Politics & Law

Jonathan Simon If black lives matter, end the War on Crime

From the perspective of tens of thousands of protesters around the nation this week, the deaths of Michael Brown in Ferguson, Mo. and Eric Garner in Staten Island reflected an unfathomable decision by white police officers to kill unarmed black men engaged in trivial criminal (if any) behavior. To thousands of … More >

Mary Ann Mason Title IX and babies?

This fall, Gov. Jerry Brown signed two bills that could greatly improve the lives of women in California higher education, and serve as models for the nation. The first, the “yes means yes” law makes  California the first in the nation to have a clear definition of when people agree to … More >

Michael O'Hare Reclaiming the street for Real Americans

Some things are central to being a Real American, things that make us the best country; others are not.  In the first category are driving alone anywhere I want;  with light traffic, few stoplights, and no tolls, pedestrians, or bicycles; parking free when I get there; and two-dollar gasoline.  The … More >

john powell A response to Ferguson: Systemic problems require systemic solutions

Last night, like many across the world who were watching, we experienced deep disappointment in the decision by the St. Louis County grand jury not to indict Ferguson, Mo. police officer Darren Wilson for fatally shooting Michael Brown, an unarmed black teenage boy, on Aug. 9. Our thoughts are first with the family … More >

Riddhi Dasgupta Advocating a U.S.-India Mutual Defense Treaty

Cross-posted from Fortune Magazine, November 17, 2014. It was also just announced that President Obama might be Prime Minister Modi’s chief guest at India’s upcoming Republic Day Celebrations.

John Yoo and Riddhi Dasgupta

Amid the falling out between Pakistan and the United States and China’s rise, there is no better time for … More >

Lisa García Bedolla Obama: Do the Right Thing

Providing administrative relief for at least six million of the unauthorized immigrants currently in the United States is the right thing for President Obama to do for the country and, most importantly, for the hard-working human beings who have been used as pawns in the immigration debate for far too … More >

Mahmood Monshipouri Diplomacy with Iran: A win-win situation

It is easy to be cynical about diplomacy with Iran, considering the complexities of U.S. domestic politics and the relentless defiance that Iran’s President Hassan Rouhani faces from his own domestic hardliners.  We should not allow, however, conservative camps in either country to rock the diplomatic boat, much less sink … More >

Lisa García Bedolla If Voters of Color Don’t Vote on Tuesday, Don’t be Surprised

The New York Times recently published a story on the dramatic advances in campaign data analytics since the 2008 election. According to the Times, “modern political campaigns home in on their key voters with drone-like precision, down to the smallest niche — like Prius-driving single women in Northern Virginia who … More >

Stephen Sugarman Prop. 46: Drug-testing doctors and raising the cap on ‘pain and suffering’ damages in medical malpractice cases

Described as a “patient safety” measure, this initiative would do two primary things. First, and the central reason for it being put on the ballot, Prop. 46 would increase from $250,000 to a little over $1 million the amount of money that can be awarded for “pain and suffering” to … More >

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