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 Michael Kinsley - “The Internet beat TV and print to this story, and ultimately forced it on them, for one simple reason lower standards.”
 Michael Kinsley - “They can't take your house and give it to the mayor's mistress, even if they pay you for it. But they can, apparently, take your house and tear it down to make room for a development of trendy shops and restaurants, a hotel and so on.”
 Michael Kinsley - “The equal protection clause was a handy tool because just about anything the government does or doesn't do can be framed as treating people unequally.”
 Michael Kinsley - “Of course, conservatives always claim to be against judicial activism.”
 Michael Kinsley - “It wouldn't be fair to say that conservatives cherish property the way liberals cherish equality. But it would be fair to say that the takings clause is the conservatives' recipe for judicial activism just as they say liberals have misused the equal protection clause.”
 Michael Kinsley - “He hasn't said whether he remembers the episode itself - or, if he doesn't, whether that is because it never happened or because it happened too often to keep track. More important, he hasn't said what he thinks about it all from the perspective of 2003.”
 Michael Kinsley - “That seemed like an insult, ... I guess it was. Even after that, I thought he maybe put it badly and he didn't mean to be sending out these go-away vibes. But it turns out he put it exactly right.”
 Michael Kinsley - “Unless you do something aggressive (about housing) soon, you're going to get into trouble deeper and deeper, faster and faster.”
 Michael Kinsley - “A gaffe is when a politician tells the truth.”
 Michael Kinsley - “The most embarrassing thing (in the Times' package) is that (Miller's editors) told her to stop writing about that but she kept writing about it, anyway.”
 Michael Kinsley - “If sexual intercourse, as the poets tell us, began in 1963, it was another decade and a half before the American political system began to take notice.”
 Michael Kinsley - “What did this guy do wrong Was it having these views, or merely expressing them Expecting journalists not to develop opinions, strong opinions even, goes against human nature and the particular nature of journalists.”
 Michael Kinsley - “Almost any government activity can also be seen as taking property without just compensation. The basic model of an unconstitutional taking would be if the government threw you out of your house.”
 Michael Kinsley - “In those days, the late 1970s, one of the leading politicians was a soon-to-be uncle by marriage of Arnold Schwarzenegger, named Ted Kennedy.”
 Michael Kinsley - “I have always enjoyed the myth of The New Republic's golden age. The magazine is still very much in the Washington mix. It doesn't necessarily move the debate, but I think it can stir things up.”
 Michael Kinsley - “The logic is often far-fetched - how does medical marijuana affect interstate commerce - and some conservatives would like judges to start throwing out federal laws wholesale on commerce clause grounds. The court once again said no thanks.”
 Michael Kinsley - “A Supreme Court decision that concessions of this sort were unconstitutional would have taken them off the table and actually increased the effective sovereignty of elected officials.”
 Michael Kinsley - “A couple of weeks ago, the court ruled that states cannot exempt themselves from federal laws against the medical use of marijuana.”
 Michael Kinsley - “He's nice enough not to want to be associated with a nasty remark but not nice enough not to make it. Lacking the courage of one's nastiness does not make one nice.”
 Michael Kinsley - “So the danger of conservative judicial activism has been averted for another year. Stay tuned.”
 Michael Kinsley - “Although in a narrow sense this was a victory for a conservative policy, in a wider sense it also closed off an avenue for conservative activism.”
 Michael Kinsley - “Once, I would drive across town if necessary to buy a newspaper. Today, I open the front door and if the paper isn't within about 10 feet I retreat to my computer and read it online. Only six months ago, that figure was 20 feet. Extrapolating, they will have to bring it to me in bed by the end of the year and read it to me out loud by the second quarter of 2007.”
 Michael Kinsley - “In recurring episodes over the next couple of decades, the minority view gradually won. A profusion of factors differentiates each case from the others, including naked partisanship on both sides, but the trend has been clear.”
 Michael Kinsley - “That is worth keeping in mind while you try to decide whether American credibility or Iraqi prosperity or Middle East stability can justify the cost in blood and treasure. And don't forget to factor in the likelihood that the war will actually produce these fine things.”
 Michael Kinsley - “In any event, the proper question isn't what a journalist thinks is relevant but what his or her audience thinks is relevant. Denying people information they would find useful because you think they shouldn't find it useful is censorship, not journalism.”

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