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Ginsburg, Trump and Midnight Appointments to the Supreme Court

Presidential appointments to the highest level of the judicial branch, even during lame-duck sessions, have a long history in American politics, dating back to Thomas Jefferson and John Adams in 1800.

By Clay Jenkinson, Editor-at-Large  |  September 22, 2020
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How Did America Lose Its Confidence?

Great nations have shared values, shared aspirations and a shared historical narrative. That does not mean everyone agrees, but there has to be at least a baseline understanding of our national purpose that we can agree on.

By Clay Jenkinson, Editor-at-Large  |  September 17, 2020
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America and Race: When Sports Players Refuse to Play

Most Americans would prefer not to mix sports and politics. But when NBA players protested by canceling playoff games, they brought the issue of race relations to the forefront better than any politician or protest group.

By Clay Jenkinson, Editor-at-Large  |  September 8, 2020
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A Lesson from Jefferson on How the Nation Can Heal

If we are genuinely searching for national healing and reconciliation, look at the aftermath of the election of 1800, which was as angry and mean-spirited as any in our history.

By Clay Jenkinson, Editor-at-Large  |  August 27, 2020
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Let Us Now Praise the U.S. Postal Service

It is deeply imbedded into the idea of what we expect from our national government. Able to reliably deliver letters, prescriptions and ballots anywhere in the country, the Post Office has become more important than ever.

By Clay Jenkinson, Editor-at-Large  |  August 21, 2020
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Playing the Religious Card: A Long American History

Trump is not the first president to portray his opponent as anti-religion or of the wrong faith. The tradition goes back to the beginning of the republic. But the controversy has gained momentum recently.

By Clay Jenkinson, Editor-at-Large  |  August 13, 2020
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America Is More Than Its Broken National Political Rhetoric

During the pandemic, a vehicle breakdown in the middle of Montana becomes a teaching moment on how a good Samaritan is seldom a person of one’s own stamp, which is the point of Luke 10: 25-37.

By Clay Jenkinson, Editor-at-Large  |  July 29, 2020
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James Earle Fraser and the Legacy of His ‘Vanishing Indian’

Who was the man who sculpted the controversial statue of Theodore Roosevelt in front of the Museum of Natural History? He was no racist, but the messages of his famous figures have become problematic.

By Clay Jenkinson, Editor-at-Large  |  July 22, 2020
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Theodore Roosevelt, His Statue and the Problem of the Past

Of all the ways the 21st century might wish to memorialize Roosevelt, that statue was the least representative of the whole man, his staggering achievement and his largely untarnished place in American memory.

By Clay Jenkinson, Editor-at-Large  |  July 15, 2020
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The Very First Fourth of July

Thomas Jefferson was not the first choice to write the Declaration of Independence. He accepted the assignment reluctantly, but he brought genius to the project, including the 35 most important words in the English language.

By Clay Jenkinson, Editor-at-Large  |  July 3, 2020
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The Year We Couldn’t Breathe

The act of breathing, which we take for granted, has become the focal point in how we deal with racism, the COVID-19 pandemic and the air our modern society pollutes, killing millions every year.

By Clay Jenkinson, Editor-at-Large  |  June 25, 2020
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