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September 18, 2016, 11:43 pm, 1675400

Nick Sibilla of the Institute for Justice describes Sacramento and Washington, DC’s ill-advised plans to use the threat of eminent domain to acquire property to build sports stadiums on:

In less than a week, two capital cities are preparing to use eminent domain to build professional sports stadiums. Talk ...


September 18, 2016, 11:43 pm, 1675405

Novelist Alice Walker was invited, then disinvited, from speaking at the Univeristy of Michigan’s Center for the Education of Women’s fifiteth anniversary celebration. Walker claims that the disinvitation came because of pressure from pro-Israel donors. The Center claims that they just decided that they erred in inviting such a ...


September 18, 2016, 11:43 pm, 1675403

Cool keyboard shortcut in Chrome, Firefox, and Internet Explorer; repeating it reopens the one closed before that, and so on, apparently up to 10. On Macs, it’s said to be Command-Shift-T. I didn’t know that, and I suspect many of our readers didn’t, either, so I thought I’d ...


September 18, 2016, 11:43 pm, 1675404

On June 4, 2013, President Obama made three nominations to the U.S. Court of Appeals for the D.C. Circuit.  It remains to be seen how many of these nominees will be confirmed to this essential court. Republicans are in no rush to fill more seats on this Circuit, ...


September 18, 2016, 11:43 pm, 1675402

This is a reply to Professor Sherry about her argument that courts should strike down more legislation. In her reply to my critique of that argument, she explains that that her mini empirical study was merely intended as confirmation that striking down more laws is good because ...


September 18, 2016, 11:43 pm, 1675401

Having written extensively on the problem of voter ignorance, I was pleased to have the opportunity to write an article on the related problem of juror ignorance for the William and Mary Law Review Symposium on the Jury as a Political Institution. Although jury ignorance is a significant ...


September 18, 2016, 11:43 pm, 1675374

In response to my recent Wall Street Journal op-ed, David Whittington writes in to the Journal with a nice Lincoln quote from 1838: “As the patriots of seventy-six did to the support of the Declaration of Independence, so to the support of the Constitution and laws, let every ...


September 18, 2016, 11:43 pm, 1675373

Eight Democratic members of Congress are pushing Attorney General Eric Holder to answer questions about the use of NSA surveillance data in the War on Drugs:

Eight Democratic senators and congressmen have asked Attorney General Eric Holder to answer questions about a Reuters report that the National Security Agency supplies ...


September 18, 2016, 11:43 pm, 1675371

As I noted here, some progressives argue that the U.S. Court of Appeals for the D.C. Circuit is engaged in a “judicial jihad against the regulatory state,” environmental regulations in particular.  It seems someone forgot to tell the judges on the D.C. Circuit, for as Greenwire reports, the ...


September 18, 2016, 11:43 pm, 1675372

Fifty years ago today, Martin Luther King, Jr., spoke these immortal words: “I have a dream that my four little children will one day live in a nation where they will not be judged by the color of their skin, but by the content of their character.” He would ...