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Independence Day, 2020 — a time to unite

Fourth of July celebrations commemorate the most American of all holidays. We have traditionally invited friends and family to join us for cookouts, parades,...

The Trump social media executive order

Last week, Twitter added fact-checking labels, then a warning, to several tweets by President Trump. The president responded by signing an executive order that...

The coming climate

One possible good outcome of the pandemic and its impact on the economy is having the cleanest air and water in decades, thanks to...

Congressional action, congressional deadlock

One remarkable outcome of COVID-19 is the recent congressional cooperation. Since March 6, the body has passed four major measures, costing trillions of dollars,...

Patriot’s Day 2020

Today, as I write this, is Patriot’s Day in Massachusetts. It is a holiday in a few states, but Massachusetts is key because it...

What to read these days?

Mysteries, crime stories, histories, classic literature, even philosophy may be on our reading list these days as we worry through the crisis caused by...

The Electoral College is here to stay

Politics and primaries have rightly taken second place to concerns about COVID-19. But recently, as we move toward the presidential election, renewed criticism has...

Electric cars, the EPA, and us

The Island has become a major leader in combating climate change, especially regarding carbon emissions. Massachusetts has designated several towns as green communities, which,...

‘Dr. Zhivago’ for our time

Should anyone believe that Russia today is different from the old Soviet Union, they should have watched “Dr. Zhivago,” the motion picture adapted from...

Church and state, again

A few weeks back, the Supreme Court heard oral arguments in a case that could once again redraw the line separating church and state....

Heard of the Lincoln Project?

President Trump’s impeachment trial promises to end in acquittal, given the high bar of 67 senators needed to remove him from office. Yet, several...

Romneycare vs. Obamacare, the court will decide

The Supreme Court may soon determine the fate of the Affordable Care and Patient Protection Act (ACA), commonly known as Obamacare.  First, some basic facts. Ninety-eight...

Pensions and Social Security, France versus America

Americans are following, or should be following, the impeachment proceedings against President Trump in the House of Representatives. The British have been distracted by...

DACA and the court

On Nov. 12, an ideologically divided Supreme Court considered President Trump’s authority to cancel the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) program that President...

The impeachment inquiry

“Legislative in the Congress, yet checked by negative of the executive. Executive in the President, yet checked by impeachment of Congress.” — Alexander...

The Supreme Court in session

The Supreme Court, by law, began its new term on the first Monday in October. We can look forward to a bare majority of...

History and memory

For several weeks this past spring, letters galore appeared in the MV Times about two plaques honoring Confederate soldiers placed in 1925 in Ocean...

British and American constitutionalism, explained

Americans are watching the slow, steady meltdown of the British government under Prime Minister Boris Johnson, who has been in office since July and...

Who is an American?

Like many in this country, I have been thinking about who is an American. This is especially true since we have long been discussing...

Time out

In 1729, the great English satirist Jonathan Swift published “A Modest Proposal for Preventing the Children of Poor People from Being a Burthen ...