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Law & the Courts

Welcoming Tom Jipping to Bench Memos

I am delighted to welcome Tom Jipping as a new contributor to Bench Memos. Over the last fifteen years, Tom served as Senator Hatch’s lead counsel on judicial nominations. I and others routinely drew on his expertise and his encyclopedic command of the Senate’s history on judicial confirmations. Now that he has joined the Heritage Foundation as deputy director of its Edwin Meese III Center for Legal and Judicial Studies, Tom will be able to offer his insights directly.

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Education

The Deflation of the Academic Brand

Trumpism is sometimes derided as an updated know-nothingism that rejects expertise and the input of credentialed expertise. Supposedly, professionals who could now save us tragically have their talent untapped as they sit idle at the Council on Foreign Relations, the economics Department at Harvard, or in the ... Read More
Elections

My Journey into the Heart of Obama-Trump Country

After eight years of displeasure with Barack Obama’s presidency, Carla Johnson was ready for a drastic change. The 41-year-old lab technician from Cresco, Iowa, fell for Donald Trump very early in the 2016 primary season. She loved his “take-no-[sh**]” style, his conservative stances on gun control and ... Read More