Stephen L. Carter in Bloomberg View on Supreme Court worship After three days of oral arguments on the health care law and attention paid to the Supreme Court, it's time to "take stock," writes Carter. "Let me put the point succinctly: Our court-worship has gotten ridiculous," he writes. Drawing on his time clerking for the Supreme Court, he notes that dissecting the questions asked at oral argument rarely predicts how justices will rule. Carter gives thoughts on the various merits of arguments made, but concludes that this debate comes down to where the justices feel the right balance is struck between liberty and equality. "The trouble is that the real battle is ideological, not constitutional. Not everyone is going to get every possible form of health care. Somebody, in the end, is going to ration it."
Fareed Zakaria in The Washington Post on shale gas Fear of war with Iran has pushed gas prices high, but the American economy hasn't slowed down as it usually would in these circumstances. "One reason it hasn’t might well be the rise of shale gas," writes Zakaria. He describes the technological advances that allow us to access natural gas from shale, and he describes the widespread effects on global markets. Natural gas reserves found in traditionally energy resource-thin states can only benefit American interests he says. "The rise of shale gas is shaping up to be the biggest shift in energy in generations. And its consequences — economic and political — are profoundly beneficial to the United States."
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