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This is not the first time I’ve heard it argued that being a wife is literally a job—and that failing to provide your husband with sex on demand is therefore neglecting your job duties.
•The Republican assault on voting rights continues. Now conservatives are arguing that if a law makes it harder for minorities to vote, that’s perfectly Constitutional as long as oh golly gee whiz, that effect wasn’t what they intended at all. LGM has more.
•Much like other religious groups, ultra-orthodox Jews are not keen on reporting child-abuse cases.
•The Supreme Court is going to hear arguments in Hobby Lobby’s claim it shouldn’t have to cover contraception. LGM reports that includes not paying for visits where the doctor discusses contraception. TPM wonders how much further the argument could spread. LGM also points out that it’s not a mandate: The government doesn’t require Hobby Lobby provide insurance, only that it’s plan meets minimum standards.
•John Podhoretz argues that even though Obama’s not responsible for the Malaysian plane’s disappearance, it reflects badly on him. And right-bloggers continue grumbling Obama’s too wimpy against Russian aggression.
•Here’s a grim one: An abusive, drug-using guy with a famous family gets break after break from the legal system when up for possible prison time. Now he’s murdered his girlfriend.
•A group has claimed Verizon is delaying phone-line repairs to push people off landlines and onto Internet-phone service.
•An Obama administration officials says bans on revealing federal secrets are like banning drunk driving: It doesn’t matter whether Edward Snowden caused any damage, the government is entitled to act to prevent possible damage. Of course, I could make the same argument against illegal warrantless spying: The reason the Fourth Amendment is in the Constitution is to prevent possible damage, so obviously the government should pay a price for crossing the line. Only as with most discussion of this issue, the logic only works one way.
•AT&T insists ditching net neutrality is for our own good.
•If for-profit colleges leave students with no job prospects and lots of debt, that’s just the free market at work, according to Louisiana Governor Bobby Jindal.
•In a sane world, Susan Patton, the woman who thinks college women should marry before they graduate if they want to be happy, would still be writing letters to the Princeton Journal (she’s an alum). Instead she got a recent WSJ op-ed and now a book out. Here are some of her worst ideas, such as telling single women to spend 25 percent of their time on their studies/career, 75 percent on their love life. Oh, and she’s also a rape apologist (“If you are too drunk to speak, then you may be incapable of saying no or warding off unwanted advances. And then it’s all on you.”). Of course, so is WSJ editor James Taranto, so no surprise she got that column.
•Robert Nielsen explains why taxation isn’t theft.
While taxation is coercive (you do X, you pay tax Y) I know a lot of libertarians who complain about that are actually fine with coercion as long as it’s done by corporate America. Libertarian pundit Tibor Machan, for example, has complained that taxation is slavery (as noted at the link, it isn’t), but he openly advocates for privatizing everything so the corporate owners will have absolute authority over roads, utilities, public speech etc. with none of that icky democracy spoiling the purity of his ideas.

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