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Linda R. Monk, J.D.
Linda R. Monk is a nationally award-winning author and journalist. A graduate of Harvard Law School, she twice received the American Bar Association’s Silver Gavel Award, its highest honor for law-related media. Her most recent book is The Words We Live By: Your Annotated Guide to the Constitution.

Entries by Linda R. Monk, J.D.

Show Us the Long Forms, Mitt

(115) Comments | Posted August 28, 2012 | 3:50 PM

Candidates who seek the highest office in the land should practice full disclosure. That's why I called on President Obama to release the long form of his Hawaiian birth certificate as early as 2009. Not that I had any doubt of where he was born, but because I thought the...

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Use Online Sales Tax to Pay for Medicaid Expansion

(41) Comments | Posted July 19, 2012 | 2:20 PM

A good lawyer thinks of problems. A great lawyer thinks of solutions. Add Mississippi attorney and blogger Philip Thomas to the great category.

Thomas has the brilliant idea to use a predicted tax windfall from Internet sales to fund Medicaid expansion under Obamacare. According to the Wall...

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Gig's Up, Pizza Man: Herman Cain and the Self-Delusion of CEOs

(23) Comments | Posted November 3, 2011 | 3:31 PM

We knew it was coming, but who thought it would taste this good? Herman Cain had implosion written all over him after peaking in the Iowa polls, but now it's an all-you-can-eat buffet at the Georgia godfather's campaign.

Herman Cain--gospel-singing, self-made millionaire, top Republican candidate in Christian conservative Iowa--turns out...

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#occupy: Just Get In the Way

(124) Comments | Posted October 9, 2011 | 7:06 PM

To all you folks filling the nation's cities for the "Occupy" movement, here's the best political advice from a living civil rights legend: "Sometimes, you just have to get in the way."

That's what Rep. John Lewis, (D-Ga.) told me in an interview several years ago, when few thought...

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9/11/11: Have We Become a Nation of Whiners?

(101) Comments | Posted September 5, 2011 | 9:14 PM

Forgive me for being underwhelmed by the president's jobs speech this week, but I've got other things on my mind. It's the 10th anniversary of 9/11, and I'm watching every TV special I can. Besides, if the prez has waited this long to focus on job creation, how important can...

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Big Bubba Bad Ass Enters the 2012 Race

(221) Comments | Posted August 15, 2011 | 1:23 PM

Watch out for Rick Perry, governor of Texas and the latest contender for the Republican presidential nomination. He's the macho male to Obama's metrosexual. The hot branding iron to Obama's cool. Notice how Perry is snapping a salute at his campaign speeches. It's like he's already commander-in-chief.

Chris Matthews of...

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Cool Hand Barack

(127) Comments | Posted July 7, 2011 | 8:31 AM

The president and the first lady looked so happy at the White House's Fourth of July celebration with military families. Happier than they've both looked in a long while. The president had his sparkling, Cheshire-cat grin full-on for the cameras. Like he knew something we didn't know. Like he looked...

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Birth of a Controversy: Why Didn't Obama Disclose Info Sooner?

(1304) Comments | Posted April 27, 2011 | 12:04 PM

Finally, President Obama has released the long-form birth certificate he should have produced at least two years ago, if not before. His failure to do so indicates an arrogance about his accountability to the voters that saddens me.

I never doubted that the president was born in Hawaii, and I...

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How Unions Saved the Constitution

(277) Comments | Posted February 23, 2011 | 9:53 PM

With all the lip-service being paid to the Constitution these days, you'd think unions would get a bit more respect. Without the sacrifices of union activists, the Constitution's promise of free speech might never have become a reality.

In rallies much like those currently being held in Wisconsin, and across...

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The Constitution Is Not a Bumper Sticker

(581) Comments | Posted September 17, 2010 | 11:56 PM

On September 17th, our nation celebrates Constitution Day, which marks the anniversary of its signing in Philadelphia by 39 of the 55 men who helped draft it. For decades the date passed unremarked until the late Senator Robert Byrd of West Virginia sponsored legislation requiring all recipients of federal funds...

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Stop Hijacking 9/11: Ground Zero Is Not a "Platform" for Anybody

(13) Comments | Posted September 14, 2010 | 9:13 AM

As the wife of a 9/11 survivor, I found Monday's speech by Imam Feisal Abdul Rauf at the Council on Foreign Relations to be deeply disturbing. Not because he proposes to build an Islamic Center or mosque near the Ground Zero site of the attacks in New York City. As...

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Now Gibbs Is "All Wee-Weed Up" Over the Left

(113) Comments | Posted August 11, 2010 | 9:46 PM

Almost exactly a year ago, President Obama uttered these memorable words:

"There's something about August going into September where everybody in Washington gets all wee-weed up."

He was talking about fears that his health care bill would not pass both the House and the Senate. Turns out, those fears...

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Obama Cool vs. South Park: Time for Discipline in the White House

(7) Comments | Posted June 23, 2010 | 2:38 PM

Insubordination, dude.

General Stanley McChrystal's special ops mentality, which can tolerate loose structure within a fighting "band of brothers," got a big jerk on the chain from the real top dog today.

Score one for the Commander in Chief. Zip for "Team America," the moniker borrowed from "South Park"...

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Tipper's Turn: A New Life for the Good Wife

(140) Comments | Posted June 3, 2010 | 11:14 PM

I saw Al and Tipper Gore together in person once, up close. I stood for an hour in a long, snaking line to get signed copies of their two new books, The Spirit of Family and Joined at the Heart. It was 2002, and I was crying as I waited,...

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Rahm Is Done: It's a Crime, Stupid!

(1451) Comments | Posted May 29, 2010 | 2:18 PM

Rule Number One: When reporting a political story that may involve criminal conduct, read the relevant law first.

Leading media outlets have stated flat-out that there was nothing illegal about White House Chief of Staff Rahm Emanuel asking former president Bill Clinton to offer Rep. Joe Sestak a position...

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Stop Calling It a Spill!

(102) Comments | Posted May 24, 2010 | 10:15 PM

It's not a spill, it's a crime scene.

A spill is not something you cry over, remember? So perhaps the reason Americans are slow to react to the magnitude of the Gulf oil catastrophe is that we're not using the right language.

A spill is an accident. This is a...

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The Coming Black Death: BP Destroys Both Nature and the Human Spirit

(57) Comments | Posted May 22, 2010 | 10:54 AM

As wave after wave of black crude washes ashore in Louisiana, the stench of death follows. It is a smell familiar to the people of New Orleans and South Louisiana, five years after Katrina. But this time the air of defeat is the most crushing blow, a deflation of the...

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Haley Barbour: Just Keep Talkin' Doll Baby!

(62) Comments | Posted May 7, 2010 | 8:46 PM

Democrats just love Haley Barbour -- Republican governor of Mississippi, current president of the Republican Governors Association, and former head of the RNC. He's the gift that keeps on givin.'

The latest Barbourism: "I think the most important thing is for people not to panic and not to assume the...

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Arguing the Case Against Elena Kagan: Nice Matters

(30) Comments | Posted April 29, 2010 | 2:11 PM

The progressive blogosphere is on fire about Elena Kagan. Viewed as Obama's likely Supreme Court nominee, the current Solicitor General and former Dean of Harvard Law School is being raked over the coals about her lack of a paper trail and coziness with conservatives. Salon's Glenn Greenwald leads...

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Elena Kagan As the Next Earl Warren

(271) Comments | Posted April 14, 2010 | 6:17 PM

Why progressives aren't cheering for Solicitor General Elena Kagan as President Obama's next nominee for the Supreme Court is an enigma, wrapped in a mystery. She's got just the personality, intelligence, and experience to shape the Court for decades, at a time when the legislative agenda of the president is...

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