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2 Aug 2018, 9:01 pm by Neil H. Buchanan
Amidst the now-typical blizzard of Trump-related fresh controversies this week was an announcement by the Treasury Secretary that his department might give another tax cut to wealthy investors. [read post]
11 Jul 2018, 9:01 pm by Neil H. Buchanan
Although “The Anthony Kennedy Show” has now been superseded by what will surely be an entertaining but entirely predictable renewal of “The Confirmation Show: Now Even More Evasive,” it is still valuable to consider Justice Kennedy’s hand in the Supreme Court’s hard-right turn that paid off so handsomely for conservative activists this year.In some ways, the most perversely interesting opinion that the Court’s Conservative Five handed down last month was in… [read post]
2 Jul 2018, 9:01 pm by Neil H. Buchanan
That Kennedy would deem it acceptable to be replaced by someone whom Trump will select based on the recommendations of the extremists who have taken over the party (and who gave the world a second Clarence Thomas in the person of Neil Gorsuch) is absolutely astonishing. [read post]
27 Jun 2018, 9:01 pm by Neil H. Buchanan
When the Supreme Court deviates from its usual efforts to avoid hearing tax cases, it is usually because the underlying issue is not truly about taxes. [read post]
13 Jun 2018, 9:01 pm by Neil H. Buchanan
It is no mystery why it has been almost two years since I have written about Social Security here on Verdict. [read post]
2 May 2018, 9:01 pm by Neil H. Buchanan
Is there an affordable housing problem in major American cities? [read post]
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]
10 Apr 2018, 9:01 pm by Neil H. Buchanan
The Supreme Court has now heard oral arguments in two gerrymandering cases this term, and the world wonders whether Justice Anthony Kennedy will at last carry through on his suggestion in 2004’s Vieth v. [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]
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]
7 Mar 2018, 9:01 pm by Neil H. Buchanan
What happens when one political party decides to declare war on the nation’s tax collection agency? [read post]
21 Feb 2018, 9:01 pm by Neil H. Buchanan
The clock is ticking for the “Dreamers,” the Americans-in-fact who were illegally brought into the United States as children, who have built lives here, and who have every reason to want to stay and continue to contribute to their country. [read post]
8 Feb 2018, 9:01 pm by Neil H. Buchanan
As it happens, I would even be able to argue that I am already a con law scholar.Anyone who knows me would say, “Wait, Neil, you’re not a con law guy. [read post]
1 Feb 2018, 9:01 pm by Neil H. Buchanan
Republicans passed, and Donald Trump signed, a disastrously bad tax bill in December 2017. [read post]
25 Jan 2018, 9:01 pm by Neil H. Buchanan
The recent government shutdown was mercifully brief, but it did provide some interesting lessons in the current state of politics for Donald Trump and for Republicans and Democrats in Congress. [read post]