This lame duck Congress has a lot on its plate, and many of these items have received considerable coverage: the…Read More
President Trump’s refusal to commit to accepting the results of the November election, paired with his penchant for plunging the military into the partisan fray, has prompted scholars and legal experts to ask a once-unthinkable question: How would the armed forces respond if pulled into a disputed election?
Keep Our Republic StaffJuly 28, 2020
Surely, regardless of party or candidate preference, we can all agree there is no justification for a president to have dictatorial powers kept secret from Congress, the press and the American people.
Gary HartJuly 23, 2020
As the republic with the oldest written constitution still in use, the United States is the world’s beacon of democracy. These days the beacon has been dimming.
Gary Hart, Joel McCleary, Mark Medish and Tim WirthJuly 13, 2020
It is increasingly looking as if Joe Biden can beat President Donald Trump in November. The president seems more and more out of step with the national mood, from his handling of the pandemic to his response to racially biased policing, not to mention a wide array of other issues. Even in key swing states, Trump is losing…
Tim Wirth and Tom RogersJuly 3, 2020
“I have the right to do a lot of things that people don’t even know about,” Donald Trump told a reporter in a 2020 Oval Office exchange. One of those powers is his authority to shut down radio, television, both wireless and wired phone networks, and the internet. An obscure provision tucked at the back of…
Tom WheelerJune 25, 2020
The 2020 election faces unparalleled risks to its conduct and integrity. Foreign actors are working to interfere in the election. Conservative groups have filed lawsuits to remove hundreds of thousands of voters they say are ineligible from voter rolls. One civil rights group found that almost 300 counties in the South reduced polling places in the years since 2012. On…
The nation’s 133-year-old law for picking a president has a provision that has never been needed to settle a disputed election, since it deals with a situation that would only happen after a cascade of seemingly improbable events. Then again, this is 2020, a year that feels cursed with historic worsts. And election law experts…
Keep Our Republic StaffJune 1, 2020
The future of electoral democracy in the United States is, without exaggeration, at risk. While a global pandemic and economic meltdown could provide a pretext for this threat, it does not come from abroad. Instead the threat comes from our own elected leader, the President of the United States—and those who know him best, know…
Joel McCleary and Mark MedishMay 4, 2020
The past few weeks have given Americans a crash course in the powers that federal, state and local governments wield during emergencies. We’ve seen businesses closed down, citizens quarantined and travel restricted.
Andrew Boyle and Liza GoiteinApril 10, 2020
In the weeks leading up to the 2018 midterm elections, President Donald Trump reached deep into his arsenal to try to deliver votes to Republicans. Most of his weapons were rhetorical, featuring a mix of lies and false inducements—claims that every congressional Democrat had signed on to an “open borders” bill (none had), that liberals were…
Liza GoiteinDecember 5, 2018