Understanding False Confessions: Introduction

Over the next few weeks, in our new series “Understanding False Confessions,” I will explore the topic of false confessions to try to better understand why they happen. I will investigate ways in which confessions are elicited from individuals, analyze the various interview and interrogation tactics conducted, and identify alternative systems to determine a viable solution to the problem of false confessions. Continue reading Understanding False Confessions: Introduction

Revisiting America’s Best Idea: National Parks as Policy

The National Parks System was formed by law and is overseen by a government agency. That makes it a policy, and policy is subject to and deserving of cold, cruel, objective analysis. And while I am a lover of the parks, when it is the people’s money being spent, it is best to be sure it is being spent wisely and for the benefit of all, and not merely for the benefit of a few overzealous hikers and granola-crunching tree huggers. So let’s take a look at the beloved National Parks System. Continue reading Revisiting America’s Best Idea: National Parks as Policy

When Duty Calls: Romney in a Trump Administration

Romney urged voters to vote for literally anyone else in order to save the party, and the country, from itself. He became the face of the Never Trump movement. Nine months later, Trump’s transition team has announced that Romney is under “active and serious consideration” to serve as Secretary of State. Continue reading When Duty Calls: Romney in a Trump Administration

Post-Election Sufferings: A 72 Hour Reflection

On Tuesday, November 8, 2016, the United States of America elected Donald J. Trump to be its 45th President. That night was a night of heartbreak for many Democrats. It was also night of great surprise to many of those who predict election results. So now that the dust has settled and Donald J. Trump has emerged victorious, we now have to ask how so many were so far off. Continue reading Post-Election Sufferings: A 72 Hour Reflection