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Ellen K. Boegel is America’s contributing editor for legal affairs.
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.”
Brett Kavanaugh, with his wife Ashley Estes Kavanaugh, answers questions during a FOX News interview on Sept. 24 about allegations of sexual misconduct against the Supreme Court nominee. (AP Photo/Jacquelyn Martin)
Politics & Society Dispatches
Ellen K. BoegelSeptember 26, 2018
The president is free to nominate to the Supreme Court whomever he or she thinks is best, but there should be some character and fitness requirements to maintain respect for our government.
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Politics & Society Dispatches
Ellen K. BoegelAugust 30, 2018
Improve your academic experience by familiarizing yourself with the rights and responsibilities of students, parents and everyone in the school community.
Brett Kavanaugh at the White House on July 9. (CNS photo/Jim Bourg, Reuters) 
Politics & Society Dispatches
Ellen K. BoegelJuly 26, 2018
Judge Kavanaugh is an intelligent and competent jurist. Unless previously undisclosed foibles come to light, he will become the 114th justice to serve on the U.S. Supreme Court.
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Politics & Society Dispatches
Ellen K. BoegelJune 14, 2018
Many ostensibly patriotic Americans do not know and, if known, do not obey, that federal law prohibits using the flag “as wearing apparel, bedding, or drapery,” “embroidered on such articles as cushions or handkerchiefs" and more.
Politics & Society News
Ellen K. BoegelJune 05, 2018
The chairman of the bishops’ conference said the decision “confirms that people of faith should not suffer discrimination on account of their deeply held religious beliefs.”
Black Lives Matter activists lead a protest in Grand Central Terminal, in New York City, in December 2014. (iStock/pardsbane)
Politics & Society Dispatches
Ellen K. BoegelMay 17, 2018
The effects of white privilege in law enforcement makes it clear that the promise of racial equality in the United States is still unrealized.
Politics & Society Dispatches
Ellen K. BoegelMarch 22, 2018
California, it is argued, cannot be permitted to enforce this law, which levies fines for noncompliance, against centers whose “sole mission is encouraging expectant mothers to give their children the opportunity for life.”
Betty Shadrick, of Albany, N.Y., center, with the United University Professions union, rallies in support of unions outside of the Supreme Court on Feb. 26 in Washington. The court is considering a challenge to an Illinois law that allows unions representing government employees to collect fees from workers who choose not to join. (AP Photo/Jacquelyn Martin)
Politics & Society Dispatches
Ellen K. BoegelFebruary 28, 2018
U.S. bishops are defending an Illinois law that permits government employees to join together in bargaining units and, by majority vote, designate a union to collectively represent them in contract negotiations and employment disputes.