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    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

    Advice to President Barack Obama on Judicial Nominees

    Former Attorney General Ed Meese hosted a panel to give President Barack Obama advice when on choosing his nominations for the the Supreme and Appellate courts. On the panel were Walter Dellinger, Stuart Taylor, and Jonathan Adler. Dellinger had a bevy of advice. First, he advised Obama to select someone … More

    Defunding the Fight Against Sexual Predators

    Attorney General Eric Holder gave a speech to the National Association of Attorney’s General this week. In that speech, he renewed the Justice Department’s support for the Adam Walsh Act. The Adam Walsh Act—passed by a wide margin in Congress—requires some convicted sex offenders to register with local authorities. So … More

    Tragic Facts Make Bad Law: Court Rejects Expert View on Drug Labels

    The decision in the blockbuster case of Wyeth v. Levine is just out, and Lyle Dennison’s early commentary is here. To summarize: In an opinion by Stevens, joined by Kennedy, Souter, Ginsburg, and Breyer, the Court held that FDA approval of a drug’s labeling does not preempt state-law failure-to-warn claims. … More

    Criminalizing Our Way out of the Crisis

    If you’re a member of Congress, it’s tough to vote or even argue against any bill that has harsher criminal offenses or penalties. No legislator wants to give his reelection opponent the opportunity to label him as being “soft on crime.” Two bills scheduled to be considered by the Senate … More

    Will Obama Defend DOMA?

    The Boston Globe reports: Fifteen gay and lesbian residents from Massachusetts who wed after this state legalized same-sex marriages plan to file a discrimination suit today, challenging a federal law that defines marriage as a union between a man and a woman. Six same-sex couples and three men whose husbands … More

    The Open-Ended Nature of "Honest Services" Fraud

    (Commentary by Heritage’s Brian Walsh) The Supreme Court yesterday decided not to consider an important case, Sorich v. U.S., on the meaning and scope of an exceedingly broad federal statute that has been used to prosecute a breathtaking range of conduct. Associate Justice Antonin Scalia again broke with the strict … More

    Another Empty Ethics Promise Exposed

    When he signed executive orders which supposedly tightened federal ethics rules for White House officials, President Barack Obama said, “We need to make the White House the people’s house, and we need to close the revolving door that lets lobbyists come into government freely and lets them use their time … More

    Is Holder Already Breaking His DOJ De-Politicization Promise?

    Eric Holder, the new Attorney General has the opportunity this week to show whether he really intends to keep his promise of supposedly making sure there are no “politics” in the actions and decisions made by the Department of Justice. As Steve Hayward reports over at National Review, the Washington … More