Let's hear it for the Supreme Court of the United States, which now has given the green light to state governments so that they can start collecting billions of dollars in sales taxes from huge online retailers like Amazon, which have enjoyed an unfair advantage over their competition in retail malls.
The court was split by the narrowest of ...Read more
SAN DIEGO -- No matter which political party they hail from, immigration "solutions" usually come in three varieties: half-baked, hateful and hideous.
You'll find all of the above as Americans from across the fruited plain refuse to let their ignorance about the issue stop them from putting in their 2 cents about how to solve the crisis at hand...Read more
WASHINGTON -- The Supreme Court is especially admirable when correcting especially deplorable prior decisions, as with the 1954 school desegregation decision rejecting a 1896 decision's "separate but equal" doctrine. It did so again last Wednesday, overturning a 41-year-old precedent inimical to the First Amendment.
Shortly before the court ...Read more
I began writing the book just published this week -- "Sex Matters: How Modern Feminism Lost Touch with Science, Love, and Common Sense" -- in 2014. I'd been thinking about the issues it addresses for decades. Yet yesterday, when an interviewer posed the simple question: "What prompted you to write this book?" I had a Ted Kennedy moment.
In 1979...Read more
The late-night hosts hate President Donald Trump, so the idea that they would make friendly alliances shouldn't be shocking. But as we've come to understand, in today's world anything that reflects negatively on this president becomes "news." So when Stephen Colbert at CBS called up Jimmy Kimmel at NBC and Conan O'Brien at TBS for a joint ...Read more
For Nancy Pelosi, 78, Steny Hoyer, 79, and Joe Biden, 75, the primary results from New York's 14th congressional district are a fire bell in the night.
All may be swept away in the coming revolution. That is the message of the crushing defeat of 10-term incumbent Joe Crowley, who had aspired to succeed Pelosi and become speaker of the House.
It became official just after lunchtime on Wednesday, just after the Supreme Court announced its final decisions of the term and went into recess. Justice Anthony Kennedy, the 104th person to serve on the court, is retiring, effective just after his 82nd birthday next month, after 30 years of service.
Justice Kennedy's decision, announced in a ...Read more
WASHINGTON -- Luck -- pure, dumb luck -- is an underestimated advantage in politics, and Donald Trump is one lucky man. He ran for the Republican nomination against a fractured field, in which the other candidates tore each other to shreds. He drew a historically unlikable and self-destructive general-election opponent. He got a last-minute ...Read more
WASHINGTON -- Timothy Carpenter's interest in smartphones has had two unintended consequences. It has drawn the Supreme Court deeper into ongoing debates about applying the Constitution's Fourth Amendment to uses of digital technologies that have swiftly -- the first iPhone was sold in 2007; today there are 396 million American cellphone service...Read more
By divine decree, the year is divided into two parts: the good old summertime and the offseason. Happily, we in the Northern Hemisphere are now entering the golden months when our world can narrow its focus to the diamond.
There's no doubt it would take considerable legal acumen to explain the infield fly rule as a case study of Anglo-American ...Read more
WASHINGTON -- As many conservatives saw it, Justice Anthony Kennedy's 1988 ascent to the nation's highest bench was reason for only muted celebration, if any, because he settled into the seat that his nominator, President Ronald Reagan, had first tried to fill with the conservatives' favorite jurist, Robert Bork. Bork was rejected by the Senate ...Read more
"No ban. No wall. No borders at all."
That is the radical rallying cry of the Democratic Socialists of America. Waving desecrated U.S. flags, grubby fists and ratty anarchy banners, DSA's professional protesters are targeting Trump administration officials, threatening immigration enforcement agents, and blockading detention facilities and ...Read more
The "news" you see at night on broadcast television is defined by what "outrage" has been perpetrated by President Donald Trump. Last week, ABC, CBS and NBC devoted an enormous chunk of their airtime to parents who immigrated to the country illegally being separated from their children by federal agents -- 128 minutes, almost half of their total...Read more
SAN DIEGO -- Now that both sides have had their bouts of deflection and denial, we must untangle the mess at the U.S.-Mexico border.
As you know, a big part of that mess is that -- before they could plead their case for refugee status -- more than 2,500 children were separated with no plan to reunite them with their families.
America doesn't ...Read more
Last week, on the MSNBC TV show "Morning Joe," MSNBC contributor Donny Deutsch said that every American who votes for President Donald Trump is a Nazi. His exact words: "If you vote for Trump, then you, the voter -- you, not Donald Trump -- are standing at the border like Nazis going, 'You here. You here.'"
Now, as virtually every Jew of ...Read more
As a longtime resident of Virginia, I am well aware of its sordid history when it comes to slavery, racism and discrimination. I can still remember "colored only" restrooms, water fountains, poll taxes and African Americans forced to ride in the back of the bus. Virginia public schools in...Read more
WASHINGTON -- Donald Trump's mentor, the colorful controversialist Roy Cohn, once said: "I bring out the worst in my enemies and that's how I get them to defeat themselves."
If this is Trump's strategy, those who jeered Homeland Security Secretary Kirstjen Nielsen at a Mexican restaurant or protested at her home have been playing their part ...Read more
If Trump's supporters are truly "a basket of deplorables ... racist, sexist, homophobic, xenophobic, Islamophobic" and "irredeemable," as Hillary Clinton described them to an LGBT crowd, is not shunning and shaming the proper way to deal with them?
So a growing slice of the American left has come to believe.
Friday, gay waiters at the Red Hen ...Read more
WASHINGTON -- Amid the carnage of Republican misrule in Washington, there is this glimmer of good news: The family-shredding policy along the southern border, the most telegenic recent example of misrule, clarified something. Occurring less than 140 days before elections that can reshape Congress, the policy has given independents and temperate ...Read more