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Some Thoughts on the Process for Considering Nominees to the Supreme Court

The Senate Judiciary Committee hearing for Supreme Court nominee Brett Kavanaugh concluded last week with a confirmation vote expected soon. James Todd, a lecturer in the Woodrow Wilson Department of Politics in the College and Graduate School of Arts & Sciences and the Osher Lifelong Learning Institute at the University of Virginia, offers commentary on […]

A LABOR DAY STATUS REPORT–Plus, updates from Tuesday night

Lifetime Learning‘s More Than the Score lecture series will kick off this Saturday, September 1, featuring Larry Sabato, Director, Center for Politics and Robert Kent Gooch Professor of Politics, College and Graduate School of Arts and Sciences at the University of Virginia. Registration is at capacity. We hope that those unable to attend the lecture […]

Creating Presidential Libraries: Lessons from History

Written by Barbara Perry, Gerald L. Baliles Professor and Director of Presidential Studies, and Sheila M. Blackford, Librarian and Managing Editor of American President, UVA’s Miller Center. Follow them on Twitter @BarbaraPerryUVA and @Sheila_bl. All presidents since Herbert Hoover have established libraries to house their presidential archives and museums. Barack Obama’s will be situated on […]

Currents in Conversation: Race, Racism, and Immigration

Reprinted with permission from the Carter G. Woodson Institute for African-American and African Studies Since the beginning of his tenure, President Trump has actively targeted immigrants through executive orders, calls to end the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA), and, most recently, incendiary comments referring to nations in the African diaspora as “s***hole countries.” Amid […]

Impeachment

Written by James S. Todd IV, Lecturer in the Department of Politics, College and Graduate School of Arts & Sciences   The Founders, when they met in Philadelphia, created a system of shared powers and checks and balances in the hope that it would prevent abuse of power. The main fear in those days was […]

The Disappearing Obama Presidency: As Told Through a Christmas Satire

Written by Barbara A. Perry, White Burkett Miller Center Professor and Director of Presidential Studies, UVA’s Miller Center. Follow her on Twitter @BarbaraPerryUVA.   Recently Saturday Night Live opened its show with A Christmas Carol parody in which Alec Baldwin as Donald Trump is visited by three ghosts–Christmas Past, Present, and Future.  It struck me […]

Senate 2018: Republican Edge Runs Up Against Trump, History

Reposted with permission from Sabato’s Crystal Ball. Beyond president’s poor numbers lies difficulty of beating out-of-power party incumbents Kyle Kondik, Managing Editor, Sabato’s Crystal Ball August 24th, 2017 Ever since Donald Trump won the presidency, 2018’s race for the Senate seemed to pit two powerful, competing forces against one another: the Republicans’ long and enticing […]

Between the Right and a Hard Place: How JFK Pivoted to Righteousness

Written by Barbara Perry, White Burkett Miller Center Professor of Ethics and Institutions and Presidential Studies Director at UVA’s Miller Center. Follow her on Twitter @BarbaraPerryUVA.   We don’t typically think of John F. Kennedy and Donald J. Trump as leading comparable presidencies. Yet they both faced a right-wing faction of their party over the […]

Travel Ban Brief: Remember So as Not to Repeat

  Written by Kathleen Flake, Richard Lyman Bushman Professor of Mormon Studies in the Department of Religious Studies, College and Graduate School of Arts & Sciences     Recently, when various anti-immigrant and anti-Muslim impulses coalesced in the President’s travel ban and were challenged in court, a friend asked if I would participate in filing […]