This edition of Opinion Lab asks: should presidents be required to be natural-born citizens?
Former PJP Participant Bruce Ackerman Fears It Will It was the Democratic convention of 1968 in Chicago that began a trend toward presidential primaries as the proving ground for major party nominations. Vice President Hubert Humphrey received the Democratic nomination for president that year despite having entered the campaign late and despite a strong showing… [Continue Reading]
Members of the new, Republican-infused Congress that will take office in January, 2011, will be carrying with them well-read copies of the Constitution, though some of them have strong views on how to change it, both in language and doctrine. Writing in the New York Times, former PJP faculty member Jeffrey Rosen cited Utah senator-elect… [Continue Reading]
Andrew Mangino, who was a collegiate fellow for PJP 2009 while an undergraduate at Yale, has been awarded a Marshall Scholarship. The award is named for General George Marshall, who was secretary of state, secretary of defense and chief of staff of the Army as well as the author of the Marshall Plan. The Marshall… [Continue Reading]
Why does Minnesota have such a complicated election history? Blame the vouchers.
Judge Henry E. Hudson may be the most powerful man you have never heard of. As a federal district court judge in Richmond, VA, he will decide — before year’s end, he now asserts — on a challenge to the recently passed federal health care law. The suit, brought by Virginia’s attorney general, Kenneth T…. [Continue Reading]
California is not the only state facing prison overpopulation. In a system bursting at the seams, what method is there to humanely house prisoners?
The Constitution in “Quotes”: 2007 PJP Participant Kathleen Sullivan’s Nuanced View of Citizen’s United
“Citizens United has been unjustly maligned as radically departing from settled free speech tradition. In fact, the clashing opinions in the case simply illustrate that free speech tradition has different strands. The libertarian strand from which the majority draws support emphasizes that freedom of speech is a negative command that protects a system of speech,… [Continue Reading]
Watching HBO’s Boardwalk Empire (a show focused on prohibition-era Atlantic City) not long ago, I couldn’t help but be struck by the performance of Stephen Graham as Al Capone. This, I realized, might be the first Hollywood production ever to get Capone right.
Congress is poised to pass a bill protecting whistle-blowers in the aftermath of this week’s release of U.S. diplomatic secrets on the WikiLeaks website.