Stephen L. Carter is a professor of law at Yale, where he teaches courses on contracts, professional responsibility, ethics in literature, ...
August 1, 2014
This week marks the 50th anniversary of the Gulf of Tonkin incident, which led to the Tonkin Gulf Resolution, which led to the escalation of the Vietnam War. It's a history worth remembering at a moment when the United States faces so many crises in so many corners of the world.
July 21, 2014
It's been weeks since the Supreme Court handed down its decision in the contraception-mandate case, Burwell v. Hobby Lobby, but the pace of urgent fundraising appeals has barely slackened. Several times a day, another pops up in my email inbox. Some are from politicians; some are from advocacy groups; some are from various organs of the Democratic Party.
July 1, 2014
I don't know how to express the delight I felt when Cheng Zhi showed up just before the 48-minute mark of the recent episode of "24: Live Another Day." There we were, getting toward the end of the "8 to 9 p.m." hour, only two episodes left in a down-and-up season, and, at last, an actual villain emerged. My joy in seeing Cheng stemmed from the fact that he is neither an insane schemer (see: Margot Al-Harazi, who died last week) nor a craven mumbler (see: Adrian Cross, who died this week). Cheng, instead, is implacably evil.
June 20, 2014
The U.S. Supreme Court announced this week that it will hear the appeal of one Anthony Elonis, a Lower Saucon Township man who is serving a 44-month federal prison sentence for posting on his Facebook page threats against his ex-wife.
May 29, 2014
Talk about deja vu. The doctrine laid out in President Barack Obama's commencement address Wednesday at the U. S. Military Academy sounded eerily familiar. Obama insisted upon our willingness to use force to deter our adversaries, and, when necessary, to strike them before they strike us. He then had this to say:
May 16, 2014
Members of the Class of 2014, I salute you. My warmest wishes on the occasion of your graduation from this fine institution.
April 24, 2014
Reading the Supreme Court's decision in Schuette v. Coalition to Defend Affirmative Action, I couldn't help thinking of Thomas Piketty's controversial new book, "Capital in the Twenty-First Century." Where would Piketty stand on affirmative action?
April 4, 2014
Suppose nobody votes this year. On Nov. 4 the doors to the polling places are thrown open, and there isn't anyone in line. No absentee ballots are filed. No one litigates, charging either fraud or discrimination, because there weren't any voters.
March 14, 2014
In one of those peculiar ironies of our self-involvement in the aftermath of the Russian invasion of Crimea, it is the moral authority of the United States that is evidently in play. "U.S. Lacks Moral Authority to Criticize Russia for Intervening in Ukraine," reads the headline on a recent blog post at the Scientific American. Adds Eugene Robinson in The Washington Post: "The United States, frankly, has limited standing to insist on absolute respect for the territorial integrity of sovereign states."
March 10, 2014
It might have escaped your notice that a heckler interrupted oral arguments at the Supreme Court the other day. He wasn't the first protester to sneak inside, and he won't be the last. The main reason anybody paid attention and not many did was that his rant was deleted before the court's official audio recording of the argument was released to the public. A handful of bloggers briefly debated the sleepy issue of whether the justices were engaged in censorship before returning to their regular clashes over the great issues of the day.
February 14, 2014
At what point does a cyber-attack become an act of war?
December 14, 2013
"Partisan politics should stop at the water's edge," said a White House spokesman Wednesday, noting that it "used to be a pretty important principle that originated in the Republican Party, I believe." He was responding to criticism (much of it Republican) of President Barack Obama's handshake with Cuban President Raul Castro at the memorial service for Nelson Mandela.
November 22, 2013
Cities don't commit crimes, but Dallas continues to feel guilty all the same. Fifty years after the assassination of John F. Kennedy, many in the city are still burdened by the memory of that day — and the sense that, in some way they cannot put into words, they were responsible.
November 15, 2013
If you want to figure out what went wrong in the first round of negotiations over Iran's nuclear program, look no further than the news briefing by a "Senior Administration Official" in the State Department just days before Secretary of State John Kerry arrived in Geneva.
October 11, 2013
You might have missed the news that Nominet, the domain name registry for the U.K., is considering a ban on offensive terms. This comes on the heels of the U.K.'s plan to filter out sites the government deems objectionable, such as those featuring pornography, discussion of suicide or (my favorite) instructions on how to circumvent parental Internet controls.
September 20, 2013
On Oct. 8, the U.S. Supreme Court will hear oral arguments in McCutcheon v. Federal Election Commission, a constitutional challenge to the limits on how much an individual can contribute to independent committees during a two-year election cycle.