John McGinnis

Professor of Law, Northwestern University

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Professor of Law at Northwestern University and member of the Federalist Society; former deputy assistant attorney general in the Justice Department's Office of Legal Counsel (1987-1991); member of Senator John McCain's Advisory Committee on the Judiciary

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In September, the conservative Weekly Standard  quoted Vice President Cheney  as saying, “I think on the left wing of the Democratic Party, there are some people who believe that we…

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