U.S. Bombers, Fighter Escorts Fly Over Waters East of North Korea

WASHINGTON, Sept. 23, 2017 — Air Force B-1B Lancer bombers from Guam, along with Air Force F-15C Eagle fighter escorts from Okinawa, Japan, flew in international airspace over waters east of North Korea today, chief Pentagon spokesperson Dana W. White said in a statement announcing the mission. This is the farthest north of the Demilitarized… Read More

POTUS Admits A Mighty Misstep in Alabama Senate Race Endorsement

Alabama is in the midst of a nasty, dragging senate race that has been the recipient of an intense amount of Washington attention. The reason for this is simple:  Alabama’s two major candidates are from polar opposite ends of the political spectrum, and the election has been seen as a referendum on how the atmosphere… Read More

President Donald J. Trump’s Weekly Address

The President’s Weekly Address is now available to watch on YouTube, Facebook, Twitter, and WH.gov. Transcript: My fellow Americans, The American Family has always been the heart of our great nation. In homes across this country, families teach their children to work hard, to love each other, and to make the most of their talents… Read More

Trump Schedule || Saturday, September 23, 2017

3:00 pm || Departs Trump National Golf Club; Bedminster, New Jersey5:30 pm || Arrives White House All times Eastern Related Posts Full Story Here White House Dossier September 23, 2017 8:46 am Support Us

Marine Set to Become First Female to Graduate Infantry Officer Course Next Week

From the Daily Caller News Foundation: The first female Marine is set to graduate the intense, 84-day Infantry Officer Course next week. The Washington Post first reported Thursday that an unnamed female lieutenant will make history when she graduates the course next Monday, earning her the military occupational specialty of 0302 for infantry officers. The Marine… Read More

Trendy Gender Nazis Force Students to Rewrite Pledge of Allegiance

Former President Barack Obama had an unhealthy obsession late in his lame duck term with the plight of transgendered Americans. Now, mind you, there was little fanfare or hoopla emanating from this fringe piece of the LGBTQ community.  Transgendered people in the U.S. were quietly living their lives, however they saw fit, and finding like-minded… Read More

Readout of President Donald J. Trump’s Phone Calls with the Governors of Puerto Rico and the U.S. Virgin Islands Regarding Hurricane Maria

The White House Office of the Press Secretary For Immediate Release September 22, 2017 President Donald J. Trump spoke yesterday with Governor Rossello of Puerto Rico and with Governor Mapp of the U.S. Virgin Islands to express support as both territories respond to and recover from Hurricanes Irma and Maria. The President thanked the Governors… Read More

Remarks by President Trump, President Moon of the Republic of Korea, and Prime Minister Abe of Japan Before Trilateral Meeting

Lotte New York Palace HotelNew York, New York 12:15 P.M. EDT PRESIDENT TRUMP: Today I’m announcing a new executive order I just signed that significantly expands our authorities to target individuals, companies, financial institutions that finance and facilitate trade with North Korea. As I outlined at my address to the United Nations General Assembly, North… Read More

Press Briefing by U.S. Ambassador to the U.N. Nikki Haley

New York Hilton Midtown – Rhinelander Gallery SouthNew York, New York 4:37 P.M. EDT AMBASSADOR HALEY: Good afternoon. Well, we have had a very productive and strong week at the U.N. You saw the United States had a very strong presence with the President, the Vice President, and many members of the national security team,… Read More

Press Briefing by Treasury Secretary Steven Mnuchin

New York Hilton Midtown – Rhinelander Gallery SouthNew York, New York 3:03 P.M. EDT SECRETARY MNUCHIN: Hello, everybody. Nice to see you. Glad to be here with all of you. It’s been a very productive week at the United Nations. I’ve been pleased to be here with the President. Today, the President strengthened — he… Read More

Atheists Fighting to Free Convicted Murderers?

Shari Webber-Dunn “received a minimum 40-year sentence after her conviction on first-degree murder charges following the shooting death of her estranged husband, Scott Webber, in 1994…” She filed a lawsuit this week, “alleging that prison officials have been ‘imposing Christian beliefs’ on her and other inmates…. She says officials there have created a ‘coercive atmosphere… Read More

Strikes Continue in Effort to Defeat ISIS in Syria, Iraq

SOUTHWEST ASIA, Sept. 23, 2017 — U.S. and coalition military forces continued to attack the Islamic State of Iraq and Syria yesterday, conducting 51 strikes consisting of 68 engagements, Combined Joint Task Force Operation Inherent Resolve officials reported today. Officials reported details of yesterday’s strikes, noting that assessments of results are based on initial reports.… Read More

Readout of President Donald J. Trump’s Meeting with President Petro Poroshenko of Ukraine

President Donald J. Trump met today with President Petro Poroshenko of Ukraine. President Trump welcomed Ukraine’s reforms that contribute to the country’s economic growth and its defense capability, and encouraged President Poroshenko to continue working to eliminate corruption and improve his country’s business climate. President Trump reaffirmed American support for Ukraine’s sovereignty and territorial integrity.… Read More

News You Can Use for September 23, 2017

Good Morning! We here at Constitution.com want you to get your day started right, which is why we’ve decided to help you catch the morning’s news highlights. We know that you’ve got a busy day ahead and you may not necessarily have time to surf the web looking for the things you need to know,… Read More

Statement from President Donald J. Trump on American Business Women’s Day

During American Business Women’s Day, we celebrate the increasing presence and power of women in the workplace. We commit to empowering dedicated, visionary women to succeed as business leaders by removing barriers and highlighting role models at all career stages. Over the past 70 years, American women fighting for and achieving success throughout the economy… Read More

Interview of Vice President Pence by Mike Porcaro, KENI-Anchorage

Via Telephone 5:55 P.M. EDT THE VICE PRESIDENT: Hi this is Mike Pence. Q Mr. Vice President, Mike Porcaro. How are you, sir? THE VICE PRESIDENT: Hey, Mike, great to meet you over the phone. Appreciate it. Q Same here. Before we get into the interview, I’m giving you an official invite: Come on up… Read More

President Donald J. Trump Announces Seventh Wave of United States Attorney Nominations

Today President Donald J. Trump announced his seventh wave of United States Attorney nominations. The United States Attorney serves as the chief Federal law enforcement officer within his or her Federal judicial district. These four candidates share the President’s vision for “Making America Safe Again.” Accordingly, the President today announced his intent to nominate these… Read More

Remarks by the Vice President and Maine Governor LePage on Graham-Cassidy

The Vice President’s Ceremonial Office 10:23 A.M. EDT THE VICE PRESIDENT: Well, good morning, all. And it’s my privilege on behalf of President Trump to welcome Governor Paul LePage of Maine to the White House today. The President and I are truly grateful for Governor LePage’s leadership in Maine. The motto of the state of… Read More

Remarks by the Vice President on Healthcare and Tax Reform

Flagship Enterprise CenterAnderson, Indiana 4:04 P.M. EDT THE VICE PRESIDENT: Hello, Indiana! (Applause.) It is great to be back home again, and I’m so grateful — So grateful to see so many friends and neighbors come out on a Friday afternoon. And I just hung up the phone from the man Indiana voted overwhelmingly to… Read More

Judge Roy Moore Gets ENORMOUS Endorsement from Trump Cabinet

There is one heck of a fight shaping up in the Alabama senate race, and conservative icon Judge Roy Moore just picked up a key piece of help. Moore, whose rampant and eager right wing beliefs are the very antithesis of what he faces in opponent Luther Strange, has been on the receiving end of… Read More

Crowdfunding Giant Shows Nasty Liberal Bias in Pulling Campaigns

As if it weren’t already troubling enough to see Amazon, Google, and Facebook segregating conservative America from the masses, crowdfunding staple GoFundMe has joined the liberal choir. Google, the world’s most powerful and far-reaching search engine, has long stood accused of censoring content by steering its users toward left-leaning websites and media outlets.  This tactic… Read More

Obamacare Death Spiral Continues with Absurd New Mexico Rate Change

With John McCain once again asserting his RINO status on congress by refusing yet another attempt to repeal the disaster known as Obamacare, New Mexico continues to prove how horrific conditions have become for sick Americans. America is in the grips of a healthcare crisis brought on by former President Barack Obama’s ironically-named Affordable Care Act.… Read More

Purported Civil Rights Leader Hurls Racist Insults at President Trump

The radical left has been hard at work in recent months attempting to paint our President as some sort of supreme bigot. This abhorrent campaign of lies began early in the 2016 presidential campaign, shortly after then-candidate Donald Trump began promising America that he would utilize a “big, beautiful wall” in securing our southern border.… Read More

Military Officials Outline Hurricane Relief Efforts

WASHINGTON, Sept. 22, 2017 — The numerous natural disasters of the past couple of weeks have cut a wide swath across the United States from Florida and the Caribbean region to the West Coast, Air Force Maj. Gen. Derek P. Rydholm, deputy to the chief of the Air Force Reserve told Pentagon reporters today. “Until… Read More

Amid Typhoon of Tumult, Trump Approval Ratings Take Tangible Turn

There should be a Surgeon General’s warning for the mainstream media that exposes the public hysteria risk of outfits such as CNN. By flipping through channels on the television, or visiting any number of left leaning “news” websites, Americans can easily find themselves in a dark hole of emotion, reeling from the doom and gloom… Read More

Millionaire Rapper Tells NFL Where to Stick Super Bowl Performance Offer

The National Football League’s downward spiral has become an embarrassing public spectacle this week with a number of horrific failures sharing the limelight. The league has been facing a substantial boycott over the course of the last two seasons due to their unwillingness to uphold the values of America in their ignoring of anti-police protests… Read More

WATCH: Liz Warren Gets BRUTAL Reality Check by Radio Show Host in Boston

During the 2016 presidential election, something very strange happened to the public perception of Senator Elizabeth Warren. The left began looking to Warren as some sort of financial guru – an economic genius, if you will – based on some cleverly edited YouTube videos and Warren’s own penchant for babbling on about some of the… Read More

McCain Opposes Obamacare Repeal

Sen. John McCain Friday became the second Republican to oppose the latest Senate effort to repeal Obamacare, joining the other Senate Master of Self-Indulgence, Rand Paul, in opposition. Just one more Republican opponent and the bill is sunk. From McCain’s statement: As I have repeatedly stressed, health care reform legislation ought to be the product… Read More

National Guard Assets Support Communications During Natural Disasters

ARLINGTON, Va., Sept. 22, 2017 — After communication systems in hurricane-affected areas of the Gulf Coast and American territories in the Caribbean were decimated, a decade-old National Guard asset that eliminates communication gaps was activated, according to National Guard officials. The Joint Incident Site Communications Capability offers a communications bridge to first responders tasked with… Read More

Africom-Led Forum Discusses Women’s Roles in Global Security, Peacemaking

WASHINGTON, Sept. 22, 2017 — Africa’s women are disproportionately the victims of their continent’s armed conflicts, but they have also been increasingly leading the way in recent years in ending conflicts and negotiating peace. This was the consensus of participants attending the “Women, Peace and Security” forum consisting of women military officers, defense analysts and… Read More

Californians Fearing End Times Get Spooky TV Message on Thursday

There have been no shortage of doomsday predictions during these first few years of the 21st century, and another is right around the corner. With the Y2K fears a not-so-distant memory, and the end of the Mayan calendar passing without incident, it seemed as though the world had dodged two fairly substantial bullets that promised… Read More

Trump Rescinds Obama’s Campus Sexual Assault Rule

Education Secretary Betsy DeVos today rescinded a 2011 Obama administration memo that failed to provide due process for students accused of sexual assault. No sexual assault should ever go unpunished. But this country’s laws and traditions place a bias in favor of the accused in order to protect the innocent. According to Fox News: The… Read More

Democrat Caught Using the “N-Word” In Ugly Tirade

A Latino Democrat in Texas is under fire after he was recorded in the midst of a tirade against local black prosecutors. Brownsville City Commissioner Cesar De Leon can be heard on tape calling a pair of prosecutors “fu**ing N***ers.” This is what De Leon was heard saying: There are a couple of [F-word and… Read More

Poland, a Valued NATO Member, Leads by Example, Mattis Says

WASHINGTON, Sept. 22, 2017 — Defense Secretary Jim Mattis welcomed his Polish counterpart, Defense Minister Antoni Macierewicz, to the Pentagon yesterday to discuss strengthening the two countries’ military relationship, defense capabilities and NATO interoperability. Mattis and Macierewicz last met at a June gathering of the NATO defense ministers in Brussels, a meeting focused on adapting… Read More

Oklahoma Sailors Partner With Habitat for Humanity During Navy Week

OKLAHOMA CITY, Sept. 22, 2017 — More than 35 sailors assigned to the Navy’s Commander Strategic Communications Wing 1 based at Tinker Air Force Base here helped with the construction of a new home as part of a Habitat for Humanity project in Mustang, Oklahoma. Commander Strategic Communications Wing 1 provides survivable communications links that… Read More

Stop Shopping Until You Drop. Or A Terrorist Drops You

“Another attack in London by a loser terrorist, “tweeted President Trump. “These are sick and demented people who were in the sights of Scotland Yard.” Prime Minister Theresa May and the mad media fumed over the president’s insinuation that the Parsons Green “bucket bomber” was a “Known Wolf,” and not a lone wolf. But Donald… Read More

Spicer Becomes a “Pariah” and Washington Affirms Its Hypocrisy

Other than possibly making money off the speaking circuit, former White House Press Secretary Sean Spicer is apparently unemployable. His “dishonesty” from the podium and the notoriety brought by Mellissa McCarthy’s Saturday Night Live sendups have made Spicer the man nobody in Washington wants. In an excellent and not necessarily unsympathetic piece, Politico media columnist… Read More

John Kerry Calls President Trump “Childish”

John Kerry recently appeared on the left’s favorite network, MSNBC, to criticize a President who has done more for his nation in just 8 months than Kerry did during his entire lifetime in politics. Kerry was speaking about President Trump’s Tour de Force speech before the United Nations when he criticized the President for being… Read More

Democrat tells Blacks to “Get Controversial” and “Play the Race Card”

Democrat Leader Maxine Waters (D-CA) seems heel bent on ripping our country apart. The aging and ever more insane Waters is constantly pushing the boundaries of propriety and good sense. Whether spending time spreading malicious lies about our President, or slandering her fellow legislators, or implying that half the nation’s voters are racist hate-mongering monsters…… Read More

Soldiers Practice Interoperability During Exercise Bright Star

MOHAMED NAGUIB MILITARY BASE, Egypt, Sept. 22, 2017 — Across a vast landscape speckled with shrubbery, two armies met on a battlefield intent on defeating a common adversary. From planning and coordination all the way through to execution and battle tracking, U.S. and Egyptian forces collaborated during Exercise Bright Star 2017 here Sept. 10-20. About… Read More

Are You Ready for the “Rapture” on Saturday?

Yesterday, I was in the lobby of a public building, which had a large-screen TV on the wall, serving general interest and providing background noise. All of a sudden I caught a “talking head” say that some Christians are expecting the “Rapture” to take place this Saturday, September 23. More information was promised, “…when we… Read More

The Emancipation Proclamation’s other anniversary

President Abraham Lincoln altered the course of the Civil War and American society when the Emancipation Proclamation was issued in 1863. But the Proclamation actually had its roots in a key announcement made on September 22, 1862. In what became known as the preliminary Emancipation Proclamation, Lincoln made the threat clear, and in public, to… Read More

Disney and Marvel Comics Infatuated with Eastern Mysticism?

MARVEL’S CINEMA HITS COMBINE ELEMENTS OF WESTERN EVOLUTION WITH EASTERN MYSTICISM. BUT THAT’S NOT WHY THEY ARE SUCCESSFUL… Marvel Studios has had great success since its release of Iron Man in 2008. It expanded the Marvel Cinematic Universe in a series of films that are, at this point, guaranteed hits. It’s doing the same thing… Read More

Face of Defense: Marine Retains Ultimate Tactical Athlete Title

CAMP LEJEUNE, N.C., Sept. 22, 2017 — Marine Corps Sgt. Ethan Mawhinney, a Pittsburgh native and a Marine Air-Ground Task Force planner with Marine Corps Forces Special Operations Command here, successfully defended his championship title at the Marine Corps’ third annual HITT Tactical Athlete Competition held at Camp Pendleton, Calif., Aug. 28-31. The competition brings… Read More

Military Strikes Target ISIS Terrorists in Syria, Iraq

SOUTHWEST ASIA, Sept. 22, 2017 — U.S. and coalition military forces continued to attack the Islamic State of Iraq and Syria yesterday, conducting 21 strikes consisting of 58 engagements, Combined Joint Task Force Operation Inherent Resolve officials reported today. Officials reported details of yesterday’s strikes, noting that assessments of results are based on initial reports.… Read More

The FBI comes Calling… and Spying

The break-in by FBI agents of the Paul Manafort apartment in the Trump Tower, Manhattan should be prosecuted as an illegal entry and robbery with firearms, a very important embellishment in New York State.  No court order was issued or enforced.  This was a crime. Where Mr. Manafort was not a suspect in a felony,… Read More

News You Can Use for September 22, 2017

Good Morning! We here at Constitution.com want you to get your day started right, which is why we’ve decided to help you catch the morning’s news highlights. We know that you’ve got a busy day ahead and you may not necessarily have time to surf the web looking for the things you need to know,… Read More

Trump Schedule || Friday, September 22, 2017

5:00 pm || Departs Trump National Golf Club; Bedminster, New Jersey6:30 pm || Arrives Huntsville, Alabama7:15 pm || Participates in a U.S. Senate Rally for Luther Strange; Von Braun Civic Center; Huntsville, Alabama8:30 pm || Departs Huntsville, Alabama11:50 pm || Arrives Trump National Golf Club; Bedminster, New Jersey All times Eastern Related Posts Full Story… Read More

Southcom Commander: Military Hurricane Assistance Fast, Flexible

WASHINGTON, Sept. 21, 2017 — The strength and force of recent hurricanes in the Caribbean left historic levels of devastation on several island nations and territories in the region, said Navy Adm. Kurt W. Tidd, commander of U.S. Southern Command. “These disasters underscore our [interconnectedness] and the importance of strong partnerships,” the admiral told reporters… Read More

What a Digital City Hall Could Be

Anyone with a smartphone knows that even the coolest-looking app will go unused if it fails to meet the user’s needs. The same is true for a newly launched or redesigned government website: Attractiveness and basic functionality — new fonts, formatting and navigation tools — are necessary but will fail to accomplish their purpose if… Read More

Mattis Meets with Polish Defense Minister at Pentagon

WASHINGTON, Sept. 21, 2017 — Defense Secretary Jim Mattis met with Polish Defense Minister Antoni Macierewicz today at the Pentagon, the Pentagon’s chief spokesperson said in a readout of the meeting. Dana W. White said that, during the meeting, Mattis highlighted NATO’s Enhanced Forward Presence, or eFP, in which the U.S. and Poland are partnered… Read More

Northcom Providing Disaster Relief Following Hurricane Maria

PETERSON AIR FORCE BASE, Colo., Sept. 21, 2017 — U.S. Northern Command is fully engaged with federal, state, and local mission partners as the command provides support to the response efforts for Hurricane Irma and Hurricane Maria. Northcom has begun search and rescue and damage assessment flights in Puerto Rico and the U.S. Virgin Islands… Read More

Podcast: The Supreme Court’s next term

This week we look at a potentially blockbuster Supreme Court term starting in early October and a few cases that could be added to the Court’s docket. The Court is already scheduled to hear cases about partisan gerrymandering and President Trump’s immigration orders, and important cases related to free speech and privacy. Joining us to… Read More

OIR Spokesman: Liberation From ISIS Underway in Iraqi Towns

WASHINGTON, Sept. 21, 2017 — Operations have begun to liberate western Anbar and Huwayjah, the last two areas in Iraq where the Islamic State of Iraq and Syria hold territory, said Army Col. Ryan Dillon, spokesman for Combined Joint Task Force Operation Inherent Resolve. Iraqi Prime Minister Haider al-Abadi made the operations announcement to eradicate… Read More

City Abruptly Eliminates Police Chief Finalist for Supporting Immigration Enforcement

SEPTEMBER 21, 2017 A highly qualified and respected veteran law enforcement official with impressive credentials was precipitously eliminated as a finalist to be police chief in a U.S. city after officials discovered he endorsed immigration enforcement. Judicial Watch is investigating and has filed a public records request to obtain details about the troublesome case in… Read More

U.S., South Korean Chaplains Train Together at Beverly Herd Exercise

PYEONGTAEK, South Korea, Sept. 21, 2017 — American military chaplains with the Air Force’s 51st Fighter Wing and South Korean air force chaplains conducted joint training at Osan Air Base here during Exercise Beverly Herd 17-3 held Sept. 18-21. The exercise enabled the American chaplains to train with their South Korean counterparts while practicing their… Read More

Iraqi Security Forces Begin Huwayjah Offensive

SOUTHWEST ASIA, Sept. 21, 2017 — Iraqi security forces initiated major combat operations in Huwayjah during today’s early morning hours, Combined Joint Task Force Operation Inherent Resolve officials said. The Islamic State of Iraq and Syria seized control of the city in early 2014, officials said in a statement announcing the new offensive. Huwayjah became… Read More

City Abruptly Eliminates Police Chief Finalist for Supporting Immigration Enforcement

SEPTEMBER 21, 2017 A highly qualified and respected veteran law enforcement official with impressive credentials was precipitously eliminated as a finalist to be police chief in a U.S. city after officials discovered he endorsed immigration enforcement. Judicial Watch is investigating and has filed a public records request to obtain details about the troublesome case in… Read More

Army Maintainers Learn New Skills at ‘Maintenance Rodeo’

JOINT BASE LANGLEY-EUSTIS, Va., Sept. 21, 2017 — The 558th Transportation Company, 10th Transportation Battalion, 7th Transportation Brigade (Expeditionary) hosted its first “Maintenance Rodeo” competition here, Sept. 19-20. The timed competition featured six stations covering the company’s various tasks, including engine maintenance, radio antenna assembly, welding and fabrication, weapons maintenance, vehicle recovery and vehicle preventative… Read More

From hero to traitor: Benedict Arnold’s day of infamy

On September 21, 1780, Revolutionary War hero Benedict Arnold turned his back on his country in a secret meeting with a top British official. So how did Arnold, with his patriot’s pedigree, become the most-hated man in America? Historians have several theories about why Arnold became a traitor: greed; mounting debt; resentment over other officers;… Read More

U.S., Coalition Continue Strikes to Defeat ISIS in Syria, Iraq

SOUTHWEST ASIA, Sept. 21, 2017 — U.S. and coalition military forces continued to attack the Islamic State of Iraq and Syria yesterday, conducting 23 strikes consisting of 41 engagements, Combined Joint Task Force Operation Inherent Resolve officials reported today. Officials reported details of yesterday’s strikes, noting that assessments of results are based on initial reports.… Read More

Face of Defense: Soldier Puts Training to Work to Save Woman's Life

VICENZA, Italy, Sept. 21, 2017 — Monte Berico, a steep hill situated in the heart of Vicenza, houses an elegant historic church that attracts numerous local residents and tourists because of the grand cityscape view it offers. For 173rd Airborne Brigade soldiers, the hill signifies the destination for a refreshing, yet arduous, run through scenic… Read More

Kentucky Guardsmen Deploy to Caribbean for Hurricane Maria Relief

LOUISVILLE, Ky., Sept. 21, 2017 — Seven special tactics airmen from the Kentucky Air National Guard’s 123rd Airlift Wing left here yesterday for the Caribbean, where they will open airfields so humanitarian aid can be delivered and residents can be evacuated in the wake of Hurricane Maria, the third major hurricane to hit the region… Read More

Mattis, Australian Counterpart Discuss Defense Relationship, Challenges

WASHINGTON, Sept. 21, 2017 — Defense Secretary Jim Mattis hosted Australian Defense Minister Marise Payne for a bilateral meeting at the Pentagon yesterday to discuss the defense relationship between their nations and the regional security challenges they continue to face, chief Pentagon spokesperson Dana W. White said. In a statement summarizing the meeting, White said… Read More

Iraqi Security Forces Begin Hawijah Offensive

SOUTHWEST ASIA, Sept. 21, 2017 — Iraqi security forces initiated major combat operations in Hawijah during today’s early morning hours, Combined Joint Task Force Operation Inherent Resolve officials said. The Islamic State of Iraq and Syria seized control of the city in early 2014, officials said in a statement announcing the new offensive. Hawijah became… Read More

Arizona Supreme Court Accords Parental Status to Same-Sex Married Partner

Wednesday, September 20, 2017 Arizona Supreme Court Accords Parental Status to Same-Sex Married Partner  In its opinion in McLaughlin v. McLaughlin (Jones), the Arizona Supreme Court interpreted the United States Constitution to require that the statutory presumption of parentage applies to a woman in a same-sex marriage in the same way as would to a… Read More

Collaborative Networking, Environmental Shocks, and Organizational Performance: Evidence From Hurricane Rita

Collaborative Networking, Environmental Shocks, and Organizational Performance: Evidence From Hurricane Rita Sangyub Ryu and Morgen S. Johansen International Public Management Journal Volume 20, Issue 2, 2017 Description: Whether collaborative networking for disaster preparedness mitigates the negative effect a natural disaster has on organizational performance is the subject of this research. Collaborative networks are defined as… Read More

Hyten Discusses 21st Century Strategic Deterrence

WASHINGTON, Sept. 20, 2017 — U.S. Strategic Command priorities center on providing a strategic deterrent, providing a decisive response if deterrence fails, and carrying out missions with a combat-ready force, Stratcom’s commander, Air Force Gen. John E. Hyten, said today. Hyten said those priorities are his vision as commander of Stratcom, when he addressed the… Read More

White House Dossier Will Not Publish Thursday

White House Dossier will not publish Thursday in observance of Rosh Hashanah. I’ll be back on Friday. To all who are observing the holiday, Shanah Tovah! – which, for those of you outside “the tribe,” basically means “happy new year.” Keith Related Posts Full Story Here White House Dossier September 20, 2017 3:53 pm Support Us

POW/MIA: Colorado Airmen Honor Missing Personnel

PETERSON AIR FORCE BASE, Colo., Sept. 20, 2017 — Dating back to World War II through the Korean War, Vietnam War, Cold War, Iraq and other conflicts, there are approximately 82,468 service members still missing in action, according to the Defense POW/MIA Accounting Agency. Those missing in action were remembered here during the annual POW/MIA… Read More

Democrats and Friends in the MSM Blast Trump’s “Dark” Speech

I just don’t get why the media doesn’t get why President Trump goes after them when they are so predictably antagonistic and biased against him. Yeah, he made some “dark” comments. That’s’ because it’s an increasingly dark world, thanks to the policies of “Sunshine” Obama. Priceless here to see Susan Rice, who is the architect… Read More

Chairman’s Senior Enlisted Advisor Leads by Example

WASHINGTON, Sept. 20, 2017 — The U.S. military’s top noncommissioned officer, Army Command Sgt. Maj. John Wayne Troxell, said he strives to lead by example and cites good leaders for his success. Troxell is the senior enlisted advisor to Defense Secretary Jim Mattis and Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff Marine Corps Gen. Joe… Read More

U.S., British Military Cooks Partner to Provide Great Food

SENNELAGER TRAINING AREA, Germany, Sept. 20, 2017 — The ability to function in an interoperable fashion is clearly an important goal of today’s NATO allies, and interoperability was a major focus during training between the Michigan Army National Guard’s Charlie Company, 1st Battalion, 125th Infantry Regiment, and the tankers of the Royal Wessex Yeomanry, a… Read More

Mattis: DoD Lines of Effort Include Building a More Lethal Force

WASHINGTON, Sept. 20, 2017 — The Defense Department’s three lines of effort include building a more lethal force, strengthening international partnerships and reforming business practices of military departments and DoD itself, Defense Secretary Jim Mattis said this morning. Mattis delivered the keynote address on the final day of the Air Force Association’s annual Air and… Read More

National Guard Plans Relief Efforts as Hurricane Maria Slams Puerto Rico

ARLINGTON, Va., Sept. 20, 2017 — National Guard troops and members of federal agencies throughout the Caribbean region are hunkering down and making disaster relief preparations as Hurricane Maria made landfall today in Puerto Rico as a Category 4 storm, with winds of 150 mph, weather officials said. With Maria following a similar path as… Read More

Mattis Praises Romania for Defense Partnership

WASHINGTON, Sept. 20, 2017 — Defense Secretary Jim Mattis yesterday praised fellow NATO member nation Romania as a valued ally in alliance efforts to deter Russian aggressive actions in Eastern Europe and in the campaign to defeat terrorist groups, including the Islamic State of Iraq and Syria. During a ceremony welcoming Romanian Minister of National… Read More

Is the U.S. Doing All It Can Peacefully Before Attacking North Korea?

That is the question asked by Gordon Chang in an excellent piece in the Daily Beast titled, “War With North Korea Starts to Look Inevitable.” I am someone who believes a nuclear North Korea, particularly one with missiles that can reach the United States, is an intolerable situation. Meaning, it must be stopped one way… Read More

Was the Vietnam War unconstitutional?

This is the second of several articles that Constitution Daily will publish on the constitutional legacy of the war in Vietnam, with each article focused on a theme that is being explored in episodes this week and next of the PBS documentary, “The Vietnam War,” by Ken Burns and Lynn Novick.  This article is keyed… Read More

Kerry Doesn’t Rule Out 2020 Run

And why not? Everybody else running was born during the Civil War. Obviously, he doesn’t recognize the central problem with his potential candidacy. Specifically, that no one will vote for him. [embedded content] Related Posts Full Story Here White House Dossier September 20, 2017 7:27 am Support Us

Trump Schedule || Friday, September 15, 2017

9:45 am || Meets wtih Commerce Secretary Ross10:00 am || Receives his daily intelligence briefing11:00 am || Speaks to Jewish leaders by phone1:00 pm || Meets with Sen. Bob Corker2:25 pm || Participates in a demonstration by the air fleet of the joint base; Joint Base Andrews3:00 pm || Meets with the airmen4:05 pm ||… Read More

Video || MSNBC Interrupts Interview with Hillary to Show Sneezing Panda

See, this is what’s called good journalism. Because a sneezing panda is news. It’s man bites dog. It’s unexpected. We didn’t know that that little panda was going to sneeze. We didn’t even know that pandas sneezed at all. And we’ve already heard Hillary blame everyone else for her election loss. No news there. Good… Read More

Trump Lets Kid Mow Rose Garden Lawn

The kid said he wanted to do it. Maybe he can help with tax reform too. [embedded content] Related Posts Full Story Here White House Dossier September 20, 2017 6:55 am Support Us

Trump Schedule || Saturday, September 16, 2017

The president is at Trump National Golf Club in Bedminster, New Jersey. He has no publicaly scheduled events Related Posts Full Story Here White House Dossier September 20, 2017 6:55 am Support Us

Trump Schedule || Sunday, September 17, 2017

4:00 pm || Departs Trump National Golf Club in Bedminster, New Jersey.4:45 pm || Arrives Trump Tower, New York City Related Posts Full Story Here White House Dossier September 20, 2017 6:55 am Support Us

Trump Schedule || Monday, September 18, 2017

9:50 am || Participates in the Reforming the United Nations: Management, Security, and Development meeting; United Nations1:00 pm || Meets with Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu; Lotte New York Palace Hotel3:15 pm || Meets with French President Macron6:30 pm || Meets with Latin American leaders; Lotte New York Palace Hotel Related Posts Full Story Here… Read More

Video || Hillary Basically Thinks She Won

If only, if this or that, would’ve could’ve happened, should’ve happened. I’ve never seen a losing presidential candidate like this. Hope she at least sells a lot of books in exchange for the chance to be a bit dignified, at least at the end of an undignified career. [embedded content] H/T Washington Free Beacon. Related… Read More

Latest Anti-#MAGA Move: Trump Trade Advisor Navarro Marginalized

White House National Trade Council Director Peter Navarro is the type of guy President Trump was elected to appoint. Navarro is suspicious of foreign trade deals and wants to reduce the trade deficit with China. And now, he is the latest proponent of #MAGA policies being sidelined. Soon, no doubt, like Steve Bannon and Sebastian… Read More

Pelosi Shouted Down by Immigrants Protesting Her Talks with Trump

Nice to see the Left getting a taste of the Left. From the Associated Press: U.S. House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi has been shouted down at a San Francisco event by young immigrants protesting her conversations with President Donald Trump on immigration policy. The Democratic leader was barely able to speak over the chorus of… Read More

Clinton Refuses to Rule Out Challenging Election Result

The Clintons have been a threat to the republic ever since they appeared on the scene in 1991. I mean, seriously, this woman’s lust for power and her lack of principle is frightening. I don’t understand how anyone can hate Trump but like or support Hillary. Even Nixon walked away after Kennedy very possibly stole… Read More

Trump: “Rocket Man is on a Suicide Mission”

President Trump Tuesday said the United States will continue to give diplomacy a chance, but that it stands ready to destroy North Korea if necessary. Trump spoke at the United Nations, saying: The United States has great strength and patience, but if it is forced to defend itself or its allies, we will have no… Read More

Trump Schedule || Tuesday, September 19, 2017

10:30 am || Delivers an address to the United Nations General Assembly1:00 pm || Meets with the UN Secretary General4:00 pm || Meets with Emir of Kuwait8:05 pm || Makes remarks at a diplomatic reception hosted by the president and first lady; Lotte New York Palace Hotel All times EasternLive stream of Trump speech at… Read More

Obama Cashes in – on Wall Street; Here’s What He Used to Say

Et tu, Barack? You seemed so pure and good. You were The One. But you’re just another politician, a hypocrite who was just a deceptive as any other political animal, which some of us understood. But you’re worse, because of your moral preening. According to Bloomberg, Obama is giving speeches to Wall Street for about… Read More

Video || Whoopi Goldberg and Joy Behar Explain North Korea

Come along with the ladies of The View as they take long detours into strange lands uninhabited by logic or knowledge. [embedded content] H/T Washington Free Beacon. Related Posts Full Story Here White House Dossier September 20, 2017 6:55 am Support Us

Trump Schedule || Wednesday, September 20, 2017

9:30 am || Meets with King Abdullah of Jordan; Lotte New York Palace Hotel10:30 am || Meets Palestinian Authority President Abbas; Lotte New York Palace Hotel1:15 pm || Working lunch with African leaders; Lotte New York Palace Hotel3:00 pm || Meets with UK Prime Minister May; Lotte New York Palace Hotel4:30 pm || Meets with… Read More

Ninth Circuit Rejects Second Amendment Challenge to Seattle’s Use-of-Force Policy

Tuesday, September 19, 2017 Ninth Circuit Rejects Second Amendment Challenge to Seattle’s Use-of-Force Policy The Ninth Circuit today rejected a Second Amendment challenge by Seattle police officers to the city’s use-of-force policy. The ruling means that the policy stays in place. The case arose when Seattle agreed to adopt a use-of-force policy for its police… Read More

The Autonomy a School Needs for Success

One of the most important events in the education reform movement in the last 25 years occurred last month in Indianapolis when a high school that had thrived as a charter institution gave up its autonomy from the school district. It’s a lesson in how excellence in education is defined by what occurs inside a… Read More

Pennsylvania House passes measure to close budget deficit with no tax hikes

Pennsylvania House Republicans late Wednesday passed a measure they say will close the state’s $2.2 billion budget deficit without raising taxes. The plan includes using $630 million from what GOP House members call shadow budgets, money that has been reserved for years in non-operating accounts such as for mass transit, environmental protection and economic development. It also… Read More

Medical marijuana dispensaries in Michigan hit licensing snag

Efforts to sell medical marijuana in Michigan have been caught up in a licensing dispute with the state’s Department of Licensing and Regulatory Affairs (LARA). At the heart of the issue is confusion over Michigan’s 2016 medical marijuana law as well as how municipalities have been implementing it after a 2007 referendum and a subsequent… Read More

Foxconn incentive bill approved by Wisconsin Senate

On a mostly partisan-line vote, the Wisconsin Senate approved a tax-incentive plan to bring a Foxconn manufacturing plant to the state. The bill, which includes up to $2.3 billion in tax credits for the Taiwanese company, passed on a vote of 20-13. One Republican senator voted against, and one Democratic senator voted for it. Senate Democrats… Read More

Video:  Constitution Day Address by Rod Rosenstein

U.S. Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein discusses the Constitution and justice in America at a special Constitution Day (observed) event. After his Constitution Day address, Rosenstein is joined by National Constitution Center president and CEO Jeffrey Rosen for a thought-provoking conversation about a broad range of issues. You can watch the entire event in the player below.… Read More

The Vietnam War and Its Constitutional Legacy – Part I

This is the first of several articles that Constitution Daily will publish on the constitutional legacy of the war in Vietnam, with each article focused on a theme that is being explored in episodes this week and next of the PBS documentary, “The Vietnam War,” by Ken Burns and Lynn Novick.  The broadcasts began Sunday… Read More

Michigan in focus: Kid Rock does not announce Senate run at Detroit concert

Detroit Free Press: Kid Rock does not announce Senate run at Detroit concert It was the hometown, adoring crowd ready to ratify anything Kid Rock had to say as he opened up Little Caesars Arena with a rollicking concert Tuesday night. But once again, a supposed “announcement” of political significance — say an official throwing… Read More

Florida in focus: Gas prices hit a three-year high in Florida

Miami Herald: Gas prices hit a three-year high in Florida Two weeks after Hurricane Irma spiked demand for gasoline in Florida, gas prices have hit a three-year high in Florida, according to AAA. The average price of regular unleaded statewide hit a high $2.73 per gallon on Sept 14, surpassing the previous three-year high in… Read More

Colorado in focus: Is Colorado a purple state or a blue state?

The Gazette Op-Ed: Point/Counterpoint: Is Colorado a purple state or a blue state? Colorado’s discerning and independent voters will again make the 2018 election a competitive drama that goes down to the wire. There is a myth that Colorado was a Republican bastion for decades before Democrats finally broke through the red wall and the… Read More

Wisconsin in focus: Wisconsin Senate takes up $3B bill for Foxconn jobs

Milwaukee Journal Sentinel: Wisconsin Senate takes up $3B bill for Foxconn jobs Wisconsin’s multibillion dollar bid for a flat screen display plant and thousands of jobs comes before state senators Tuesday in a critical week at the Capitol. In addition to this first Foxconn Technology Group factory, Wisconsin is also competing with other states for another… Read More

Florida in focus: Governor: ‘Work to do’ for Florida to recover after Irma

Sun Sentinel: Governor: ‘Work to do’ for Florida to recover after Irma Parts of Florida inched back toward normal with workers restoring power, clearing roads and replenishing gas supplies, even as teams scoured the state’s southernmost islands and authorities warned of mass devastation. Residents drifted back from shelters and far-away havens Tuesday to see Hurricane… Read More

Virginia looks to reboot its economic development efforts after critical review

Virginia’s top economic development agency is reorganizing itself in the wake of a blistering 2016 audit report that found the agency was not effectively managed and put the state at risk of fraud and wasteful spending. The Virginia Economic Development Partnership (VEDP), which awarded close to $400 million to companies over the past 10 years,… Read More

Op-Ed: The liability of an un-credible free press

“In the old days men had the rack. Now they have the Press.” – Oscar Wilde When we speak of the tragedy of 9/11, it is always with a heavy heart! Though friends and families were left weakened by lost loved ones, America unveiled its almighty strength and grew stronger, which demonstrated our voracity for… Read More

Michigan in focus: Flint water meets federal regulations, new research shows

Detroit Free Press: Flint water meets federal regulations, new research shows New test results show Flint’s water meets federal regulations for lead, but residents still are cautioned to use filters and bottled water to curtail lead exposure, according to a leading researcher who is credited with helping to expose the Flint water crisis two years ago.… Read More

Minnesota in focus: GOP candidates feud over health insurance

Minnesota Public Radio: MN GOP candidates feud over health insurance An unusually early campaign dustup is underway between two of the leading 2018 Republican candidates for governor. Their disagreement is over health insurance policy. Keith Downey, the former state GOP chair, fired the first salvo this week on social media when he accused state Rep. Matt… Read More

Colorado in focus: Colorado’s political leaders weigh in on Amazon campus bid

The Denver Post: Colorado’s political leaders weigh in on Amazon campus bid As cities and developers along the northern Front Range scramble to put together proposals to host Amazon’s second headquarters, political leaders are working behind the scenes to boost Colorado’s chances of coming out on top. Chief among them is U.S. Sen. Cory Gardner,… Read More

Minnesota in focus: Some business leaders protest ‘restrained’ approach to Amazon bid

Minneapolis StarTribune: Some business leaders protest ‘restrained’ approach to Amazon bid Target Corp. and Best Buy Co. have emerged as complicating factors in Minnesota’s effort to attract Amazon Inc.’s second headquarters, but some Twin Cities tech leaders say the state’s economic future shouldn’t be handcuffed by the two homegrown firms. In the week since Amazon announced… Read More

Live Now: Constitution Day web chat for schools

As part of our Constitution Day celebration, we host a live chat with schools all across America with about 3,000 questions from classrooms each year. Students ask everything from what the real estate value was for the White House (around $250 million, without the furnishings) to who was the cutest president (we didn’t have an answer… Read More

20 questions kids ask the most on Constitution Day

As part of our Constitution Day celebration, we host a live chat with schools all across America.  In all, we receive about 3,000 questions from classrooms each year, asking everything from what the real estate value was for the White House (around $250 million, without the furnishings) to who was the cutest president (we didn’t… Read More

Ordinary people whose lives make constitutional law

The story of the United States Constitution is the story of ordinary people.  That may be the most important message in today’s Constitution Day panel discussion at the National Constitution Center featuring John Tinker, Karen Korematsu, and Cheryl Brown Henderson. There’s no doubt that hugely important legal principles emerged from John Tinker’s decision to wear… Read More

Essential online resources for Constitution Day

With Constitution Day happening today, here’s a look at some essential constitutional resources we use in our quest to explain and understand our founding document. Constitution Day was established by federal law in 2004 to mandate the teaching of the Constitution in schools that receive federal funds, as well as federal agencies. But the day… Read More

Top 10 myths about the Constitution on Constitution Day

The Constitution is our most enduring document, but not everything you read online about the Constitution is accurate! Here are some of the top myths about the Constitution and the Founding Fathers still out there on blogs and websites.To be clear, these myths are not about interpretations of the Constitution; they center on people and… Read More

Ninth Circuit Says California’s Foie Gras Force-Feeding Law Not Preempted

Sunday, September 17, 2017 Ninth Circuit Says California’s Foie Gras Force-Feeding Law Not Preempted The Ninth Circuit ruled on Friday that the federal Poultry Products Inspection Act did not preempt California’s ban on force-feeding ducks and geese for foie gras production. The ruling means that California’s ban stays on the books; this is definitely one… Read More

It was 230 years ago today, the Constitution was signed in Philadelphia

On September 17, 1787, a group of men gathered in a closed meeting room to sign the greatest vision of human freedom in history, the U.S. Constitution. And it was Benjamin Franklin who made the motion to sign the document in his last great speech. The Constitutional Convention started in May 1787 in Pennsylvania’s State… Read More

The Need to Manage Mobility From the Ground Up

In my last column in this space, I argued for government to approach mobility as a system rather than simply as a set of discrete transportation-related services or agencies. A handful of pioneering cities have appointed mobility managers who are, for the first time, addressing the many modes of transportation — buses, trains, bikes, ride-sharing… Read More

Transportation Innovation’s Crucial Ingredient

One constant in my last two jobs — in the Chicago’s mayor’s office and as an investor in early-stage companies that hold the potential to solve urban problems — has been a focus on managing and innovating in transportation. The landscape has changed dramatically over the past five years, creating the opportunity for both cities… Read More

District Judge Enjoins Sanctuary Cities Conditions in Part

Judge Harry D. Leinenweber (N.D. Ill.) yesterday enjoined two conditions nationwide, but declined to enjoin a third, that AG Sessions placed on a federal grant program to clamp down on sanctuary cities. The order came in the lawsuit that Chicago filed against Session. The ruling is a partial victory for the City and partial victory… Read More

Live Video (12 p.m., Monday): Ken Burns and Lynn Novick discuss Vietnam

In a special live online event for students, noted filmmakers Ken Burns and Lynn Novick discuss their 18-hour documentary series, The Vietnam War, the day after it debuts on PBS. Burns and Novick tell the epic story of one of the most consequential, divisive, and controversial events in American history as it has never before been told on film.… Read More

ACS Term Preview

Friday, September 15, 2017 ACS Term Preview The American Constitution Society hosted its Supreme Court Preview yesterday at the National Press Club. C-Span coverage is here. The panel included Anil Kalhan, Claire Prestel, Dale Ho, Erin Murphy, and Marty Lederman. Kara Stein introduced the program; I moderated. http://lawprofessors.typepad.com/conlaw/2017/09/acs-term-preview.html News | Permalink Comments Post a comment… Read More

10 birthday facts about President and Chief Justice William Howard Taft

William Howard Taft is a truly unique American figure who led two branches of government, was a wrestling champion and the youngest Solicitor General in American history. Born on September 15, 1857, in Cincinnati, Ohio, Taft seemed headed toward a distinguished legal career before his ambitions shifted to politics. Taft succeeded Theodore Roosevelt in 1909… Read More

More Challenges to DACA Rescission

 Recall that last week, fifteen states and the District of Columbia filed New York v. Trump challenging the rescission of DACA, the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals program, covering 800,000 people in the United States who are not citizens but who have been residents since childhood. The rescission was promised by President Trump, announced by… Read More

Podcast: What would Madison think today?

In commemoration of Constitution Day 2017 and the launch of the Constitution Center’s bipartisan national commission A Madisonian Constitution for All,  we explore what James Madison would think of today’s presidency, Congress, courts, and media and how we can resurrect Madisonian values today. Joining National Constitution Center president and CEO Jeffrey Rosen to discuss these… Read More

The meaning of a simple Supreme Court order

Very often, the Supreme Court will speak through a very simple order, without explanation.  But it frequently will be true that such an order has deeper meaning, maybe even major consequences.  That is very likely what could follow a one-sentence order issued on Wednesday in a case with an obscure title, Benisek v. Lamone. That is the latest… Read More

Video: Constitution Hall Pass on Federalism

Brian Kalt and Margaret Love join National Constitution Center president and CEO Jeffrey Rosen in a broad-ranging discussion about the President’s constitutional powers to issue pardons. Stay Updated! Sign up to receive Constitution Weekly, our email roundup of constitutional news and debate, at bit.ly/constitutionweekly  Full Story Here Constitution Center September 14, 2017 11:36 am Support Us

Video: War Powers and The Constitution

Deborah Pearlstein, law professor at the Benjamin N. Cardozo School of Law, Ben Wittes, senior fellow at the Brookings Institution, and John Yoo, professor of law at the University of California at Berkeley, discuss the Framers’ original vision of war powers, how presidents have viewed war powers over time, and whether this change is consistent… Read More

Utah county jumps into Louisiana frog habitat case

A dispute now at the Supreme Court over an alleged Louisiana frog habitat has led to an interesting set of amicus briefs, including one from Utah supporting land owners who feel the Endangered Species Act is too restrictive about protecting a species of grouse. In Louisiana, the dispute is over the protection of land that… Read More

On this day, the transition begins to our Constitutional government

The date of September 13, 1788, isn’t celebrated as a major anniversary in American history, but it was a big day in the creation of our current form of constitutional government. On that Saturday, the Congress of the Confederation set the dates for the election of a President and the transition to a Congress under… Read More

Divided Supreme Court halts redistricting in Texas

A deeply-divided Supreme Court on Tuesday night stepped back into the long-running legal battle over whether the Texas legislature has unconstitutionally discriminated against minority voters in drawing new congressional and state legislative election districts. In two separate orders that split the Justices 5-to-4, two rulings by a three-judge federal trial court in San Antonio were… Read More

Can Well-Being Define What Government Does?

One of the most important questions a local-government official can ask is “why?” Government typically does today what it did yesterday. But what if local officials looked anew at their cities’ goals and measured activities and results against those goals? Such a review might indeed lead to changes in the mix of current activities and… Read More

Trump team wins – for now –on bar to 24,000 refugees

The Supreme Court on Tuesday evening gave the Trump Administration permission to continue – but perhaps only for the time being – to exclude some 24,000 refugees from entering the U.S.   With no indication of any dissent, the Justices granted the Administration request to put on hold a lower court ruling that would open U.S.… Read More

Trump team maneuver on immigration challenged

Arguing that the Trump Administration is trying to get the Supreme Court to ensure “that every possible refugee is excluded” from the U.S., the state of Hawaii urged the Justices on Tuesday to allow some 24,000 of these foreign nationals to resettle here in coming weeks. Those are the only refugees seeking to flee to America who… Read More

On this day, Supreme Court orders Little Rock desegregation

On September 12, 1958, a unanimous Supreme Court declined a Little Rock School District request to delay desegregation mandated by the Court’s Brown v. Board ruling by more than two years. In the previous year, President Dwight Eisenhower had called in federal troops to protect a group of nine black students who tried to attend… Read More

Trump team seeks to bar 24,000 refugees

Arguing that a federal appeals court is defying the Supreme Court on immigration, the Trump Administration asked the Justices on Monday to allow it to continue to bar the entry of foreign refugees who have been promised resettlement in the U.S. – a group of about 24,000 individuals from around the globe. The new plea,… Read More

Live Video (12 p.m.): Andrew Jackson, the Rule of Law, and the American Nation

America’s Town Hall: American historian J.M. Opal kicks off the fall season with a discussion on his new book, Avenging the People: Andrew Jackson, the Rule of Law, and the American Nation  — a bold reinterpretation of the seventh president, whose populist vision continues to shape American democracy today. Michael Gerhardt, scholar-in-residence at the National… Read More

On this day, the name “United States of America” becomes official

On September 9, 1776, the Second Continental Congress adopted a new name for what had been called “the United Colonies.” The moniker United States of America has remained since then as a symbol of freedom and independence. Benjamin Franklin popularized the concept of a political union in his famous “Join, Or Die” cartoon in 1754.… Read More

New Hampshire Federal Judge Finds Panhandling Laws Violate First Amendment

Friday, September 8, 2017 New Hampshire Federal Judge Finds Panhandling Laws Violate First Amendment  In a lengthy opinion in Petrello v. City of Manchester, United States District Judge Landya McCafferty found the City’s efforts to control “panhandling” through its enforcement of a disorderly conduct statute and through an ordinance directed at panhandling both violated the… Read More

The Nixon pardon in constitutional retrospect

President Gerald Ford’s pardon of Richard Nixon 43 years ago today generated a national controversy, but in recent years, some of the pardon’s biggest critics have changed their tunes on the unprecedented move. Watergate reporters Carl Bernstein and Bob Woodward vehemently opposed the pardon after Ford went on national television on September 8, 1974, to… Read More

Another court defeat for Trump team on immigration

Rejecting the Trump Administration’s latest attempt to curb immigration to the U.S. for Mideast nationals and for refugees from around the globe, a federal appeals court on Thursday gave a broad reading on who may enter despite the President’s executive order.  The Justice Department promptly vowed to take the issue back to the Supreme Court. A three-judge… Read More

A Smartphone Tool to Help Addicts Recover

More than 15 million American adults — 8.4 percent of men and 4.2 percent of women — suffer from some form of alcohol-use disorder, according to the National Institute on Alcohol Abuse and Alcoholism. (NIAAA). The federal health agency estimates that the annual economic cost of alcohol misuse hovers around $249 billion once one weighs… Read More

Podcast: Presidential pardons and the rule of law

Recently, President Donald Trump announced that he would pardon Sheriff Joe Arpaio, an Arizona sheriff who was found guilty of criminal contempt for his interrogation methods with illegal immigrants. The pardon sparked a wave of debate over separation of powers and our Constitution, including presidential pardons and the rule of law. Joining us to discuss… Read More