How Empathy Makes Superior Judges – and Justice

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Joel K. Goldstein: Critics ridiculed President Obama’s statement that judges should be empathetic. But as the Senate prepares to vote on the Supreme Court nomination of Elena Kagan, legal historian Joel Goldstein argues that senators should be looking for that very quality.

How the Vice President Can Serve as the President’s Most Unbiased Adviser

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Biden’s questions may have reflected his misgivings about America’s effort in Afghanistan. But his prodding also demonstrated the unique ability of a vice president to help ensure that presidential decisions are based on a full consideration of competing perspectives.

Blending Empathy and Justice

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President Obama praised Sonia Sotomayor’s “empathy” when he nominated her for the Supreme Court. Some have argued that empathy has no place in jurisprudence, but legal scholar Joel K. Goldstein finds historical precedents to the contrary.

Why the Sarah Palin Gamble Didn’t Pay Off

by Joel K. Goldstein – John McCain probably lost whatever chance he had to become president on August 28, the day he invited Sarah Palin to be his running mate. In making that decision, McCain ignored a lesson of recent vice-presidential selection: presidential candidates run a huge risk if they  choose a running mate who […]

Why the Vice-Presidential Nominees Will Be Presidential

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By Joel K. Goldstein — Unlike many of their predecessors, this year’s vice-presidential candidates won’t be chosen primarily because they’re from a large state or to balance the ticket’s geography or philosophy. They’ll be chosen because they’re presidential.

When Congress Failed to Stop the Vietnam War

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Although polls show that two-thirds of the American public think that the war in Iraq is a mistake, Congress is having trouble stopping it. In fact, it continues to fund the war. Congress recently voted to appropriate $162 billion more for the wars in Afghanistan and Iraq. In the bill, the Democrats included domestic benefits […]