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Ellen K. Boegel is America’s contributing editor for legal affairs.
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.
President Donald Trump speaks to members of the media before boarding Marine One on the South Lawn of the White House on Nov. 26. (AP Photo/Andrew Harnik)
Politics & Society Dispatches
Ellen K. BoegelDecember 10, 2018
A recent disruption of the balance of power between a chief executive and the Fourth Estate was the Trump administration’s revocation of CNN reporter Jim Acosta’s White House “hard pass.” The action was met by unanimous opposition from the press.
A message on Gab.com, a social media site popular with far-right extremists and apparently used by the Pittsburgh synagogue shooting suspect, explains that the site is now effectively offline, banned by payment processors such as PayPal and internet infrastructure providers. (AP Photo/Jenny Kane)
Politics & Society Dispatches
Ellen K. BoegelNovember 02, 2018
“Trump’s words may arguably have had a tendency to encourage unlawful use of force, but they did not specifically advocate for listeners to take unlawful action.”