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24 Apr 2018, 9:01 pm by Neil H. Buchanan
More than twenty years ago, a new front in the culture wars opened up with a controversy over the decision by a fictional TV character, Murphy Brown, to have a baby while remaining single. [read post]
8 Sep 2021, 9:01 pm by Neil H. Buchanan
My recent columns here on Verdict and on Dorf on Law paint an unmistakable picture of doom and gloom. [read post]
26 Feb 2020, 9:00 pm by Neil H. Buchanan
Saying, “Professor Buchanan is right that Trump and the Republicans will ignore this election’s results” risks depressing turnout—as well as all but guaranteeing an epidemic of personal bouts of depression, as people give up hope.In other words, I get it. [read post]
29 Mar 2021, 9:01 pm by Neil H. Buchanan
A pandemic, a struggling economy, a media system that overhypes immigration issues, and a Republican Party that is hellbent on crippling democracy. [read post]
1 Feb 2017, 9:01 pm by Neil H. Buchanan
Ever since the election results came in on November 8, the ritual on the center and left has been to say that we need to reach out to some of the non-majority of voters who voted for Trump, in order to reestablish credibility with the hurting people who, in their desperation, abandoned the Democratic Party to vote for a dangerous demagogue.Part of that conversation has involved gingerly stepping around the question of racism and other bigotries that might have been motivating some of Trump’s… [read post]
22 Mar 2018, 9:01 pm by Neil H. Buchanan
Note to Readers: As many of you know from having read other columns on Verdict this week, we lost our beloved friend Julie Hilden this past weekend. [read post]
24 Jun 2020, 9:01 pm by Neil H. Buchanan
June of 2020 will almost certainly be remembered as a key turning point in American history. [read post]
17 Jan 2017, 9:01 pm by Neil H. Buchanan
After all, a key element of the Buchanan-Dorf analysis was inspired by the nation’s unfortunate experience under Richard Nixon, the president whose abuses of power Trump might most envy and even try to outdo.During his abbreviated presidency, Nixon claimed that he could refuse to spend money even after Congress had appropriated it for specific purposes. [read post]
11 Jan 2017, 9:01 pm by Neil H. Buchanan
The Trump transition has been much like the Trump campaign. [read post]
18 Mar 2020, 9:01 pm by Neil H. Buchanan
In these unprecedented times of stress, people understandably yearn for decisive actions by their leaders to solve problems. [read post]
12 Feb 2020, 9:01 pm by Neil H. Buchanan
Two weeks ago, before Senate Republicans aborted their sham trial of Donald Trump, I thought of the title for this column: “How Much Worse Will Trump Become, and How Quickly? [read post]
27 Jan 2021, 9:01 pm by Neil H. Buchanan
Two days ago, all but five of the fifty sitting Republican United States Senators voted to dismiss the House’s second impeachment of Donald Trump, relying on the nakedly dishonest argument that the Constitution does not allow former federal officials to be impeached and tried by Congress. [read post]
25 Aug 2016, 9:01 pm by Neil H. Buchanan
Is support for Donald Trump a function of economic anxiety or bigotry? [read post]
8 Jul 2021, 9:01 pm by Neil H. Buchanan
The first column on Justia’s Verdict was published on June 27, 2011. [read post]
15 Nov 2017, 9:01 pm by Neil H. Buchanan
In the American political conversation, there is never a shortage of uninformed nonsense about budget deficits and the national debt. [read post]
12 Jun 2019, 9:01 pm by Neil H. Buchanan
One of the defining challenges of our time is the preservation of our ideal of government by the people, with threats around the globe showing that democracy is always in danger of slipping away and being replaced by dictators of various stripes. [read post]
2 Apr 2018, 9:01 pm by Neil H. Buchanan
For now, the debate over taxes has subsided in this country. [read post]