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Austerity Measures Alone Won’t Solve New York’s Many Crises

In the past, those who bet against a New York City revival have always lost. Unfortunately, New York and its leaders currently face a unique challenge for which they do not seem capable of handling.

Purdue Pharma's Bankruptcy Case Might Last for Years

Purdue Pharma's Chapter 11 bankruptcy petition in New York will not end litigation against the Stamford, Connecticut-based company.

SCOTUS: Roberts and Kavanaugh Decisions Show Ideological Independence

Commentators have focused on Kavanaugh’s decision in Apple Inc. v. Pepper where he sided with Justices Ginsburg, Breyer, Sotomayor and Kagan.

Social Media and the First Amendment Freedom of Speech

First Amendment confusion has negatively affected the national dialogue about the role of social media and has raised a series of imprudent proposals.

Defamation Lawsuit against Trump Raises Many Legal Issues

If Trump appeals any adverse decision in the Zervos defamation case to the Supreme Court, it is difficult to predict whether the Court would hear the case.

Supreme Court Allows Maryland Peace Cross to Stand

Maryland Peace Cross: Seven justices agreed that the WWI memorial monument should remain in place. However, the seven disagreed on why it should remain.

Trump's Middle East Policies May Work in the Long Run

Recent articles have been critical of President Trump’s foreign policy in regard to the Middle East. But Trump’s actions possess a certain coherence.

Supreme Court Reviews New Case on Prohibition Amendment

The Supreme Court’s interpretation of the Twenty-first Amendment potentially affects hundreds of state laws that regulate the intrastate sale and distribution of alcohol.