The Troublesome Federal Judge Who Was Never Disciplined by Congress, His Peers, or the Press

What the Career of the Nation’s Longest-Seated Jurist Tells Us About the Judicial System

While we should not rejoice at the death of Manuel Real, his passing offers some good news: At long last, California’s most troublesome federal judge is off the bench.

Unfortunately, the fact that it took death to retire Real is a scandal that survives him. And that scandal should be a lasting stain on our judicial and political systems.

Indeed, the career of Real—whose 53 years on the federal bench in Los Angeles made him the nation’s longest-serving active judge—offers ugly lessons about character, ideology, impunity, and the impotence of impeachment.  …

How the US Military Taught Americans to Smoke | Zocalo Public Square • Arizona State University • Smithsonian

How the US Military Taught Americans to Smoke

A 1918 Policy Devised to Calm Soldiers’ Nerves Sparked a Bad Habit That Was Difficult to Stop

Mention of the American military-industrial complex conjures up images of massive weapons procurement programs and advanced technologies: supersonic bombers, strategic missiles, armor-plated tanks, nuclear submarines, and complex space systems. However, …

What the Devil Is Up With People Who Believe in Satan?

When Supreme Court Justice Antonin Scalia Professed a Belief In Lucifer, It Caused Gasps and Titters Among the Elite. But His Point Should Be Taken Seriously.

When U.S. Supreme Court Justice Antonin Scalia recently told New York magazine that he believed in the devil, some readers seemed to view this statement as further proof that Scalia …