What happens when party loyalty and a cult of personality trumps our loyalty to the checks and balances built into the United States Constitution? We have a Constitutional crisis like the one we are currently experiencing. Here is Robert Kagan […]
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Last weekend it was Lamar Alexander. Yesterday it was Lisa Murkowski. Today it was Susan Collins and Joni Ernst. As I argued (with the help of historian Jeffrey Engel) last weekend in the case of Marco Rubio, in an impeachment […]
A group of Senate Democrats–Richard Blumenthal (D-Conn), Sheldon Whitehouse (D-R.I.), and Mazie K. Hirono (D-Hawaii)–has filed a lawsuit against the Trump administration. The suit challenges the constitutionality of the appointment of Matthew Whitaker as acting attorney general. The suit invokes […]
Writing at The Atlantic, Beinart argues that Republicans in Congress are the “real authors of the anonymous New York Times op-ed. Here is a taste: In theory, in America’s constitutional system, the different branches of the federal government check one another. When […]
It starts at the 3:07 mark. [youtube https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=8NqMJq6nR_8&w=560&h=315] By the way, Trump would not be conducting this interview if not for the archaic rules of the Electoral College.
Last week I got a nice note from a former student. Let’s call him Patrick. Patrick is a recent college graduate and a relatively new history teacher. He wrote to tell me that his middle-school principal recently praised him for his good […]
This post is pretty basic, but it needs to be said. In this day and age there are a lot of “basic” things that need to be said about how our government works, how republics are maintained, and how a […]