We've become accustomed to the fact that every politician's public schedule is tracked relentlessly by party or outside group trackers who videotape every moment waiting for the "macaca" like flub. But the Michigan GOP is now outfitting staffers with James Bond-like secret camera hidden in their eyeglasses.
Who says extremist religious sects can't adopt to modernity?
It's actually not technically a niqab (which covers the whole face) because the theological reasoning is different. But, according to the Associated Press, the ISIS rulers of northern Iraqi city of Mosul have ordered shop owners in the city to cover the faces of the mannequins in their showrooms.
Rather than meant to protect female modesty the coverings are apparently an effort to enforce strict interpretations of Sharia law that forbid statues or other representations of the human form.
I think the Halbig decision is terrible: terrible for the insured, terrible for American law (to your point about the corruption of judges who ignore established tenets of construction to reach their predictably preferred political outcome).
But it is also terrible for one group with whom I have no sympathy: Republican governors and state legislators.
As you've probably seen now, coincidentally - at least not by any schedule they had to follow - the 4th Circuit also ruled today on the same Obamacare subsidy question. And they sided with the government.
If you're looking for a silver lining to this morning's ruling dealing a major blow to Obamacare (or rather a major blow to people getting subsidized policies in the states that didn't adopt exchanges), look to the full DC Circuit Court. Given its present make-up (helped along mightily by breaking the filibuster logjam) it seems highly, highly likely that the full DC Circuit will reverse this ruling. The problem is that the question then moves to the Supreme Court, which seems quite likely - given recent decisions - to turn it back again to some version of today's decision. In other words, at some point in the future it seems quite likely that the Supreme Court will gets its opportunity to gut the bill.