Other Cool Stuff on the Site

We’ve got quite a few very interesting pieces elsewhere on the Washington Monthly site today. Here are some examples:

* At Ten Miles Square, John Sides passes along an analysis of the questions asked by Justices during the crucial oral arguments on the individual mandate, based on research showing that Justices usually aim more questions at the attorney whose position they will ultimately oppose. The analysis suggests a 5-4 decision to strike the mandate, though as you might expect, Kennedy doesn’t always follow this pattern.

* Also at Ten Miles Square, Aaron Carroll deplores the certainty with which pundits are expressing opinions about the constitutional issues raised by ObamaCare, and how they will be resolved.

* At College Guide, Daniel Luzer reports that student loan debt collecters are being a lot more aggressive than federal guidelines suggest.

* And Luzer also ruefully notes that SAT cheating scandals have led authorities to beef up security at test sites, instead of perhaps lowering the stakes by making SAT scores a less definitive factor in college admissions.

Enjoy and be edified!

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Ed Kilgore

Ed Kilgore is a political columnist for New York and managing editor at the Democratic Strategist website. He was a contributing writer at the Washington Monthly from January 2012 until November 2015, and was the principal contributor to the Political Animal blog.