Historian Stanley Kutler puts the health care legal challenges by 14 state attorneys general in their proper historical context: The attorneys may be hoping for an assist from a radical and conservative Supreme Court, but such a decision would overturn centuries of law going back to John Marshall in 1821 and earlier.
We have a “regulation czar,” but no new regulations. It seems we can expect little from those with a track record of enabling bad policies.
The opposition’s decision to stall and oppose President Barack Obama’s judicial nominations smacks of hypocrisy, and further draws into question the majority’s ability to govern.The opposition’s decision to stall and oppose President Barack Obama’s judicial nominations smacks of hypocrisy.
President Richard Nixon resigned on Aug. 9, 1974, in the wake of the Watergate scandal and the revelations of his “abuses of power” and obstruction of justice. For his involvement in criminal activities, Nixon earned his unique epitaph: an unindicted co-conspirator.For his involvement in criminal activities, President Nixon earned his unique epitaph: an unindicted co-conspirator.
Congress is broken. The framers of the Constitution, building on nearly six centuries of parliamentary experience, situated Congress at the heart of the American constitutional system. For the past 25 years, however, Congress has made a joke of that system, as it has trivialized and mocked any meaningful representation in the sense that the makers of the Constitution framed it.
On what basis have the cable channels decided that President Obama's first hundred days are the most important thing to happen in the history of the world? As in the case of FDR before him, much has happened in the beginning of the president's first term -- and there is much more to come.
Two Truthdig contributors are under siege by an "independent historian" and The New York Times If that sounds preposterous, just wait until you see what made it onto the front page Last Sunday, the paper of record cited an unpublished article contending that historian Stanley Kutler deliberately altered transcripts of Nixon's secret tapes in order to protect John Dean.