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Tuesday, February 22, 2011
Citing the examples of John Marshall, Charles Evans Hughes, and William O. Douglas, Feldman demonstrated that politics and the Court have always mingled. Indeed, Hughes, pictured here, was the Republican nominee for president in 1916, only resigning from the Court after the party’s convention had started and the nomination was in the bag. He lost that election to Woodrow Wilson; then, fourteen years later was appointed by Republican president Herbert Hoover as Chief Justice. Of course, the man he succeeded as Chief Justice, William Howard Taft, had actual served as president, from 1913 to 1917.
Monday, February 21, 2011
WAS REAGAN A BETTER PRESIDENT THAN LINCOLN? KENNEDY BETTER THAN WASHINGTON? OBAMA BETTER THAN TEDDY ROOSEVELT?
Ever since it began polling in the 1930s, the Gallup organization has asked Americans "who is the nation's greatest president?" This year, Ronald Reagan came out on top. Those polled tended to value recent presidents over those who served long ago. Lincoln did come in second, but Bill Clinton, Barack Obama, John Kennedy, and George W. Buch all made the top ten. Jimmy Carter came in 12th. Not surprisingly, Republicans chose Reagan at a 38 percent clip (with George Washington coming in a distant second) while Democrats favored Bill Clinton at 22 percent (John Kennedy was second with 18).
Friday, February 18, 2011
A PLEA FOR A BROADER INTERPRETATION OF THE FIRST AMENDMENT
By Witold Walczak
Are cell-phone cameras an indispensable tool in the fight for freedom, or an instrument of crime? The answer, which may surprise you, depends on who you ask and where you record. For instance, in the United States police regularly prosecute and harass amateur photographers, especially when they are recording police misconduct, and courts have been reluctant to declare such photography to be a constitutional right. But the recording of government officials performing their duties, especially in public places or where they have no expectation of privacy, is too important in promoting human and civil rights to be left without legal protection.
Monday, February 14, 2011
Thursday, February 10, 2011
Tuesday, February 8, 2011
A provocative new bill in South Dakota would require all adults 21 or older to buy a gun for self-defense. Most any kind of firearm will do. But get one within six months, please, or you'll be in violation of state law.
A Republican dreamed up this bill on a hunting trip, and supporters intend it as a half-serious slam against health care reform. Yet the idea raises a serious constitutional question for any Democrat who defends the individual mandate tucked inside President Barack Obama's signature legislative achievement:
Are you sure the federal government should have the permanent authority to force people to buy stuff from private companies?
Full article at OregonLive.com.
Monday, February 7, 2011
This is a clear and brutal siege on what had been a peaceful protest. Sirens in the background, helicopters overhead. More gunfire, and watching streams of men trying to break up the human chain protecting Tahrir Square from one direction. People linking arms, in rows 3-4 thick, have secured all but one of the entrances to Tahrir Square. They're getting charged by thugs. Women and children are still in the center of Tahrir Square. More gunshots. We are watching petrol bombs thrown from a building above, onto the crowd below.
News broken on twitter via @LaraABCNews, February 2, 2011
Friday, February 4, 2011
“What they’re asking cannot be done,” one senior Egyptian official said, citing clauses in the Egyptian Constitution that bar the vice president from assuming power. Under the Constitution, the speaker of Parliament would succeed the president. “That’s my technical answer,” the official added. “My political answer is they should mind their own business.”