Monthly Archives: September 2012

Policy Brief on the NDAA

My latest policy brief for the Institute for Social Policy and Understanding is now available. I went to their annual gala last weekend, and a smaller, more exclusive, luncheon on Sunday. There is something just a bit strange about being … Continue reading

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Mormons: We Are the 46%

My friend just tipped me off to this map. In response to Romney’s complaint that almost half of Americans don’t pay federal income taxes–and his implication that they’re all Democrats–The NYT analyzed where the non-payers live. No surprise that it’s … Continue reading

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How Will They Justify Gutting the First Amendment Now?

Liberals were outraged by the Citizens United Ruling that struck down restrictions on independent campaign expenditures. The Supreme Court ruling would allow corporations to buy the election outcomes they wanted, they said. Never mind that I, at least, never heard … Continue reading

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The Gerrymander

You may or may not know that the gerrymander is named after Massachusetts pol Elbridge Gerry (1744-1814). Gerry was one of only a handful of men who both signed the Declaration of Independence and was at the Constitutional Convention (but … Continue reading

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Learning the Federal Budget Process

I’m writing a chapter for my American Gov’t anti-text on federal budget politics. I know the general outline of congress’s procedure but not enough to write an explanatory chapter, so my research project for the week (or two) is reading … Continue reading

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The First Victory Against the NDAA

On Wednesday, Judge Katherine Forrest of the U.S. District Court for the District of Southern New York issued a permanent injunction against the National Defense Authorization Act’s provisions allowing the executive branch to indefinitely detain U.S. citizens, without access to … Continue reading

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Lincoln, Bush, and the Constitution

I’ve been invited to give a public talk tonight, at the William G. Thompson House Museum in Hudson, Michigan, about constitutional challenges during the Civil War and after 9/11. The House has a special display on Lincoln, the Constitution, and … Continue reading

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Bad Solutions: Term Limits Version

I received the following email from a family member today. Congressional Reform Act of 2011 1. Term Limits. 12 years only, one of the possible options below. A. Two Six-year Senate terms B. Six Two-year House terms C. One Six-year … Continue reading

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What Hayek Means

[Note: This was my latest guest post at the League of Ordinary Gentlemen.] Apparently Hayek is in season again. James K discussed him just over a week ago, now Jason K (no relation, so far as we know) features him … Continue reading

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