President Trump’s Claims About Immigrants

“The temporary halt to President Trump’s travel ban has not stopped him from continuing to lash out against immigrants and refugees. Once again, Trump is falsely painting immigrants and refugees as terrorists, and once again, journalists and others are fighting back with facts,” writes historian Gunther Peck.

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Ban on Mentally Ill Buying Guns Not Evidence-Based

“Republicans are moving to eliminate a rule instituted by the Obama administration that prevented certain people with mental illnesses from buying guns. As a researcher on firearms policy and mental health, I opposed the rule when it was first established. It wasn’t supported by evidence, and it was far too broad,” writes  Jeffrey Swanson, a professor in psychiatry and behavioral sciences.

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Trudeau Visits U.S. With Two Aims

Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau on Monday opened talks at the White House with U.S. President Donald Trump, seeking to nurture economic ties while avoiding tensions over issues such as immigration on which the two are sharply at odds. “You don’t have to be a genius to see there are some stark differences between them,” says Sanford School professor Stephen Kelly, former U.S. deputy chief of mission to Ottawa.

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A Government Jobs Guarantee?

Should the federal government provide a guaranteed jobs program? Mark Paul, a postdoctoral associate at the Samuel DuBois Cook Center on Social Equity, argues for such an investment on FOX News’ “Tucker Carlson Tonight.”

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Examining Violent Extremism in the U.S.

Public policy professor David Schanzer, director of the Triangle Center on Terrorism and Homeland Security, talks about his organization’s recent report examining Muslim-American involvement in violent extremism in the U.S.

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Is Trump Getting Too Personal With Judicial Branch?

Law professor Ernest Young says federal judges’ lifetime tenure means they should be ready for protests and criticism, but he adds that tone is important. “The judiciary can take it. That’s why we give them life tenure,” says Young, who clerked for Supreme Court Justice David Souter in the mid-1990s. But “you’d like it to be more substantive and respectful in its tone,” he adds. “I would take the president’s Twitter account away if I could.”

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President Trump’s Mix of Politics and Military

President Trump was right to try to build a relationship with the military he now commands, but it’s a mistake for the president to speculate about its voting behavior, says political scientist Peter Feaver. “The military, the intelligence community and the foreign service jealously guard their professional identity of being nonpartisan and apolitical,” he says.

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The Establishment Clause and Genocide

“As we make hard (and, indeed, heartbreaking) decisions as how best we might alleviate refugee suffering consonant with our own security, we must not turn our backs on the victims of genocide – even if that victimization is based on religious belief – as genocide victims are clearly the most in need of a priority,” writes law professor Charles Dunlap.

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Benefits of a Federal Job Guarantee

“Not only would a federal job guarantee bring justice to the millions who desire work, but it would also address the long-standing unjust barriers that keep large segments of stigmatized populations out of the labor force,” write public policy/economics professor William “Sandy” Darity, postdoctoral associate Mark Paul and a colleague.

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In Trump’s Orders, a Test of Checks and Balances

“What we’re seeing is a salutary operation of checks and balances,” says Ernest Young, a constitutional law professor. “A lot of presidents come into office with a very broad view of what they’re going to be able to do. It’s not that uncommon (to be blocked by the courts), but that’s how the system is supposed to work.”

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Should Churches and Politics Mix?

President Trump’s proposal to give churches the opportunity to participate in political campaigns “may well prove to be unhealthy for both the political process and for churches themselves,” writes law professor Richard Schmalbeck. “This is primarily because contributions to churches (and other charities) are deductible for federal and state income tax purposes. This means that churches, if freed from the ban on campaign participation, would be the only institutions in our society that could engage in political activity on a tax-deductible basis.”

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How the Democrats Lost North Carolina

“If progressives are to win again, they need to learn from the mistakes and successes of recent national campaigns. Rural America is not one unified region with one cultural narrative and one political preference. In North Carolina, there are Democrats aplenty in rural regions, as Obama’s rural wave underscores. The good news for progressives is that there is a path forward,” writes history professor Gunther Peck.

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