Author: Paul Campos

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More of this please

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On May 23, 2019
If your opponent is of choleric temper, seek to irritate him, per Sun Tzu and Tony Soprano: A day after President Trump had what she described as a “temper tantrum” in a White House meeting on infrastructure that lasted less than five minutes, House Speaker Nancy Pelosi on Thursday called on his aides to step […]
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Apparently a lot of people think the answer to this question is “no.” What I haven’t seen is any coherent defense of this, to me, obviously absurd proposition. When a tenured Harvard Law School professor takes on side legal work, he’s doing something that’s completely voluntary, in that it has nothing to do with his […]

Scripted reality

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On May 20, 2019

Throwing out some thoughts for discussion: (1) In American culture over the past 20 years, media in general, and television in particular, have increasingly blurred the lines between various genres. T

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Ignorance is strength

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On May 17, 2019
Something that isn’t getting a lot of media attention is the campaign on the part of the right wingers who now control the SCOTUS to minimize the relevance of expertise to governmental decision-making. This Slate piece is a welcome exception to that generalization: Notwithstanding the compelling arguments that extreme partisan gerrymanders violate the First and […]

Nightbird

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On May 16, 2019

In a world of pain and hatred, you walk into a nightclub on a cold winter night, and, as you’re sitting down, an anonymous, unremarkable-appearing woman takes the stage. Then this happens: Inter

Joe in Fantasyland

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On May 15, 2019

Soon to be a major motion picture of bygone comity: Former Vice President Joe Biden has been trying to run as a more pragmatic Democrat relative to his 2020 opponents, but his latest comments suggesti

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Abe Fortas resigned 50 years ago today, which means it’s been exactly a half century since the Supreme Court had a majority of its justices appointed by a Democratic president. That’s a remarkable stat for all sorts of reasons, including these: (1) For most of this time (28 out of 50 years, or 56% for […]
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