POLITICS & POLICY

(Shutterstock) 1989—In solo dissent in Hamblen v. Dugger, Florida justice Rosemary Barkett opines that a capital defendant is not permitted to waive his right to present evidence of mitigating circumstances. Such waiver, she contends, somehow makes it impossible for the sentencing court to carry out its statutory role of weighing aggravating and mitigating circumstances when
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A woman smokes a Juul e-cigarette. (Ronen Zvulun/Reuters) Virtue-signaling can have real-world consequences. San Francisco, not known as a city particularly interested in fighting the drug war, has just passed legislation banning the sale of e-cigarettes to consumers of any age — while leaving real cigarettes alone. The city’s board of supervisors passed the bill
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“We hold these truths to be self-evident….” We sometimes forget that Jefferson, even at 33, was a massively educated man. Almost everyone forgets that at the time, a proper education included a kind of formal training in mathematics and logic that hardly anyone receives today — the geometry of Euclid and the logic and rhetoric
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(Pixabay) 1776—The Declaration of Independence is a stirring statement of America’s creed, but is it also a sexist and xenophobic document? Defending the Supreme Court’s increasing use of foreign law in support of its rulings on the meaning of the Constitution, Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg titles a 2005 speech “‘A decent Respect to the Opinions
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Activists with Planned Parenthood and the Center for American Progress protest in Washington, D.C., June 28, 2017. (Joshua Roberts/Reuters) Writing for Mother Jones, Kevin Drum takes issue with my Corner post from earlier this week on the recent Gallup survey showing a short-term increase in Americans who describe themselves as “pro-life.” Drum notes that Gallup’s
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Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez speaks during a press conference before a town-hall meeting in Queens, New York, April 27, 2019. (Jeenah Moon/Reuters) Representative Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez on Wednesday released a plan to address the increasing numbers of migrants crossing the southern border, calling among other things for decriminalizing illegal border crossings. In her four-point plan, the New
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On Sunday, Kamala Harris expressed support for new, federally mandated busing policies. “I support busing. Listen, the schools of America are as segregated, if not more segregated, today than when I was in elementary school,” Harris said. “Where states fail to do their duty to ensure equality of all … Read More
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Naturalization ceremony in Los Angeles, Calif., in 2013. (Mario Anzuoni/Reuters) Two-thirds of voters support allowing the U.S. census to include a question about an individual’s citizenship status, disagreeing with the Supreme Court’s decision to block the question. In a Harvard CAPS/Harris poll released Tuesday, 67 percent of respondents said the question, “Is this person a
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Special Counsel Robert Mueller departs after delivering a statement on his investigation at the Justice Department in Washington, D.C., May 29, 2019. (Jim Bourg/Reuters) Making the click-through worthwhile: House Democrats genuinely believe that Robert Mueller’s testimony will be a game-changer in their effort to impeach the president, some ominous news for John Hickenlooper’s presidential campaign,
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WASHINGTON — It is often said our nation’s capital is filled with wealthy college-educated elites operating in a company town where everything is transactional. They are a clubby set of folks who can “fail up” in their profession and rarely interact meaningfully with anyone who isn’t part of their peerage. They have lost touch with
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Supreme Court Justice Clarence Thomas in Washington, D.C., June 1, 2017 (Jonathan Ernst/Reuters) Today is the anniversary of perhaps the most consequential decision made by President George H.W. Bush. On July 1, 1991, he nominated Clarence Thomas to the U.S. Supreme Court. Thomas was nominated to replace Justice Thurgood Marshall, whom Professor Stephen Carter called
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If you watched either or both of the two Democratic Party presidential candidate debates, and if you are a liberal, a conservative or a centrist, you had to have been depressed. The intellectual shallowness, the demagoguery and the alienation from reality were probably unprecedented in American political history. Only a leftist, a socialist or a
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Sen. Todd Young (R., Ind.) speaks at a news conference in Washington, D.C., May 8, 2019. (Aaron P. Bernstein/Reuters) Both the White House and congressional Republicans are taking a hard look at restrictive zoning laws. YIMBYism is the ideology of “Yes in My Backyard.” Its advocates support urban development to bring down rents, among other
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Nike shoes at a sporting-goods store in New York City. (Mike Segar/Reuters) Nike, the athletic shoe giant, has pulled a product off the shelves in response to a storm of social-media protest. Nike, the athletic shoe giant, has pulled a product off the shelves in response to a storm of social-media protest. The product was
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(Pixabay) 1993—In furtherance of his 1985 desegregation plan for the Kansas City, Missouri, School District—a plan that will become (according to the description embraced by Chief Justice Rehnquist) the “most ambitious and expensive remedial program in the history of school desegregation”—federal district judge Russell G. Clark orders the state of Missouri to fund salary increases
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During Thursday night’s Democratic debate, California Senator Kamala Harris blasted former Vice President Joe Biden for not supporting school busing when he was a member of the Senate. In the ensuing days, several Democratic presidential hopefuls have come out in support of resurrecting a failed policy that Americans have opposed for decades — that is,
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