Tag: Constitution (US)

‘Most of Government Is Unconstitutional’

On Thursday, the conservative wing of the Supreme Court called into question the whole project of modern American governance. In Gundy v. United States, which concerned the constitutionality of a law requiring the registration of sex offenders, four of the more conservative justices endorsed a controversial legal theory according to which Congress lacks the power […]

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Justices Dismiss Appeal in Virginia Racial Gerrymandering Case

WASHINGTON — The Supreme Court on Monday dismissed a challenge to the voting map for Virginia’s House of Delegates, saying that state lawmakers were not entitled to appeal a ruling striking down parts of the map on race-discrimination grounds. The Supreme Court’s action is likely to help Democrats in the 2020 election. The vote was […]

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Trump’s Abuse of Executive Privilege Is More Than a Present Danger

President Trump has been on an executive privilege extravaganza. In the past month, he’s asserted it to block Congress from obtaining documents about the census citizenship question, invoked it to try to bar the full Mueller report from being given to Congress, and used it to bar his former White House counsel, Don McGahn, from […]

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Liberals Want Trump Impeached, but Centrist Freshmen May Have the Final Say

WASHINGTON — As a former federal prosecutor, Representative Mikie Sherrill of New Jersey says she relies on evidence, and she needs to see more of it before considering whether to impeach President Trump. Ditto for Representative Elissa Slotkin of Michigan, a former C.I.A. officer who has been studying the chapter on impeachment in a 1,068-page […]

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People Are Trying to Figure Out William Barr. He’s Busy Wielding Power.

WASHINGTON — Not long before Attorney General William P. Barr released the special counsel’s report on Russian interference in the 2016 election, he strategized with Senator Lindsey Graham, the Republican chairman of the Senate Judiciary Committee, about one of his next moves: investigating the investigators. Over a dinner of steak, potatoes and carrots in a […]

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Why Pete Buttigieg Is Wrong About the Supreme Court

President Trump has not done much for Republican legislative priorities. But he has — with the help of a ruthlessly single-minded Mitch McConnell — branded the federal judiciary with his influence. Judges nominated by Trump will be making law, and interpreting the Constitution, for at least a generation. This prospect of entrenched judicial opposition to […]

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What if Congress Were in Charge, Not Trump?

The House speaker, Nancy Pelosi, was recently asked if Congress sees itself as the equal of the presidency in sharp conflicts between the legislative and executive branches. “I think we’re a superior branch,” Ms. Pelosi answered. This drew rebukes from, among others, Rudy Giuliani, who tweeted, “Thank you for the help in convincing a court […]

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George Will’s Political Philosophy

THE CONSERVATIVE SENSIBILITYBy George F. Will There are two words utterly absent from this defense of conservatism in 2019 in America: Donald Trump. In this dense volume, dedicated in many ways to the virtue of restraint, George F. Will does to the president what the president most fears: He ignores him. This is at once […]

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How Impeachment Works and What You Need to Know About It

WASHINGTON — Liberal House Democrats, struggling to combat President Trump’s stonewalling of congressional oversight, have come out by the dozen in recent days to endorse a new strategy to secure the information that they say they need: opening an impeachment inquiry. Supporters of an inquiry argue that they are not necessarily seeking the president’s ouster […]

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What You Need to Know About Impeachment

WASHINGTON — Liberal House Democrats, struggling to combat President Trump’s stonewalling of congressional oversight, have come out by the dozen in recent days to endorse a new strategy to secure the information that they say they need: opening an impeachment inquiry. Supporters of an inquiry argue that they are not necessarily seeking the president’s ouster […]

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