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Student speech: Free, or not so much?

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School administrators, staff, and faculty have a legal and moral obligation to act as surrogate parents while children are in school. The legal principle...

Immigration reform: Long overdue

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“Remember, remember always that all of us, and you and I especially, are descended from immigrants and revolutionists.” –Franklin Delano Roosevelt, addressing the Daughters of...

Whom does the Senate represent?

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The above question is incorrectly framed. We ought to ask not who but what does the Senate represent. The answer is the 50 states....

Comparing 1861 and 2021

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An astonishing and eerie chain of events chillingly links the pre-Inauguration days of two presidents-elect: Abraham Lincoln in 1861 and Joe Biden this year....

The arc of time

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The passage of time is a continuum, and it is relentless. After a year of the spread of a deadly disease, shootings of unarmed...

The persistence of a paranoid style

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A standard definition of paranoia is when a person experiences a deep, anxious fear of threats or conspiracies founded on delusion and irrationality. In...

The new Congress, the next president

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In the days before the next Congress convenes on Jan. 3 and the inauguration of the new president, 17 days later, the House and...

Violating law and principle

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As of now, the Trump campaign has lost more than 30 lawsuits, and won two on minor technical grounds, with no impact on the...

Americans and the rule of law

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For over 40 years, I told my classes that Americans were not a particularly revolutionary people. By and large, they accepted the vote of...

Some lessons from Judge Barrett’s confirmation hearing

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During her confirmation hearing, like most nominees to the Supreme Court since 1987, Judge Amy Coney Barrett declined to set forth her views on...

An election with, without the president

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The worst-case scenario concerning President Trump’s recent bout with COVID-19 is unthinkable, even though his doctors released him to return to the White House...

RBG, her constitutional legacy

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Tributes to the late Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg have rightly focused on her leadership in promoting human rights, especially gender equality, throughout her entire...

A modest plea for precision, Part Two

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In these pages, I recently set out some basic ideas concerning terms and phrases used without precision by politicians and the media. They say...

A modest plea for precision

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Sometimes when speaking and writing, we may use words and phrases so loosely that we overlook their true meaning. This is particularly true during...

America’s founders and Confederate generals

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A wide gap separates Confederate generals memorialized on plaques, statues, and monuments, and the American founders and framers of the Constitution. It is no...

Independence Day, 2020 — a time to unite

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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...
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