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Dodging power plays on the health care law

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You know you’re a Catholic when you’re tempted to genuflect when you cross the center aisle of a courtroom.

Several months ago I experienced the parallel world known as jury selection. The process tends to bore participants, I think, and yet aspects of it can be fascinating. For several days, locals were gathered out of diverse routines of work to sit about, learn about the U.S. legal system, and present themselves for inspection.

Add video cameras and you’d have captured a surreal situation suitable for reality television — so long as you threw away most of the footage.

A hint of that could be seen in the Supreme Court’s decision Thursday morning upholding the constitutionality of two key parts of President Barack Obama’s health care law. That ruling, led by Chief Justice John Roberts, Jr., resembled ancient King Solomon’s judgment when faced with two women who claimed to be mothers of the same baby: if you can’t share, slice it in two...


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