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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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A New History of Judicial Review

I'm thrilled to announce that my new book, Repugnant Laws: Judicial Review of Acts of Congress from the Founding to the Present, is now available for purchase. From the jacket copy: The court, Repugnant Laws ...
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Dangerous Precedent Looms in Espionage Indictment Against Julian Assange

An unprecedented attack on free speech and the free press is afoot, as the U.S. Department of Justice (DOJ) charges Julian Assange with espionage over leaked documents published on WikiLeaks. This is "the first time ...
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The State Can’t Keep Drugs Out of Prisons. How Was It Ever Going to Keep Them Out of America?

Of the 1,000 or so California bills that likely will become law this year, virtually every measure will give government more power to do one thing or another. The consensus in the Capitol is that ...
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Review: Losers

In the eight episodes of the Netflix docu-series Losers, elite athletes get knocked out, trounced, screwed over, bitten, and booed. With different creative choices, the whole thing could have been a syrupy stew of inspirational ...
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Review: Aladdin

How much could there possibly be to say about the new live-action Aladdin? It's another squeeze of the Disney property that's already yielded a phenomenally popular 1992 animated film, a pair of straight-to-video sequels (best ...
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Theory of Revised Julian Assange Indictment Could Apply to Ordinary Reporters

The revised indictment, just handed down today, contains three sets of charges. 1. Count 18, which was the one charge in the initial indictment, alleges that Assange tried to help then-Bradley Manning crack a computer ...
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New Espionage Charges Against Assange Are Bad for Journalists, Worse for Citizens

The Justice Department this afternoon announced an 18-charge indictment against WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange, accusing him of violating U.S. espionage laws by releasing and publishing classified military reports he received from Chelsea Manning. Assange had ...
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Alt-Right, Woke Left Join Forces to Cancel Kyle Kashuv for Past Comments He Regrets

The social media mob has come for Kyle Kashuv, a teenage conservative activist and survivor of the Parkland mass shooting. On Wednesday, critics of Kashuv circulated screenshots of old text and Skype messages in which ...
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New Hampshire Is One Step Closer To Abolishing the Death Penalty

New Hampshire is one step closer to abolishing the death penalty. On Thursday, the New Hampshire House voted 247-123 in favor of House Bill 455, which would replace the death penalty with "imprisonment for life ...
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Portland’s City-Owned Golf Courses a Hot Mess of Deferred Maintenance, Ballooning Pension Costs, and Falling Revenue

Portland's network of city-owned golf courses was supposed to earn enough to pay for itself. Instead, it has required bailouts to survive. "Intended to be self-supporting, the program required an infusion of $800,000 of taxpayer ...
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Amash Doubles Down: ‘Some of the President’s Actions Were Inherently Corrupt’

Rep. Justin Amash (R–Mich.) has doubled down on his assessment that President Donald Trump engaged in impeachable conduct, as detailed by the report from Special Prosecutor Robert Mueller. "Mueller's report describes a consistent effort by ...
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Illinois’ Top Court Blesses Chicago’s Cronyist Anti-Food-Truck Regulations

Don't go to Chicago with your fancy food trucks. That was the message from the Illinois Supreme Court today as it upheld oppressive, protectionist regulations designed to protect brick-and-mortar restaurants from mobile competitors. Chicago forbids ...
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Colorado’s Growing Second Amendment Sanctuary Movement

The Delta County Board of County Commissioners' work session on March 12, 2019, was standing room only. Nearly 250 residents had packed into the county building in Western Colorado. Every available chair was filled, and ...
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As a Deadline for Legalizing Marijuana in Illinois Approaches, a New Poll Finds Strong Public Support

Illinois Gov. J.B. Pritzker and his allies in the state legislature have only one week left in the current session to pass a bill legalizing marijuana for recreational use. Whether they succeed will depend partly ...
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Buttigieg Would Lift ‘Counterproductive’ Tariffs, Which Are Just Taxes on Americans

If elected president, Pete Buttigieg says, he would remove Donald Trump's tariffs on Chinese imports. In the meantime, he'll settle for just calling them what they are. "Tariffs are taxes on Americans—and we talk as ...
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A Retired NYPD Officer Pleads Guilty to Running a Prostitution Ring

A former New York detective has pleaded guilty to running a major prostitution and gambling ring. As Reason previously reported, several current and former New York Police Department (NYPD) officers were involved in the operation ...
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Trump Rant Replaces Infrastructure Meeting as Impeachment Talk Swallows All of Politics

Trump ditches White House policy meeting to rant at reporters. When congressional Democratic leaders showed up at the White House on Wednesday afternoon, they were expecting to talk with President Donald Trump about U.S. infrastructure ...
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Justin Amash, Republican (For Now) Unicorn

Who is this guy, Democrats want to know this week. Are there more like him in the Republican Party? Could he help us win back Michigan? Rep. Justin Amash (R–Mich.) threw a turd in the ...
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Less Underage Sex, Fewer Teen Pregnancies

For decades, American parents and policy makers have fretted about the sexual proclivities of American teenagers. Now that studies suggest a slight upward trend in the average age of first sexual encounter, alarmists have found ...
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Trump’s Immigration Plan Could Use Some Work

Last week, the Trump administration released the outline of an immigration plan meant to reshape how and which people are allowed into the United States. The plan would prioritize merit-based immigration and high-skilled labor over ...
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A Man Fights Back After His Profane Rant About a Deputy Ended in Harassment Charges

The American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU) filed a lawsuit on behalf of an Iowa man after he was charged with third-degree harassment over a profane Facebook rant about local law enforcement. According to the lawsuit, ...
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Are We Seeing Early Signs of a Facial Recognition Technopanic?

San Francisco's board of supervisors voted last week to ban law enforcement use of facial recognition technology. The board enacted the ban in order to forestall such possible misuses by police as surreptitiously tracking citizens' ...
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