Policy

(AlenaMozhjer/Getty Images) 2005—In an act of judicial passivism, a five-justice majority, in an opinion by Justice Stevens, rules in Kelo v. City of New London that the City of New London satisfies the “public use” requirement of the Takings Clause when it takes private property from homeowners in order to transfer it to another private
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Residents protest at a Loudon County, Va., school board meeting, June 22, 2021. (Gabriella Border/via Twitter) Police declared an unlawful assembly at a Loudoun County, Va., School Board meeting after residents clashed regarding the district’s proposed policies on transgender students. The proposal in question, known as policy proposal 8040, would require teachers to use a
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White House Press Secretary Jen Psaki holds a press briefing at the White House in Washington, D.C., June 21, 2021. (Sarah Silbiger/Reuters) White House press secretary Jen Psaki on Monday dodged questions about the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops’ vote to draft guidelines that could eventually bar public figures who express support for abortion, like
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U.S. Supreme Court Justice Anthony Kennedy speaks with Justice John Paul Stevens in Washington, D.C., September 29, 2009. (Jim Young/Reuters) 2002—In Atkins v. Virginia, the Court, in an opinion by Justice Stevens (for a majority of six justices), relies on the “direction of change” in state laws, the views of the supposed “world community” and
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Texas Governor Greg Abbott speaks at the annual National Rifle Association convention in Dallas, Texas, May 4, 2018. (REUTERS/Lucas Jackson) Texas governor Greg Abbott (R.) vetoed funding for members of the state legislature on Friday, making good on his threat do so after state Democrats blocked a Republican-backed bill on election procedures. “Texans don’t run
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Marsha Blackburn at a Republican National Convention meeting in Tampa, Fla., August 28, 2012. (Mike Segar/Reuters) The Faith & Freedom Coalition conference comes as the GOP finds itself out of power in Washington and undergoing something of an identity crisis. Kissimmee, Fla. — Top Republicans gathering here this week at the Faith & Freedom Coalition’s
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President Joe Biden’s dog Champ is seen on the South Lawn of the White House in Washington, March 2021. (Mandel Ngan/Pool via Reuters) President Joe Biden on Saturday announced the death of his 13-year-old German Shepherd, Champ. “Our hearts are heavy today as we let you all know that our beloved German Shepherd, Champ, passed
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Protesters clash with Capitol police at the U.S. Capitol Building in Washington, D.C., January 6, 2021. (Shannon Stapleton/Reuters) A Tucker Carlson monologue misconstrues the facts of the case. NRPLUS MEMBER ARTICLE I finally watched Tucker Carlson’s monologue from Tuesday night, which has understandably caused a stir. Tucker speculates that the January 6 Capitol tumult was
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(zimmytws/Getty Images) To nobody’s surprise, Biden & Co. have decided to forgive $500 million in loan debt for students who had enrolled in the now-defunct ITT Technical Institute schools. They were all “misled” by pronouncements by ITT about their likely earnings. No doubt, but many nonprofit colleges make similar claims to lure in students. Forgiving
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Attendees take part in morning prayers at the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops general assembly in Baltimore, Md., November 13, 2018. (Theresa Keil/Reuters) The U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops voted to create draft guidelines on the meaning of Communion that could eventually bar people who express support for abortion from receiving the Eucharist. The proposal
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My column today is on its Obamacare and religious-liberty rulings. In two major decisions, the Supreme Court expanded protections for religious liberty and narrowed the law of standing so that fewer federal lawsuits can be entertained. Six of the nine justices were appointed by Republican presidents, and a majority of those six agreed with each
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The Alien Tort Statute gives federal courts jurisdiction to hear certain civil actions filed by aliens. Today’s ruling by the Court in Nestle v. Doe arises from a complaint filed by six individuals from Mali who allege that they were trafficked into Ivory Coast as child slaves to work on cocoa farms and that U.S.-based
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Former National Security Advisor John Bolton speaks during a lecture at Duke University in Durham, N.C., February 17, 2020. (Jonathan Drake/Reuters) The Justice Department has dropped a lawsuit against former White House adviser John Bolton over the publication of his White House tell-all The Room Where It Happened. Under the Trump administration, the DOJ sued Bolton
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(Jonathan Ernst/Reuters) The House voted 415 to 14 to make Juneteenth a federal holiday on Wednesday, one day after the Senate unanimously approved the measure. Juneteenth commemorates the Union Army declaration of the end of slavery in Texas on June 19, 1865. President Abraham Lincoln had signed the Emancipation Proclamation over two years earlier, in the
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President Obama talks in the Rose Garden at the White House in Washington, D.C., May 20, 2010. (Jonathan Ernst/Reuters) When I wrote that Obama failed as president of the United States, I meant that he failed on his own terms. This past weekend, I wrote a piece about why Barack Obama’s presidency failed. The best
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(GlobalStock/Getty Images) Florida governor Ron DeSantis signed a bill Monday that will require public-school students to “reflect and to be able to pray as they see fit” for one to two minutes each day. While state law already “encourages” students to participate in “silent prayer,” the new legislation, which goes into effect July 1, will
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A woman holds a sign during a pro-life march in Queens, New York, October 20, 2012. (Andrew Kelly/Reuters) Nearly three-quarters of church-going Catholics believe public officials who oppose Church teaching should not receive Communion, according to a new poll. CatholicVote poll results released Tuesday show 74 percent of Catholics who regularly attend Mass believe that
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Ships and shipping containers at the port of Long Beach in Long Beach, Calif., January 30, 2019. (Mike Blake/Reuters) There’s an old joke about an economist and an engineer who fall into a deep hole together. As the engineer is devising ways to get out of the hole, the economist says, “Don’t worry, I’ll get
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A proposed change in the law would make organ procurement easier. That’s a bad reason to make it, I argue at Bloomberg Opinion. Death can’t be denied but it can be edited. In 1981, the Uniform Law Commission proposed a model law for the determination of death. It says that individuals have died when they have experienced
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Salman Rushdie during an interview with Reuters in 2012. (Paul Hackett/Reuters) His new essay collection vies for attention through studied insults of sacred cows. Even all these years after Salman Rushdie dominated headlines following the fatwa declared against him for his alleged anti-Islam blasphemy in the 1988 novel The Satanic Verses, the name still evokes
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(Thomasaf/Getty Images) 1966—In a 5-4 ruling in Miranda v. Arizona, Chief Justice Warren’s majority opinion declares that a voluntary confession made during custodial interrogation will be conclusively deemed involuntary and inadmissible unless police first provide what are now known as the Miranda warnings (or unless other effective safeguards are adopted). It therefore vacates Miranda’s conviction.
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