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Ellen K. Boegel is America’s contributing editor for legal affairs.
The Ohio-class ballistic-missile submarine USS Maryland (SSBN 738), Blue crew, returns to homeport at Naval Submarine Base Kings Bay, Ga., following a strategic deterrence patrol. Maryland is one of five ballistic-missile submarines stationed at the base and is capable of carrying up to 20 submarine-launched ballistic missiles with multiple warheads. (U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist 1st Class Ashley Berumen/Released)
Politics & Society Explainer
Ellen K. BoegelNovember 20, 2019
The obvious religious motivation of the Plowshares activists did not insulate them from criminal prosecution. The First Amendment prohibits the government from applying different rules to religious believers, but the Plowshares defendants were treated the same as any other intruder on government
First-grader Grace Burns chats with a classmate while working on a project on the first day of classes at Our Lady Queen of Apostles Regional School in Center Moriches, N.Y., Sept. 4, 2019. (CNS photo/Gregory A. Shemitz)
Politics & Society Explainer
Ellen K. BoegelOctober 10, 2019
Despite the alphabet soup of acronyms used to describe educational programs and the bureaucratic red tape involved in obtaining benefits, learning is a singular experience and small improvements can have profound impacts.
A man walks past a memorial on Aug. 7, 2019, for those killed in a mass shooting in Dayton, Ohio, four days earlier. Three U.S. bishops' committee chairmen issued a statement Aug. 8 to call on the nation's elected officials "to exert leadership in seeking to heal the wounds" of the country caused by the Aug. 3 and 4 mass shootings and urged an end to hateful rhetoric many see as a factor in the violence particularly in Texas. The Aug. 3 shooting in El Paso, Texas, was followed less than 24 hours later by th
Politics & Society Explainer
Ellen K. BoegelAugust 16, 2019
Unlike other nations that prohibit or narrowly restrict ownership of high-body-count weaponry and ammunition, the United States is hindered in establishing effective gun control by federal and state constitutional roadblocks. Understanding these roadblocks is essential to devising a route around
Politics & Society Explainer
Ellen K. BoegelJuly 01, 2019
The Catholic Church is currently campaigning against California’s proposed changes to its mandatory child abuse reporting law.
Pro-life advocate Joe San Pietro participates in a 40 Days for Life vigil near the entrance to a Planned Parenthood center in Smithtown, N.Y., on March 26. (CNS photo/Gregory A. Shemitz)
Politics & Society Explainer
Ellen K. BoegelJune 13, 2019
The Supreme Court has overruled longstanding precedents before, writes Ellen K. Boegel, but usually to end the confusion or chaos from an ‘erroneous’ decision. Will a majority describe Roe v. Wade that way?
Politics & Society Explainer
Ellen K. BoegelMay 01, 2019
Every parent wants happy and healthy children, but unless we literally live on a deserted island, we are “a part of the main” and owe an obligation to our neighbors to protect them as well as ourselves.
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Politics & Society Dispatches
Ellen K. BoegelApril 23, 2019
Medical “advances” have made the simple act of human reproduction bafflingly complex, and inconsistent vocabulary adds to the difficulty of debating pro-life issues. Here is a guide to essential terms.
Politics & Society Dispatches
Ellen K. BoegelFebruary 25, 2019
The case gives the court an opportunity to clarify the test used to determine when government-sponsored religious displays violate the First Amendment.
Politics & Society Dispatches
Ellen K. BoegelFebruary 07, 2019
We may not treat those who live on a park bench and Park Avenue as equals, but the Constitution reminds us that we should.
Demonstrators rally outside the federal court in Detroit on June 21, 2017, before a hearing to consider a class-action lawsuit filed on behalf of Iraqi nationals facing deportation. (CNS photo/Rebecca Cook, Reuters) 
Politics & Society Dispatches
Ellen K. BoegelJanuary 28, 2019
The Trump administration is using every tool imaginable to deter immigration, but he needs court approval and international cooperation from countries like Mexico to significantly increase deportations.