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  • Moratorium One of Many Obama Oil Spill Mistakes

    The order by a federal district court in Louisiana overturning President Obama’s six-month general moratorium on deepwater drilling in the Gulf of Mexico illustrates many of the mistakes the administration has made in handling this environmental disaster.  From the unjustified 24-hour ban imposed by the Coast Guard on the barges … More

    A Broken Immigration Court System

    We all know how bad the federal government is at controlling our border, but we face the same problem in the system set up to handle immigration cases. Many people do not realize that illegal aliens who are caught end up in immigration courts that are part of the Justice … More

    The White House and OfferGate

    Imagine this hypothetical: An independent oil company executive accuses BP of offering him a job if he’ll stop competing against a BP subsidiary — a potentially illegal dealing under federal criminal law. BP denies the accusation for months. Then, suddenly, its in-house counsel releases a two-page memo summarizing the results … More

    DISCLOSing Contempt for Liberty and the Constitution

    You’d think that members of Congress would have a keen knowledge of and appreciation for congressional history; you’d think they would know better than to repeat the mistakes made by their legislative body in the past. But if partisanship guides your actions and winning elections at all costs is your … More

    Trust Fund Ignores Rule of Law

    Why does President Obama keep saying that his administration will do everything it takes to make BP “pay for the damage the company has caused” in the Gulf? Is there some question in his mind about BP’s liability? Is this another case where neither the president nor his advisers have … More

    Wednesday at Heritage: Panel on ‘The Myth of a Conservative Court’

    Following President Obama’s unseemly attack on members of the Supreme Court because of their ruling in Citizens United v. FEC during this year’s State of the Union address, a whole chorus of liberals, including Obama’s press secretary, congressional Democrats, the editorial writers of the New York Times, and a number … More

    The DISCLOSE Act and the NRA: Some Bad News

    Just as opposition was building in the House to the unconstitutional and burdensome DISCLOSE Act, which is intended to help Democrats in the November election by stifling the political speech of corporations and many non-profit advocacy organizations (but not unions), the National Rifle Association has apparently sold out. Politico and others are … More

    Another Going-Away Party

    I previously reported for National Review Online on the memorable going-away speech by Christopher Coates, the former career head of the Voting Section in the Civil Rights Division at the Department of Justice, who had been relieved of his post and “transferred” to South Carolina by the division’s new political … More

    A Loss for the FEC, A Victory for the First Amendment

    Yesterday, the federal district court for the District of Columbia issued an injunction against the Federal Election Commission in SpeechNow.org v. FEC. As a former Commissioner on the FEC, many people would probably be surprised to learn that I am almost always pleased when my former agency loses a case. … More

    Sestak Job Offer Violated Federal Law?

    Federal statutes seem to contradict a memorandum from the White House counsel released on Friday that claimed that no law was violated when Rep. Joe Sestak (D-PA) was offered a government post in exchange for dropping out of the Pennsylvania Democratic Senate primary against Sen. Arlen Specter. White House Press … More