John Yoo

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John Yoo is a visiting fellow at the Hoover Institution, professor of law at the University of California at Berkeley School of Law (Boalt Hall), and a visiting scholar at the American Enterprise Institute. From 2001 to 2003 he served as Deputy Assistant Attorney General in the Office of Legal Council in the Justice Department of President George W. Bush. Professor Yoo is the author of a number of books, most recently of Crisis and Command: A History of Executive Power, From George Washington to George W. Bush.

John Yoo co-hosts the Pacific Century podcast with Michael Auslin, where they broadly address developments in China and Asia. They discuss the latest politics, economics, law, and cultural news, with a focus on US policy in the region.

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The Constitution

interview with Hugh Hewitt, John Yoovia Uncommon Knowledge
Friday, September 4, 2015

Obamacare, the Middle East, and America’s future

Legal scholar John Yoo (right) and Hollywood writer Rob Long debate the future o

Legal scholar John Yoo and Hollywood writer Rob Long debate the future of the Republican Party.

with Rob Long, John Yoovia Uncommon Knowledge
Wednesday, January 9, 2013

This week on Uncommon Knowledge, legal scholar John Yoo and Hollywood writer Rob Long strongly disagree about the future of the Republican Party. (41:33)
“If the Republican Party didn’t change at all in the next two years, we would still gain seats in the House and the Senate. But if we actually take advantage of the opportunity and reformulate our principles in a clear way and sell them well, I think we will get a majority in the Senate to combine with our majority in the House.”

The Court that Couldn't Say "Stop!"

by John Yoovia Hoover Digest
Monday, August 13, 2012

At a crucial moment, the Roberts court blinked, setting back both the Constitution and any dreams of limited federal power. By John Yoo.

The law with Epstein and Yoo

Obamacare and the Supreme Court with Richard Epstein and John Yoo

with Richard A. Epstein, John Yoovia Uncommon Knowledge
Wednesday, January 25, 2012

Richard Epstein, the Peter and Kirsten Bedford Senior Fellow at the Hoover Institution and the Laurence A. Tisch Professor of Law, New York University Law School, and John Yoo, a professor at the University of California at Berkeley law school, examine the merits of various constitutional arguments for the Supreme Court’s striking down Obamacare.

The law with Epstein and Yoo

Richard Epstein and John Yoo—Order in the Court

with Richard A. Epstein, John Yoovia Uncommon Knowledge
Tuesday, January 18, 2011

Richard Epstein is a professor of law at the New York University law school, a senior fellow at the Hoover Institution, and a senior lecturer at the University of Chicago law school. His latest book is The Case Against the Employee Free Choice Act. John Yoo is a professor at the University of California at Berkeley law school. His most recent book is Crisis and Command.

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Crisis and Command with John Yoo

by Peter M. Robinsonwith John Yoovia Uncommon Knowledge
Tuesday, January 19, 2010

John Yoo, who played a significant role in developing a legal justification for the Bush administration’s policy in the War on Terror, reflects on the controversial legal and policy positions taken by the Bush administration on interrogating captured terrorists after 9/11.

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Sending a Message

by John Yoovia Hoover Digest
Monday, October 30, 2006

With a new law on military commissions, Congress sent the Supreme Court a message, loud and clear: Get out of the war on terror. By John Yoo.

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The Constitution and the War

by Peter M. Robinsonwith Richard A. Epstein, John Yoovia Uncommon Knowledge
Sunday, October 29, 2006

Where should we draw the line between civil liberties and national security in the “war on terror”? Are we even at war, and if so, what are the constitutional limits to presidential war powers? Has the Bush administration gone too far in the electronic surveillance of citizens and the coercive interrogation of suspected terrorists and enemy combatants? Richard Epstein and John Yoo, both widely regarded as strict constitutional constructionists, take decidedly different positions on these questions. (41:26) Video transcript

HOLDING COURT: The Legacy of the Rehnquist Court

with Kathleen Sullivan, John Yoovia Uncommon Knowledge
Thursday, May 26, 2005

William H. Rehnquist has served as chief justice of the United States Supreme Court for nineteen years, the longest tenure of a chief justice in a century. How has the Rehnquist Court responded to the key constitutional issues of our times? What will be the philosophical legacy of the man himself? And who will miss him more, liberals or conservatives? Peter Robinson speaks with Kathleen Sullivan and John Yoo.

GIVE ME CIVIL LIBERTIES OR GIVE ME...SAFETY? Should the Patriot Act Be Renewed?

with Jenny Martinez, John Yoovia Uncommon Knowledge
Friday, February 11, 2005

In late 2001, in response to the terrorist attacks of 9/11, the Bush administration proposed the USA Patriot Act, which gave law enforcement agencies expanded surveillance and intelligence-gathering powers. Congress overwhelmingly approved the Patriot Act on the condition that most provisions of the act would expire in 2005. President Bush now wants all provisions of the act extended. Should they be? Or are the provisions dangerous and unnecessary infringements on our civil liberties? Peter Robinson speaks with Jenny Martinez and John Yoo.

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