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    License, Registration—and All Your Valuables, Please

    Between 2006 and 2008, Tenaha, Texas, established itself as a hotbed for civil forfeiture abuse. Tenaha police executed dozens of traffic stops in which vast sums of money and property were seized, though no criminal charges were filed against drivers or passengers. Tenaha’s antics were so egregious that Texas lawmakers … More

    Obama's Unconstitutional "Recess" Appointments Come Before the Supreme Court

    Remember President Obama’s “recess” appointments—that really weren’t during a Senate recess? The Supreme Court is hearing arguments today in a case that highlights problematic appointments to the National Labor Relations Board (NLRB), which oversees labor unions in America. Three federal appellate courts have struck down these recess appointments as unconstitutional. … More

    Will Chicago’s Latest Gun Ban Being Thrown out Finally Teach the City a Lesson?

    The decision on Monday by federal judge Edmond Chang in Illinois Association of Firearms Retailers v. Chicago to throw out Chicago’s ban on gun sales comes as no surprise, but it illustrates the continuing efforts of the city’s political leadership, including Mayor Rahm Emanuel, to deny the Second Amendment rights of its … More

    Throw a Cigarette Butt on the Ground and You Could Face Three Years in Jail

    Forget merely annoying others with bad manners: In Illinois, citizens who throw their finished cigarette on the ground  are facing jail time – up to a whopping three years. Illinois’s updated “Litter Control Act” will subject anyone who tosses a cigarette outside the trash to criminal penalties. The first offense … More

    New Lawsuit Against Congressional Obamacare Exception Announced

    Senator Ron Johnson (R–WI) announced a lawsuit today challenging the Office of Personnel Management’s (OPM) illegal special treatment of Members of Congress and their staffs. Heritage laid the groundwork for this hugely important lawsuit. As it became clear that Members of Congress and their staffs would be forced to pay … More

    Supreme Court Stops Same-Sex Marriages in Utah

    The U.S. Supreme Court entered a stay today ensuring that Utah will not be forced to issue marriage licenses to people in same-sex relationships in the immediate future as the state continues to defend its law defining marriage as between a man and a woman. “The states remain free—and should … More

    Meet the Humble Nuns Who Just Shook Up the Obama Administration

    Who takes care of poor people when they get old—when they are on their deathbeds? For thousands of people, the answer is Little Sisters of the Poor. “The elderly are at risk, with no one to speak up for them, no one to stand up and to express to the … More

    Supreme Court Stays Obamacare Mandate for Little Sisters of the Poor

    Supreme Court Justice Sonia Sotomayor really knows how to ring in the New Year. Just hours before the countdown to 2014 in Times Square, she granted the Little Sisters of the Poor an eleventh-hour temporary halt to a coercive Obamacare mandate. The Obama Administration has until 10 a.m. Friday to … More

    Redefining Marriage: Judicial Overreach at Close of 2013

    While most Americans were celebrating the Christmas season, judges were busy redefining state marriage laws. In New Mexico, Utah, and Ohio, judges have usurped the authority of citizens and their elected representatives to discuss, debate, and vote on important policy matters regarding the most fundamental institution of society. On December … More

    5 Posts That Inspired You This Year

    2013 was a great year for The Foundry. Here are the top five posts that inspired you the most. 13 Tax Increases in 2013 New Year’s Day [2013] was tough for taxpayers. Thirteen tax increases kicked in. The deal that Congress and President Obama struck that finally—but only partially—avoided the fiscal cliff … More