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Joel Richard Paul
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Joel Richard Paul is a professor and associate dean for global programs at the University of California Hastings Law School, where he teaches international and constitutional law. His most recent book is Unlikely Allies: How a Merchant, a Playwright and a Spy Saved the American Revolution.

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Iraq War III: Ask Congress First

(11) Comments | Posted June 24, 2014 | 9:42 PM

I don't often agree with Senator Ted Cruz, but the Texas Republican has a point: The president has no authority to send military advisers to Iraq without the consent of Congress. Regardless of what you think are the merits of intervention, it's simply a matter of law.

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What's at Stake in Hobby Lobby

(8) Comments | Posted June 9, 2014 | 9:26 AM

This June the Supreme Court will decide whether a corporation can claim an exemption from a federal law on religious grounds. The media has mischaracterized the case, Sebelius v. Hobby Lobby, either as an attack on the Affordable Care Act or as a threat to women's access to contraceptives. The...

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Fair Wages for Fair Trade

(3) Comments | Posted October 10, 2012 | 1:09 PM

The Obama administration is negotiating with eight Pacific Rim countries to form a Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP) to promote trade and investment. At present, the TPP includes Australia, Brunei, Chile, Malaysia, New Zealand, Peru, Singapore, and Vietnam, and the President hopes to expand the TPP to include other Pacific rim countries....

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Which Tea Party?

(88) Comments | Posted July 16, 2010 | 11:21 AM

Tea Party activists, I owe you an apology. I used to think that the country was divided between blue states and the "irony-free zone." I realize now that the Tea Party is, in fact, a lot funnier than Democrats ever were.

When the leadership of the Tea Party accused...

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How We Really Won Our Independence

(61) Comments | Posted July 4, 2010 | 10:58 AM

Everyone knows that Benjamin Franklin was our first diplomatic envoy in Paris and that he almost single-handedly forged the alliance with France that provided the arms that clinched the American Revolution. Or, well, we thought so, anyway. In fact, long before Ben Franklin set foot in France the Franco-American alliance...

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