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E. Donald Elliott
E. Donald Elliott has been a professor at Yale Law School since 1981 and now also teaches at the Scalia Law School. He teaches and writes in a wide-variety of subjects, including constitutional law, civil procedure, administrative law, and energy and environmental law. He has also practiced law in Washington, D.C. for over 30 years with several leading law firms. He is an elected member of the American Law Institute, the American College of Environmental Lawyers, and a senior fellow of the Administrative Conference of the United States. He served as general counsel of the EPA, 1989-1991.
by | Jan 28, 2023

What once proudly called itself the country’s “paper of record,” the New York Times, has sunk to a new low in tabloid journalism. A recent front page article relies on half-truths and innuendo to attack former Attorney General Bill Barr…

by | Jan 19, 2023

In a previous article in these pages, I nominated Clinton v. City of New York as “one of the worst Supreme Court decisions in history.” In that 1998 case, the Supreme Court held unconstitutional the line-item veto, which had allowed…

by | Dec 29, 2022

The Worst Supreme Court Decisions in History is the title of a new book I am writing. It begins by identifying what makes a Supreme Court decision bad, an issue on which reasonable people can disagree. For me, the most…

by | Nov 16, 2022

In a previous article for The American Spectator reflecting on the underperformance by Republicans in the 2022 midterm elections, I concluded that the Republicans — and the country — need a reincarnated Ronald Reagan who can tell the American people that…

by | Nov 13, 2022

Republicans are reeling after the recent midterm elections, in which they underperformed expectations. Most of them don’t have a clue why this happened. Numerous lame explanations have been suggested: Democrats have mastered ballot harvesting and mail-in voting better than Republicans;…

by | Oct 25, 2022

“How do you know a politician is lying? His or her lips are moving.” So goes an old joke. Some cynicism about politicians is justified, particularly when they make campaign promises about what they are going to do in the…

by | Oct 13, 2022

“Prediction is difficult, especially about the future.” That line is often misattributed to professional baseball player Yogi Berra, but it actually is a Danish proverb that was repeated by Niels Bohr, the scientist who figured out the structure of the…

by | Sep 25, 2022

One of the ways that I try to raise the consciousness of my fellow humans is by telling them things that they don’t know and then asking them why they don’t already know those things. This admittedly obnoxious behavior is…

by | Sep 11, 2022

The passing of Queen Elizabeth II reminds us that “some achieve greatness,” as playwright William Shakespeare once wrote. Former President Donald J. Trump now faces the choice deciding whether he will achieve greatness. He can either go down in history…

by | Sep 6, 2022

Often when politicians take actions to undermine democracy, they loudly proclaim that their actions are necessary to “save democracy.” It reminds me of the Vietnam-era line about destroying a village in order to save it. For example, near the end…

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