October, 2020

  • 12 October

    History of Packing the Supreme Court

    History shows that political contests over the ideological slant of the Court are nothing new. In the 1860s, President Abraham Lincoln worked with fellow Republicans to shape the Court to carry out his party’s anti-slavery and pro-Union agenda.

  • 4 October

    Votes Cast in November Will Shape Congress Through 2030

    In presidential election years, the public is obviously focused on the race for the White House, but the decisions voters make in state legislative races affect the partisan composition of Congress for years to come. Without changes in who draws district lines, the U.S. is likely to enter another decade in which congressional elections are shaped not by everyday voters but by those who hold the power.

  • 3 October

    Trump is Taking the Latest in COVID-19 Treatments – Here’s What Doctors Know

    Early in the year, there were few known treatments for people who showed severe COVID-19 symptoms apart from sustaining them on ventilators. Now, several months later, there are a handful of treatments, including drugs, that give doctors far better tools to heal patients, particularly very ill ones.

  • 3 October

    What is at Stake in the US Elections

    As Americans head to the polling stations to give their verdict in a historic election, many questions remain unanswered as to what will decide the outcome.

  • 1 October

    Could a Few State Legislatures Choose the Next President?

    Trump’s campaign is considering asking some of the 29 state legislatures with Republican majorities, in charge of a total of 300 electoral votes, to depart from current practice in choosing their Electoral College delegates.

September, 2020

  • 23 September

    How a Judge Could Decide the Presidential Election

    If Ginsburg’s seat is not filled before the election – and, as a constitutional scholar, I believe there are compelling reasons it should not be – then an eight-justice court could split 4-4 in the imaginary case of Biden v. Trump. Such a decision could look to citizens like party politics dressed in black robes rather than an exercise in constitutional reason.

  • 7 September

    Labor Day Celebrates Earning a Living, But Remember What Work Really Means

    Labor Day isn’t just about earning money but an occasion to celebrate an essential human capacity.

August, 2020

  • 19 August

    Biden’s Long Foreign-Policy Record Signals How He’ll Reverse Trump

    Biden goes way back with a number of world leaders, among them Chinese President Xi Jinping. Paul J. Richards/AFP via Getty Images   Even without a flashy virtual Democratic National Convention to formally introduce his presidential campaign, Joe Biden would be well known worldwide. He was President Barack Obama’s second-in-command for eight years and sat on the Senate Foreign Relations …

  • 16 August

    VP Pick Kamala Harris Stands on Many Women’s Shoulders

    Before vice presidential candidate Kamala Harris, before presidential candidate Hillary Clinton, and before Speaker of the House Nancy Pelosi, there was Bella Abzug. A firebrand, she served three terms in the House of Representatives before giving up her seat to run unsuccessfully for the Senate. President Jimmy Carter then appointed her to head the commission planning Houston’s 1977 National Women’s Conference.

  • 4 August

    Video: Who Controls Pandemic Data?

    When the Trump administration ordered hospitals to report COVID-19 data to the Department of Health and Human Services rather than the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention as they had been doing, it provoked worries and criticism from public health experts.