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Blocking Judicial Nominations: Constitutional Prerogative or Constitutional Crisis?
  • November 18, 2016
  • 11:30 AM - 1:30 PM
It has been nearly nine months since President Obama nominated Judge Merrick Garland to the United States Supreme Court. However, the Senate has yet to hold a hearing, let alone a vote, on his confirmation. Before the election, some Republican candidates  were saying they would work to block any nominations to the Supreme Court that President Clinton might put forward. Some conservative commentators went even further, urging the Senate to prevent...
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Demilitarizing America’s Police
  • November 17, 2016
  • 12:00 PM - 2:00 PM
[embed]https://youtu.be/EjMe12tTME4[/embed] The White House estimates that federal programs directly or indirectly provided $18 billion in military equipment to state, local and tribal police between 2009 and 2014, much of it with little oversight on who was receiving the gear or follow-up on how it was being used. This trend of police militarization has led to aggressive tactics, over-enforcement, and a rejection of de-escalation tactics that are...
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A Right to “Know” or a Right to “No”?
  • October 25, 2016
  • 9:00 AM - 12:00 PM
Examining the Congressional-Executive Branch Struggle Over Access to Information There is a constant tension between Congress’s constitutional responsibility to oversee the workings of the Executive Branch—and in doing so, its need to have a timely, complete understanding of motives and actions—and the President’s claims of executive privilege and deliberative process in order to protect the inner workings of the White House. The frequency...
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“It was torture,” TCP's independent, bipartisan, blue-ribbon Task Force on Detainee Treatment concluded in a report released April 16, 2013. The group looked at the federal government's policies and actions related to the detention and treatment of suspected terrorists captured in Afghanistan, Iraq and elsewhere and held in U.S. custody during the Clinton, Bush and Obama administrations. Read More...