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Was Jesus for Small Government?

April 16, 2012

This story on NPR is why I teach Law and Theology (occasionally). Our ideas and beliefs, whether implicit or explicit, about the nature of God's judgement and grace impact our ideas about human behavior and markets, and therefore about law.

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Health care costs

June 1, 2011

Medicare is not sustainable, due to spiraling health care costs. Republicans successfully bashed Democrats last fall over the cost control measures in the Affordable Care Act (or "Obamacare," if you prefer); Democrats are successfully bashing Republicans right now over the voucher approach in the Ryan budget proposal. Neither is particularly responsible, in my view, nor [...]

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Looting After the Tsu-nuke-quake

March 16, 2011

In the aftermath of Hurricane Katrina, there were reports of widespread looting in New Orleans, and in the debate about the justification for looting, arguments tend to revolve around whether the behavior in question is perceived as exploitive criminality, for which a law enforcement crackdown would be in order, or foraging for necessities in extreme circumstances, [...]

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Stewart / Colbert "Rally to Restore Sanity / March to Keep Fear Alive"

October 31, 2010

     I felt that I counted for three at John Stewart's and Stephen Colbert's rally yesterday on the National Mall.

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Losing Common Ground

September 8, 2010

This article in the New York Times (with graphics) tells how the polarization at the Supreme Court is reflected in clerkship hires. Conservative justices hire conservative clerks who previously clerked for conservative lower court judges. The same with liberal justices.  In Congress, too, moderate Republicans and Democrats are losing primaries to "true believers." Voters seem [...]

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Adam Liptak – Supreme Court Correspondent, The New York Times

April 1, 2010

The University of Akron School of Lawâs Joseph G. Miller and William C. Becker Center for Professional Responsibility will offer its inaugural Journalism and the Law Lecture titled âCovering the Roberts Court in the Obama Era: A Reporterâs Reflections.â The lecture will be given by Adam Liptak, Supreme Court Correspondent and columnist for The New [...]

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Adam Liptak – Supreme Court Correspondent, The New York Times

March 9, 2010

The University of Akron School of Lawâs Joseph G. Miller and William C. Becker Center for Professional Responsibility will offer its inaugural Journalism and the Law Lecture titled âCovering the Roberts Court in the Obama Era: A Reporterâs Reflections.â The lecture will be given by Adam Liptak, Supreme Court Correspondent and columnist for The New [...]

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It's all politics now.

January 22, 2010

The fundamental premise of the Court's decision in Citizens United v. FEC is that a corporation should have the same First Amendment rights to engage in political speech as any citizen, because a corporation is simply an "association of citizens" in the "corporate form." I think this is going to lead to the politicization of [...]

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Milton Friedman v. The Buddha

December 3, 2009

There was an interesting article in the Wall Street Journal recently about the economist Arthur Cecil Pigou (1837-1959).  The article describes Mr. Pigou as an economist âwhose intellectual legacy is being rediscovered, and, unlike those of Messrs. Keynes and Friedman, it enjoys bipartisan appeal.â  This bipartisan appeal may be a reflection of the fact that [...]

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I hate to say I told you so, but….

September 3, 2009

This is what I wrote a while back in my paper "Finding State Action When Corporations Govern" (last revised April 15, 2009): This Article argues that corporations have for some time been increasingly taking on roles as pseudo-governmental actors without incurring the accountability to the people generally associated with state action.  This is happening via [...]

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The President's Financial Regulatory Reform Proposals: Too Much, Too Little, or Too Soon to Tell?

June 18, 2009

Yesterday, the Obama administration unveiled its most recent proposals for financial regulatory reform, calling for "A New Foundation."  The proposals break down into five key objectives: (1) "Promote robust supervision and regulation of financial firms," including creation of a new "Financial Services Oversight Council of financial regulators to identify emerging systemic risks and improve interagency [...]

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Souter's Confirmation

May 4, 2009

Not a lot of analysis here, just a personal reflection. In the fall of 1990 I was fresh out of law school and had been Counsel to the Senate Judiciary Committee, Subcommittee on the Constitution, for less than a year.

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