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Brandt Goldstein
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Brandt Goldstein, an author and visiting professor at New York Law School in Manhattan, has written for the New York Times Magazine, the Washington Post, Slate, and the Wall Street Journal, as well as for CNN television. He is the author of Storming the Court (Scribner), a narrative account of the 1992-93 legal battle to shut down America's first detention camp at Guantánamo Bay (www.stormingthecourt.com). Named one of the ten best nonfiction books of the year by Kirkus Reviews, Storming the Court has been published in Mandarin and Korean and is in development as a feature film. A recipient of a Ford Foundation travel grant to China, Goldstein is a graduate of Yale Law School and a member of the D.C. Bar. He is currently writing a nonfiction book about Burma and a novel.

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Fears and Tears: Halfpipe Bobsled and Other Olympic Sports NBC Would Love

(1) Comments | Posted February 20, 2014 | 10:51 AM

As the Sochi Olympics winds down, it's hard not to marvel at all the ways we humans entertain ourselves on snow and ice. Take the new event of ski slopestyle, which is pretty much a real-life video game: Skiers rocket down a hill laden with steep jumps, do multiple flips...

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The Umpire Changes the Rules

(44) Comments | Posted October 7, 2013 | 2:17 PM

On Monday, October 7, the Supreme Court begins another term under Chief Justice John Roberts, who famously said during his 2005 confirmation hearings that he would favor neither the "little guy" nor the "big guy" but serve as an "umpire." The job of a judge, Roberts told the Senate, was...

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You Kill Me: Why I Don't Want to Live Around People With Guns

(108) Comments | Posted December 23, 2012 | 9:43 AM

In recent years, much has been made about how divided our polity is. There are red states and blue states, conservative regions and liberal regions, right- and left-wing cable news networks and websites. Given the current rift, it's a sad irony that we call ourselves the United States of America....

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LiePad: Why Nonfiction Writers Must Never Change the Facts

(6) Comments | Posted March 21, 2012 | 4:27 PM

By now, you've surely heard that "This American Life" has retracted a story it broadcast in January about misery and abuse at a Foxconn factory in China that makes iPads for Apple. The story was an excerpt from The Agony and the Ecstasy of Steve Jobs, a one-man...

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Invoking Hitler's Name: A User's Guide

(163) Comments | Posted November 11, 2011 | 2:33 PM

On November 9, celebrity chef Mario Batali made the mistake of comparing Wall Street bankers to Hitler. (He also threw Stalin in there, but let's keep this simple.) Like so many others before him, Batali found out that carelessly invoking the H word is asking for trouble.

Well-heeled Wall Streeters...

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I Demand Proof That Trump's Hair Is His Own -- And American

(0) Comments | Posted March 28, 2011 | 5:38 PM

Donald Trump has found his issue: Obama wasn't born in the U.S.! No matter how absurd the claim might be, Trump keeps birthin' it up, and the major news sites keep reporting it.

If the media has time to cover Trump's nonsense, surely there's also time to start asking...

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Confirm Harold Koh as State Department Legal Adviser

(4) Comments | Posted April 1, 2009 | 4:18 PM

Those hoping President Obama will restore the rule of law were delighted last week when he nominated Yale Law School Dean Harold Koh as Legal Adviser at the State Department. I have known Koh for two decades and wrote a book that covered a key part of his early career....

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A Child Preaches as Conservatism Dies

(0) Comments | Posted March 10, 2009 | 3:38 PM

Banished to the political wilderness, out of power in the White House and Congress, conservatives are struggling to recover their voice. Curiously, though, the leaders who've emerged in the effort to revive the Republican Party aren't so much political or policy people as they are believers in a dying religion....

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Why Are All the Talk-Show Hosts White Guys?

(22) Comments | Posted February 24, 2009 | 1:08 PM

Attorney General Eric Holder says we're all cowards when it comes to race, and he believes we should have more "frank conversations" about racial issues. I think Holder's overdoing it, but given that Conan O'Brien just took his last bow on NBC's Late Night, let 's have a frank conversation:...

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Obama's Guantánamo Mistake: He's Not Closing Gitmo the Right Way

(161) Comments | Posted January 22, 2009 | 12:03 PM

President Obama is shutting down Guantánamo, but he's doing it the wrong way. I am not talking about the practical matters involved: where to put the detainees, how to prosecute them, whether to send some to other countries, and so forth. Those are all thorny questions, and they must be...

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