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Op-ed | New York Times | Mitch McConnell’s Nuclear Trigger Finger
In the 1944 noir film “Gaslight,” a villain hides his crimes by convincing his innocent wife she’s insane, feeding her barely perceptible lies and altering small aspects of her environment until she doubts her own instincts and observations.
Senate Republicans are attempting the same scheme on their Democratic counterparts READ MORE
New York Times | Under Trump, the Federal Courts Will Be Up for Grabs
In a recent issue of Judicature, an academic journal for judges published by Duke University Law School, Timothy J. Corrigan, a federal district judge in Florida, reflected on “the most multifaceted, emotional, and challenging task a judge performs ” — sentencing convicted criminal defendants. Judge Corrigan wrote about the broad discretion that district judges exercise, describing experiences from his 14 years on the bench that were both heart-rending (tear-stained letters from young children begging mercy for their parents) and hair-raising (an assassination attempt). The article’s title, across the journal’s front cover, said it all: “Who Appointed Me God?” READ MORE
While the vacancy on the U.S. Supreme Court dominates the news, the federal courts continue to face long-standing vacancies.