by Caroline Cox
Today, the Supreme Court hears oral arguments for King v. Burwell. Robert Schlesinger writes in U.S. News that a Supreme Court decision against the government would result in both human and political misery. ACS President Caroline Fredrickson is quoted in the article, explaining that a ruling against the government would be a problematic new type of judicial activism.
Geoffrey R. Stone discusses the case at The Daily Beast, arguing that it should be an open and shut case in favor of the government.
At Vox, Adrianna McIntyre provides a look at the legal doctrine that could save the Affordable Care Act.
Sahil Kapur reports at Talking Points Memo that Senate GOP leaders are unlikely to have a new health care bill ready by the announcement of the Supreme Court’s ruling in the case.
Other coverage of the case come from Nicholas Bagley in The New York Times, who argues that the plaintiffs have misread the Affordable Care Act, and Jonathan Chait in New York Magazine, who writes that the defeat of the government in the case would hurt Republicans the most.
In other news, the Joint Center for Political and Economic Studies released a new report on the state of race in politics. Among its findings is the fact that blacks, in terms of policy outcomes, were the least advantaged group in America according to data from 1972 to 2010.
Dawinder S. Sidhu writes in The Atlantic that the Supreme Court has a chance to end the practice of employers using dress codes to hide visibly religious employees.
Fred Barbash reports for The Washington Post that the Alabama Supreme Court has, in defiance of federal courts, ordered judges in the state to stop issuing marriage licenses to same-sex couples.