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You Decide! Current Debates in American Politics,9780321241634

You Decide! Current Debates in American Politics

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Summary

This exciting new debate-style reader edited by John Rourke examines provocative issues in American politics today. The topics featured in "You Decide!" have been selected for their currency, importance, and student interest, and the pieces arguing various sides of a given issue come from recent journals, congressional hearings, think tanks, and periodicals. Sure to get students engaged and thinking critically about our political system, "You Decide!"

Table of Contents

Preface xiv
Constitution
2(14)
Guns, Safety, and the Constitution: Individual Right or Subject to Regulation?
Guns, Safety, and the Constitution: Individual Right
Advocate: Joyce Malcolm, Professor, Department of History, Bentley College and Senior Fellow, MIT Security Studies Program
Source: ``Infringement,'' Common Place, July 2002
Guns, Safety, and the Constitution: Subject to Regulation
Advocate: Daniel A. Farber, Henry J. Fletcher Professor of Law and Associate Dean of Faculty and Research, University of Minnesota
Source: ``Disarmed by Time: The Second Amendment and the Failure of Originalism,'' Chicago-Kent Law Review, 2000
Federalism
16(10)
The Rehnquist Court and Federalism: Hobbling Congress or Defending the States?
The Rehnquist Court and Federalism: Hobbling Congress
Advocate: Leon Friedman, Professor, Hofstra University School of Law
Source: ``Overruling the Court,'' American Prospect, August 27, 2001
The Rehnquist Court and Federalism: Defending the States
Advocate: Marci A. Hamilton, Paul R. Verkuil Chair in Public Law, Benjamin N. Cardozo School of Law, Yeshiva University
Source: Testimony during hearings on ``Narrowing the Nation's Power: The Supreme Court Sides with the States,'' before the U.S. Senate Committee on the Judiciary, October 1, 2002
Civil Rights
26(22)
Banning D & X (Partial-Birth) Abortions: Violating Women's Rights or Protecting Fetal Rights?
Banning D&X (Partial-Birth) Abortions: Violating Women's Rights
Advocate: Center for Reproductive Rights
Source: Position paper, ``Unconstitutional Assault on the Right to Choose: `Partial-Birth Abortion' Ban Is an Affront to Women and to the U.S. Supreme Court,'' February 2003
Banning D&X (Partial-Birth) Abortions: Protecting Fetal Rights
Advocate: Kathi A. Aultman, MD, board certified obstetrician gynecologist, and Fellow, American College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists
Source: Testimony during hearings the ``Partial-Birth Abortion Ban Act of 2002'' before the U.S. Senate Committee on the Judiciary, Subcommittee on the Constitution, July 9, 2002
Civil Liberties
48(12)
Anti-Terrorist Legislation: Threat To Civil Liberties or Constitutional Shield?
Anti-Terrorist Legislation: Threat to Civil Liberties
Advocate: Timothy Lynch, Director, Project on Criminal Justice, Cato Institute
Source: ``Breaking the Vicious Cycle: Preserving Our Liberties While Fighting Terrorism,'' Cato Policy Analysis No. 443, June 26, 2002
Anti-Terrorist Legislation: Constitutional Shield
Advocate: Ramesh Ponnuru, Senior Editor, National Review
Source: ``1984 in 2003? Fears about the Patriot Act Are Misguided,'' National Review, June 2, 2003
American People/Political Culture
60(18)
English as The National Language: Make It Official or Accept Linguistic Diversity?
English as the National Language: Make It Official
Advocate: Mauro E. Mujica, Chairman of the Board and CEO of U.S. English
Source: ``Statement from the Chairman,'' Website of U.S. English
English as the National Language: Accept Linguistic Diversity
Advocate: Edward M. Chen, Staff Counsel, American Civil Liberties Union of Northern California
Source: Testimony during hearings on ``Implications of `Official English' Legislation,'' before the U.S. House of Representatives Committee on Economic and Educational Opportunities, Subcommittee on Early Childhood, Youth and Families, November 1, 1995
Public Opinion/Participation
78(16)
Post-9/11 Criticism of U.S. Foreign Policy: Un-American or Patriotic
Post-9/11 Criticism of U.S. Foreign Policy: Un-American
Advocate: Victor Davis Hanson, Shifrin Visiting Professor of Military History, U.S. Naval Academy, Annapolis
Source: ``I Love Iraq, Bomb Texas,'' Commentary, December 2002
Post-9/11 Criticism of U.S. Foreign Policy: Patriotic
Advocate: Gore Vidal, novelist, playwright, and essayist
Source: ``We Are the Patriots,'' The Nation, June 2003
Media
94(12)
``Embeded'' Reporters During The War with Iraq: Innovative Coverage or Voyeuristic Reality TV?
``Embedded'' Reporters During the War with Iraq: Innovative Coverage
Advocate: Sherry Ricchiardi, Senior Writer, American Journalism Review
Source: ``Close to the Action,'' American Journalism Review, May/June 2003
``Embeded'' Reporters During the War with Iraq: Voyeuristic Reality TV
Advocate: Paul Friedman, former Executive Vice-President, ABC News
Source: ``TV: A Missed Opportunity,'' Columbia Journalism Review, May/June 2003
Interest Groups
106(12)
Ethnic Foreign Policy Lobbying: Misplaced Allegience or All-American Tradition?
Ethnic Foreign Policy Lobbying: Misplaced Allegiance
Advocate: Geoffrey Wheatcroft, a British journalist
Source: ``Hyphenated Americans,'' Guardian Unlimited online, April 25, 2000
Ethnic Foreign Policy Lobbying: All-American Tradition
Advocate: Yossi Shain, Aaron and Cecile Goldman Visiting Professor, Georgetown University; Professor of Political Science, Tel Aviv University
Source: ``For Ethnic Americans, The Old Country Calls,'' Foreign Service Journal, October 2000
Political Parties
118(18)
The Odds-On Favorite in the Future: Democrats or Republicans?
The Odds-On Favorite in the Future: Democrats
Advocate: John B. Judis, Senior Editor, The New Republic, and Ruy Teixeira, Senior Fellow, the Century Foundation
Source: ``America's Changing Political Geography: Where Democrats Can Build a Majority,'' Blueprint: Ideas for a New Century, September/October 2002
The Odds-On Favorite in the Future: Republicans
Advocate: Daniel Casse
Source: ``An Emerging Republican Majority?'' Commentary, January 2003
Voting/Campaigns/Elections
136(12)
The Electoral College: Abolish or Preserve?
The Electoral College: Abolish
Advocate: Becky Cain, President, League of Women Voters
Source: Testimony during hearings on ``Proposals for Electoral College Reform: H.J. Res. 28 and H.J. Res. 43'' before the U.S. House of Representatives Committee on the Judiciary, Subcommittee on the Constitution, September 4, 1997
The Electoral College: Preserve
Advocate: Judith A. Best, Professor of Political Science, State University of New York at Cortland
Source: Testimony during hearings on ``Proposals for Electoral College Reform: H.J. Res. 28 and H.J. Res. 43'' before the U.S. House of Representatives Committee on the Judiciary, Subcommittee on the Constitution, September 4, 1997
Congress
148(12)
Congressional Term Limits: Promoting Choice or Restricting Choice?
Congressional Term Limits: Promoting Choice
Advocate: Paul Jacob, Executive Director, U.S. Term Limits
Source: Testimony during hearings on ``Limiting Terms of Office for Members of the U.S. Senate and U.S. House of Representatives,'' before the U.S. House of Representatives, Committee on the Judiciary, Subcommittee on the Constitution, January 22, 1997
Congressional Term Limits: Restricting Choice
Advocate: John R. Hibbing, Professor of Political Science, University of Nebraska
Source: Testimony during hearings on ``Limiting Terms of Office for Members of the U.S. Senate and U.S. House of Representatives,'' before the U.S. House of Representatives, Committee on the Judiciary, Subcommittee on the Constitution, January 22, 1997
Presidency
160(16)
Presidential War Powers and Terrorism: Unilateral Authority or constitutional Constraints
Presidential War Power and Terrorism: Unilateral Authority
Advocate: Douglas Kmiec, Dean of the Columbus School of Law, The Catholic University of America
Source: Testimony during hearings on ``Applying the War Powers Resolution to the War on Terrorism,'' before the U.S. Senate Committee on the Judiciary, April 17, 2002
Presidential War Power and Terrorism: Constitutional Constraints
Advocate: Jane Stromseth, Professor of Law, Georgetown University Law Center
Source: Testimony during hearings on ``Applying the War Powers Resolution to the War on Terrorism,'' before the U.S. Senate Committee on the Judiciary, April 17, 2002
Bureaucracy
176(12)
The Department of Education and Title IX: Champion of Equality or Overzealous Crusader?
The Department of Education and Title IX: Champion of Equality
Advocate: Judith Sweet, Vice-President for Championships and Senior Women Administrator, National Collegiate Athletic Association
Source: U.S. Department of Education, Secretary's Commission on Opportunity in Athletics, Hearings, August 27, 2002
The Department of Education and Title IX: Overzealous Crusader
Advocate: Amanda Ross-Edwards, Visiting Professor of Political Science, Fairfield University
Source: ``The Department of Education and Title IX: Flawed Interpretation and Implementation,'' an essay written for this volume, October 2003
Judiciary
188(28)
Legal Philosophy as a Qualification for The Bench: Judicious Standard or Obstructionist Barrier?
Legal Philosophy as a Qualification for the Bench: Judicious Standard
Advocate: Laurence H. Tribe, Professor, Harvard Law School
Source: Testimony during hearings on ``Judicial Nominations, Filibusters, and the Constitution: When a Majority Is Denied Its Right to Consent,'' before U.S. Senate Committee on the Judiciary, May 6, 2002
Legal Philosophy as a Qualification for the Bench: Obstructionist Barrier
Advocate: Todd F. Gaziano, Senior Fellow in Legal Studies and Director, Center for Legal and Judicial Studies, The Heritage Foundation
Source: Testimony during hearings on ``A Judiciary Diminished Is Justice Denied: The Constitution, the Senate, and the Vacancy Crisis in the Federal Judiciary'' before U.S. House of Representatives, Committee on the Judiciary, Subcommittee on the Constitution, October 10, 2002
Economic Policy
216(12)
Constitutionally Require a Balanced Budget: Fiscal Sanity or Fiscal Irresponsibility?
Constitutionally Require a Balanced Budget: Fiscal Sanity
Advocate: William Beach, Director, Center for Data Analysis, Heritage Foundation
Source: Testimony during hearings on the ``Balanced Budget Amendment'' before the U.S. House of Representatives Committee on the Judiciary, Subcommittee on the Constitution, March 6, 2003
Constitutionally Require a Balanced Budget: Fiscal Irresponsibility
Advocate: Richard Kogan, Senior Fellow, Center on Budget and Policy Priorities
Source: Testimony during hearings on the ``Balanced Budget Amendment'' before the U.S. House of Representatives Committee on the Judiciary, Subcommittee on the Constitution, March 6, 2003
Criminal Justice Policy
228(12)
The Death Penalty: Racially Biased or Justice Served?
The Death Penalty: Racially Biased
Advocate: Julian Bond, Professor of History, University of Virginia and Distinguished Professor-in-Residence, American University
Source: Testimony during hearings on ``Race and the Federal Death Penalty,'' before the U.S. Senate Committee on the Judiciary, Subcommittee on Constitution, Federalism, and Property Rights, June 13, 2001
The Death Penalty: Justice Served
Advocate: Andrew G. McBride, former U.S. Associate Deputy Attorney General
Source: Testimony during hearings on ``Race and the Federal Death Penalty,'' before the U.S. Senate Committee on the Judiciary, Subcommittee on Constitution, Federalism, and Property Rights, June 13, 2001
Education Policy
240(14)
Affirmative Action Admissions: Promoting Equality or Unfair Advantage?
Affirmative Action Admissions: Promoting Equality
Advocate: 41 College Students and 3 Student Coalitions
Source: Amicus Curiae brief to the U.S. Supreme Court in Grutter v. Bollinger (2003)
Affirmative Action Admissions: Unfair Advantage
Advocate: 21 Law Professors
Source: Amicus Curiae brief to the U.S. Supreme Court in Grutter v. Bollinger (2003)
Foreign Policy
254(13)
The Bush Doctrine: Wisdom or Folly?
The Bush Doctrine: Wisdom
Advocate: Thomas Donnelly, Resident Fellow, American Enterprise Institute
Source: ``The Underpinnings of the Bush Doctrine,'' National Security Outlook, AEI Online, February 1, 2003
The Bush Doctrine: Folly
Advocate: Todd Gitlin, Professor of Journalism and Sociology, Columbia University
Source: ``America's Age of Empire,'' Mother Jones, January/February 2003
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