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After oral arguments last year, Stephanie Slade correctly observed that "justices might have found a sort of get-out-of-jail-free card." Also on the Reason Podcast: Bill Clinton, Roseanne, Samantha Bee, Kim Kardashian, and maybe the worst celebrity of the week, Larry Kudlow.


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After December 2017's oral arguments in Masterpiece Cakeshop Ltd. vs. Colorado Civil Rights Commission, a lopsided decision but narrow ruling that was decided 7–2 by the Supreme Court today, Managing Editor Stephanie Slade, always worth reading on the intersection of religion and government, made this prescient observation: "The Supreme Court is left with something its members clearly see as a difficult task: defining the contours of a state's power to require people to do what their religion tells them they may not. But the justices might have found a sort of get-out-of-jail-free card allowing them not to make such a tricky ruling: In stark language, several questioned whether anti-religious animus may have motivated the Colorado Civil Rights Commission's judgment against Phillips."

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The gay wedding cake saga was one of several culture-war conflicts discussed on today's editor-roundtable edition of the Reason Podcast, featuring Katherine Mangu-Ward, Nick Gillespie, Peter Suderman, and me. Others included: Bill Clinton's #MeToo moment, the Roseanne Barr/Bill Maher/Samantha Bee cycle of outrage, Kim Kardashian's bizarrely derided White House visit, and the desultory trade-war apologia from Larry "I should totally know better" Kudlow. Along the way we also allow editorial overlord Katherine Mangu-Ward take victory lap about Reason's sensational new "Burn After Reading" issue, which you can get a special first-class delivery of if you click this link right the hell now!

Audio production by Ian Keyser.

'Rebel Blues' by Sul Rebel is licensed under CC BY NC 4.0

Relevant links from the show:

"Bill Clinton Gets Defensive, Pivots to Trump Transgressions When Asked About #MeToo Movement and Monica Lewinsky," by Elizabeth Nolan Brown

"Supreme Court Rules for Baker in Gay Wedding Cake Case But Carefully Avoids Central Debate," by Scott Shackford

"The Masterpiece Cakeshop Decision Leaves Almost All the Big Questions Unresolved," by Eugene Volokh

"Can States Compel You to Bake a Cake Against Your Will? The Supreme Court Will Decide," by Stephanie Slade

"Reason Foundation Supports Florists, Bakers in Gay Wedding Case Before Supreme Court," by Scott Shackford

"Christians Started the Wedding Wars," by Stephanie Slade

"Two Minutes of Listening Beats a Two-Minute Hate," by A. Barton Hinkle

"Samantha Bee Apologizes for Insulting Ivanka Trump After Right and Left Play 'We're Offended' Tit-for-Tat," by Robby Soave

"Decoding Trump's Dinesh D'Souza Pardon," by Elizabeth Nolan Brown

"Liberals Freak Out As Kim Kardashian Visits White House to Talk Criminal Justice Reform," by Elizabeth Nolan Brown

"Kim Kardashian Is Currently Our Nation's Greatest Hope for Prison Reform," by C.J. Ciaramella

"This Man Was Released From Prison and Rebuilt His Life; Two Years Later He Got Sent Back Because of an 'Error,'" by C.J. Ciaramella

"Roseanne Reboot Is Dead. Will Real Time with Bill Maher Be Next?" by Elizabeth Nolan Brown

"Liberals Killed Roseanne. Conservatives Crushed the NFL Protests. Everybody Happy Now?" by Robby Soave

"How Trump's Tariffs Will Harm National Security," by Steve Chapman

"Study: Trump's Proposed Automobile Tariffs Will Destroy 195,000 American Jobs," by Eric Boehm

"Today Is the Start of Hurricane Season. Trump's Tariffs Could Make It More Costly," by Eric Boehm

"Trump Is Standing on the Precipice of a Real and Serious Trade War," by Eric Boehm

"'Free-Market' Conservatives Welcome Their New Protectionist Overlord," by Matt Welch

"YouTube Won't Host Our Homemade Gun Video. So We Posted It on PornHub Instead," by Katherine Mangu-Ward, Todd Krainin, and Jim Epstein

"How to (Legally) Make Your Own Off-the-Books Handgun," by Mark McDaniel

"When You're Done Reading This Issue of Reason, You Might Want to Burn It," by Katherine Mangu-Ward

"Reason at FEEcon 2018, June 7–9 in Atlanta!" by Nick Gillespie

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