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Demographics, Destiny And The 2020 Election

If Ronald Brownstein, senior political analyst at The Atlantic, is right, the results of the 2020 election hardly matter at all, at least in the long run. He concluded his most recent piece, published just before the election, with the following:
“The 2020...

Confessions of a Reluctant Originalist

I was a horrible law student, so horrible, in fact, that I am surprised my school, the University of Connecticut, graduated me, with honors, no less. I wish I could attend law school all over again.
What made me so horrible?
I blame my high school...

Justice Amy Coney Barrett -- The System Worked

I am a practicing lawyer focused on criminal defense and first amendment law. When I awoke this morning, I did so without any apprehension whatsoever that there had been a coup in the United States Supreme Court. Yes, the timing of Justice Amy Coney Barrett’s nomination and...

God Won 't Save Manhattan's Strand Bookshop, But You Can Help

There is magic in bookstores of all types, but the magic is especially profound in a used bookstore. A discerning reader will find not only invitations to new worlds and intoxicating ideas, but the books themselves have a history. I’ve often marveled at the marginalia left by...

In re: Jeffrey Toobin, Grace Abounding or Unbounded Rage?

The republic falters and we’re all agog and atwitter about Jeffrey Toobin’s masturbation on Zoom? We’ve managed to transform the old Chinese curse about living in interesting times to something far worse: we live in an age of cheap pathos -- we’re bathed in...

Acting President Harris? Here's How It Happens

Whatever the results of next month’s presidential election, odds are we will all soon be needing a crash course of Section Four of the Twenty-Fifth Amendment to the U.S. Constitution. Thankfully, Professor Brian Kalt at the Michigan State University College of Law has written a brief,...

Some Podcasts You Might Want To Consider

I can’t say I’ve found much to like about this pandemic. Today marks the seventh month that I’ve worked from home, hardly venturing out at all. I still have in my wallet the same $413 I had when I stepped off an airplane on March 13 and drove home to quarantine.
...

Gov. Whitmer and the Appeal to Heaven

What if the would-be assassins plotting to kidnap Michigan Gov. Gretchen Whitmer were neither left nor right? What if the plotters were little more than canaries in the mine shaft, bearers of a warning of what is to come if we don't pull ourselves together?
News that 13...

Connecticut's First Trial Of The Pandemic Era

Well, count me among the shocked.
This week, the United States District Court for the District of Connecticut did what I thought would be impossible. It found jurors ready, willing and able to sit on a jury trial. Evidence began this morning, in the case of Amica v....

Social Media, Russia and Our Present Discontent

I’m not sure why Twitter suspended the account of Black Lives Matter leader Sasha Johnson. Her tweet that she wasn’t calling for equality with white people, but, rather, for the enslavement of white folks, was controversial to be sure. But how certain are we she actually...

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