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Jeffrey Rosen nominated as US deputy AG




FEBRUARY 20, 2019

US President Donald Trump plans to nominate Jeffrey Rosen as the next deputy US attorney general, a senior administration official says.

Rosen, currently deputy secretary of the US Department of Transportation, would succeed Rod Rosenstein, who appointed special counsel Robert Mueller to investigate possible ties between Russia and Trump’s campaign.

Rosenstein is expected to step down by mid-March.

Attorney General William Barr welcomed the choice of the new deputy, saying in a statement that Rosen had 35 years of experience at the highest levels of government and in the private sector.

“His years of outstanding legal and management experience make him an excellent choice to succeed Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein, who has served the Department of Justice over many years with dedication and distinction,” Barr said.

Transportation Secretary Elaine Chao said Rosen had played a critical role in her department and would be sorry to lose him.

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Source: @ https://www.theaustralian.com.au/news/latest-news/jeffrey-rosen-nominated-as-us-deputy-ag/news-story/8503efb4f56909d2f1b4ada9b2e83fee


LOUIS D. BRANDEIS by Jeffrey Rosen

American Prophet

by Jeffrey Rosen



In the latest installment of the publisher’s Jewish Lives series, a legal scholar examines the career of Louis D. Brandeis (1856-1941), “the most important American critic of what he called ‘the curse of bigness’ in government and business since Thomas Jefferson.”

National Constitution Center president and CEO Rosen (The Supreme Court: The Personalities and Rivalries that Defined America, 2007, etc.) states unambiguously that he is not attempting to offer a comprehensive biography, citing three high-quality, full-life biographies published after Brandeis left the Supreme Court in 1939. Rather, he presents “a condensed study of his thought and character.” Throughout the book, Rosen considers Brandeis as a philosopher and prophet; many of his teachings transcended the opinions related to specific cases decided by the Supreme Court. As the first Jewish Supreme Court justice, Brandeis surely based some of his ideas on his religious upbringing. To the extent that the author focuses on Brandeis’ Jewishness, the conversation veers toward Zionism, as Brandeis tirelessly advocated for a newly created Jewish homeland in Palestine that might protect followers of the faith from anti-Semitism. More than Jewish influences, though, Rosen considers Brandeis as a student of Thomas Jefferson’s writings and speeches, even suggesting Brandeis be remembered as the Jewish Jefferson. The commonalities between Jefferson and Brandeis coalesce around skepticism about the value of economic monopolies and bankers as well as the oft-ignored value of small farmers and other entrepreneurs. Like Jefferson, Brandeis vigorously supported the system of a federal government, each of the states sharing authority wisely, with each state as an autonomous laboratory of democracy. Within each of those states, Brandeis, like Jefferson, hoped optimistically that every citizen would become well-informed through lifelong self-education. In an epilogue titled “What Would Brandeis Do?” Rosen traces the justice’s influence today, specifically on three contemporary Supreme Court justices: Ruth Bader Ginsburg, Elena Kagan, and Stephen Breyer.

A tightly written, tightly reasoned biography aimed at readers who are not legal scholars.

Pub Date: June 1st, 2016

ISBN: 978-0-300-15867-0

Page count: 256pp

Publisher: Yale Univ.

Review Posted Online: March 14th, 2016

Kirkus Reviews Issue: April 1st, 2016


See also: https://www.amazon.com/Louis-D-Brandeis-American-Prophet/dp/030015867X

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A riveting new examination of the leading progressive justice of his era, published in the centennial year of his confirmation to the U.S. Supreme Court

According to Jeffrey Rosen, Louis D. Brandeis was “the Jewish Jefferson,” the greatest critic of what he called “the curse of bigness,” in business and government, since the author of the Declaration of Independence. Published to commemorate the hundredth anniversary of his Supreme Court confirmation on June 1, 1916, Louis D. Brandeis: American Prophet argues that Brandeis was the most farseeing constitutional philosopher of the twentieth century. In addition to writing the most famous article on the right to privacy, he also wrote the most important Supreme Court opinions about free speech, freedom from government surveillance, and freedom of thought and opinion. And as the leader of the American Zionist movement, he convinced Woodrow Wilson and the British government to recognize a Jewish homeland in Palestine. Combining narrative biography with a passionate argument for why Brandeis matters today, Rosen explores what Brandeis, the Jeffersonian prophet, can teach us about historic and contemporary questions involving the Constitution, monopoly, corporate and federal power, technology, privacy, free speech, and Zionism.


“[E]loquent, insightful and compact …. Rosen’s accessible prose makes a difficult intellectual feat look easy. He provides an excellent introduction to Brandeis’s ideas about government regulation and big business, free speech, technology and privacy, and Zionism.”

(The Washington Post)

About the Author

Jeffrey Rosen is President and CEO of the National Constitution Center, professor of law at the George Washington University Law School, and a contributing editor of the Atlantic. @ https://www.amazon.com/Louis-D-Brandeis-American-Prophet/dp/030015867X

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