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Richard Albert is a constitutional law professor at Boston College Law School. He writes about constitutional law and politics, the separation of powers, and the place of religion in public life. Richard Albert is a law and political science graduate of Yale, Oxford and Harvard. To learn more, visit his personal website.

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America's Amoral Constitution

(10) Comments | Posted October 23, 2013 | 10:52 AM

The United States Constitution is unique among the constitutions of the world. Since James Madison saluted its drafters for having "reared the fabrics of governments which have no model on the face of the globe," we have often been reminded that there is something different, indeed special, about the United...

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Can Democracy Work in Haiti?

(5) Comments | Posted January 31, 2013 | 11:26 PM

Thirty-seven years ago this week, Haitian dictator Jean-Claude Duvalier relinquished the presidency under international pressure and fled to France.

Duvalier, "Baby Doc" as he was known, had spent the previous fifteen years repressing the press and political opposition, misappropriating public funds and foreign aid, and creating a climate a...

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Why The President Wins If The Democrats Lose

(5) Comments | Posted September 29, 2010 | 10:07 AM

Few things are ever certain politics. But this one seems like it might qualify: the Democratic Party will suffer a colossal defeat in the fast-approaching midterm congressional elections. Perhaps even a defeat as devastating as the 1994 and 1946 midterm elections, when House Democrats lost over 50 seats.

There is...

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America's Forgotten Founders

(3) Comments | Posted August 24, 2010 | 9:33 AM

No one can deny the starring role that James Madison, Alexander Hamilton, Benjamin Franklin, Thomas Jefferson and other leading lights played in America's constitutional founding. They launched history's greatest project in democracy and will forever be remembered for setting alight the path to liberty.

So who could fault the Supreme...

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Is America a Christian Nation?

(37) Comments | Posted July 31, 2010 | 1:40 AM

Speaking from the heart of the Muslim world in Turkey's Cankaya Palace in April 2009, President Barack Obama answered the question with the nuance that has come to characterize his public statements: America, he declared, is "a predominantly Christian nation" but "we do not consider ourselves a Christian nation."

The...

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Why the Tea Party Is Good for America

(392) Comments | Posted June 23, 2010 | 7:54 AM

Late last year, few could have predicted that Republican Senate candidate Scott Brown would return Massachusetts to the red column after decades awash in blue. Even fewer could have foreseen primary victories for Sharron Angle in Nevada, Rand Paul in Kentucky, Raul Labrador in Idaho, Mo Brooks in Alabama, and...

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President Palin?

(17) Comments | Posted May 28, 2010 | 10:16 AM

When Republican presidential nominee John McCain announced his vice presidential running mate in the summer of 2008, his choice was greeted with equal servings of curiosity and enthusiasm.

Movement conservatives saw the selection as a game-changer: the little-known vice presidential nominee brought youth, charisma, and energy to the Republican ticket...

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Our Conscience-In-Chief

(0) Comments | Posted April 27, 2010 | 2:46 PM

Even before he became President of the United States, Barack Obama was at the center of national conversations on the most contentious moral issues of the day. As a lawyer, teacher, advocate and politician, Obama brought depth and nuance to his personal and public discussions regarding religion, race, and rights--the...

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The next justice

(0) Comments | Posted March 25, 2010 | 7:02 AM

President Barack Obama's next nomination to the Supreme Court, his second in as many years, may come as early as this spring, followed shortly by Senate confirmation hearings in the summer.

For liberal activists, the timing is perfect. For the President, however, the prospect of a mid-summer battle over the...

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The rhetoric of redemption in presidential elections

(0) Comments | Posted February 22, 2010 | 9:44 AM

In the eight presidential elections over the course of the past thirty years, the presidential challenger has defeated the incumbent party candidate on only four occasions--in 1980, 1992, 2000, and 2008.

The formula for victory was no secret then, nor is it now. The challenger triumphed by successfully portraying himself...

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Presidential roulette

(4) Comments | Posted January 27, 2010 | 4:16 AM

Imagine the unthinkable happens: later this evening, just as the President approaches the podium to deliver his annual State of the Union address to a joint session of Congress, terrorists unleash the horror of a weapon of mass destruction in the heart of Washington.

As first responders comb through the...

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The price of freedom

(2) Comments | Posted January 22, 2010 | 7:18 AM

The latest tragedy to befall Haiti was not an act of God. It was a failure of humanity.

The death and disaster in Haiti are the direct result of the world's failure to repay its greatest debt to a heroic nation whose citizens stood up for freedom at a time...

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Telling the Story of History

(0) Comments | Posted December 11, 2009 | 2:24 PM

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Years from now, when history strokes its pen to tell the story of the 2008 presidential election, how will it capture in words a moment whose full meaning can be conveyed only with emotion?

How will historians, whose scholarly norms demand dispassion,...

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