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A Loophole for the Lawless: “Qualified Immunity” Must Go

A Loophole for the Lawless: “Qualified Immunity” Must Go

  Thomas L. Knapp On August 11, 2014, officers from the Caldwell, Idaho Police Department asked for Shaniz West’s permission to enter and search her home. They were looking for her ex-boyfriend. West authorized the search and handed over her keys. Instead of entering and searching the home, though, the police brought in a SWAT […]

Executive Power: Alan Dershowitz’s Imagination versus the Constitution

Executive Power: Alan Dershowitz’s Imagination versus the Constitution

  Thomas L. Knapp “The Constitution,” Alan Dershowitz claims, “allocates to the president sole authority over foreign policy (short of declaring war or signing a treaty).” Dershowitz makes that claim by way of defending US president Donald Trump against conviction in the Senate on two articles of impeachment. More specifically, he disputes the Government Accountability […]

Two-and-a-Half Cheers for Elizabeth Warren’s Student Debt Plan

Two-and-a-Half Cheers for Elizabeth Warren’s Student Debt Plan

  Thomas L. Knapp On January 14, Elizabeth Warren released a “Plan to Cancel Student Debt on Day One of My Presidency.”  Warren would use the US Department of Education’s “broad legal authority” to cancel up to $50,000 of debt on behalf of up to 42 million borrowers. Warren’s plan makes a lot of sense […]

It’s Not Just Trump Supporters: Politics is a Pile of Shared Psychoses

It’s Not Just Trump Supporters: Politics is a Pile of Shared Psychoses

  Thomas L. Knapp Dr. Bandy Lee, a psychiatrist affiliated with Yale University, posits a “‘shared psychosis’ among just about all of Donald Trump’s followers.” Her claim came in the context of a discussion of Alan Dershowitz’s use of the word “perfect” to describe his sex life, mirroring Trump’s use of that word regarding a […]

Iraq: America’s Other “Longest War”

Iraq: America’s Other “Longest War”

  By Thomas L Knapp As the calendar prepared to flip from 2019 to 2020, protesters stormed the US embassy in Baghdad.  As I write this, the action — a response to US airstrikes in Iraq and Syria which killed at least 25 and wounded more than 50 — hasn’t yet become a reprise of […]

Trump Versus Iran: Power Doesn’t Just Corrupt, it Deludes

Trump Versus Iran: Power Doesn’t Just Corrupt, it Deludes

  Thomas L. Knapp On January 8, US president Donald Trump addressed the American public concerning a casualty-free Iranian missile attack on US bases in Iraq, where just last week Iranian general Qasem Soleimani was killed in a US drone strike. If the speech was remarkable in any way, it was for the comparative restraint […]

Real Democracy Requires a Separation of Money and State

Real Democracy Requires a Separation of Money and State

  By Thomas L. Knapp As we enter a new year, the running battle between the world’s governments and the world-changing technology known as “cryptocurrency” continues. As 2019 drew to an end, Swiss president Ueli Maurer asserted that Facebook’s digital currency (not a real cryptocurrency), Libra, has failed “because central banks will not accept the […]

The Soleimani Assassination: Worse Than a Crime, a Mistake

The Soleimani Assassination: Worse Than a Crime, a Mistake

  By Thomas L. Knapp In March of 1804, French dragoons secretly crossed the Rhine into the German Margraviate of Baden. Acting on orders from Napoleon himself, they kidnapped Louis Antoine de Bourbon, Duke of Enghien. After a hastily convened court-martial on charges of bearing arms against France, the duke was shot. “C’est pire qu’un […]

Trial and Error: Pelosi’s Foolish Impeachment Ploy

Trial and Error: Pelosi’s Foolish Impeachment Ploy

  By Thomas L. Knapp To the extent that the third presidential impeachment in US history is a “victory” — the public jury is still out on that question and likely to remain so for some time — House Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D-CA) seems determined to snatch defeat from its jaws. In a press conference […]

A Modest Proposal for Improving Senate Impeachment Trials

A Modest Proposal for Improving Senate Impeachment Trials

  Thomas L. Knapp US Senator Lindsey Graham (R-SC) makes no bones about his position on the likely upcoming impeachment trial of US president Donald Trump. “I am trying to give a pretty clear signal I have made up my mind,” he tells CNN International’s Becky Anderson. “I’m not trying to pretend to be a […]

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