Burwell Argument Exchange on Exchanges: Acceptable to Modify Clear Statutory Provisions to Conform to Constitution?

Read the Burwell oral argument transcript from March 4. There is an interesting segment from (roughly) pages 14 to 18 involving Breyer, Kennedy, Scalia, Sotomayor, and attorney Michael A. Carvin, on the consequences of holding the federal exchange invalid upon certain federalist principles. The elimination of subsidies to the non-participating states’ citizens would presumably have a coercive effect upon the states. I’ll post something more on all of this later. The decision is expected in June.

Language Generator Mimics Fifty Shades’ Dummy Prose: Is There a Lesson Here for Legal Publishing?

Powering this software “generator” appears to require more human effort and input than People’s headline lets on though it is nonetheless amusing. The text result reads something like remedial freshman poetry (perhaps the inexact nature of the program’s vocabulary inadvertently mimics the abstractions and allusions of amateurish verse).

I do wonder what the corporate publishing world is making of this. If the executives indeed believe that words are cheaper and less meaningful than pennies, the answer may be painfully obvious.

Kennedy-Era Apps Power IRS Systems

While publishers and information providers chase new technologies to rework or transform their capabilities, we learn that the IRS relies upon software applications in use during the Kennedy Administration.

Tip of the hat to ATR. (However, I wonder if this is as “bad” a thing as ATR believes.)

Donna Reed raises her TV family while the IRS tests its still existing (2015) software

While Donna Reed raised her TV family, the IRS was using its still existing (2015) software