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Sunday, December 12, 2010
Ten years ago today, my idealism died. On that cold December day, as I stood in the Tallahassee frost, the United States Supreme Court became, for me, a political body, instead of the neutral, objective and purely jurisprudential body I had always hoped it to be. I was devastated.
December 12, 2000 is a critical date in American history. Yet, it is not a date we commit to memory. It is not a date that lives on in infamy, though it should.
Wednesday, December 08, 2010
My father worked on an apartment renovation in the Dakota in the late 1970s. That's when we met John and Yoko. I distinctly remember my father having such fond memories of them. He'd never really been a Beatles or John Lennon fan per se. My father was older than John and Yoko, from the generation before — Billie Holliday, Ella Fitzgerald, Duke Ellington. Still, he always had nice things to say about them when he came home at night.
Monday, December 06, 2010
Today, lawyers on both sides of the gay marriage fight will be back in court. This is the appeal from the lower court ruling on California’s Proposition 8, in which the Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals is being asked to decide whether the United States Constitution guarantees the right to gay marriage.
But it is not that simple. As is often the case with complex legal stories, the reporting has been a little bit off the mark on the primary legal issue in the case. The issue is not only whether gays have a right to marry. The primary issue before the judges is whether the case can be appealed at all.
Thursday, December 02, 2010
This week’s explosive Wikileaks story includes a bevy of cables related to Gitmo. Were the camp closed, these might be the least interesting of all. As the camp is still in operation, however, the Guantanamo cables made the front page of The New York Times and reignited the debate about when, and indeed whether, the detention center will ever be shuttered.
In case you somehow missed it (or got bogged down in the details of the 291 documents published on Sunday), we’re not talking about generalities in the cables related to the Gitmo prisoners. We’re talking about specific discussions between various countries on whether they would take detainees released from the detention facility. If you believe what you read, the Pacific island nation of Kiribati is offered millions of dollars of incentives; Slovenia is actually offered the chance to meet President Obama if it takes a prisoner; Brussels is told that taking prisoners could be "a low-cost way for Belgium to attain prominence in Europe.”
Wednesday, November 24, 2010
Since 9/11, I have been one of those who has, almost always, argued for liberty over security. This is one instance, however, where we have to give up a little freedom in the interest of greater security.
Friday, November 19, 2010
What's in an @name? Alexandra Petri, a Washington Post columnist and a blogger with ComPost, thinks that your email address says a lot about you. She is joined by a panel of distinguished Brian Lehrer Show guests with retro email addresses who defend their digital identities: Doug Muzzio, professor of political science at Baruch College and host of "City Talk" on CUNY/TV; Siva Vaidhyanathan, associate professor of media studies and law at the University of Virginia; and Jami Floyd, broadcast journalist, legal analyst for cable and network news, and blogger at It's A Free Country.
Are you an email holdout? Defend your @compuserve, @aol, @mindspring... And does someone's email address say anything about them? Do you judge according to their @?
Wednesday, November 17, 2010
An ethics panel of eight House members deliberated over two days before delivering a sad but unsurprising blow to 20-term New York congressman Charles Rangel. The 80-year-old democratic representative from Harlem was charged with 13 counts of fundraising and financial misconduct. Yesterday, he was convicted on 11 of those charges.
But not before some theatrics: Charlie Rangel refused to defend himself in the congressional ethics hearing, on Monday. Why did he walk out in protest? And what was the effect, if any?
Tuesday, October 26, 2010
Arianna Huffington, co-founder and editor-in-chief of the Huffington Post.com and the author of Third World America: How Our Politicians Are Abandoning the Middle Class and Betraying the American Dream, discusses whether or not President Obama has betrayed his base. Then, later in the show, Dr. Cornel West, University Professor in the Center for African American Studies at Princeton University; co-host of Smiley & West; and author of Brother West: Living and Loving Out Loud, A Memoir, weighs in on the topic. Jami Floyd, broadcast journalist, legal analyst for cable and network news, and blogger at It's A Free Country, chimes in with her post on whether Obama abandoned his base.
Monday, October 25, 2010
For months now, everyone has been asking, “Has Obama abandoned his base?” And with the midterms a week away, reliable leftists like Christopher Hayes of The Nation are ramping up the rhetoric, writing all about “Obama’s Forgotten Base."
But this is American politics, not some sort of sideshow. Nothing important happens overnight. Instead of expecting an 24-month miracle, after eight years of marching to the beat of a very different (and in this writer's opinion, disastrous) drummer, perhaps we should be asking: Is the base abandoning Obama? And, if so, Why?
Thursday, October 14, 2010
Don't Ask, Don't Tell is an inane policy, one in which we compel people to lie to their superiors about who and what they are as people. But while many on the left are cheering the ruling by U.S. District Judge Virginia Phillips ordering an immediate halt to DADT policy, I am not.
Wednesday, October 13, 2010
Saturday, October 09, 2010
All week, I've been listening to the coverage of the "funeral protest" case, Snyder v Phelps. Even though the Supreme Court heard arguments Wednesday, and even though it is one of only two First Amendment cases this term, I hadn't planned to comment; but the old law teacher in me just can't keep silent anymore. I simply have to weigh in on two things: (1) misreporting of the issues in the case, and (2) the related oversimplification of the possible outcome.
Friday, October 01, 2010
I love a good tea party as much as the next girl. And I have far more respect for misguided citizen activists than I do for disengaged citizen do-nothings. I find the Tea Party, however passionately engaged, to be dangerously misinformed, misguided and misled.
Tuesday, September 21, 2010
As Jon Stewart and Stephen Colbert prepare to take Washington, we certainly should appreciate the satire, the cynicism even, as healthy for our democracy. After all, Stewart's viewers are engaged on some level. They are not completely disengaged from the political process. The same can be said of Glenn Beck's followers. And if Lady Gaga’s fans pick up the phone and call their senators, whatever their motivation, at least they are dialing into the process. The question is whether we are engaged enough.
Friday, September 10, 2010
Way back in 1790, just a few short years after the real Tea Party, John Adams was stressing that our political system was broken. But it wasn't broken then, and it isn’t now. Here's why: the political parties don’t govern in our political process; the Constitution does.
Friday, June 11, 2010
Brian talks with guest host Jami Floyd about his experience serving jury duty.