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Category: Legal Affairs

Donald Trump

Confirmed Judges, Confirmed Fears

by Elliot Mincberg | May 3, 2019 | Legal Affairs, Politics

Both critics and supporters of President Trump agree that, to date, the most important consequence of his presidency and sustained Republican control of the Senate has been the significant change in the federal judiciary. As of April 1, a record 39 judges have been appointed to lifetime posts on the Supreme Court and the federal […]

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by Hamilton Fish | May 1, 2019 | Legal Affairs, Politics

Though Mueller concluded that the dizzying array of relations between Trump, his campaign, his family, his business associates and the Russians failed to rise to the level of a criminal conspiracy, and while he punted to Congress to decide whether Trump’s multiple and documented attempts to derail the investigation are enough to charge him with […]

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Ramona Ripston

Ramona Ripston: Guardian of Liberties

by Danny Goldberg | Jan 27, 2019 | Legal Affairs, Politics

On November 3, one of my cherished mentors, Ramona Ripston, passed away at the age of 91. She had been the executive director of the American Civil Liberties Union of Southern California for 39 years, between 1972 and 2011. Her husband and soul mate Judge Stephen Reinhardt, who served on the 9th U.S. Circuit Court […]

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Trump and Kavanaugh

Kavanaugh’s Toxic Nomination

by Andrew Cohen | Sep 27, 2018 | Legal Affairs, Politics

Day by day, unsealed document by unsealed document, the American people are learning in this summer of discontent a great deal about the values and vision of Supreme Court nominee Brett Kavanaugh, a judge of relentless conservative mien who, if confirmed, will push the Court as far right as it has been in nearly a […]

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The French Middle Class

French Lessons on How to Grow the Middle Class

by Steven Pressman | Aug 19, 2018 | Legal Affairs, Politics

As the campaign season enters its final stages, torrents of empty rhetoric and wasted column inches are being devoted to the fate of American middle-class families. Proposals ranging from health saving accounts, student debt forgiveness, even guaranteed minimum income plans have been advanced as silver bullets. Whenever a policy debate in the United States is […]

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