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    Why Koh Matters

    On the plus side, the New York Times chose to write a story about the opposition former Clinton administration official Harold Koh is facing from conservatives over his appointment as State Department legal adviser. Unfortunately the NYT then completely ignored Koh’s most controversial legal beliefs in support of legal transnationalism. … More

    D.C. Voting Deception: Release the Secret Memo

    Ed Whelan has a strong column in yesterday’s Washington Post on the Attorney General’s attempt to suppress an Office of Legal Counsel opinion concluding that the pending D.C. “voting rights” bill is unconstitutional. (We share that view.) This is not, as the Post had put it previously, a case of … More

    Obama Lawyers: D.C. Vote Bill Unconstitutional

    Chalk up a big loss for constitutional rule of law, thanks to an Obama Administration sleight-of-hand reported on the front page of today’s Washington Post. When the Executive Branch needs legal advice, it goes to the Office of Legal Counsel in the Department of Justice. OLC is like an in-house … More

    Obama Breaks Transparency Promise Again

    Before President Barack Obama took office he promised to: not sign any non-emergency bill without giving the American public an opportunity to review and comment on the White House website for five days. In just his first week in the White House, Obama broke this promise twice signing both Lilly … More

    The Unlimited Prosecution Act

    In today’s Politico, attorneys Peter Zeidenberg and William Minor point out that the Public Corruption Prosecution Improvements Act of 2009, which recently passed out of Sen. Patrick Leahy’s Senate Judiciary Committee, authorizes $100 million for new federal prosecutors and agents to root out “public corruption” using the federal “honest services” … More

    ACORN Gets Plum Census Assignment

    Remember ACORN? The Association of Community Organizations for Reform (ACORN), which has been plagued by allegations of voter fraud and abuse? It appears the chips just keep getting cashed in for the group that President Barack Obama once counseled as an attorney. First it was discovered that they were going to … More

    Obama's Empty Ethics Promises

    As a candidate, President Barack Obama promised to “Shine the Light on Washington Lobbying” by creating “a centralized Internet database of lobbying reports, ethics records, and campaign finance filings in a searchable, sortable and downloadable format.” That database will be completed any day, we’re sure, but President Obama has definitely … More

    A Model Case Run Amok

    The late Anna Nicole Smith is back in the news. Smith died from a drug overdose in 2007, but her lawsuit against the estate of her former husband, J. Howard Marshall, lives on. In the latest legal maneuver, the executor of her estate, Howard K. Stern—who is currently facing legal … More

    Advice for Obama on Picking Judges

    In light of Obama’s appointment of Judge David Hamilton to the Seventh Circuit Court of Appeals yesterday, Quin Hillyer’s article in DC Examiner is particularly timely, and worth a read. The article features advice offered to Obama by Clinton administration Acting Solicitor General Walter Dellinger, National Journal columnist Stuart Taylor, … More

    Welcome to Sunshine Week

    The Heritage Foundation has long had a strong commitment to transparency in government, and hopes all of you participate in the American Society of Newspaper Editors‘ Sunshine Week. ASNE describes the project: Though spearheaded by journalists, Sunshine Week is about the public’s right to know what its government is doing, … More