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Summary: The expert witness best qualified to comment on the the accuracy and reliability of Dr. Christine Blasey Ford’s memory of a sexual assault approximately 36 years ago is Dr. Elizabeth Loftus of the University of California, Irvine (formerly University of Washington).

Summary: Justice Clarence Thomas’s primary personality patterns are Contentious/oppositional and Reticent/inhibited, with secondary features of the Conscientious/respectful pattern. The amalgam of Contentious and Reticent patterns in Justice Thomas’s profile suggests the presence of an adaptive, nonpathological variant of the conflicted avoidant syndrome.

Summary: Rep. Michele Bachmann, who has derided Obamacare as “tyranny,” the “crown jewel of socialism,” and “unconstitutional,” trumpeted her presence in the halls of the Supreme Court in Washington, D.C., to await the epoch-making SCOTUS ruling on the constitutionality of the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act — the signature legislation of Barack Obama’s first term as president. The Supreme Court upheld the law 5-4.