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Author Archives: Jack L.B. Gohn

Relearning Detroit

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

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

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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Utilitarianism invades the window seat

We can all agree that the airport police officer did the unpopular thing when he yanked Dr. David Dao out of his window seat Sunday night on the Chicago-Cincinnati flight. But I believe that United Airlines and its regional partner ...

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‘The Administrative State’: Nothing less than our civilization

The Trump administration has various names for what it would like to kill inside the existing government. Steve Bannon, President Donald Trump’s chief ideologist, told the Conservative Political Action Conference last month that he and his president were working to ...

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A most-telling consent decree

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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Clogged funnels at trial and on the campaign trail

Clogged funnels. The election turned on clogged funnels. The litigator in me grasped this long before the rest of me caught up. I would see interviews with Trump voters about Hillary Clinton and knew I’d seen those faces before. But ...

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Lessons of the levees

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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Freedom of expression v. equal protection, before the footlights

Unconventional casting, which assigns dramatic roles to performers of a different race or gender or ability than the role would seem to have been conceived for, has been much in vogue recently. The celebrated musical “Hamilton” is perhaps most prominent ...

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Here’s to party elites

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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