FROM Michael Gerhardt
When Does a Lawyer's Mistake Become Judicial Misconduct? The Bush Justice Department began an investigation of lawyers who signed so-called " torture memos " authorizing waterboarding and other brutal methods of interrogation. The completed inquiry is scheduled to be made public, but some findings and recommendations are already being reported. Among those are that John Yoo , Jay Bybee and Steven Bradbury should not be prosecuted, but might be subject to disciplinary action which could result in disbarment. Michael Gerhardt is Professor of Constitutional Law at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill.
Is Venezuela becoming a dictatorship? Venezuela may have the world's largest oil reserves, but it's a nation in trouble… economically and politically. Is a populist promise to rescue democracy turning out to be a prelude to dictatorship?
The flight bumping heard around 'round the world Recent video of a passenger forcibly removed from a United Airlines plane is a worst-case example of what's happened since consolidation into just four US-based carriers. Management seems to be tone-deaf to a decline in service — and even abuse — of passengers.
The US gets deeper into Middle East wars. What's the endgame? President Trump welcomed Egypt's President Abdul Fattah al-Sisi to the White House today… just one of the changes in America's approach to the Middle East since Barack Obama left office. We hear about that and the escalation of warfare as well as civilian casualties.
White House flip flops: NATO, Syria and China In less than 100 days, President Trump has contradicted himself on a host of foreign policy issues — Syria, NATO, China and Vladimir Putin’s Russia. Is it a strength — or a weakness — for the United States when the world of power politics never knows what to expect?