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Category: Legal Affairs

The Supreme Court

When Enough is Enough: The Trumping of the Courts

by Nan Aron | Jan 8, 2018 | Legal Affairs, Politics

Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell likes to tell the story about the time he looked President Barack Obama in the eye, after the death of Justice Antonin Scalia, and told the president, by his own account, “You will not fill this Supreme Court vacancy.” The announcement was supremely frustrating in the moment but is ominous […]

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Letters: French Lessons on How to Grow the Middle Class

by | Jan 1, 2018 | Foreign Policy, Legal Affairs

To The Editor: I recently read Steven Pressman’s article “French Lessons on How to Grow the Middle Class” (The Washington Spectator, August 2018) and was surprised to read that the middle class comprises 50% of the population. Frankly I thought that was high and I wondered if Mr. Pressman could define the middle class. Before I […]

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Protesters in Charlottesville, Va.

Probing the Limits of Free Speech

by Aryeh Neier | Oct 18, 2017 | Legal Affairs, Politics

Forty years ago, in 1977, as the Director of the American Civil Liberties Union, I defended the right of a small group of Chicago-area neo-Nazis to hold a march in Skokie, Illinois. At the time, that was very controversial. The ACLU was widely criticized. Skokie was home for a large number of Holocaust survivors. Holding […]

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Incendiary Trump Rhetoric Shapes Court Decisions

by Andrew D. Cohen | Jul 11, 2017 | Legal Affairs, Politics

“Other presidents have lost arguments on the law. Nixon on tapes. Clinton on attorney-client privilege. But not credibility. No case turned on an alleged discriminatory motive of the president.”–Law professor Stephen Gillers With varying degrees of fanfare, President Donald Trump has signed approximately 100 executive orders, directives, and proclamations in the four months since he […]

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Deforming the Law

by Lou Dubose | May 17, 2017 | Legal Affairs, Politics

In an urgent phone call, Ralph Nader described a Republican tort law package that is being “rammed through the House” without proper hearings and almost no attention from the press. Any hearings on the bills have been pro forma, at best. But there has been some notable reporting, in the The Washington Post and Bloomberg […]

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