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Paul Finkelman
Paul Finkelman, Ph. D., is the Ariel F. Sallows Visiting Professor of Human Rights Law at the University of Saskatchewan.College of Law and a Senior Fellow at the Penn Program on Democracy, Citizenship, and Constitutionalism at the University of Pennsylvania. He serves on the Scholars Advisory Panel of the National Constitution Center.  

Entries by Paul Finkelman

Antisemitism and the Brandeis Confirmation

(0) Comments | Posted January 13, 2016 | 10:53 PM

Co-authored with Lance J. Sussman, Ph. D., Senior Rabbi at Reform Congregation Keneseth Israel and member of the Executive Board of the American Jewish Archives.

In January 1916 - one hundred years ago this month - President Woodrow Wilson nominated Louis D. Brandeis to the Supreme Court....

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Ted Cruz: Our First Foreign-Born President?

(14) Comments | Posted January 12, 2016 | 1:04 PM

The Constitution requires that the President be a "natural born citizen." The Founders understood this to be only someone born in the United States. Children of American parents born overseas were not citizens at birth, but had to come to the United States to be "naturalized." This reflected traditional notions...

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Citizenship and the Constitution: A Legal History Lesson for Our Times

(4) Comments | Posted September 15, 2015 | 2:51 AM

The question of who is a citizen of the United States has become a hot button issue in American politics. Donald Trump and others want to change the historic American rule that grants citizenship to people born in the United States. But, any attempt to take citizenship from people born...

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Online Synagogue Archives: The Future of American Judaism's Past

(0) Comments | Posted August 3, 2015 | 6:47 PM

Co-authored with Lance J. Sussman, Ph. D., Senior Rabbi at Reform Congregation Keneseth Israel and member of the Executive Board of the American Jewish Archives.

Jewish faith and Jewish culture are intimately tied to the past. Deuteronomy 32:7 reminds us to "remember the days of old" while Job...

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Parents, Children, and Citizenship by Birth

(134) Comments | Posted August 19, 2010 | 3:29 AM

Under the Fourteenth Amendment, children born in the United States are citizens, even if their parents are not. Inspired by Arizona's new (and partially suspended) law regulating unauthorized immigration, Senators Mitch McConnell, John Kyl, John McCain, Lindsey Graham, Representative John Boehner, and other Republican leaders have proposed considering amending the...

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George Steinbrenner, Peter Rose and Shoeless Joe

(30) Comments | Posted July 15, 2010 | 10:29 AM

The late George Steinbrenner was one of the most dynamic owners in the history of baseball. In the long run he will rank with Branch Rickey, Bill Veeck and others who changed the game. He was the first modern owner who actually took his role seriously. Like any CEO...

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The First President Who is Black

(15) Comments | Posted November 4, 2008 | 11:47 PM

The election is over, and America is now forever changed. This is the only way to understand the spectacular rise of Barack Obama. When Obama was born in 1961 segregation was still legal in a third of the nation. The majority of blacks lived in the South, where few could...

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"The Vice Presidency Is Not Worth a Pail of Warm Spit" or a Short History of "His Accidency"

(16) Comments | Posted October 20, 2008 | 10:08 PM

John Tyler, Millard Fillmore, Andrew Johnson, Chester Alan Arthur, Calvin Coolidge, Gerald Ford. Most Americans could not tell you much about these former U.S. presidents. Some are even joke names. Mad Magazine used to throw out Millard Fillmore's name in order to make people laugh.

We know who they...

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Bring Back Barry Bonds?

(11) Comments | Posted July 25, 2008 | 1:16 PM

Barry Bonds is a free agent. He wants some team to sign him, to play one more season. According to this week's Sports Illustrated, Bonds is willing to play for the MLB minimum, prorated for the rest of the season. That's about $150,000 for the rest of the season. What...

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Will Happy Days Be Here Again?

(11) Comments | Posted March 2, 2008 | 11:05 PM

A year ago everyone assumed that by the early winter of 2008 Hillary Clinton would have locked up the Democratic nomination for president. She had money, name recognition, and a seemingly well-oiled machine. Now she is on the ropes, fighting to stay in the race. What happened?

Senator Clinton...

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"Performance-Enhancing Drugs" in a Performance-Based Society: Reflections on the Mitchell Report

(9) Comments | Posted December 29, 2007 | 11:58 AM

Since the release of the Mitchell Report we have been inundated with editorials, commentaries, outrageous headlines (such as a picture of Roger Clemens under the headline "He Took it in the Butt"), and interviews about steroids, human growth hormones, and other substances taken by baseball players over most of...

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Worst President Ever?

(193) Comments | Posted December 21, 2007 | 12:24 PM

I just spent a few days at Yale University with about 25 scholars, talking about slavery, freedom, emancipation, and modern problems of human trafficking. Not surprisingly, at dinner someone asserted that George W. Bush was the "worst" president in American history. That led me to think about the criteria for...

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Why the Iowa and New Hampshire Primaries Matter (at Least For Democrats)

(24) Comments | Posted December 14, 2007 | 3:37 PM

This year the major parties held firm on the tradition that Iowa and New Hampshire should kick off the presidential campaigns. Last week, for example, the Democratic Party stripped Michigan of its votes at the national convention because, in violation of Party rules, Michigan is holding a primary before February...

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Baseball, Steroids, Bonds, and Balco

(44) Comments | Posted December 11, 2007 | 12:42 PM

The Mitchell Report is on the way. By the time you read this, the report may be out. Undoubtedly it will show that many baseball players used steroids. Most people will be focusing on what we do now? How do we deal with the records (most obviously Barry Bonds'...

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