Tuesday, June 18, 2013

Read Stuff, You Should

Happy Birthday to Carol Kane, 61. I'm actually not much of a fan of her scene in Princess Bride. But loved her in Annie Hall, loved her in Ishtar, she was great on Cheers. I had forgotten that she's in The Muppet Movie, too.

And plenty of good stuff:

1. Rick Hasen walks us through Arizona v. Inter-Tribal Council.

2. Yes, the physical bulk of bills is not in any way important, as Steve Benen says.

3. Ezra Klein is right about 30-year budget projections.

4. This one (via Goddard) really should have received a lot more attention than it seems to be getting: great story from Elise Viebeck on ACA as a constituent service problem for Republican Members of Congress: some of them will treat it as a normal casework situation, while others apparently are planning to take their undermining of the law right through to refusing to give constituents accurate information.

5. And if you want to know what's up in the MA SEN special, you of course want to be reading David S. Bernstein.


  1. Don't forget "The Last Detail"!

  2. For me, Carol Kane's defining role was Simka on Taxi.

  3. For me, Carol Kane's defining role was Simka on Taxi.

  4. My favorite role was the ghost of Xmas present in Scrooged.

  5. Scrooged was my favorite too, Annie Hall second. She also did a great guest shot on Seinfeld.

  6. Carol Kane was in a zone of her own in Scrooged. "The bitch hit me with a toaster!"

  7. The bulk of a bill is clearly important. The longer it is, the more chance for pork. At some point (I think >1000 pages clearly reaches this point) it becomes less understandable, which means that lawyers and special interests (for both sides, not picking on either liberals or conservatives here) will lobby for "their" interpretation of the rules.

    1. I'd say the history of the Constitution would suggest the opposite.

      The more detail, the less room for interpretation.

  8. I first took notice of Carol Kane for a lead performance in "Hester Street", Joan Silver's 1975 film that earned Kane an Oscar nomination.


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