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A Legacy Diminished: President Obama and the Courts

Shifting the Most Important Courts in the Country , Wash. Post (Sept. 4, 2018). For conservatives this raised the prospect of the judicial branch of government making supportive rulings on a range of issues, potentially including restrictions on access to abortion services; further limiting the scope of afirmative action programs; prioritizing gun rights over gun control, and placing limits on the power of labor unions. For liberals, this demoralizing narrative highlighted how, over two terms, President Obama had not been able to transform the federal bench, and

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A Template For Enhancing The Impact of The National Academy of Sciences’ Reporting on Forensic Science

biological fluid evidence, concluding that nuclear DNA analysis is the most reliable way of attributing fluids to individuals, but other DNA analysis methods are available. As DNA developed through scientific methods, analysis is highly reliable. Id . at 128-133. drug and controlled substance analysis; The report expresses concerns that appropriate standards and recommendations are not followed, as they cover a range of drugs—it is the analyst’s responsibility to decide the appropriate testing method. This is problematic as drug analysis reports are often inadequate. Id

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The Curious Incident of Trump and the Courts: Interbranch Deference in an Age of Populism

this loyalty value for a man who built both his presidential campaign (and prior business empire) on family and personal connections. Rob Crilly, Donald Trump Values Loyalty above All Else. That Has Made Him Very Vulnerable , Telegraph, November 24, 2017, https://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/2017/11/24/donald-trump-values-loyalty-else-could-undoing/ The other, closely related aspect of the President’s personalization approach is a tendency to entangle policies and people—to treat as fungible the perceived (de)merits, value, and feasibility of different program goals

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Scalia’s Legacy: Originalism and Change in the Law of Standing

as taxpayers does not give them a concrete or personal stake in every government decision to spend federal money; the impact of any expenditure on any particular citizen’s tax liability has been regarded as too diffuse to warrant standing. See Frothingham v. Mellon, 262 U.S. 447 (1921) (no standing to challenge federal financial support for state programs to reduce maternal and infant mortality). The Warren Court created an exception to this rule in Flast v . Cohen , recognizing taxpayer standing to challenge the appropriation of federal money to a religious

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“To Promote the General Welfare”: Addressing Political Corruption in America

cost-benefit analyses of major government programs. He found that most programs fail to achieve their supporters’ announced objectives. One possible explanation is that government usually is incompetent. Another is that supporters actually sought altogether different objectives than those announced. P ETER H. S CHUCK , W HY G OVERNMENT F AILS S O O FTEN: AND H OW I T C AN D O B ETTER 4-6, 127-28 (2014). In the presence of systemic political corruption, one would expect to find elite interests (and the politicians they support) disguising their true intent

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