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With Kennedy out and Kavanaugh in, what might that mean?

Justice Anthony M. Kennedy’s retirement on July 31 has riled the left and thrilled the right. Despite his moderate conservative nature, for the past...

The broad implications of the Pereira decision

The Supreme Court of the United States essentially engages in two kinds of interpretation. The most well-known is constitutional, when the justices decide whether...

Court’s gambling decision may have other implications for Vineyard and beyond

When the U.S. Supreme Court overturned the federal ban on sports gambling on May 14, it did more than allow states to provide for...

Firearms: Prospects for change

In the aftermath of hundreds of thousands of marchers throughout the nation demanding new gun control measures after the horrifying February event in Parkland,...

Supreme Court reviews deportation of Martha’s Vineyard man

Updated May 12WASHINGTON — It is virtually impossible to forecast how the justices of the U.S. Supreme Court will rule based on the questions...

The court, the First Amendment, and Island life

Three current Supreme Court cases that the justices are just now considering could have an impact on Vineyarders and visitors to the Island. They...

Offshore oil and gas drilling: The Vineyard fear

With the ongoing controversy over President Trump’s remarks about immigration concerning Haiti and Africa, let’s not ignore the Trump administration’s Jan. 4 decision to...

Tax reform for whom?

The tax reform package making its way through Congress will have a mixed impact on Island residents. The House passed its version on Nov....

New federal report contradicts White House

On Nov. 3, 13 federal agencies jointly released an updated report that determined that global warming was continuing to contribute to sea-level rise, increased...

Marijuana’s future in Massachusetts

On Tuesday, Oct. 10, members of the Massachusetts Cannabis Control Commission came to the Vineyard to gauge Islanders’ views concerning the proposed regulations regarding...

DACA and the constitutional question

By now, most Americans know that the Trump administration has canceled the program known as Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA), arguing that the...

Teaching constitutional law and politics in 2017

Former New York Times correspondent and current fellow at Brown Stephen Kinzer recently wrote in the Globe of the unrestrained authority that the president...

On immigrants, refugees, and other travelers

With the House of Representatives now in its August recess and the Senate soon to follow once it deals with some unfinished business, it...

The Trump rule rollback

Unless the Republican-led Congress can pass a repeal-and-replace healthcare law by its August break, President Trump will have had no legislative victories since he...

The Trump administration, climate, and Massachusetts

President Trump’s June 1 decision to withdraw from the Paris agreement on climate change overshadows several steps Washington has already taken concerning recent environmental...

A narrow ruling by the First Circuit Court of Appeals: A case analysis

The April 10 ruling by the U.S. Court of Appeals for the First Circuit confirming the Wampanoag Tribe’s right to operate an electronic bingo...

The president, the states, and the Vineyard

Writing in the Atlantic last September, journalist Selena Zito, who has worked for several Republican presidents and state officials, wrote this about candidate Donald...

Executive power, national security, and the Trump administration

President Trump has signed several highly controversial executive orders. Three involve foreign policy and national security: the construction of a wall between the United...

Climate change, the Vineyard environment, and the president

Supporters of Donald Trump wanted a president who could “shake up the system.” Given the president-elect’s proposed cabinet choices and advisors, we can expect...

The Electoral College and the president

Every four years, the nation determines who the next the president of the United States will be on the first Monday after the second...