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Cass R. Sunstein

Entries by Cass R. Sunstein

McCain's Court: Change We Don't Need

(18) Comments | Posted September 15, 2008 | 4:18 PM

There has been much debate about whether Sen. John McCain is a candidate of change. But in one area, McCain is unquestionably a reformer. He would almost certainly make fundamental changes in the direction of the U.S. Supreme Court.

McCain has said that, should he be president, Chief Justice John...

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Judicial Partisanship Awards

(11) Comments | Posted July 31, 2008 | 6:46 PM

This originally appeared on the Washington Independent.

Who are the real activists on the U.S. Supreme Court? Do Republican appointees differ from Democratic appointees? How much? Are federal judges political?

I have been studying these issues with several colleagues, including Thomas Miles, an economist and lawyer at the University...

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The Obama I Know

(52) Comments | Posted March 5, 2008 | 12:53 PM

Not so long ago, the phone rang in my office. It was Barack Obama. For more than a decade, Obama was my colleague at the University of Chicago Law School.

He is also a friend. But since his election to the Senate, he does not exactly call every day.

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Jefferson's Revenge

(6) Comments | Posted December 12, 2007 | 9:47 PM

In the earliest days of the American Republic, James Madison and Thomas Jefferson offered radically different views about the nature of constitutionalism in their young nation. Madison insisted that the Constitution should be relatively fixed. In his view, the founding document had been adopted in a uniquely favorable period, in...

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