Against Judicial Supremacy: Does the Supreme Court Have the Final Say?

It seems like an obvious question: What branch of government is responsible to interpret the Constitution for the other branches? Many people would immediately reply that the Supreme Court has the final say on any constitutional question. Commentators mocked presidential hopeful Ben Carson for saying that the president does not have to enforce any “judicial […]

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Executive Disorder and the Breakdown of Federalism

Ten days ago, Americans voted Democrats out of Congress in the midterm elections. In what was rightly called a repudiation of Obama’s policies, the voting electorate made it clear they weren’t fans of the Democrat agenda. But apparently this hasn’t done anything to change Obama or his policies. At all. Obama has made it abundantly […]

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Operation Choke Point Illegally Restricts 2nd Amendment

Obama recently unveiled Operation Choke Point, an executive cocktail intended to force banks and payment processors to divine what their customers are using their services to procure—and prohibit such sales/transactions if they fall under a wide range of “high-risk” goods of services. Well, prohibit is the wrong word. Operation Choke Point isn’t a law. It’s […]

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Vast Majority of Americans Ignorant of Basic US Government

When asked to identify the three branches of American civil government, only thirty-six percent of Americans were able to. Which means that sixty-four percent of Americans, a very large majority, are entirely ignorant of the most basic facts of American government: Annenberg released the survey in partnership with the Civics Renewal Network, a group of […]

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Air Force Dumps So Help Me God

The United States Air Force decided to dump So Help Me God from their enlistment and re-enlistment oaths after a lawsuit threat arose from the American Humanist Association. I wrote about this controversy a while back. It was clear at the time that the military included So Help Me God based more on tradition and […]

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Senate Rejects Amendment to “Fix” Citizens United

Citizens United vs. FEC has become the benchmark case for campaign finance. In it, the Supreme Court said that political ads were protected under free speech rights and should not be limited by campaign contribution laws. As a result, indirect campaign spending through Political Action Committees has been largely unchecked, and mega-donors have been the […]

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Is Boehner Sidestepping the Constitution to Protect It?

I don’t really understand it. In an unprecedented move, House Republicans (aside from five) carried the vote to sue President Barack Obama. Not impeach him. Sue him. What does that even mean? It’s never been done before, and for good reason. It’s ridiculous. John Boehner, the chameleon responsible for the lawsuit against Obama, offered his […]

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