Scott Lemieux

Scott Lemieux is an assistant professor of political science at the College of Saint Rose. He contributes to the blogs Lawyers, Guns, and Money and Vox Pop.

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DIMENSIONS OF CORRUPTION

DIMENSIONS OF CORRUPTION . Obviously, Paul Wolfowitz 's personal corruption is both bad in itself and undermines the anti-corruption principles he's purportedly trying to bring to the World Bank. As John Cassidy 's recent profile informs us, however, there's another major example of his rather selective application of anti-corruption principles. First, there's his hiring of Bush administration cronies who weren't involved in the formal search process to crucial positions. And although he's cut off aid to several corrupt governments, his pet invasion project is for some reason exempt from such treatment: In building up the World Bank's presence in Iraq, Wolfowitz is hoping that it is not too late to improve the situation there. "The bank's role, I am happy to talk about," he said. "Actually, in a certain sense, it tells you that there is a lot to be worked with if security can be established. This is a country whose biggest problem is how to manage tens of millions of dollars of annual...

THE VOTER FRAUD FRAUD, PART II.

THE VOTER FRAUD FRAUD, PART II. Matt beat me to it , but this is a terrific article in the New York Times about GOP attempts to cover up the fact that voter fraud is a problem of minimal significance, hence depriving them of their ex post facto rationale for suppressing minority votes. And, for the racist-and-classist-vote-suppression double header, they also suppressed a report about the actual effects of "anti vote-fraud" law: A federal panel responsible for conducting election research played down the findings of experts who concluded last year that there was little voter fraud around the nation, according to a review of the original report obtained by The New York Times . Instead, the panel, the Election Assistance Commission, issued a report that said the pervasiveness of fraud was open to debate. The revised version echoes complaints made by Republican politicians, who have long suggested that voter fraud is widespread and justifies the voter identification laws that have been...

NORMALLY A SCHOLAR IS PLEASED WHEN HER THEORY IS CONFIRMED...

NORMALLY A SCHOLAR IS PLEASED WHEN HER THEORY IS CONFIRMED... Mark Graber passes along this chilling story from the eminent political scientist Walter Murphy , author of the classic Elements of Judicial Strategy and many other major works (including a bestselling novel about a Chief Justice of the Supreme Court who becomes Pope to boot!). As Murphy details the incident: "On 1 March 07, I was scheduled to fly on American Airlines to Newark, NJ, to attend an academic conference at Princeton University, designed to focus on my latest scholarly book, Constitutional Democracy, published by Johns Hopkins University Press this past Thanksgiving." "When I tried to use the curb-side check in at the Sunport, I was denied a boarding pass because I was on the Terrorist Watch list. I was instructed to go inside and talk to a clerk. At this point, I should note that I am not only the McCormick Professor of Jurisprudence (emeritus) but also a retired Marine colonel. I fought in the Korean War as a...

ARE YOU SITTING DOWN?

ARE YOU SITTING DOWN? Shockingly enough, assertions about operational connections between Iraq and al-Qaeda turn out to be ... completely bogus! Who would have thunk it? And just to pre-empt any claims that this is a strawman that nobody ever put forward as a justification for the war anyway, Glenn Reynolds thoughtfully compiled some links at the time to various conservative bloggers (in addition to himself) demanding more attention to Saddam 's fictitious connections to al-Qaeda. I particularly enjoyed reading this one : " STEPHEN F. HAYES wonders why the White House continues to downplay the Saddam / Al Qaeda connection. I've wondered the same thing." Yes, indeed, there was an obvious inference to be made from the fact that the administration (with the exception of the Vice President) largely declined to make direct assertions about Iraq's alleged ties to al-Qaeda although this would have provided an unassailable justification for the war. The fact that Reynolds, Hayes, and other...

STANDING AND EXECUTIVE...

STANDING AND EXECUTIVE POWER IN MA. v. E.P.A. I finally got a chance to read MA v. EPA , the recent decision requiring the EPA to reasonably justify its decision not to regulate greenhouse gases under the Clean Air Act (which Ezra discussed in a more timely manner .) The first component of the case is whether or not the parties challenging the regulation had standing to challenge the regulatory decision; this part of the opinion I completely agree with, and indeed I only wish that Stevens had the votes to overturn the key rule established in Lujan (a 1992 standing case in which Stevens wrote a concurrence persuasively rejecting Scalia's narrowing of standing doctrine.) I would strongly recommend Jack Balkin 's two posts on the subject. First of all, he correctly notes that "[s] tanding doctrine is among the most unprincipled and arbitrary parts of American constitutional law." And second, he's also correct to point out that the narrowing of standing doctrine under the Rehnquist Court...

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