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When Will John Bolton be Permitted to Speak

Former National Security Adviser John Bolton has a story to tell.  His own story . . . about the delay in the delivery of military aid to Ukraine in exchange for dirt about President Trump’s potential political foe Joe Biden.  The damning allegations lodged by Bolton in the manuscript of a book he hopes to have published soon just...

Viewing the Presidential Impeachment Trial . . . Via a Sketch Artist

Most real courtroom trials are boring.  They can be laden with mundane facts and arcane rules of law.  They are nothing like prime-time television trials as you might see on Law & Order or, if you’re of an older generation, Perry Mason. But a presidential impeachment trial?  For only the third time in American history?  One would think that may...

The Curious Libel Plaintiff

When high profile business professionals file defamation lawsuits against media outlets – especially prominent media outlets – media defense lawyers often scratch their heads.  Why? Plaintiffs like these are not likely to win, the lawyers think. Such plaintiffs almost certainly don’t need the money.  Why go through potentially years of protracted litigation and legal costs only to lose a...

Altering History

Imagine if the 9/11 museum in New York City altered the graphic images of that tragic event to avoid the sensitivities of young visitors.  The curators wisely chose to tackle the horror head-on, with appropriate warnings in some wings of the exhibit announcing the disturbing nature of some images and other content. Not so at the National Archives in Washington,...