Today is the second day of oral arguments before the Supreme Court about the constitutionality of the Affordable Care Act, President Obama’s health-care-reform law. Over at Daily Comment, Jeffrey Toobin writes about how all this might end:Where do the justices stand now? The four Democratic appointees—Ruth Bader Ginsburg, Stephen Breyer, Sonia Sotomayor, and Elena Kagan—seem like sure votes to uphold the law. Clarence Thomas is a sure vote to invalidate the law. Anthony Kennedy is the Democrats’ best bet to join with them, although Chief Justice John Roberts, Antonin Scalia, and Samuel Alito do not seem out of the question as possibilities.
But who are these Justices? Visit newyorker.com for a slide show of the Justices and to read The New Yorker’s Supreme Court Profiles and other coverage—and then make your own guess about which way they might vote.
A Christoph Weyant cartoon from last May.
It’s late at night, the TV’s on and you see a commercial. It tells you that if you just buy this wonderful book, you’ll learn the secrets to get free money from the government to pay your credit card bills, renovate your home, and start a business!
It sounds so wonderful, but is it too good to be true? Yes, it’s too good to be true.
Before you shell out some of your hard earned money to learn how to get a government grant, learn the facts. The government does give away a lot of money every year in the form of grants, but most government grants go to state and local governments or nonprofit organizations that in turn use the money to administer community programs. The federal government rarely awards grants to individuals directly.
If you or someone you know is in need, the government has many assistance programs that might help - they’re just not called “grants.” There are programs to help with heating bills, or starting a business, orhealth insurance for children, and much more. If you’re an organization seeking a grant you should check out grants.gov, the official source to find and apply for a grant from the federal government.
The government is tumbling. Hipsters.
“To fail now would unleash widespread suffering and death on the world’s most vulnerable children.”
——Conclusion of the scathing report recently released by the Independent Monitoring Board of the Global Polio Eradication Initiative.