The Most Dangerous Branch: Inside the Supreme Court’s Assault on the Constitution

Crown Publishing Group (NY) - It is the nine justices who too often now decide the controversial issues of our time—from abortion and same-sex marriage, to gun control, campaign finance and voting rights. Kaplan presents a sweeping narrative of the justices’ aggrandizement of power over the decades – from Roe v. But the arrogance of the Court isn’t partisan: Conservative and liberal justices alike are guilty of overreach.

Challenging conventional wisdom about the Court’s transcendent power, The Most Dangerous Branch is sure to rile both sides of the political aisle. Is that really how democracy is supposed to work?   based on exclusive interviews with the justices and dozens of their law clerks, Antonin Scalia’s death, Ruth Bader Ginsburg’s celebrity, Kaplan provides fresh details about life behind the scenes at the Court – Clarence Thomas’s simmering rage, Breyer Bingo, the petty feuding between Gorsuch and the chief justice, and what John Roberts thinks of his critics.

The Most Dangerous Branch: Inside the Supreme Court's Assault on the Constitution - In the bestselling tradition of the Nine and The Brethren, The Most Dangerous Branch takes us inside the secret world of the Supreme Court. Gore to citizens united, to rulings during the 2017-18 term. David A. Kaplan, the former legal affairs editor of Newsweek, shows how the justices subvert the role of the other branches of government—and how we’ve come to accept it at our peril.

With the retirement of justice Anthony Kennedy, the Court has never before been more central in American life. The court is so crucial that many voters in 2016 made their choice based on whom they thought their presidential candidate would name to the Court.

The U.S. Congress: A Very Short Introduction Very Short Introductions

Oxford University Press - No mere civics lesson, this eye-opening book provides an insider's perspective on Congress, matched with a professional historian's analytical insight. Ritchie explores the great effort put into constituent service-as representatives and senators respond to requests from groups and individuals-as well as media relations and news coverage.

He also explores how the grand concepts we all know from civics class--checks and balances, advise and consent, congressional oversight--work in practice in an age of strong presidents and a muscular Senate minority. What is it like to campaign for congress? to attract large donors? To enter either house with no seniority? He answers these questions and more, floor proceedings, the role of staffers and lobbyists, explaining committee assignments and committee work, parliamentary rules, and coalition building.

The U.S. Congress: A Very Short Introduction Very Short Introductions - . After a swift survey of the creation of Congress by the constitutional convention, he begins to unscrew the nuts and pull out the bolts. In the second edition of The U. S. Ritchie, behind-the-scenes tour of capitol hill, pointing out the key players, explaining their behavior, takes readers on a fascinating, a congressional historian for more than thirty years, and translating parliamentary language into plain English.

Congress, Donald A. Oxford university Press USA.

American Democracy in Peril: Eight Challenges to America′s Future

CQ Press - Oxford university Press USA. By introducing the history of democratic theory in terms of four "models" of democracy, he provides readers with a set of criteria against which to evaluate the challenges discussed later. In this eighth edition of American Democracy in Peril, author William E. Hudson provides a perceptive analysis of the challenges our democracy faces in the current era: economic crisis, rising economic inequality, partisan gridlock, and continued military conflict in the Middle East and elsewhere.

Cq press. This provocative book offers a structured, yet critical examination of the American political system, designed to stimulate students to consider how the facts they learn about American politics relate to democratic ideals.

The Hell of Good Intentions: America's Foreign Policy Elite and the Decline of U.S. Primacy

Farrar, Straus and Giroux - Walt’s the hell of good intentions offers both a compelling diagnosis of America’s recent foreign policy follies and a proven formula for renewed success. Oxford university Press USA. Cq press. Clear-eyed, candid, and elegantly written, Stephen M. But his erratic and impulsive style of governing, combined with a deeply flawed understanding of world politics, are making a bad situation worse.

From the new york Times–bestselling author Stephen M. Power to spread democracy, open markets, and other liberal values into every nook and cranny of the planet. Relations with russia and china have soured, nationalism and populism are on the rise, the European Union is wobbling, and the United States is stuck in costly and pointless wars that have squandered trillions of dollars and undermined its influence around the world.

The root of this dismal record, Walt argues, is the American foreign policy establishment’s stubborn commitment to a strategy of “liberal hegemony. Since the end of the cold War, Republicans and Democrats alike have tried to use U. S. Donald trump won the presidency promising to end the misguided policies of the foreign policy “Blob” and to pursue a wiser approach.

The Hell of Good Intentions: America's Foreign Policy Elite and the Decline of U.S. Primacy - This strategy was doomed to fail, but its proponents in the foreign policy elite were never held accountable and kept repeating the same mistakes. This long-overdue shift will require abandoning the futile quest for liberal hegemony and building a foreign policy establishment with a more realistic view of American power.

The Cold War: A New History

Penguin Books - Went from alliance to antagonism to the barely averted holocaust of the Cuban Missile Crisis to the maneuvers of Nixon and Mao, Reagan and Gorbachev. The “dean of cold war historians” the New York Times now presents the definitive account of the global confrontation that dominated the last half of the twentieth century.

Penguin Books. Cq press. And the U. S. S. R. Drawing on newly opened archives and the reminiscences of the major players, John Lewis Gaddis explains not just what happened but why—from the months in 1945 when the U. S. Brilliant, accessible, the cold war stands as a triumphant summation of the era that, almost Shakespearean in its drama, more than any other, shaped our own.

The Cold War: A New History - Gaddis is also the author of On Grand Strategy. Oxford university Press USA.

The Judge: 26 Machiavellian Lessons

Oxford University Press - In this machiavellian vision, law is inseparable from realpolitik. There is no book of political strategy more canonical than Niccolò Machiavelli's The Prince, but few ethicists would advise policymakers to treat it as a bible. In the judge, they ask us to assume that judges are political, and that they need advice on how to be effective political actors.

Penguin Books. Are apolitical has been shrinking for decades. Some authorities even posit the impossibility of apolitical judges, and indeed, in many states, judicial elections are partisan. Cq press. Oxford university Press USA. However, the authors' point isn't to advocate for this coldly realistic vision of judging.

In the judge, ronald collins and david Skover argue that Machiavelli can indeed speak to judges, however, and model their book after The Prince. Others advocate appointing judges who are committed to being dispassionate referees adhering to the letter of the law. Ronald collins and david skover argue that the debate has become both stale and circular, and instead tackle the issue in a boldly imaginative way.

The Judge: 26 Machiavellian Lessons - However, seem to agree that despite widespread popular support for the ideal of the apolitical judge, regardless of their leanings, most legal experts, this ideal is mere fantasy. This debate about judges and politics has been a perennial in American history, but it intensified in the 1980s, when the Reagan administration sought to place originalists in the Supreme Court.

What Should Think Tanks Do?: A Strategic Guide to Policy Impact

Stanford Briefs - Cq press. And yet, the ways that they actually achieve impact or measure progress along these lines remains fuzzy and underexplored. Think tanks and research organizations set out to influence policy ideas and decisions―a goal that is key to the very fabric of these organizations. Author andrew selee draws on extensive interviews with members of leading think tanks, as well as cutting-edge thinking in business and non-profit management, to provide concrete strategies for setting policy-oriented goals and shaping public opinion.

Concise and practically-minded, what should think Tanks Do? helps those with an interest in think tanks to envision a well-oiled machine, while giving leaders in these organizations tools and tangible metrics to drive and evaluate success. Penguin Books. What should think tanks do? a strategic Guide for Policy Impact is the first practical guide that is specifically tailored to think tanks, policy research, and advocacy organizations.

What Should Think Tanks Do?: A Strategic Guide to Policy Impact - Oxford university Press USA.

What Justices Want: Goals and Personality on the U.S. Supreme Court

Cambridge University Press - Penguin Books. Using recent advances in text-based personality measurement, Hall evaluates the influence of the 'big five' personality traits on the justices' behavior during each stage of the Court's decision-making process. Oxford university Press USA. Cq press. What justices want shows that personality traits directly affect the justices' choices and moderate the influence of goal-related situational factors on justices' behavior.

The most sophisticated theories of judicial behavior depict judges as rational actors who strategically pursue multiple goals when making decisions. This theory is tested by analyzing the behavior of justices who served on the US Supreme Court between 1946 and 2015. However, these accounts tend to disregard the possibility that judges have heterogeneous goal preferences - that is, that different judges want different things.

What Justices Want: Goals and Personality on the U.S. Supreme Court - Integrating insights from personality psychology and economics, this book proposes a new theory of judicial behavior in which judges strategically pursue multiple goals, but their personality traits determine the relative importance of those goals.

The Conscience of a Liberal

W. W. Norton & Company - Penguin Books. Seeking to understand both what happened to middle-class america and what it will take to achieve a "new New Deal, " Krugman has created his finest book to date, a "stimulating manifesto" offering "a compelling historical defense of liberalism and a clarion call for Americans to retake control of their economic destiny" Publishers Weekly.

As democrats seek a rationale not merely for returning to power, but for fundamentally changing―or changing back―the relationship between America's government and its citizens, Mr. Cq press. Krugman's arguments will prove vital in the months and years ahead. Peter beinart, new York Times Oxford university Press USA.

The Conscience of a Liberal - The most consistent and courageous―and unapologetic―liberal partisan in American journalism. Michael tomasky, new york review of booksin this "clear, paul krugman, examines the past eighty years of American history, provocative" Boston Globe New York Times bestseller, today's most widely read economist, from the reforms that tamed the harsh inequality of the Gilded Age and the 1920s to the unraveling of that achievement and the reemergence of immense economic and political inequality since the 1970s.

The Burger Court and the Rise of the Judicial Right

Simon & Schuster - With four appointments to the court, including Warren E. Authors graetz and greenhouse excavate the roots of the most significant Burger Court decisions and in “elegant, illuminating arguments” The Washington Post show how their legacy affects us today. Timely and engaging” richmond times-dispatch, relevant, the burger Court and the Rise of the Judicial Right draws on the personal papers of the justices as well as other archives to provide “the best kind of legal history: cogent, and timely” Publishers Weekly.

Cq press. In 1969, the burger court succeeded the famously liberal Warren Court, which had significantly expanded civil liberties and was despised by conservatives across the country. A revelatory look at the warren burger Supreme Court finds that it was not moderate or transitional, but conservative—and it shaped today’s constitutional landscape.

The Burger Court and the Rise of the Judicial Right - Simon schuster. The burger court is often described as a “transitional” court between the Warren Court and the Rehnquist and Roberts Courts, a court where little of importance happened. It is an “important book…a powerful corrective to the standard narrative of the Burger Court” The New York Times Book Review.

When richard nixon campaigned for the presidency in 1968 he promised to change the Supreme Court. Oxford university Press USA. Penguin Books.

The Chief: The Life and Turbulent Times of Chief Justice John Roberts

Basic Books - Trenchant and authoritative, The Chief reveals the making of a justice and the drama on this nation's highest court. Simon schuster. Penguin Books. Cq press. Oxford university Press USA. Biskupic shows how roberts's dual commitments have fostered distrust among his colleagues, with major consequences for the law.

An incisive biography of the supreme court's enigmatic chief Justice, taking us inside the momentous legal decisions of his tenure so far John Roberts was named to the Supreme Court in 2005 claiming he would act as a neutral umpire in deciding cases. How are we to understand the motives of the most powerful judge in the land? In The Chief, priorities: to carry out a conservative agenda, often divergent, award-winning journalist Joan Biskupic contends that Roberts is torn between two, and to protect the Court's image and his place in history.

The Chief: The Life and Turbulent Times of Chief Justice John Roberts - Yet he broke from orthodoxy in his decision to preserve Obamacare. His critics argue he has been anything but, pointing to his conservative victories on voting rights and campaign finance.