May 16

Avoiding absolutes and teaching the Civil War



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A high school teacher and active re-enactor writes about teaching the Civil War and avoiding “the theory of absolutes.”



May 13

Does GPS violate our right to privacy?



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The U.S. Justice Department has asked the Supreme Court to resolve a conflict between Circuit Courts of Appeal as to the constitutionality of extended GPS searches.



May 12

The history of our National Day of Prayer



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The National Day of Prayer has been observed by every president since Truman. But is it constitutional?



May 11

PJP PARTICIPANT JEFF GREENFIELD IMAGINES: WHAT IF WE HAD CAPTURED — NOT KILLED — OSAMA BIN LADEN AND THEN TRIED HIM IN THE FEDERAL COURTS?



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In a fanciful, but compelling, column for the Washington Post, PJP Participant Jeff Greenfield, a former network news correspondent for CBS and ABC, fantasies over what could have transpired if the Navy SEALS had captured the al Qaeda leader. His discussion touches on a lot of tantalizing topics. For instance, if bin Laden had surrendered… [Continue Reading]



May 11

SYRIAN GOVERNMENT ADMITS HOLDING PJP FELLOW DOROTHY PARVAZ



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2009 PJP Fellow Dorothoy Parvaz, who has been missing since she arrived in Damascus, Syria, on April 29 is being held by the Syrian government. Parvaz, who works for Al Jazeera English was there to report on the government protests. An update about her situation can be read here and here. For immediate updates on… [Continue Reading]



May 11

Washington’s inauguration, 222 years later



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Have you ever wondered how Washington felt as he stood on the balcony of Federal Hall in New York City on April 30, 1789, as his inauguration began? Thankfully, he left us some clues, and they’ll be at The Center this July.



May 9

Dick Allen, Deborah Pearlstein address national security post-bin Laden



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Nearly 200 guests attended the Center’s timely, provocative discussion on national security and civil liberties. Leading experts Richard V. Allen and Deborah Pearlstein examined U.S. policy surrounding Osama bin Laden’s demise, including the release of photographs. Read on for highlights of the conversation.



May 9

The Pentagon Papers and Wikileaks



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The more information the public has about government, the better a citizen can make an independent assessment of our elected officials, says our guest writer.



May 6

PJP Board Member David Westin, Former President of ABC News, Speaks to Stanford Law About the Future of the News Media



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David Westin, who is a member of the PJP Board of Advisors and was president of ABC News through 2010, speaks here at the Toni Rembe Rock Center for Corporate Governance at Stanford Law School. Addressing the subject, “Saving the Media from Itself” Westin analyzes the state of the news business as it shifts from… [Continue Reading]



May 6

Do you want to know a secret? WikiLeaks and the constitution



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In this monograph excerpt: Geoff Stone explains how wartime situations have historically heightened the tension between national security and free speech.