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Checking and balancing Donald Trump

Checking and balancing Donald Trump

Even the most ardent fans of President Donald Trump should see this week's appeals court ruling upholding a freeze on his travel ban not so much as a personal setback (as much as the president might take it that way) and surely not as some compromise of national security (an argument unsupported by the facts) but as a triumph of our Constitution's checks and balances and the rule of law. The Trump administration had argued that the federal courts had no purview in the matter, a claim that is fundamentally at odds with the very foundation of our republic.

Whatever one might think of the protests and marches by aggrieved citizens or the late-night talkathons in the U.S. Senate, all of...