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Stephen L. Carter: The Supreme Court needs term limits

Suddenly everybody wants to explore term limits for Supreme Court justices. Welcome aboard. I’ve been on that train for almost a quarter of a century. The current argument is that life tenure is a leading cause of the increasing viciousness of our confirmation battles. But whether term limits would fix the process depends on whether we’re right about what’s wrong. Term limits are popular. Some 61 percent of Americans support them. Whether categorized by party, income, race, gender or religion, in no demographic group does a majority oppose them. Over the last decade or so, many legal scholars have embraced the idea of discarding life tenure in favor of either a mandatory retirement age or, more often, a specified number of years on the high bench – usually 18 or 15.

Critics silenced ahead of China’s move to end Xi term limits

As China’s rubber-stamp legislature prepares to approve constitutional changes abolishing term limits for the president on Sunday, signs of dissent and biting satire have been all but snuffed out. The stifling censorship leaves intellectuals, young white-collar workers and retired veterans of past political campaigns using roundabout ways to voice their concerns. For many, it’s a foreshadowing of greater political repression ahead.

Xi term-limits controversy looms at China political meeting

The prospect of Chinese President Xi Jinping ruling for an unlimited number of terms is dominating discussion as China’s legislature opens its annual session Monday. The constitutional amendment to the two-term limit on the president underscores Xi’s standing as China’s most dominant political figure in decades.

2nd GOP candidate now favors term limits, financial scrutiny of elected officials

A second leading Republican candidate for governor now says he would pursue term limits, some form of financial disclosure requirements and other reforms targeting Idaho politicians. The proposals by U.S. Rep. Raúl Labrador come on the heels of the Republican-dominated Legislature showing signs it will continue to resist such reforms. The House...

Uganda lawmakers pass contentious ‘life presidency’ bill

One of Africa’s longest-serving leaders could rule until 2031 after Ugandan lawmakers late Wednesday passed contentious legislation that many in the East African nation saw as an attempt by the president to rule until the grave.

Eye on Boise: Record suggests Risch could surprise

What might Idaho Sen. Jim Risch be like as chairman of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee, one of the most powerful committees in Congress? Jim Weatherby, BSU professor emeritus and longtime observer of Idaho politics, says the result might not be what most would assume.

Ahlquist calls for term limits, ethics reforms

Idaho’s top politicians should face term limits and tougher disclosure laws, political newcomer and Republican gubernatorial candidate Tommy Ahlquist declared Tuesday as he unveiled a 10-point plan for ethics reforms...

Trump pushes for congressional term limits

Republican presidential nominee Donald Trump on Tuesday pledged that if elected he will push for a constitutional amendment to impose term limits for members of Congress.

Term limits for Supreme Court justices gains support

Justice Antonin Scalia’s sudden death a month before his 80th birthday and the potential impasse over replacing him is giving new impetus to an old idea: Limiting the service of Supreme Court justices.