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How To Punish A President


There are many allegations against Donald Trump that may give rise some day to either criminal prosecution or congressional sanction. But what precisely are the available options for the special counsel and for members of Congress? What is in their respective tool kits?  continue »

Bringing the AUMF Debate Back to its Constitutional Roots, and Recent History

A U.S. Army howitzer firing at Islamic State positions in Iraq in 2016.

Last Friday, Rita Siemion published an insightful analysis of the Trump Administration’s first meaningful public statement on its authority for the ISIS war, which came in the form of a letter from the State Department to Senate Foreign Relations Committee (SFRC) Chairman Bob Corker.…   continue »

Norms Watch: Democracy, the Trump Administration, and Reactions to It (August 4-August 11)

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Trump talks tough on North Korea but soft on Russia, despite its expulsion of U.S. diplomats.


Trump Promises North Korea “Fire, Fury and Frankly Power”

In response to provocations from North Korea, Trump delivered bellicose rhetoric of his own that   escalated throughout the week.  continue »

A Legal and Policy Risk Analysis of the Erik Prince Plan to Privatize War in Afghanistan 

Trump administration officials reportedly are considering a plan to privatize a significant portion of the U.S. war in Afghanistan. Erik Prince, founder of the notorious security firm formerly known as Blackwater, is apparently the architect of a proposal to send 5,500 new contractors and a 90-plane private air force to assist the Afghan government.…   continue »

Lots at Stake Whether Trump is Immune from Prosecution–even if Mueller doesn’t indict

There are more reasons than you might think why it’s important to resolve the “constitutional puzzle” concerning whether a sitting president can be criminally prosecuted. Most obviously this quandary overhangs Robert Mueller and the Justice Department if the special counsel ultimately concludes he has sufficient evidence to indict.…   continue »

Kenya’s Elections Matter for the U.S.

A police officer watches over a polling station at Olympic Primary School in Kibera, one of the largest slums in Africa, on August 8, 2017 in Nairobi, Kenya. 

Today, Kenyans are heading to the polls in nationwide elections to determine the political future of their country.…   continue »