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Law & the Courts

National Constitution Center Event on Justice Scalia’s Life and Legacy

I greatly enjoyed my discussion of Scalia Speaks yesterday evening with National Constitution Center president Jeffrey Rosen. Here’s a video of our conversation, along with a subsequent panel on Justice Scalia’s legacy that featured Kannon Shanmugam (a former Scalia clerk and leading Supreme Court advocate), law professor Richard Hasen (author of a forthcoming book critical of Justice Scalia’s jurisprudence), and Elizabeth Wydra (head of the progressive Constitutional Accountability Center).

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EuroTrip

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Politics & Policy

The Rise of the Abortion Cheerleaders

Is abortion a sad and unfortunate reality — regrettable, as we are sometimes told, but often necessary — or is it a breezy nothingburger, completely “normal,” and something to be giddily celebrated like a last-minute NFL touchdown?  For a long time, the abortion lobby has had difficulty deciding. This ... Read More
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Europe Needs to Grow Up

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