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United States

Anthony Lester

Commentary: Ireland - Theresa May's latest Brexit blunder

Jun 20 2017

Theresa May’s fragile minority government began negotiations to leave the European Union on Monday. On Wednesday, the Queen will open the new Parliament announcing the government’s legislative priorities. The event was delayed so the British prime minister could court a sectarian Protestant party in Northern Ireland to secure the parliamentary majority she lost in this month’s elections. If May loses a vote of confidence in the House of Commons, her government will fall and the UK will have to have another election.

Commentary: Ireland - Theresa May's latest Brexit blunder

Jun 20 2017

Theresa May’s fragile minority government began negotiations to leave the European Union on Monday. On Wednesday, the Queen will open the new Parliament announcing the government’s legislative priorities. The event was delayed so the British prime minister could court a sectarian Protestant party in Northern Ireland to secure the parliamentary majority she lost in this month’s elections. If May loses a vote of confidence in the House of Commons, her government will fall and the UK will have to have another election.

Commentary: Trump has broken his oath to God – and America

Feb 03 2017

On his inauguration as president of the United States, on Jan. 20, Donald Trump took the oath of office in accordance with the U.S. Constitution. He swore that he would to the best of his ability “preserve, protect and defend the Constitution of the United States.” A week later, on Jan. 27, he signed an executive order on immigration that was manifestly unconstitutional. It indefinitely barred Syrian refugees from entering the United States, suspended all refugee admissions for 120 days, and blocked citizens of seven Muslim-majority countries – Iran, Iraq, Libya, Somalia, Sudan, Syria and Yemen – from admission for 90 days.

Commentary: A messy march of folly to Brexit - and beyond

Jan 06 2017

Barbara Tuchman published her masterpiece, “The March of Folly,” in 1984. It explored what the American writer and historian called “one of the most compelling paradoxes of history: the pursuit by governments of policies contrary to their own interests.” Today she might have explored the march of folly by “the people” as well as governments in pursuing those harmful policies.

The U.S. Supreme Court needs to get its stature back: Lester

Oct 05 2016

Some 50 years ago, Dean Erwin Griswold had a message for the graduating foreign students at Harvard Law School. He urged us to put to good use what we had learned about federalism and the Bill of Rights. We muttered among ourselves about "American imperialism," but the dean was right. Some of us did put to good use American ideas about free speech, equality and due process of law. In the marketplace of ideas, the United States held sway.

Commentary: The U.S. Supreme Court needs to get its stature back

Oct 05 2016

Some 50 years ago, Dean Erwin Griswold had a message for the graduating foreign students at Harvard Law School. He urged us to put to good use what we had learned about federalism and the Bill of Rights. We muttered among ourselves about “American imperialism,” but the dean was right. Some of us did put to good use American ideas about free speech, equality and due process of law. In the marketplace of ideas, the United States held sway.

World News

United Kingdom votes to decide the fate of Brexit, again

Voters went to the polls on Thursday in an election that will pave the way for Brexit under Prime Minister Boris Johnson or propel Britain towards another referendum that could ultimately reverse the decision to leave the European Union.