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The Lost Last Supper

December 16, 2020

When you hear the word inquisition, you think of Spain, heretics in strange tall pointed hats, the stake, forced confessions, horrifying images that make the words Holy Inquisition a cruel oxymoron. It is less well known that there were also inquisitors in Venice who could make life rather difficult for people. In the Accademia, there is an enormous painting by Paolo Veronese that was once the subject of an interrogation of the painter by three Venetian inquisitors.

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From 9/11 to COVID-19: Overcoming Necessity Through Competing Conceptions of Presidential Power

December 2, 2020

One of the intriguing developments during the COVID-19 crisis is how absent claims about presidential power to solve national security crises have been. There have been no calls for exercising unilateral and exclusive presidential power to engage in possible extralegal action deemed necessary to save American lives under attack—not by terrorists, of course, but by a deadly invader nonetheless. This emergency has been constitutionally constrained, both in action and in rhetoric.

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