Daniel E. Backman

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Buying Off the Judiciary

The pernicious effects of a dependence upon outside donors on the democratic process cannot be ignored.


Stopping Court-Sanctioned Corruption

We might be at the cusp of political corruption not seen since the Gilded Age of the late 19th century.


Our Democracy Is Broken, But We Can Fix It

Indeed, in the wake of Citizens United and years of weak campaign finance laws, there is a lot we do not know about how our elected officials reached our TVs, our YouTube videos, and our ballots in the endless campaign leading up to Tuesday, November 6


Does Harvard Place Enough Value on Academics?

Reality check: It is impossible for anyone to dictate exactly how anyone else should spend his time.


Should The United States Use Drones for Military Operations?

Like any new invention, our understanding of how to best use drones is still evolving, and a critical public eye is key to ensure the proper development of drone doctrines.


A Crisis of Our Choosing

On its face, the conventional wisdom is correct. America does have a debt problem

Black Lives Matter Protester

Demonstrators Continue 'Black Lives Matter' Campaign in Central Square March

Harvard Stadium

Boston Olympic Bid Names Harvard Venues as Hosts for 10 Events

Conflict at the Scene

Med School Professor Dies After Brigham Shooting

"Shut It Down"

The Top 10 Stories of 2014