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Last Night's GOP Debate in SC

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Rarely has a debate outcome so closely tracked the recent polls. Donald Trump and Sen. Ted Cruz dominated the debate, with Sen. Marco Rubio and Gov. Chris Christie fighting for the other, bronze medal, spot on the final platform. If you tried to put yourself into the mindset of a typical Republican voter, you would have received plenty to confirm your attitudes towards whichever candidates you like, and nothing to cause you to change your mind.

The USCCB Brief in Zubik v. Burwell

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The United States Conference of Catholic Bishops filed its amicus brief with the Supreme Court this week in the case Zubik v. Burwell. Later this spring, the Court will hear a group of cases brought by religious organizations that object to the Obama administration’s contraception mandate. A final decision in the case is expected in June at the end of the current Supreme Court term.

The Supreme Court & Unions

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Yesterday, an employee at Google took his case to the U.S. Supreme Court, arguing that his First Amendment right to free speech permitted him to publish on his own website the algorithms Google uses to drive its search engines. Google argued that the algorithms were intellectual property, and that publishing them defrauded the company of their millions of dollars of investment and gave their competitors an unfair advantage, because they could use the trade secrets for free.

No Nostalgia For Reagan

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Last week, I linked to a video of a 1980 GOP presidential primary debate between Ronald Reagan and George H.W. Bush, in which the two discussed the subject of immigration with sufficient compassion that the two men would be laughed off the stage of a GOP debate this year. Then, over the weekend, I was chatting with a friend, a very smart friend, and a pastor to boot, and he was waxing nostalgic about Reagan.

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