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For decades nobody thought an individual mandate for medical insurance would be unconstitutional – until two years ago. Now it looks like the Republicans on the Supreme Court may strike it down. WILLIAM E. FORBATH reviews this week’s arguments before the Supremes – and the politics behind them. Willy teaches constitutional law at the Univ of Texas law school.
Also: “Trouble in Paradise”: JOSH KUN talks about popular music subcultures in LA, 1945-80. Josh teaches at USC and is curator of the exhibit at the Grammy Museum, 800 W. Olympic Blvd., downtown LA, and he will host “A Night at the Ash Grove” at the Museum on April 5. PLAYLIST: Johnny Otis, “Harlem Nocturne” 1945; Ritchie Valens, “La Bamba” 1958; Thee Midnighters, “Whittier Blvd” 1965; Buffalo Springfield, “For What It’s Worth” 1966; Beach Boys, “Heroes and Villains” 1967.
PLUS: FORMER SENATOR RUSS FEINGOLD says the cynical exploitation of the fears generated by 9/11 have undermined our ability to adjust effectively to America’s new place in the world. His new book is WHILE AMERICA SLEEPS: A Wake-up Call for the Post-9/11 Era