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Samuel A. Alito

Maryland's record tax refund

Gov. Larry Hogan may be a devout Catholic, but he clearly knows the meaning of the word, "chutzpah," too. The Yiddish term for "shameless audacity" was evident in the presentation he made this week trumpeting a Supreme Court ruling that provides as many as 55,000 Maryland taxpayers with what is collectively the biggest refund in state history as evidence the nation's highest court "agreed" with his view on taxes.

That's pretty rich given that the current governor had absolutely nothing to do with the ruling in a case argued before the Supreme Court in 2014; that it's not costing the state a dime; and that it merely affirmed what Maryland's highest court...