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Volume 21, Issue 3: January 22, 2019

By Gary M. Galles (The Orange County Register, 1/3/19)
Since the tax to enforce Obamacare’s individual mandate is now gone, the entire healthcare law is unconstitutional, U.S. District Judge Reed O’Connor ruled last month. Those on the left who claim the Constitution goes against the judge’s ruling would be far more convincing if they didn’t turn themselves inside out to evade a clear constitutional mandate when it suited them. READ MORE »

By William J. Watkins, Jr. (The Daily Caller, 1/3/19)
Liberal activists call for expanding the Supreme Court from nine justices to eleven or more—the next time Democrats take control of Congress and the White House. Ultimately, their crusade rests on the widespread falsehood that the Founders empowered the court to strike down not only laws that are in clear violation of the Constitution, but also laws whose constitutional status can be determined only by justices using subtle powers of judicial discernment. READ MORE »

By Randall G. Holcombe (The Beacon, 12/28/19)
Six states have “red flag” laws, which make it easier to issue a restraining order barring a person’s access to firearms. Twenty-two additional states are considering adopting such restrictions, and a bipartisan coalition in Congress supports a federal version. Such laws violate a core precept of justice because they allow government to take away people’s rights even when no one has committed any crimes. READ MORE »

By K. Lloyd Billingsley (The Daily Caller, 1/8/19)
Few recall the gun brawl that broke out at the University of California, Los Angeles, in January 1969, but in many ways the shootout presaged more civilized battles about campus diversity that have plagued the university. Unfortunately, many of those conflicts have also been forgotten and their lessons have yet to be learned. READ MORE »

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