Have Your Cake

It may be graduation season, but the faculty lounge is still open for business and professors Richard Epstein and John Yoo are holding court. This time around: What does the Inspector General’s report really tell us about James Comey’s tenure at the FBI? Was the North Korea summit a diplomatic breakthrough or an unforced error? What on earth does the Masterpiece Cakeshop case mean for religious liberty? Is Texas about to undo Obamacare? And could a plan to split California into three new states really pass constitutional muster?

All that plus the longest lightning round ever, Donald Trump’s plan for San Francisco’s involuntary secession, and a final appreciation of Charles Krauthammer.

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  1. Patrick McClure Coolidge

    John, you are wrong re: cakes as expression. Your analysis is the equivalent of saying housepainter who also paints portraits may not refuse to paint a portrait of a gay couple because of his religious beliefs, because he has no problems painting their house. Artistic expression is a form of free speech with first amendment protections. Conceptualizing a particular wedding cake and creating it are different from conceptualizing a picture and painting it only in the medium, not in the act of expression. Yes, cake making can be protected by the First Amendment, just as putting paint on a surface can be protected. I am surprised you cannot see this. Additionally, this does not even touch on the religious freedom nor involuntary servitude aspects of the case.

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    • June 16, 2018, at 7:18 AM PDT
  2. Randy Webster Member

    You missed a great opportunity to use William Shatner’s version of MacArthur Park.

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    • June 20, 2018, at 1:30 PM PDT
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  3. Blue Yeti Admin

    Randy Webster (View Comment):

    You missed a great opportunity to use William Shatner’s version of MacArthur Park.

    Forgot about that one!

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    • June 21, 2018, at 3:03 AM PDT
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