The sad truth about the Planned Parenthood videos
by Dr. Joel McDurmon, The American Vision
What follows will sound cynical and depressing, but it is merely a reality check. I do not believe any legal action or legislation will come of the recent Planned Parenthood videos, and I think we have already witnessed the decline or near-disappearance of what impact they will have. We need to start considering why and to learn from it. . . .

Cut It Out
by Peter J. Leithart, First Things
In a recent New Yorker piece on “Omission,” John McPhee puts in a word for concise writing. Inevitably, he quotes Hemingway: “If a writer of prose knows enough about what he is writing about he may omit things that he knows and the reader, if the writer is writing truly enough, will have a feeling of those things as strongly as though the writer had stated them. The dignity of movement of an iceberg is due to only one-eighth of it being above water.” . . .

A court of one: Anthony Kennedy
by Richard L. Hasen, L. A. Times
. . . His power won’t lessen any time soon. This week the court said it would review a case that could kill public sector unions, overturning long-standing precedent. Kennedy will probably cast the crucial fifth vote. And, no doubt, the court’s upcoming decision on how far states can go in restricting abortion will depend on Kennedy’s view of what constitutes an “undue burden” on a woman’s right to choose. . . .