Painting of Patrick Henry's "If this be treason, make the most of it!" speech against the Stamp Act of 1765 (Peter F. Rothermel (1817–1895))

If This Be Treason, Make the Most of It


In 1756, Patrick Henry attacked the Stamp Act and Parliament’s authority to tax the colonists – while suggesting that George III risked Julius Caesar’s fate if he disregarded American liberty – in a famous speech delivered to the Virginia House of Burgesses. The caption beneath the engraved Rothermell scene quotes a portion of Henry’s speech,…

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Beware of Zinkes Bearing Gifts


Secretary of the Interior Ryan Zinke at first appears to have been stricken with an attack of reasonableness. How else to explain his decision to re-think allowing the Pebble Mine to go forward? But there is less or perhaps more here then meets the eye. To understand why we need to talk about American law…

Director Roger Severino (Photo: Emily Jan / The Atlantic )

Why Roger Severino Is a Cretinous Ass


The Trump Administration has created the new Conscience and Religious Freedom Division in the Department of Health & Social Services’ Office of Civil Rights. The new division is devoted to “conscience and religious freedom” and will protect health workers who refuse to treat patients because of moral or religious objections. That’s right: an office of…

Sessions' Swiss Cheese Memory

Trump’s War on the Poor: AG Sessions Revives Debtor’s Prison


In Charles Dickens’ novel Little Dorrit – thank you, Eve Kozloski, for making your students read the book – the eponymous title character grew up in London’s Marshalsea prison, where her father was in debtor’s prison. Dickens could write so vividly about Marshalsea and the conditions there because Dickens’ own father was imprisoned there in Dickens’ youth, for…

Fire and Fury: Yep


According to CNN Money, President Trump’s personal lawyer, Charles Harder, has written to author Michael Wolff and Henry Holt Publishers, demanding Wolff’s book not be published. Mr. Trump hereby demands that you immediately cease and desist from any further publication, release or dissemination of the Book, the Article, or any excerpts or summaries of either…