Tag: Constitution (US)

Facebook Is Bad. Fixing It Rashly Could Make It Much Worse.

The nicest thing you can say about the Health Misinformation Act, proposed in July by the Democratic senators Amy Klobuchar and Ben Ray Luján, is that it means well. The internet has been a key accelerant of widespread myths, misunderstandings and lies related to Covid-19; Klobuchar and Luján’s bill would force online companies like Facebook […]

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Cori Bush and AOC Are Right About Jan. 6 and 1866

Likewise, Representative Cori Bush of Missouri said on Twitter that the House must “investigate and expel members of Congress who helped incite the deadly insurrection on our Capitol.” Bush had actually introduced a House resolution for this purpose just days after the attack. “There is no place in the people’s House for these heinous actions,” […]

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On the Supreme Court, Religion and a Scheduled Execution

The state’s history on the question of clergy in the execution chamber is convoluted to say the least. Texas employed only Christian and Muslim chaplains when, in 2019, a Buddhist inmate sentenced to death requested the presence of a Buddhist spiritual adviser at his execution. The state refused, and the Supreme Court, over the dissenting […]

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Biden Can End Debt-Ceiling Sabotage Once and for All

See a pattern? In each case, there was a Democrat in the White House. Republicans haven’t been the only party to engage in political gamesmanship on the issue. As Mr. McConnell reminded Mr. Biden in a recent letter, Democrats (including then-Senator Biden) under President George W. Bush opposed raising the debt limit. But Democrats always […]

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The Supreme Court Has Gone Off the Rails

The Supreme Court has final authority to make difficult judgment calls articulating the powers of government and the limits and constraints upon them. To merit the public trust, these judgments must not appear simply as assertions of individual value choices by the justices or willy-nilly discard long-established court precedents that profoundly affect people’s lives. Nor […]

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When Is a ‘Majority’ Not Actually a Majority?

I mention this because I recently read an interview in The Atlantic with Ryan Williams, the president of the Claremont Institute, a right-wing think tank with strong ties to Donald Trump and his movement, in which he makes the argument that minority rule is as legitimate as majority rule. I reject the premise that just […]

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We Underestimated Trump Before. It Didn’t Go Well.

In short, there was no way the slaveholding South could sustain itself on its own. There was also, for Republicans, the matter of sectional pride. In the past, threats of disunion were part of a Kabuki theater of negotiations. Here’s McClintock: “Southerners demanded political advantages, Northerners balked, Southerners threatened to secede, and Northern Democrats gave […]

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