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Past articles by Gene:

Trump Is No Longer in Office, So Why Put Him on Trial?

The U.S. Senate is awaiting an article of impeachment from the House regarding Donald Trump’s activities leading up to a deadly attack on the U.S. Capitol. Why should the Senate proceed with a trial for a president who has already left office? Gene Healy offers his thoughts. → Read More

Impeachment, the 25th Amendment and Trump’s Final Days

How sure are we that we’ve reached “Peak Trump”? → Read More

Trump’s Christmas Pardon Spree

President Trump’s record of shabbiness and self‐​dealing ranks him among the worst abusers of the pardon power. → Read More

The Long History of Official Lies about Presidential Health

Trump is far from the first chief executive to be less than forthcoming. → Read More

The Five Dumbest Things Said About Impeachment so Far

Is it too much to ask that the Senate debate be less hysterical—and a little smarter? → Read More

It's Not True That Impeachment Paralyzes Government (Unfortunately)

History doesn't support a common complaint about attempts to fire the president. → Read More

Jonathan Turley: Then and Now

Jonathan Turley's testimony on impeachment was tendentious and inconsistent with his earlier work. → Read More

Defining War Down

There is no credible way to conclude that the United States is not at war. Ah, but "endless war" Is another thing altogether, right? Gene Healy comments.... → Read More

Impeach John Bolton?

There’s another way Congress can use the threat of impeachment to deter an illegal and unnecessary war. → Read More

The Impeachment of Andrew "Tennessee" Johnson

The impeachment of Andrew Johnson might offer a few lessons for today. Gene Healy is author of "Indispensable Remedy: The Broad Scope of the Constitution’s Impeachment Power.”... → Read More

Indispensable Remedy: The Broad Scope of the Constitution’s Impeachment Power

Introduction Presidential impeachments are rare events in America. In our entire constitutional history, we’ve seen only three serious attempts to remove a president for “Treason, Bribery, or other high Crimes and Misdemeanors”: Andrew Johnson in 1868, Bill Clinton in 1998 — both of whom were impeached by the House but escaped removal by the Senate — and Richard Nixon, who resigned in 1974… → Read More

Repeal, Don’t Replace, the AUMF

GENE HEALY: We’re in the middle of a renewed debate here on Capitol Hill about what role — if any — Congress should play in the choice between war and peace. That’s the most fundamental decision any government can make, and it’s one our Constitution entrusts to Congress. But for nearly 17 years now, that choice has been left to the executive branch, with the result that the United States has… → Read More

Student Loans Balances Explode and Taxpayers Are on the Hook

Student loan balances in the United States recently crossed above $1.5 trillion. Should taxpayers be footing the bill for financing college education? Diego Zuluaga and Neal McCluskey comment.... → Read More

Repeal, Don’t Replace, Trump’s War Powers

Presidential war undermines fundamental values of our representative democracy. → Read More

Scaring Ourselves to Death over Impeachment

Impeachment isn’t a “constitutional nuclear weapon”; it’s a necessary safety valve. → Read More

‘Medicare for Some’ Isn’t Exactly Great

It’s not even clear that “Medicare for Some” is a good idea, let alone “Medicare for All.” Michael F. Cannon comments. → Read More

Why September 14, 2001 Matters

After 16 years of war, it’s time to reckon with the less-appreciated anniversary of September 14, 2001, when Congress gave the President a relatively open-ended power to make war. Gene Healy explains why. → Read More

9/14 Changed Everything

Sixteen years on, the 2001 AUMF has institutionalized permanent war. → Read More

The Other Monuments Problem

Featuring Hannah Downey and Caleb O. Brown The naming of national monuments creates a few underappreciated problems. Hannah Downey of the Property and Environment Research Center comments. → Read More

Doomed to Repeat It: The Long History of America’s Protectionist Failures

The successes of protectionism are grossly exaggerated. Scott Lincicome discusses his new paper, "Doomed to Repeat It: The Long History of America’s Protectionist Failures."... → Read More