Category Archives: Politics

Significant Dates in New Mexico History

Many Americans are unaware of the rich and long history of New Mexico, which predates the English settlements at Jamestown and in the Massachusetts Bay Colony. Here are some of the key dates in New Mexico’s history under Spanish and … Continue reading

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My New Facebook History Publications Page

Friends: I have just opened a new Facebook page featuring my publications on American History. Please take a look on Facebook at Edward F. Mannino @ManninoHistory. This describes all my books, including the just-released Politics and American Business: The Growth … Continue reading

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Supreme Court Declines to Hear Pharmacists’ Religious Exemption Claim

Regulations issued by the Washington State Board of Pharmacy require all pharmacists to provide emergency contraceptives, specifically mandating that no one may refuse to do so based on religious grounds. In Stormans, Inc. v. Wiesman, No. 15-862 (June 28, 2016), the … Continue reading

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Are There Limits to Birthright Citizenship?

In the recent political debates among the various candidates for the Republican nomination for the presidency, Donald Trump has raised the issue of whether there are limits on the individuals who are entitled to be afforded birthright citizenship. On that … Continue reading

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The Supreme Court and Same-Sex Marriage: An Analysis of the Three Opinions

Click on the link below for my summary and analysis of the opinions in Hollingsworth, Windsor, and Obergefell: Obergefell Summary and Analysis

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Obergefell and the Free Exercise of Religion: Some Initial Thoughts

In the considerable wake of the Supreme Court’s decision finding a constitutional right to same-sex marriage in Obergefell v. Hodges (June 26, 2015), people of faith have suggested  a number of different responses, many of which seem unwise to me. Here … Continue reading

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The Wall of Separation Between Church and State: Whom Does It Protect?

The “wall of separation between Church and State” has become an all-too-familiar metaphor in our constitutional jurisprudence. Originating in a phrase from a private letter Thomas Jefferson sent to the Danbury, Connecticut, Baptists in 1802, the phase has been invoked … Continue reading

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Hilaire Belloc on Islam

Is Islam a Christian heresy? The Catholic historian Hilaire Belloc thought so. In his book, The Great Heresies, Belloc contended that Islam, like other heresies including Arianism, sought to simplify Christian belief by removing the mystery of such doctrines as the … Continue reading

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What Caused the Great Depression?

The Great Depression, which began in 1929 and persisted through much of World War II, crippled the American economy, generated massive unemployment, and challenged the American spirit. What caused the Great Depression? As trial lawyers recognize, there can be multiple … Continue reading

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The President, the Pope, Robert Kennedy, and the Problem of Income Inequality

President Barack Obama has identified income inequality as a major focus of his second presidential term. He has sponsored or implemented programs to raise the minimum wage; extend the period during which unemployment compensation will be paid; and subsidize the … Continue reading

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