This one is for all of you prospective law students. The Wall Street Journal’s Law Blog (one of my favorites) has this post today: Is ‘Secretary of State Hillary Clinton’ Unconstitutional? Some Say Yes. It discusses whether Clinton’s appointment violated the emoluments clause, which bars a Senator or Representative from appointment to office if the pay for the position was increased during the person’s service in the Senate or House. The Secretary of State received a COLA increase this past January, hence the issue.
I recommend this post to those interested in the law with these insights/caveats/admonitions (you’ll decide later what they are): Whatever you think of it now–whether you find it fascinating or eye-glazing–after a few months of law school you would care passionately about these arguments, even if the passion lasted only so long as the time you are on-call in Con Law. And many years later, when you’ve forgotten that the Constitution contained an emoluments clause, a discussion like this will continue to have the power to hook you.