Originalism, the judicial philosophy of Supreme Court nominee Amy Coney Barrett, and her mentor, the late Justice Antonin Scalia, is once again the subject of intense interest and public debate.
Originalists believe that judges are bound by the constitutional text and that its words should be read as the public would have understood them at the...Read more
This year's presidential election might come down to students. More than other large voting blocs, their turnout varies enormously from election to election, and some of the most important swing states have lots of students.
The Big Ten schools alone - in states like Michigan, Pennsylvania, Wisconsin and Ohio - will almost certainly influence ...Read more
It would be bad enough if the Great Barrington Declaration, an eight-paragraph manifesto which is shaping White House policy on COVID-19, was simply misguided. But the statement, which now has more than 9,000 signatories, represents a potentially dangerous way of thinking - about not only pandemics but also human nature.
Debate over the ...Read more
I couldn't help but notice all of the high-minded speechifying on Capitol Hill this week, particularly the male senators who felt the need to make grand proclamations about women's rights and how far my gender has come in America.
Their proof, of course, was Judge Amy Coney Barrett, the white woman from Indiana waiting to take her seat on the ...Read more
The New York Post published a story Wednesday about Joe Biden and his son Hunter that read suspiciously like disinformation. More important, the piece included images of Hunter Biden and emails obtained almost certainly without his permission, supposedly from a laptop purportedly abandoned at a Delaware repair shop.
The hacked material is what ...Read more
Medicare Advantage, a program of competing private health plans for Medicare beneficiaries, is breaking records for enrollment, health plan choice and competition, and cost savings for America's senior and disabled citizens. Naturally, self-styled congressional "progressives" intend to abolish it.
Created in 2003, the Medicare Advantage was ...Read more
The consensus is that the first presidential debate was a hot mess. The consensus is correct. President Donald Trump in particular seemed woefully uninterested in actually discussing and debating the pressing issues in American public life. He seemed more focused on repeatedly interrupting former Vice President Joe Biden and engaging in ad ...Read more
In 2008, a conservative nonprofit organization, Citizens United, tried releasing its anti-Hillary Clinton documentary "Hillary: The Movie." It was set to air as video on demand close to a key Democratic presidential primary - except that was banned under the Bipartisan Campaign Reform Act, usually called McCain-Feingold, as "electioneering ...Read more
There are huge credibility questions swirling around a series of reports by the tabloid across town, all of which emanate from a laptop, said to be Hunter Biden's, supposedly left behind at a Delaware repair shop. On that computer, says the New York Post, is a 2015 email suggesting Joe Biden's son tried to arrange for a top executive at a ...Read more
Like most Americans, Stacy Bogan - a headshot and wedding photographer who lives in the sprawling Texas exurb of Mansfield, south of Dallas-Fort Worth - has had a rough 2020. While working to keep her studio afloat, her husband lost her job at the business services giant Cintas, which she blames on the mishandling of the COVID-19 pandemic. ...Read more
Florida homeowners, already facing an anxious few months because of the COVID-19 pandemic, face a new threat - the prospect of major cost increases for property insurance.
As the Sun Sentinel reported Sunday, the increases could range from 30% to 40%. They would come just as Gov. Ron DeSantis has ended the moratorium on mortgage foreclosures. ...Read more
The plot by militia members to kidnap Michigan Gov. Gretchen Whitmer is only the latest example of the threat posed by far-right extremists. Social media posts of the accused showed that they drew from multiple far-right movements, including the Boogaloo Boys.
Their intention of starting a civil war "leading to societal collapse" has long been ...Read more
The "bombshell" New York Post cover story this week on Joe Biden and alleged secret emails to Ukraine - a tale that has Trumpworld in a tizzy - reads as if it came straight from Russian propaganda playbook 101.
Unsourced, based on unverified emails off a mysterious laptop that was left unclaimed at a Delaware repair shop, the tale repeats a ...Read more
It was utterly amazing, the first hearing of the Senate on giving its consent to President Donald Trump's Supreme Court nominee, Amy Coney Barrett. The Democrats produced irrefutable evidence that they do not understand our republic, the Constitution or the court. They think court decisions should legislatively establish policies instead of ...Read more
President Donald Trump's nomination of Judge Amy Coney Barrett to replace Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg on the U.S. Supreme Court has ignited an expected, yet unfortunate, conflagration on the left. With few procedural levers to pull and little chance of blocking Barrett's confirmation, the radical left wing of the Democratic Party has threatened ...Read more
Maybe no one is above the law, but unfortunately, in our democracy of more than 330 million people, the vagaries of a few individuals' mortality determines the law.
Following the passing of 87-year-old liberal Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg last month - and with Republican control of the Senate and presidency - it is expected that the court, and ...Read more
I have always hated the Kabuki theater of Supreme Court confirmation hearings. But I can still dream that some judge, someday, might actually answer some interesting questions - although that does not seem like it will be happening this week. Nonetheless, there are at least two hard questions Judge Amy Coney Barrett should be asked about ...Read more
On the day that Amy Coney Barrett's nomination to the Supreme Court was announced, I wrote that it would be wrong as well as politically unwise for Democrats to attack her on religious grounds. And they haven't.
Instead, in the days since, Democrats have talked about everything but Barrett's faith. They've argued against confirming her during ...Read more
"Without the Electoral College, California and New York will decide who's president."
Though this assertion is incorrect, it is the objection I have heard the most since last September. That's when I started presenting a five-minute "Is This Fair?" performance art piece, urging people in my state to press lawmakers in Madison, Wisconsin, to ...Read more
If the 2020 presidential election goes to the Supreme Court, as happened just 20 years ago, whether Amy Coney Barrett helps Donald Trump get a second term is totally up to her.
Refusing to vote on a case before the Supreme Court because of a conflict of interest (in this case that Trump nominated her just as he is running for reelection after ...Read more