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“Even be­fore the Supreme Court agreed to hear a chal­lenge to Pres­i­dent Obama’s health­care pro­gram, out­side in­ter­est groups were an­gling to el­bow out the jus­tices they fear would not rule their way. Lib­eral groups ar­gue that Jus­tice Clarence Thomas should dis­qual­ify him­self be­cause of his wife’s work on be­half of con­ser­va­tive groups that op­posed the leg­is­la­tion. Con­ser­va­tives raise ques­tions about Jus­tice Elena Kagan’s im­par­tial­ity be­cause she was the pres­i­dent’s so­lic­i­tor gen­eral while the leg­is­la­tion and its le­gal de­fense were be­ing crafted. … Jus­tices … have a duty to de­cide cases, ab­sent an in­cur­able con­flict. … But they must set aside per­sonal pref­er­ences when de­cid­ing mat­ters of law. We trust that Jus­tices Thomas and Kagan will do that.”

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