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David Cay Johnston stopped by MSNBC’s The Last Word with Lawrence O’Donnell on Tuesday, to discuss Governor Chris Christie’s plan to cut post-retirement health care benefits and pensions.

“This is thievery,” Johnston explained.

“This is just a subtle, delayed form of stealing wages from people who did the work they were hired to do and earned benefits for their old age,” he added.

Video of the segment is below, via MSNBC:

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Reprinted with permission from The American Prospect

The barriers to amending the Constitution are so high that I've long thought it pointless to pursue any reform that way. But after four years of Donald Trump, I've changed my mind. In fact, I'm suffering from a bout of what Kathleen Sullivan in 1995 in these pages called "constitutional amendmentitis."

Sullivan—later dean of Stanford Law School—used the term for conservatives' feverish advocacy of amendments in the mid-1990s. The amendments would have, among other things, imposed a balanced federal budget, limited congressional terms, authorized laws banning flag-burning, given the president a line-item veto, and outlawed abortion. It was a good thing those amendments didn't receive the necessary two-thirds approval in both houses of Congress, much less ratification by three-fourths of the states.

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