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July 03, 2013 7:50 AM Chief Justice Roberts Is Awesome Power Behind FISA Court

Chief justice of the U.S. is a pretty big job. You lead the Supreme Court conferences where cases are discussed and voted on. You preside over oral arguments. When in the majority, you decide who writes the opinion. You get...

By Ezra Klein

June 13, 2013 11:26 AM Americans’ Wishy-Washy Civil Libertarianism

Faced with the threat of terrorism, many Americans have supported policies aimed at promoting security even when those policies possibly infringe upon civil liberties. To what extent does this policy support constitute a “terror exception” made by citizens who would...

By John Sides

June 10, 2013 11:33 AM Tolerance for Snooping Among Elites and Masses

Kevin Drum argues that President Obama’s views on the government’s right to snoop have a long provenance: [Obama] falls squarely into the mainstream of the elite, bipartisan, Beltway consensus on this stuff. He always has, just like every president before...

By Keith Humphreys

September 27, 2012 11:21 AM Is It Moral for Lefties to Vote for Obama?

Conor Friedersdorf (if Lot were to look for One Honest Conservative Commentator to save the tribe from divine wrath, he’d likely have to lump for Friedersdorf), says no. Obama has done things that, while not comparable to a historic evil...

By Henry Farrell

May 21, 2012 11:26 AM Good Lines

From Curtis White’s article on philanthropy in the current issue of Jacobin: In the United States, everyone may enjoy freedom of speech so long as it doesn’t matter. For those who would like what they say to matter, freedom of...

By Henry Farrell