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How do you know when a protest movement is starting to scare the pants off the establishment? One clue is when the protesters are casually dismissed as hippies or rabble, or their principles redefined as class envy or as (that all-purpose insult) "un-...
Los Angeles TimesThe United States Supreme Court likes its mystery: Cases are argued in public, briefs are available for all to read, but its real work is carried out in conferences attended by the nine justices alone. So private are those deliberations that in the rare...
a lawyer in private practice, is the author of "Closed Chambers: The Rise, Fall, and Future of the Modern Supreme Court."SUPREME COURT nominations are as old as the republic, but the modern history of the battles over court appointments begins in 1987. That's when the Senate rejected Robert H. Bork, the conservative appellate judge who President Reagan nominated to...
KENNETH D. ACKERMAN is author of "Young J. Edgar: Hoover, the Red Scare, and the Assault on Civil Liberties."WHAT created J. Edgar Hoover? He reigned with an iron fist as director of the Federal Bureau of Investigation for 48 years, until the day he died in 1972. By then, Hoover had evolved into an untouchable autocrat, a man who kept secret files on millions of...
In his glowing profile of Kenneth Starr, Jim Newton says: "Starr is neither monster nor prude. ... he speaks most eloquently on the notions of service and compassion. ... Today, he describes himself as 'an encourager and a facilitator,' referring to that...
Los Angeles Times Staff WriterBlack Hills, S.D. Borglum or Ziolkowski? Within a day of arrival in the Black Hills of South Dakota, you'll run into this question, probably somewhere along U.S. 16 as you roll between two of the largest sculpted mountains on the face of the Earth....
Sentinel Staff WritersFew held much hope for Bob Graham when he set out to run for governor of Florida 25 years ago. The son of a well-to-do dairyman who also had run for governor, Graham was bright and driven to succeed. Yet he appeared aloof, and even friends wondered how...
Times Staff WriterPeter Gilbert's excellent documentary, "With All Deliberate Speed," does more than simply mark the 50th anniversary of the landmark civil rights decision Brown vs. Board of Education. Rather than merely chronicling the events leading up to the May 17,...
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