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Columbia’s Imperial Reach

The abuse of eminent domain in New York State gives new meaning to the designation “Empire State.” As the New York Sun notes, “Virtual empires benefiting private interests — secured through government force — are springing up especially across New York City,” notably, at Columbia University, which “seeks land that rightfully belongs to its West Harlem neighbors so it can expand its campus.”

Candace de Russy — Candace de Russy is a nationally recognized expert on education and cultural issues.

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Donald Trump and the Imperial Presidency

As the writer of a weekly political column in the Age of Trump (ugh), I have lately been wondering if, bereft of an idea, I might just write TRUMP over and over again, 750 times, and get people to read it. An idle thought — perhaps. After all, this was the week when my Twitter timeline was full of mainstream ... Read More