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Feb 14

Constitution Check: Does mandated birth control insurance violate religious freedom?



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President Obama and his aides are continuing to struggle over ways to avoid violations of religious doctrine (mainly, Roman Catholic dogma) as they move to implement a provision in the new federal health care law requiring health insurance coverage of birth control for employees.



Feb 14

Taliban and Afghan’s democracy



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One of the most common misperceptions about my nation is that democracy was forced on an unwilling population by the West after the defeat of the Taliban in 2001. This is not true.



Feb 13

Drone attacks: When war machines work, and when they don’t



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The most visible robotic project right now is the use of drone aircraft. Unmanned vehicles are the wave of the future. In fact, the aerospace industry has essentially stopped all research and development on manned aircraft.



Feb 13

“What’s the U.S. Ninth Circuit Court?” + 6 other questions about federal courts



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Last week the U.S. Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals made headlines with its ruling that striking down Prop 8, the voter-approved measure banning same-sex marriage in California.



Feb 10

Why “‘We the People’ Loses Appeal” misses the point



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I like Adam Liptak a lot—in fact, he and my brother were classmates at Yale Law School, during my first three years on the faculty there. But I think Liptak’s article in The New York Times this week, in which he argued that the United States Constitution’s global influence is declining, is off base.