by | Nov 6, 2019

In Federalist 78, Publius (Alexander Hamilton) distinguished the three branches of government in part by a characteristic inherent to each. While he defined the legislature by exercise of will and the executive in its use of force, the judiciary possessed…

by | Aug 9, 2019

One way of thinking about the job of an agency Inspector General (IG) is to see it as scraping barnacles from the agency’s hull and warning it about legal shoals. If an IG does that, the agency will do its…

by | Sep 11, 2018

These days the Trump White House is held up as the principal example of misgovernment in America today. But what to make of the hearings on Brett Kavanaugh’s nomination for the Supreme Court? It is difficult to decide whether mindless…

by | Nov 1, 2017

This afternoon President Trump is expected to sign a bill passed by Congress, with Vice-President Michael Pence as the deciding vote, that overrules a July 2017 regulation created by the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau to forbid mandatory arbitration clauses in…

by | Feb 10, 2017

Judges dislike people who judge… them. The fauxtrage over President Trump’s continued criticism of the black-robed, white-wigged set works as Exhibit A illustrating the point. Judge James Robart slapped down a Trump executive order. The president slapped back on social…

by | Feb 7, 2017

The structure of American government has not received such a visible going-over since, oh, perhaps 1787. I say for sure only that it is hard to remember a time that politicos and propagandists have wallowed with such abandon in discussions…

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