FROM Bruce Allen Murphy
The US Supreme Court and the Race to the White House The late Justice Antonin Scalia was famous for reliance on what he called the "original intent" behind America's founding document. His sudden death is creating winners and losers in cases now evenly split between conservatives and liberals. Immigration, abortion, voting rights and the power of organized labor will all be affected, dramatizing the Supreme Court's enormous influence on American life. This year's election could help shape the Third Branch of Government for generations to come. So, what about Scalia's successor?
Bruce Allen Murphy on Supreme Court Justice Antonin Scalia In the Wall Street Journal , an admiring former law clerk finds fault with Scalia: A Court of One. That’s the new biography of Supreme Court Justice Antonin Scalia, by Lafayette College Professor Bruce Allen Murphy. As the title suggests, the book downplays Scalia’s influence on the court colleagues and on jurisprudence itself. Bruce Allen Murphy joins us.
Mixed Messages from US diplomats on the new hard line on Syria Since President Trump's surprise retaliation against Syria's use of chemical weapons, Bashar al-Assad has used the same airport to launch conventional attacks on his own people. It's not clear what the US, its allies — or Vladimir Putin's Russia -- plan to do now.
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?