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Interview with Andrew Koppelman

I was fortunate enough to interview Professor Andrew Koppelman. He is the John Paul Stevens professor of law at Northwestern University. We discussed the Affordable Care Act. We discussed the ridiculous notion that conservatives have been pushing for the last 12 months that somehow the individual mandate opens up a “slippery slope.” This will allow Congress to mandate all kinds of ridiculous things. His answer was thoughtful and right on point. We also discussed the notion of “activist judges.” In my opinion, this is one of the best interviews that I’ve conducted. Enjoy. Prof. Koppelman has written about the Affordable Care

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What I Have Learned from the Senate Judiciary Hearings

I never knew that Thurgood Marshall was an activist judge. Foolishly, I thought he was somebody to be admired and even emulated. It is clear that in 1954, when he argued Brown versus the Board of Education he did not share the mainstream view that separate could be equal. It took Senator Jeff Sessions (Republican — Alabama) to point out the craziness that was Thurgood Marshall. Dana Milbank noted: Sen. Jeff Sessions (Ala.), the ranking Republican on the panel, branded Marshall a “well-known activist.” Sen. Chuck Grassley (R-Iowa) said Marshall’s legal view “does not comport with the proper role of a judge

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Errington C. Thompson, MD

Dr. Thompson is a surgeon, scholar, full-time sports fan and part-time political activist. He is active in a number of community projects and initiatives. Through medicine, he strives to improve the physical health of all he treats.

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