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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

Thanks be to Coulter

Even appearing to defend Ann Coulter makes my skin crawl, but I must.
Letters to the Boston editor: November 2, 2007
By LETTERS TO THE EDITOR  |  October 31, 2007

Coup de colon

Lines upon learning that George W. Bush, before undergoing anesthesia for a routine colonoscopy, temporarily handed over his presidential powers to Dick Cheney
Could be verse: poetry ripped from the headlines
By JAMES PARKER  |  July 25, 2007

Expanding the cloak of secrecy

Make no mistake: the Bush administration is attempting to codify Nixonian secrecy as official constitutional doctrine.
Bush’s unrivaled claims to executive privilege deprive Americans of the basic info they need to act as citizens
By EDITORIAL  |  July 03, 2007

The constitutional crisis no one seems to understand

The dolts in Congress let the imperial presidency get so out of hand that we are now faced with a truly nasty constitutional crisis.
Freedom watch does freezergate
By HARVEY SILVERGLATE  |  June 02, 2006

Bush’s real motive

President George W. Bush’s persistent support of the National Security Agency’s warrantless eavesdropping program — the insidious surveillance system first disclosed by the New York Times on December 16 — represents much more than a stubborn presidential
Why is W. acting so recklessly in pursuit of the right to spy?
By HARVEY SILVERGLATE  |  February 09, 2006


Freedom Watch

President George W. Bush’s relentless attack on the separation of powers shifted the critical focus of Alito's Supreme Court confirmation hearings drastically: where he stands on overweening presidential power has suddenly emerged as the preeminent iss
  The only question for Alito that matters  
By HARVEY SILVERGLATE  |  January 18, 2006