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Author Archives: Jack L.B. Gohn

Relearning Detroit

Jack LB Gohn

Until I saw Dominique Morrisseau’s 2013 play “Detroit ’67” and Kathryn Bigelow and Mark Boal’s new movie “Detroit,” my understanding of the 1967 disturbance in the city was fragmentary, based on knowing a bit but not understanding the essentials of ...

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The offensive offensive

Jack LB Gohn

Even his biggest fans would probably agree that President Donald Trump is the most incivil president in our history. The almost daily outpouring of venom, spleen and gaucherie from the White House is both beyond dispute and unprecedented. Whether it ...

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Interesting times

Jack LB Gohn

For a columnist who writes about policy matters, this is a challenging time. In principle, we live in a target-rich environment. Probably not since the New Deal has there been such a concerted effort by government to change existing laws ...

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A most-telling consent decree

Jack LB Gohn

At this writing, we don’t know whether the proposed consent decree between the City of Baltimore and the U.S. Department of Justice will ever be approved and go into force. But its 200-plus pages are worth a read, if for ...

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Lessons of the levees

Jack LB Gohn

No traveler who drives down the Mississippi from end to end, as I recently did, can fail to be struck by the levees, those endless not-found-in-nature hillocks and walls that start popping up in Illinois and Iowa, become almost continuous ...

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Here’s to party elites

Jack LB Gohn

In this column, as I’ve often stated, I write about law and policy, not politics. Yet there is such a thing as the law and policy of politics. The primaries and conventions we’ve just lived through have certainly provided some ...

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