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by | Apr 15, 2019

When Chief Justice John Roberts pompously admonished President Trump last year, making the preposterous claim that we “do not have Obama or Trump judges,” Carlton W. Reeves evidently failed to get the memo. This Obama appointee to the United States…

by | Mar 31, 2019

The Trump administration is transforming the courts. So far the president has made two Supreme Court appointments and won confirmation of another 30 judges to the 13 circuit courts, which are the final arbiters in most federal cases. After Democratic…

by | Mar 13, 2019

While Senate Democrats and much of the public have spent the past two Supreme Court confirmation battles obsessing over abortion, judicial conservatives quietly have been laying the groundwork for an assault on the “administrative state.” That is the buzz phrase…

by | Feb 22, 2019

The law of civil forfeiture allows police and prosecutors to seize and keep cash, cars, homes, businesses and property of all kinds without ever criminally charging or convicting the owners. As originally conceived, it was to be a deterrent by…

by | Jan 31, 2019

Sacramento When asked about his ultimate goal, a union president reportedly offered a simple answer: “More.” Public-sector unions always are pushing for higher pay and benefits and more protections for members. Getting more is a journey. There is no end game….

by | Oct 5, 2018

The poison of vicious political partisanship infects virtually every aspect of policy today. Judicial appointments, which a couple decades ago resulted in overwhelming votes for well-qualified nominees, have turned into brutal battles with no prisoners taken. Not only has the…

by | Jul 1, 2018

Washington As Justice Anthony Kennedy prepares to retire, all eyes in Washington will be on the battle to confirm whomever President Donald Trump nominates. Prepare for warnings by Senate Democrats that the new nominee will not be sufficiently “independent,” as…

by | Jun 30, 2018

I believe the misnamed travel ban is stupid policy. If the president is worried about terrorism, he should ban Saudi citizens. Saudi Arabia provided fifteen of the nineteen 9/11 hijackers, Saudi citizens financed al-Qaeda, the royals contributed some $100 billion…

by | Jun 28, 2018

The year was 1987. It was fall. It was November 11. It had been a tough year for President Ronald Reagan. Liberals were going bonkers with Iran-Contra as a hopeful tool to destroy a great president on the verge of…

by | Jun 8, 2018

Harvard is being sued — and it’s all because of skim milk. Sound crazy? Perhaps — but no less insane than the logic that dominates today’s elite campuses. What Harvard — and the left — call “affirmative action,” the Justice…

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