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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Is News of Terror Attacks Underplayed?

Peter Feaver, a political scientist who studies public opinion on national security issues, says he saw no basis for the White House claims. “I don’t think there’s evidence of the press underreporting terrorism. The corporate incentives run the other way.”

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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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Economics of Dakota Access Pipeline

“The financial crisis and ensuing banking bailouts ensured private profits while socializing losses. Trump is bringing the same logic to the table, socializing costs associated with pollution — and not counting them — while privatizing profits from the pipelines,” writes Mark Paul, postdoctoral associate at the Samuel DuBois Cook Center on Social Equity. (Photo by Tony Webster)

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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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Trump Travel Ban Ensnares Academics

“How would you fare if you couldn’t pursue your most vibrant passions and professional collaborations? How would you feel if you couldn’t make good on your responsibilities to the world and the commitments you have made to your fellow humans? Where would you be without your dreams and your vision? Who would you be?” writes literature professor Negar Mottahedeh.

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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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Why Justice Anthony Kennedy is Not Stupid

“Movement conservatives have derided and insulted Kennedy for most of his time on the bench. Now they apparently believe him to be foolish enough to step aside because their pick for the court this time around isn’t the affront to the judicial branch that it could have been,” writes law professor Neil Siegel and a colleague.

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Future of Foreign Policy Under Trump

Public policy professor Bruce Jentleson is interviewed about recent foreign policy developments, including the White House putting Iran “on notice” following the launch of a ballistic missile, the U.S. Senate’s confirmation of former Exxon Mobil Chairman Rex Tillerson as Secretary of State, and a reportedly tense phone call between President Trump and the Prime Minister of Australia.

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America’s New Opposition: The Left Reborn

“The mass protests in response to Trump’s policies, both at the women’s march and at airports around the country, in the last weeks show a sense of urgency and willingness to fight for robust legal equality and inclusiveness. At the very moment when establishment politics have been severely undermined — the GOP hijacked by Trump, the Democrats confounded by Hillary Clinton’s loss — the American left has been reborn,” writes law professor Jedediah Purdy.

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