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More on Morality and the Law

Last night Justice Scalia shared his views on the relationship of morality to law with a national television audience. Those law students now hooked on the topic should go to the website of the Witherspoon Institute, located next door to Princeton University. The Institute’s new Center on Religion and the Constitution is staging its inaugural Moral Foundations of Law Seminar this coming August 10 -16, in Princeton. The Seminar’s faculty is comprised of John Finnis, holder of Chairs in Law at Oxford and at Notre Dame; Robert George, McCormick Professor of Jurisprudence at Princeton University; the Honorable Edith Jones, Judge of the United States Court of Appeals for the Fifth Circuit; the Honorable Edith “Joy” Clement, judge of the same court and also a member of the new Center’s Academic Advisory Board; and your correspondent.

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Happy Saint Patrick’s Day, everyone. Hope it has been a good one. Yesterday, I had a tale in my Impromptus column. I had been to Harvard, to conduct a couple of interviews, and I waxed nostalgic. In Widener Library, there are bag-checkers -- people checking your bags on your way out. Ages ago, there was this ... Read More

Two Truth-Tellers, Brave as Hell

Yesterday, the Human Rights Foundation hosted an event they called “PutinCon” -- a conference devoted to the Russian “president,” Vladimir Putin: his rise and his deeds, both at home and abroad. Participating were both Russians and well-wishing foreigners. It was, above all, a day of truth-telling -- a ... Read More
Politics & Policy

Rolling Back Dodd-Frank

The Senate on Wednesday passed a bill that would roll back parts of Dodd-Frank. The vote was 67–31, with 17 members of the Democratic caucus breaking party lines. If the legislation passes the House and is signed, it will be the largest change to the controversial financial-reform package since it became law in ... Read More
Politics & Policy

Samantha Power Regrets

‘I’ve had a lot of bad ideas in my life,” former U.N. ambassador Samantha Power tells Politico. “Though none as immortalized as that one.” Wow. It’s a major concession. And what might “that one” be? Not standing idly by in the White House while Iranians protested a fixed election in 2009, then ... Read More