Alan Hirsch

Alan Hirsch

Alan Hirsch, Chair of the Justice and Law Studies program at Williams College, is the author of Impeaching the President: Past, Present, Future (City Lights, 2018) and A Short History of Presidential Election Crises (And How to Prevent the Next One) (City Lights, forthcoming in 2020).

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I have proposed a constitutional amendment creating a permanent Presidential Election Review Board designed to resolve presidential election disputes. (Photo: Stephen Melkisethian/flickr/cc)  Views
Thursday, March 12, 2020
Is America Prepared For A Presidential Election Crisis?
What if, on account of the coronavirus, we attempt to hold the 2020 presidential election entirely on-line or through the mail, and it turns into a logistical nightmare? What if a major terrorist attack prevents holding the election on November 3? How about if, on Election Day, destructive weather...
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Protesters at the rally held signs depicting reasons for Trump to be removed. Members of the activist group Rise and Resist held an emergency demo in the main hall of Grand Central Terminal during the peak evening rush hour to demand that the Senate hold a full trial with witnesses and evidence. (Photo: Erik McGregor/LightRocket via Getty Images) Views
Thursday, January 30, 2020
Bring It On: Why Democrats Should Take the Hunter Biden for John Bolton Trade
Behind the scenes of Donald Trump's impeachment trial, Republicans have supposedly offered Democrats a trade that could end the stalemate over whether to call witnesses: If Republicans can have their preferred witnesses, Democrats can have theirs. In practice, this amounts to a trade of Hunter...
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Sen. Susan Collins (R-Maine) could become a hero of the impeachment trial. Views
Wednesday, January 01, 2020
Impeachment Heroes: Past, Present, Future
Nancy Pelosi willing, the articles of impeachment against President Trump will soon make their way to the Senate. The big question is whether the senate will allow the managers (the as-yet-unnamed House members who will prosecute the case in the Senate trial) to call witnesses. Surely, witnesses...
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Chairman Adam Schiff (C), Democrat of California, speaks alongside Ranking Member Devin Nunes (2nd R), Republican of California, during the first public hearings held by the House Permanent Select Committee on Intelligence as part of the impeachment inquiry into US President Donald Trump, with witnesses Ukrainian Ambassador William Taylor and Deputy Assistant Secretary George Kent testifying, on Capitol Hill in Washington, DC, November 13, 2019. (Photo: Saul Loeb/Pool/AFP via Getty Images) Views
Wednesday, November 13, 2019
Why This Impeachment Skeptic Changed His Mind
Despite all the uncertainty surrounding impeachment, we can capture the current moment succinctly: President Trump’s fate hinges on whether Republican senators are more fearful of losing in a primary or in the general election. Now that the live impeachment hearings are about to fuel nationwide...
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