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Author Archives: Jack L.B. Gohn

Jack L.B. Gohn: A slap in the face? Really?

One standard knock on amnesty for illegal immigrants is that it would show disrespect to those who followed the rules when they entered and undermine the rule of law. I quote amnesty foe U.S. Rep. James Sensenbrenner: “This would be a slap in the face to all those who have followed the law and have come to America legally.”

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Jack L.B. Gohn: Lessons from the Mother Road about government

The Mother Road, John Steinbeck called it: U.S. Route 66, which once linked Lakeshore Drive in Chicago with the Santa Monica Pier, spanning eight states and three time zones in the process. They decommissioned it in 1977, but, like a glorious zombie, it lives a postmortem life, preserved with maps, books, road signage, and of course the song about getting your kicks on Route 66 popularized by Nat King Cole, still covered to this day.

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Jack L.B. Gohn: The drones and the virus – Time to talk, not prosecute

In two extraordinary recent feats of reportage, the New York Times made vital contributions to the national fund of knowledge concerning the national drone assassination program (May 29) and the cyberattacks on Iran’s nuclear program (June 1). What happened next ...

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Jack Gohn: The spiritual standard – My commencement address (if only I’d been asked to give one)

You can’t graduate from law school without at least a few people getting up and haranguing you for a while. And inevitably one of them will be the Voice of Experience, someone much older and theoretically much wiser. Typically the ...

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Jack Gohn: POTUS v. SCOTUS – There are no rules

When President Obama stated last month that for the Supreme Court to strike down all or part of the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act would be “an unprecedented, extraordinary step,” he was doing more than laying down the gauntlet ...

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Jack L.B. Gohn: Contraception, an unrepresentative church, and unresponsive courts

At this writing we still don’t have an outcome, either regulatory or political, in the fight between the President and the bishops over the proposed mandate that employers, including Catholic hospitals and universities, offer their employees health insurance plans with ...

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Jack L.B. Gohn: Pirates, iPads and the end of extraterritoriality

Sometimes it’s hard to believe how contrapuntal two current news stories can be. Such, for my money, are the tales of Apple’s Chinese factories and Hollywood’s at least temporarily failed effort to persuade Congress to pass anti-piracy legislation. The Apple ...

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