Will the president’s emergency declaration stand? Here are three (and a half) reasons it may not.

On Friday, President Trump declared that the United States is suffering “an invasion of drugs, invasion of gangs, invasion of people, and it’s unacceptable.”… Read More

Does Trump really have ‘absolute power’ to declare a national emergency? Let’s examine the statute.

Editors’ note: We are reposting this analysis, first published on January 10, 2019, when President Trump had suggested he might declare an emergency at the border. … Read More

Will a new White House chief of staff matter? Not unless Trump wants change.

Nick Ayers, left, chief of staff to  Vice President Pence, and White House Chief of Staff John F. Kelly at a Cabinet meeting at the… Read More

No one is surprised that Jeff Sessions is out. But is his replacement’s appointment unconstitutional?

Then-Attorney General Jeff Sessions speaks in Portland, Maine, on July 13. (Robert F. Bukaty/AP) That President Trump finally ousted Jeff Sessions as attorney general, the… Read More

What’s most shocking about the ‘resistance’ op-ed? How personal the attacks are.

President Trump speaks to reporters aboard Air Force One as he travels to Fargo, N.D. (Nicholas Kamm/AFP/Getty Images) It turns out that studying the workings… Read More

This is why the Senate should care about Brett Kavanaugh’s time as Bush’s staff secretary

Sen. Thom Tillis (R-N.C.), left, and Senate Judiciary Committee Chairman Charles E. Grassley (R-Iowa) hold a news conference Aug. 2 on Capitol Hill to refute… Read More

The Supreme Court’s ‘travel ban’ decision is what you’d expect if this were a normal presidency

People protest the Supreme Court… Read More

President Trump says he could pardon himself. Shades of Nixon reemerge from behind the curtain.

President Richard Nixon says at a news conference on March 15, 1973, that he will not allow his legal counsel to testify on Capitol Hill… Read More

If the Iran deal had been a Senate-confirmed treaty, would Trump have been forced to stay in? Nope.

President Trump holds up a memorandum that reinstates sanctions on Iran after he announced his decision to withdraw from the 2015 nuclear deal on Tuesday. Read More

Attacking Syria wasn’t legal a year ago. It’s still not.

U.S. Navy sailors staff the Arleigh Burke-class guided-missile destroyer USS Donald Cook as the ship departs Larnaca, Cyprus, April 9. (Alyssa Weeks/U.S. Navy/Reuters) The Syrian government’s… Read More