Editor’s Opinions

My New Washington Post Op Ed on How Federalism Became Great Again on the Left

The Washington Post Outlook section has just published my article on "How Liberals Learned to Love Federalism." Here's an excerpt: This is what the battle over federalism looked like in the United States for many ...
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Are Young American Jews as Left-leaning as the Media Suggests?

If one reads both the secular and Jewish American media, one gets the impression that a virtual revolution is going on among the younger generation of American Jews. Focusing on various leftist and left-leaning Jewish ...
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Collective guilt for slavery doesn’t heal, it divides

NBC published a long report on Monday that revealed that Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell has an ancestral connection to slavery. Two of his great-great-grandfathers owned slaves, according to historical documents. washingtonexaminer.com/opinion ...
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Update on the Preakness Takings Case

The Preakness. Back in March, I wrote about the City of Baltimore's lawsuit attempting to use eminent domain to take the Preakness Stakes Triple Crown horse race, in order to prevent the owners from moving ...
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Trump Tries On the Mantle of Environmental Leadership. Does He Deserve It?

President Donald Trump called together cabinet members on Monday to help him cheerlead his administration's record on environmental issues. During his rambling remarks in the White House East Room about his administration's "environmental leadership," the ...
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Florida Sheriff Deputy Arrested After Planting Drugs on Innocent People

A former Florida sheriff's deputy was arrested Wednesday for planting drugs and falsely arresting at least 10 people, including one case where Reason obtained body camera footage showing him lying about the results of roadside ...
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Abandoning immigration enforcement is abandoning our system of government

Trying to actually deport illegal immigrants whom courts have ordered deported is now considered authoritarian. washingtonexaminer.com/opinion ...
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American patriotism is a local affair

America’s strength has always been in its decentralization, our hundreds of thousands of little platoons. washingtonexaminer.com/opinion ...
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Antifa anarchy, Portland’s apathy

Portland, Oregon, is rotting from within, its streets roamed and controlled by masked thugs who furiously attack people who disagree with them. washingtonexaminer.com/opinion ...
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Dealing with the devil

Few aspects of the Trump administration are as fraught with peril or with promise than President Trump's relationship with North Korean dictator Kim Jong Un. washingtonexaminer.com/opinion ...
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Kanye Tells Letterman: Trump Supporters Bullied, 'Treated Like Enemies of America'

Netflix’s season 2 of My Next Guest Needs No Introduction With David Letterman starts with an interview with rapper Kanye West, which leads to an enlightening conversation about Trump supporters getting bullied and media groupthink ...
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Gerrymandering is bad. Supreme Court is right not to fix it

State governments still mean something. They are still sovereign. They retain meaningful power of self-governance, and federal judges are just not supposed to take over their legislatures' powers without a specific legal mandate. washingtonexaminer.com/opinion ...
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Questioning the Political Question Doctrine

The Supreme Court. For many decades, the Supreme Court has chosen to avoid addressing some issues by ruling that they are "political questions," and therefore not fit for resolution. Last week, in Rucho v. Common ...
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Federal Court Rules Against Trump in Border Wall Cases

Yesterday, Federal District Judge Haywood Gilliam of the Northern District of California issued two rulings against President Trump's effort to reallocate military funds to build his proposed border wall. The decisions conclude that Trump lacked ...
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How Vietnam Gave Us C-SPAN 

On May 19, 2019, a major era in American media and politics quietly ended. Brian Lamb made his final official weekly* appearance on C-SPAN, the public affairs television network he launched 40 years ago. Fittingly, ...
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Enumerated Powers and the Census Case

Yesterday, in Department of Commerce v. New York, the Supreme Court ruled that the Trump administration's rationale for adding a question about citizenship to the 2020 census was pretextual and therefore invalid under the Administrative ...
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The Left’s gender-bending attack on a Christian funeral home is really an attack on all employers

Alliance Defending Freedom will be representing a Christian funeral home at the Supreme Court’s next session. The funeral home has been sued for its “discriminatory” dress policy after a male employee was prohibited from cross-dressing ...
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Bernie Sanders’ own state showed ‘Medicare for all’ won’t work

Bernie Sanders is offering a lot of government services, including "Medicare for all," which promises to pay for everyone's healthcare. So when he becomes president, will he raise taxes on the middle class? Sanders was ...
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No, Cory Booker, There Isn’t a Study Showing That Licensing Gun Owners Cuts Gun Violence by 40 Percent

In 2015, a group of researchers published a study in the American Journal of Public Health that was hyped in the press as having proved that instituting new, tougher permitting laws for gun owners in ...
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Democrats try to talk down a solid blue-collar economy

If the premise of an argument is false, what does that tell you about its conclusions? washingtonexaminer.com/opinion ...
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Trump’s climate policy: Why strain out the gnat while swallowing the camel?

President Trump has finally released the Affordable Clean Energy rule, his administration's long-awaited answer to former President Barack Obama's Clean Power Plan. The idea in replacing Obama's never-enacted policy is to create "achievable and realistic" ...
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Trump should speak a lot less and carry a big stick

President Trump can seem like a walking contradiction when it comes to war and peace. He loves talking tough, but he’s proven trigger shy. He has surrounded himself with bellicose hawks like John Bolton and ...
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Supreme Court puts the brakes on the militant war on religion

As activists strove over the past two years to take down statues of slave owners, Confederates, and racists, we generally agreed with the efforts but worried about who their next target would be. It ended ...
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Here’s Trump’s winning message for 2020

President Trump launched his reelection campaign last night. It’s obviously anyone’s guess whether he can win. But if you’re getting your news from CNN, MSNBC, or the New York Times, you’re probably convinced at this ...
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Death, despair, and dads

Suicide, drugs, and alcohol are killing more Americans than ever before. Police, local leaders, and Congress are scrambling for ways to reverse this rise in deaths of despair. The strongest cure, though, won’t be easily ...
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Good news; the market has neutered net neutrality

It's been a year since the world ended. In case you didn't notice, that dire event took place when the Trump administration ended the policy of net neutrality. washingtonexaminer.com/opinion ...
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Ferris Bueller’s 15 days off

It’s tough to fault a teenager for wanting to skip school on a single beautiful day. But when one day becomes 15 or more, it becomes a big problem. washingtonexaminer.com/opinion ...
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What’s the matter with California?

California wants to look after its people, so it keeps expanding its social safety net. It also wants to welcome all comers and so embraces illegal immigrants and protects them in sanctuary cities. washingtonexaminer.com/opinion ...
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Legal Scholars’ Letter on Initiating a Congressional Lawsuit to End Illegal US Role in the Yemen War

Children walk through a badly damaged neighborhood in Aden, Yemen. A cross-ideological group of constitutional and national security law scholars recently submitted a letter to Speaker of the House Nancy Pelosi urging her and the ...
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Impeachment drama is now a farce

It’s time to stop talking about impeachment as a drama. This show has now become a farce. washingtonexaminer.com/opinion ...
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Justice Stevens Admits Error in the Kelo Case—but Also Doubles Down on the Bottom Line

Retired Supreme Court Justice John Paul Stevens. In his recently published memoir, The Making of a Justice: My First Ninety Four Years, retired Supreme Court Justice John Paul Stevens includes an extensive discussion of his ...
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Trump can claim complete victory if he takes the Mexico deal

President Trump is on the cusp of the greatest diplomatic victory of his presidency, and probably of the decade. By threatening tariffs against Mexico, he has persuaded its government to take action. washingtonexaminer.com/opinion ...
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A Round-Up of Posts in the Volokh Conspiracy Symposium on “Our American Story: The Search for a New National Narrative”

The Volokh Conspiracy symposium on Our American Story: The Search for a Shared National Narrative, edited by Joshua Claybourn, has now concluded. I would like to thank all the contributors for their excellent posts, Joshua ...
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Anti-Semitism in America is an apolitical cancer

Anti-Semitism is a serious and deadly disease in the United States. It knows no party loyalty. And in many ways, it is getting worse. washingtonexaminer.com/opinion ...
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American heroes end wars

Attila the Hun, the Islamic Berbers, Xerxes, the Ottoman Empire, and the Mongols all invaded Europe throughout the centuries. Their aim was conquest. washingtonexaminer.com/opinion ...
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Chris Matthews Fails to Press Buttigieg on Gun Registration Ineffectiveness

On Monday's Hardball and during a town hall with 2020 Democratic presidential candidate Pete Buttigieg, host Chris Matthews failed to make an obvious point of pushback when the Democratic presidential candidate talked up his plan ...
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