Christopher Brauchli

Christopher Brauchli is a columnist and lawyer known nationally for his work. He is a graduate of Harvard University and the University of Colorado School of Law where he served on the Board of Editors of the Rocky Mountain Law Review. He can be emailed at brauchli.56@post.harvard.edu. For political commentary see his web page at http://humanraceandothersports.com

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Sunday, January 25, 2015 - 7:45am
Revisiting the IRS
Taxes are what we pay for civilized society. — Oliver Wendell Holmes, Jr. Compania de Tobacos v. Collector The Republicans deserve credit for persistence, if not creativity. First it was the Affordable Health Care Act that they have voted to repeal no fewer than 54 times since taking control of the...
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Sunday, January 18, 2015 - 7:45am
Saudis and Satire
Those who can make you believe absurdities can make you commit atrocities. —Voltaire Meanwhile, back in Saudi Arabia. . . . For a brief time it seemed that our friends and allies, the Saudis, might be on the verge of getting one thing right. In early November it was reported that King Abdullah’s...
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Saturday, January 3, 2015 - 10:30am
Crimes and Congress
Recent events cause the citizen to ask whether there are any rules that might prevent members of the criminal class from also being members of a Congressional class. What we have learned, thanks to Michael Grimm, the Congressman from New York’s 11th Congressional District, is that being a...
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Saturday, December 27, 2014 - 9:00am
A Kim Comedy
The world is a comedy to those that think, a tragedy to those that feel. —Horace Walpole, Letter to the Countess of Upper Osory It’s too bad that Seth Rogen and Evan Goldberg didn’t create a funny and historically accurate movie about Kim Jong-un. It’s not that they lacked material-it’s that they...
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Sunday, November 23, 2014 - 10:45am
JPMorgan Chases Profits
Forgive us our debts, as we forgive our debtors. The Lord’s Prayer Here are some of the good things JPMorgan has done in recent years. In 2012 it reduced the compensation of Jamie Dimon, its chairman, president and CEO from $23 million to $11.5 million. That was his punishment for all the bad...
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Sunday, November 16, 2014 - 10:30am
The US in Iraq is History Repeating Itself
It was déjà vue all over again. — Attributed to Yogi Berra That was then-this is now. Thank goodness. It would be a pity if history were to repeat itself. It would suggest we weren’t smart enough to learn from experience. “Then” began in 1950 with the establishment of the United States Military...
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Saturday, November 8, 2014 - 8:30am
Justice Compared and Denied
Ius est ars boni et aequi. (Legal justice is the art of the good and the fair.) — A Latin Saying The great thing about living in the United States is that if you’ve gotten caught up in the military or criminal justice system you can go to court to seek redress. That’s a lot different from the way...
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Saturday, November 1, 2014 - 9:45am
Murder For Hire
bq.These, in the days when heaven was falling. . . Followed their mercenary calling And took their wages and are dead. — A. E. Housman, Epitaph on an Army of Mercenaries At first blush it seemed like a great idea and the only question it raises is why in the world no one in the administration...
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Saturday, October 25, 2014 - 9:15am
Heather and the Alfalfa Sprouts
“If the law supposes that,” said Mr. Bumble. . . “the law is a ass, a idiot.” — Charles Dickens, Oliver Twist As a reward for those who read my musings faithfully, I am always pleased when I can give them information that may prove to be of financial benefit to them. This week’s offering falls into...
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Saturday, October 18, 2014 - 8:15am
Democracy in Action
As long as I count the votes, what are you going to do about it? — William Marcy Tweed, November 1871. Recent events cause some to wonder whether the literacy tests that voters in some states were required to pass, before voting, from the early 1890s until the 1960s, are preferable to the methods...
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