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Elena Kagan’s shaky record

As a potential Obama nominee for Supreme Court justice, Elena Kagan has liberal bona fides and the likely support of the right. But if her record is any indication, she’s more likely to side with the conservative bloc on matters of executive power and wa
What a Kagan appointment to the Supreme Court could mean for civil liberties
By HARVEY SILVERGLATE AND KYLE SMEALLIE  |  April 23, 2010
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Revenge of the nerds

Barack Obama's new administration has been characterized many ways — as a return to liberalism, a Chicago Mafia, and the harbinger of a new age.
For the first time since JFK, 'the best and the brightest' are back in the White House. Will Ivy-League intellect be enough to set the country straight?
By STEVEN STARK  |  January 21, 2009

He’s not like us

While I’m still celebrating the election results — and don’t plan to stop until just before Thanksgiving — there is one sobering thing.
Diverse city
By SHAY STEWART-BOULEY  |  November 12, 2008
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Parody flunks out

Artist Barry Blitt’s brilliant illustration — which sought to satirize the naysayers who portray Obama as a flag-burning, unpatriotic Muslim and his wife as a black-power radical — cut to the core of today’s political paradox.
Political humor is no longer welcome in Academia as administrators choke the life out of parody
By HARVEY SILVERGLATE  |  July 30, 2008
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Eyes on the (yawn) prize

A remarkable thing has happened: neither John McCain nor Barack Obama has done virtually anything to bolster his candidacy.
The biggest story coming from the campaign trail lately seems to be: Which candidate is more lackluster?
By STEVEN STARK  |  July 23, 2008
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Radical tweak

Every candidate has vulnerable blind spots, especially one new to the national scene, so there are ways to run against Obama. But the current approach has a particularly fatal flaw: it’s untrue.
Conservatives are missing the mark on Obama’s vulnerability
By STEVEN STARK  |  July 02, 2008


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Race gets in the race

For much of this election cycle, the assumption has been that foreign policy, specifically Iraq, would be the dominant issue on the campaign trail.
Obama’s fast-track to success could be alienating working-class white voters, reminding them of their nemesis: affirmative action
By STEVEN STARK  |  March 19, 2008
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Alumnus interruptus

Rather than take pride in the bi-monthly’s stellar 108-year-old reputation, university administrators effectively declared war on Harvard magazine earlier this year when they brought out an in-house competitor.
How University, Inc. is controlling the message to its graduates — and funding base
By HARVEY SILVERGLATE  |  November 16, 2006