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  • Blackman/Barnett Guidance on Supreme Court Nominations—Part 1

    4m By Ed Whelan
    In a new Weekly Standard essay, law professors Josh Blackman and Randy Barnett set forth “five important lessons that should guide future [Supreme Court] nominations” by a Republican president. I agree with much of what they have to say, but I see some…
  • A Tennessee Judge Improperly Trolls the Supreme Court

    10m By David French
    Late last week, a Tennessee trial court judge refused to grant a divorce to an opposite sex couple because of the Supreme Court's same-sex marriage ruling in Obergefell. When I first saw the news item on social media, I thought it was a hoax. It's not:A local…
  • The Sixth Circuit Shouldn't Be Ignoring SCOTUS's Hobby Lobby Decision

    12m By Howard Slugh
    Lower courts are not supposed to ignore Supreme Court rulings. However, as Ed Whelan noted in a recent post on this blog, that is exactly what circuit courts have done by refusing to apply the favorable interpretation of the Religious Freedom Restoration Act…
  • The Black Panthers: A Revolt of Their Own

    35m By Armond White
    Now’s the right time for a documentary detailing the ambitions and failures of the Black Panthers, especially if it corrects the current hijacking of black American protest by anarchists and race hustlers. In The Black Panthers: Vanguard of the Revolution,…
  • Kim Davis’s Stand Is Right and Necessary

    52m By David French
    I always enjoy reading Charlie Cooke, even when he’s disagreeing with me. However, I must dissent from my friend and colleague’s disapproval of Kim Davis’s refusal to issue same-sex marriage licenses. If the community — including public officials —…
  • America Has a Moral Duty to Save the Mediterranean Refugees

    1h By Rupert Darwall
    Last month, Jimmy Carter announced he had cancer. The 39th president often gets pretty low marks from conservatives. Now, however, is a time to remember the moral dimension he brought to the presidency, one that brought out America’s capacity for moral…
  • “The Next Justices”

    1h By Jonathan Keim
    The Weekly Standard has an important piece by libertarian law professors Randy Barnett and Josh Blackman on the next Republican president’s judicial nominations. Ed probably won’t agree with the article’s discussion of judicial restraint, but pretty much…
  • August’s Jobs Report Shows It’s Time for the Fed to Raise Rates

    1h By Robert Stein
    Even by the loose standards of the monetary doves, the Federal Reserve should start raising interest rates this month. The unemployment rate fell to 5.1 percent in August, the lowest since early 2008 and right in the middle of the range the Fed believes is the…
  • Noteworthy Tenth Circuit En Banc Dissent in Little Sisters Case

    1h By Ed Whelan
    In a brief opinion (attached to this order), five Tenth Circuit judges strongly dissented from their court’s refusal to rehear en banc the challenge brought by the Little Sisters of the Poor to the so-called HHS mandate “accommodation.” The opinion was a…
  • What the Refugee Crisis Means for the Future of the EU

    2h By David Pryce-Jones
    Who could have imagined that Syrian children would be washed up drowned on an Aegean beach, or that whole families in transit from the Middle East and Africa would be struggling with police forces at railway stations in Macedonia, Serbia, or Hungary? Good…
  • Watch Trump's Commercial for Netanyahu's Reelection Bid

    2h By Jim Geraghty
    From last night's Hugh Hewitt interview of Donald Trump:HH: And if Israel acts unilaterally against Iran because they view this deal as so bad, will you unequivocally stand by the action of the Netanyahu government?DT: Of course, I will. In fact, he’s a…
  • Sinatra, the Exhibit

    2h By Deroy Murdock
    Forgive the short notice, but if you are in or near New York City, please run to see "Sinatra: An American Icon." Today is the last day to see this superb exhibit at Manhattan’s Lincoln Center Library for the Performing Arts, nestled between the Metropolitan…
  • 'Genocide Is an Easy Word for What's Happened to My People'

    3h By Kathryn Jean Lopez
    Watch this plea from Iraqi priest Fr. Douglas Bazi:
  • ESPN Extends Curt Schilling's Suspension After His Truthful Tweet Comparing Nazis and Extremist…

    3h By David French
    I think we all saw this coming. I turns out that a short suspension wasn't enough for ESPN. The network pulled Curt Schilling from the rest of its baseball broadcasts this season, including the playoffs. It was for this truthful tweet, that made two key (and…
  • Jonathan Swift Would Approve!

    3h By George Leef
    In this Federalist essay, Mary Grabar discusses the latest great problem to beset our college campuses, namely microaggressions. Many schools are taking this hobgoblin very seriously, setting up all sorts of policies to heal with the students who claim to be…
  • Good Luck, Mr. Harreld

    3h By Jane S. Shaw
    It will be interesting to see how Bruce Harreld fares as president of the University of Iowa. Based on article in Inside Higher Ed, I’m not optimistic.We are seeing more and more “unconventional” presidents of big universities—that is, businessmen like…
  • The Fate of Growth

    3h By Jay Nordlinger
    I think I’ve heard a dog not barking in the current presidential campaign. See if you agree.This country cries out for economic growth. For dynamism. For opportunity. For liberalization. We are stagnating, and we are accepting a “new normal” of…
  • Twelve Things that Have Caught My Eye Today (Sept. 4, 2015)

    3h By Kathryn Jean Lopez
    1. The horror of the Mediterranean's migrant boats http://t.co/rngn1OLZ73 pic.twitter.com/IzYjKU2AHT— The New York Times (@nytimes) September 3, 20152. "Now is the time for humanitarian compassion to triumph." @BBCNewsnight— Rabbi Sacks (@rabbisacks)…
  • The Perfect Villain

    3h By John Fund
    Kim Davis, the Kentucky county clerk who has gone to jail for refusing to issue marriage licenses to gay couples, has become a cause celebre on the left. As Ian Millhiser, an attorney and writer for ThinkProgress, put it: “She's the perfect villain.” But…
  • This Day in Liberal Judicial Activism-Sept 4

    8:00am By Ed Whelan
    1992—Recognizing that “only exceptional circumstances amounting to a judicial usurpation of power will justify the invocation of [the] extraordinary remedy” of a writ of mandamus, the Third Circuit finds (in Haines v. Liggett) that New Jersey federal…
  • Hillary’s Server Guy Refuses to Talk to the FBI, State IG

    7:59am By Jim Geraghty
    Just in case you thought Hillary would get the e-mail story out of the news... nope.Oh, Sure, That’s Normal: Hillary’s Server Guy Refuses to Talk to the FBI.ACTIVATE THE DRUDGE SIREN!The former aide to Hillary Clinton who helped set up and maintain her…
  • Friday links

    6:25am By debbywitt
    The Evolution of Batman in Cinema: From 1939 to Present.World Gravy Wrestling Championships.Diaper Derbies: gallery of photos from 1950-ish baby races.Doing the Math: How Many Tribbles Were Aboard the Enterprise? Related: The Politics of Star Trek.Sketches of…
  • Poetry

    4:11am
    TO THE ESTRANGED Sometimes a person may be tempted to accept neglect from those who seem to qualify as great, assuming ignorance and cold to be his fate; resigned to anonymity, dejected, swept away by bitter bankruptcy, and those adept at arrogance; to be…
  • Free Kim Davis

    4:00am By Maggie Gallagher
    By the time you read this, Kim Davis will be sitting in a federal jail cell. Buzzfeed is already gloating over Davis’s perp photo.Kim Davis’s crime? Refusing to affix her name to a same-sex marriage license, despite a direct court order to do so.#ad#I have…
  • The New SAT Results Aren’t Pretty

    4:00am By Frederick M. Hess
    The Class of 2015 SAT results are out, and they’re ugly. The College Board reported this week that scores on the SAT have sunk to the lowest point since the venerable college-admission test was revamped in 2005.Just how bad were the results? The 1.7 million…
  • How The Donald Trumped the Republican Party

    4:00am By John Fund
    You know Donald Trump has exercised the “leverage” he always seeks in life when even his bitter adversary, former Texas governor Rick Perry (who called him “a cancer on conservatism”) admits that Trump “helped himself” on Thursday by taking a…
  • Hillary’s E-mails Reveal a Startling Amount of Dependency

    4:00am By Stephen L. Miller
    If I were to approach a person on the street and list off traits like “doesn’t drive,” “needs food prepared,” “needs help with the remote control,” “needs people to bring her beverages,” “has trouble remembering things,” and “doesn’t…
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  • Simplify the Tax Code, Reduce the Budget, and Balance It

    4:00am By Rand Paul
    In Washington, what passes for bold is revenue-neutral tax reform. In other words, half of the country will pay more in taxes and half of the country will pay less. The reward is supposed to be a simpler tax code and slightly lower rates.I’ve often said that…
  • For a Supposed Israel Hawk, Hillary Clinton Sure Received a Lot of Anti-Israeli E-mails

    4:00am By Brendan Bordelon
    With the Iranian nuclear negotiations progressing rapidly toward a deal earlier this summer, Hillary Clinton sought out nervous Jewish Democratic mega-donors to assure them that — regardless of the deal’s final outcome — she would always have Israel’s…