’t want to let anybody’s expectations down. People look at me like I should have been like Malcolm X or Martin Luther King or Rosa Parks. I should have seen life like that and stay out of trouble, and don’t do this and don’t do that. But it’s hard to live up to some people’s expectations, which [I] wasn’t cut out to be. I didn’t go to school to be ‘Rodney King’ and [be] beat up by cops and thrust into the limelight. It’s taken years to get used to the situation I’m in in life and the weight it holds. One of the cops in the jail [in a later encounter] said: You know what? People are going to know who you are when you’re dead and gone. A hundred years from now, people are still going to be talking about you. It’s scary, but at the same time, it’s a blessing.”—Rodney King • Speaking in an April interview with the Los Angeles Times about his legacy, which he seemed uncomfortable with. King, who died this morning of an apparent drowning, still suffered from injuries from the beating years after the incident. (via shortformblog)