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Section: New Republic (USA)

      The Impeachment Trial Isn’t a Legal Process. It’s a Proxy War.
      Jan30

      The Impeachment Trial Isn’t a Legal Process. It’s a Proxy War.

      The impeachment trial of President Trump has been short on drama. The rules which govern the proceedings effectively preclude it—senators observing the trial sit testily, but quietly, through presentations from either side and submit their questions in writing directly to Chief Justice John Roberts. It’s been left to the two legal teams in...

      The Impeachment Trial Lawyers Have Joined the 2020 Campaign
      Jan29

      The Impeachment Trial Lawyers Have Joined the 2020 Campaign

      The impeachment trial of President Donald Trump has been short on drama. The rules which govern the proceedings effectively preclude it—Senators observing the trial sit testily, but quietly, through presentations from either side and submit their questions in writing directly to Chief Justice John Roberts. It’s been left to the two legal...

      John Bolton Is Trying to Make a Buck. So Is Everyone Else in Washington.
      Jan29

      John Bolton Is Trying to Make a Buck. So Is Everyone Else in Washington.

      There is good reason to think that John Bolton, Donald Trump’s former national security adviser, is in it for the money. Bolton has spent the last several months playing footsie with Congress, teasing that he has secrets to spill about Trump’s involvement in the Ukraine scandal but refusing to participate in the impeachment inquiry or...

      John Bolton Has Run the Trump White House’s Greatest Scam
      Jan28

      John Bolton Has Run the Trump White House’s Greatest Scam

      Anton Chekhov, the 19th century Russian author, did not believe in red herrings. The metaphorical gun that bears his name is a reminder to writers that everything matters, or at least that everything should matter, when crafting a novel. “If in the first act you have hung a pistol on the wall, then in the following one, it should be fired,” he...

      Beyond the Growth Gospel
      Jan27

      Beyond the Growth Gospel

      The history of modern economic planning doubles as a resort travelogue. In 1947, the forefathers of neoliberalism launched their world-conquering project at the Hôtel Du Parc on Mont Pèlerin in the Swiss Alps. Global economic consensus has remained synonymous with jet-setting hospitality in the decades since. From Davos to Doha, today’s...

      The Best Defense of Donald Trump
      Jan25

      The Best Defense of Donald Trump

      President Donald Trump’s lawyers will start delivering their opening statement on Saturday. Their defenses of his actions are unlikely to be cogent or persuasive. The trial brief his team filed earlier this week took alarming stances on executive power, effectively arguing that there are no constraints; therefore, the president cannot abuse...

      Adam Schiff and the End of Implausible Deniability
      Jan23

      Adam Schiff and the End of Implausible Deniability

      From time to time in the Trump era, Republican members of Congress have found themselves stricken with blindness, deafness, illiteracy, or some combination thereof. Their affliction tends to manifest whenever President Donald Trump and his allies do something troubling. They claimed that they didn’t watch coverage of a rally where his...

      The Democrats’ Airtight, Impotent Case for Impeaching Trump
      Jan23

      The Democrats’ Airtight, Impotent Case for Impeaching Trump

      Just over a year ago, hours after the new House Democratic majority was sworn in, incoming freshman Rashida Tlaib gave an impassioned speech to a crowd of revelers at an event sponsored by the progressive group MoveON. It was a speech about identity as a motivational force for political action, one that referred not only to her own Palestinian...

      Alan Dershowitz Hasn’t Changed One Bit
      Jan22

      Alan Dershowitz Hasn’t Changed One Bit

      Alan Dershowitz’s greatest impact on American law likely came at the beginning of his career. In 1963, Justice Arthur Goldberg tasked him to help build an argument against what had, until then, gone unquestioned: the constitutionality of capital punishment. Dershowitz—then a young Supreme Court clerk, now a Harvard University law professor...

      Citizen K Captures the Rise and Fall of an Oligarch
      Jan22

      Citizen K Captures the Rise and Fall of an Oligarch

      The wealthiest man in the United States—and the world—built his fortune in part by strategically avoiding taxation as he established an online retail leviathan, which in turn allows him to invest in other industries, including media. He owns the biggest newspaper in Washington, thanks to which he wields enormous political influence and has earned...