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Douglas Kmiec

Hillary Human; Comey Voluble; Trump Hopeless -- The Email Saga Concludes

Douglas Kmiec | Posted 07.11.2016 | Politics
Douglas Kmiec

I was delighted to learn, but not surprised as a veteran of the Reagan Justice Department and Obama State Department, that no criminal charges were to be recommended, nor pursued, with regard to the former Secretary's email practices.

Hillary Is Sorry and Is Fighting Back -- for What and Against Whom?

Douglas Kmiec | Posted 09.16.2016 | Politics
Douglas Kmiec

For a little while America can view these early campaign months as what one of my dear friends puts it: "an incredible piece of [political] theatre!" But given the escalating threats against world order, the allowance for humor or tolerance of those who extol ignorance as virtue must be short.

Was Colbert's Misstep Be the "Colbert Thump" of the Bush Candidacy?

Douglas Kmiec | Posted 09.11.2016 | Politics
Douglas Kmiec

Stephen's natural ability to unmask the often discriminatory nature of conservative argument ("I've got mine, good luck getting yours") was exceptional in the former show, and hopefully it can be incorporated in the present "Late Night" format.

The Sadly Tragic Incompleteness of Obamacare

Douglas Kmiec | Posted 05.08.2016 | Politics
Douglas Kmiec

When I was serving as US Ambassador in Malta, my driver and friend asked "how is it Ambassador that a rich country like yours leaves the care of the sick unaddressed?" I had no real answer to give in a country with universal care being delivered in state of the art facilities.

Hey Supreme Court, Get Out of the Marriage Cases

Douglas Kmiec | Posted 06.20.2015 | Politics
Douglas Kmiec

Religious freedom issues continue to roil the United States. The gay community has demonstrated that any assertion of religious belief will be given little leeway or respect if it is used to exclude or disadvantage of gay couples.

Why the Supreme Court Will Not Decide the Same-Sex Marriage Cases

Douglas Kmiec | Posted 06.06.2015 | Politics
Douglas Kmiec

Having dodged the issue several times before on procedural grounds, many scholars think the prospect of the high court approving of same sex marriage is very likely. They are mistaken. It is far more likely that the Court will decide after argument that review or certiorari.

Death Comes to Notre Dame: Giants of Catholic Education --Theodore M. Hesburgh & Charles E. Rice -- Die Within Hours of Each Other

Douglas Kmiec | Posted 05.01.2015 | College
Douglas Kmiec

Father Theodore M. Hesburgh, C.S.C. , the long-serving ex-President at the University of Notre Dame died last week. Father Ted, as he was affectionately known, gave me the privilege of teaching at Notre Dame for nearly 20 years. His friendship transformed and shaped my life.

Prosecutorial Misconduct and ISIS Recruiting -- The Hidden Linkage

Douglas Kmiec | Posted 04.21.2015 | Politics
Douglas Kmiec

For some time now, law professor and former prosecutor H. Mitchell Caldwell has been deeply troubled by increasing incidents of prosecutorial misconduct in the state courts.

The Indispensability of President Hillary Clinton to Marriage, Gender Equality and Religious Freedom

Douglas Kmiec | Posted 11.22.2014 | Religion
Douglas Kmiec

The sacramental side of marriage is quite significant, and when honored can be liberating in surprising ways. Women are still bearing a far greater share of responsibility for child-rearing. We need a female president to actualize the potential of the female gender.

Here Comes the Independents: Little Money, But Ascending Influence

Douglas Kmiec | Posted 07.12.2014 | Politics
Douglas Kmiec

Across the nation, voters --- like the patriot in the nearby illustration -- are expressing total exasperation with both political parties and looking independent.

An Independent Candidate for Congress - Not for Sale!

Douglas Kmiec | Posted 06.22.2014 | Politics
Douglas Kmiec

I am a candidate for Congress from the 26th District of California. There is little more than a month between now and the June 3 primary. Until this...

Hobby Lobby Loses, But Can the Roberts Court Be Saved?

Douglas Kmiec | Posted 05.28.2014 | Politics
Douglas Kmiec

John Roberts has consistently placed the integrity of the Supreme Court over his conservative ideology. Exhibit A is how it is that the chief justice ...

Hobby Lobby Will Lose! But Can the Roberts Court Be Saved?

Douglas Kmiec | Posted 05.26.2014 | Politics
Douglas Kmiec

John Roberts has consistently placed the integrity of the Supreme Court over his conservative ideology. Exhibit A is how it is that the Chief Justice ...

Corporations Are Not Persons -- Never Were and Never Can Be

Douglas Kmiec | Posted 05.28.2014 | Politics
Douglas Kmiec

Here's a newsflash for the Roberts Court: Corporations are not persons. Like a legal Frankenstein unleashed, the conferral of personal rights upon the artificial person of a corporation undermines the rights themselves.

Of Overstated Claims of Religious Freedom and Judicial Integrity: Chief Justice John Roberts

Douglas Kmiec | Posted 05.25.2014 | Politics
Douglas Kmiec

The Roberts Court has been characterized as pro-business. It is, but this is not surprising in a country where 99 percent of the wealth is held by a t...

The Emergence of the Political Independent

Douglas Kmiec | Posted 05.12.2014 | Politics
Douglas Kmiec

Rather than being devoted to finding the best policy alternative, the divisions of party leave us to pursue only the second or third best alternative, usually the one that gives the least amount of credit to the other side. It is a downward spiral toward ever more narrow and inflexible partisanly limited options.

In Pursuit of Peace in the Middle East -- Neither Palestine's Agent Nor Israel's Lawyer

Douglas Kmiec | Posted 04.05.2014 | Politics
Douglas Kmiec

I shall be ever admiring of the Jewish people, even if being "God's chosen" has been far from easy. The Jewish people have survived with faith, intel...

Should the U.S. Take Sides in Egypt? Yes, for Freedom -- the 'Common Ground'of McCain, Graham and Obama

Douglas Kmiec | Posted 10.09.2013 | World
Douglas Kmiec

The absence of a Chief of Mission in Cairo has confused both sides, especially since Senators McCain and Graham pronounced recent events to be a coup.

Making Mischief with Recess Appointment Authority -- The DC Circuit Adds New Ways to "Just Say No"

Douglas Kmiec | Posted 03.31.2013 | Politics
Douglas Kmiec

Having few ideas of one's own and repeatedly finding a way to deny Democratic action to meet modern day problems can hardly be claimed as a Senatorial privilege -- which, of course, it is not.

A Matter of Honor -- Secretary Clinton's Benghazi Testimony

Douglas Kmiec | Posted 03.15.2013 | Politics
Douglas Kmiec

While others in the Republican Party may find it tempting to diminish the exemplary service of Secretary Clinton, it is a temptation that will be as unfair to her extraordinary diplomatic service as it is dishonoring of the lives of Chris Stevens, Sean Smith, Glenn Doherty and Ty Woods.

Washington Bureaucracy Fingered in Killing of Ambassador Stevens

Douglas Kmiec | Posted 02.18.2013 | Politics
Douglas Kmiec

The sub-text of the report is that those in charge of the Near East Bureau and Diplomatic Security dropped the ball, though the Review Board was careful to not find the senior leadership to be so derelict of duty as to warrant immediate discipline.

Another Foreign Policy Misstep: Libya and Romney's Unnecessary Call for Investigation -- Better to Lose, Than Win Dishonorably

Douglas Kmiec | Posted 12.01.2012 | Politics
Douglas Kmiec

Governor, when I was part of your campaign, you told us -- when others meanly denigrated your Mormon beliefs that you would not respond in kind. The principle remains as true as ever. Will you abide by it?

State Department: Ambassador Spends Too Much Time On Religion

Posted 06.08.2011 | Religion

By Adelle M. Banks Religion News Service WASHINGTON (RNS) The U.S. ambassador to Malta, who helped rally Catholic support for President Obama's 2008 ...

Bipartisan Support Continues to Grow for Johnsen and Koh

Nan Aron | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Nan Aron

This weekend two prominent conservatives added their voices to the calls to confirm Dawn Johnsen and Harold Koh. Douglas Kmiec and Kenneth Starr have...