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IN THE NEWS
March 3, 2021 in Op-Eds

On Voting Rights, GOP Lawyers Say the Quiet Part Out Loud

Arguing before the Supreme Court, they admit their case isn’t about principle or election integrity—it’s…
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February 25, 2021 in Op-Eds

The Jan. 6 case for ending the Senate filibuster

With the Senate’s acquittal of President Trump after his second impeachment trial, the question of accountability…
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RECENT TV APPEARANCES
February 15, 2021 in TV

After Trump’s acquittal in Senate trial, what comes next?

The Senate acquitted former President Trump of inciting the deadly insurrection at the U.S. Capitol.…
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BOOKS
WHAT YOU NEED TO KNOW ABOUT VOTING — AND WHY

Now, more than ever, Americans are realizing that their votes count. Kim Wehle’s excellent guide tells you everything you need to know about the laws governing our greatest right and privilege. A must-read, especially in an election year.

Norah O'DonnelAnchor and Managing Editor, CBS Evening News

Required reading as we head toward the most important election in generations.

KPFA.org

Lays out what readers need to know.

Kirkus Reviews

For voters across the political spectrum.

Booklist

Timely... witty and entertaining.

Jennifer RubinColumnist, The Washington Post
WHAT YOU NEED TO KNOW ABOUT VOTING — AND WHY
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HOW TO READ THE CONSTITUTION AND WHY

[An] accessible treatise… Wehle elegantly translates the Constitution into layperson-friendly terms.

Publishers Weekly

Not since perhaps the Nixon years have there been so many valid questions about the U.S. Constitution and its role in our lives – and so many perceived challenges to it. Kim Wehle’s How to Read the Constitution—and Why provides essential, compelling reading on this glorious document. A must-read for this era.

Jake TapperCNN Anchor and Chief Washington Correspondent

The oft-cited U.S. Constitution is a misunderstood document. In this engaging and informative analysis, CNN pundit Wehle (law, Univ. of Baltimore Sch. of Law) offers a detailed explanation for general readers. The author's approach is twofold: she describes the document's structure with the aid of useful analogies to business models ("The constitution does not put a single person in charge") and examines the list of rights we often take for granted. Wehle's succinct chapter on the Second Amendment is especially timely, as she asserts that a "strict reading" of the Constitution is a myth and that many words in its text are ambiguous. Phrases such as "separation of powers" and "checks and balances" do not appear in the Constitution, yet those principles are implied in the delineation of the powers granted to the three branches of government. Additionally, "American values" are not spelled out in the Constitution. The last section presents a discussion of why the Constitution matters and how it's basic concept of government is endangered. Sprinkled throughout are many examples from current politics, with President Donald Trump mentioned frequently. VERDICT People of all political persuasions will benefit from this book, especially with a battle looming between Congress and the president in the coming months.

Thomas KarelFranklin & Marshall Coll. Lib., Library Journal
HOW TO READ THE CONSTITUTION AND WHY
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About Kim Wehle

AUTHOR / LEGAL ANALYST / CONSTITUTIONAL LAW EXPERT

Kimberly Wehle (pronounced “Whale-ee”) is an author, lawyer, law professor, and legal expert. She served as a Legal Analyst for CBS News, appearing on Face the Nation with Margaret Brennan. She is a regular guest on MSNBC, CNN, BBC, and NPR, and has appeared on FoxNews, C-SPAN and PBS. Wehle is a contributor to Politico, The Atlantic, The Bulwark, and The Hill, and has written for the Baltimore Sun and LA Times. She is a former Assistant United States Attorney, Associate Independent Counsel in the Whitewater Investigation, and author of the books, How to Read The Constitution—and Why and What You Need to Know About Voting—and Why.

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