From the daily archives: Sunday, February 12, 2012

“The right to swing my fist ends where the other man’s nose begins.”- Zechariah Chafee, “Freedom of Speech in Wartime,” 32 Harvard Law Review 932, 957 (1919).

This popular saying in constitutional law (often misattributed to Justice Oliver Wendell Holmes, Jr.) keeps popping into mind as I see the latest permutations of social conservative outrage over President Obama’s compromise position that all health insurers will have to include coverage for contraception and sterilization in their health plans.  Recently, the Obama Administration announced as a compromise that not only are churches exempted (they already were under the original proposal), but religion-based […]

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