October 9, 2016

I've seen a meme floating around Facebook attributing Donald Trump's popularity to a broken educational system. But this isn't simply an educational system issue, though I am all in favor of more education about civics and government.

When speaking to 3rd, 4th, and 5th...

July 7, 2016

The topics of states' rights, racism, and federal judges have been coming up a lot lately in the news and in social media, in a variety of contexts.

So perhaps it was particularly propitious that I came across a law review symposium tribute to the late Judge J. Skelly W...

July 4, 2016

The story is pretty well known. John Adams and Thomas Jefferson, the voice and the pen (respectively) of the American Revolution, two of the three surviving signers of the Declaration of Independence (and first person who can tell me who the third one was wins a free s...

June 28, 2016

With Independence Day coming up, we often hear people talk about the Founding Fathers. That’s what we call the men (and because of gender roles at that time, they were all men) who served on the Continental Congress that declared independence from England in 1776 and t...

June 22, 2016

If you’re a kid who is starting to learn about government, you are probably hearing

a lot about “politics” and “politicians” and “political parties.” Do you know what

those words mean?

Politicians are the people who try to get elected to positions in government; politics

a...

June 15, 2016

I probably shouldn’t have called my first book, “How the U.S. Government Works.”

I mean, I can’t begin to tell you how many times people have said to me at book signings, “It doesn’t.”  Or “you’re the only guy who thinks it does.” Or my personal favorite: (Man shouts to...

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We're a great country no doubt, but we can still learn from others. Read more in my latest op ed in The Baltimore Sun. 

http://www.baltimoresun.com/new...

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