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    You Can't Trust Washington on Immigration

    President Obama can’t be trusted to enforce U.S. laws—and that makes many lawmakers hesitant to pass new immigration laws. House Speaker John Boehner (R-OH) said yesterday that this was proving to be a roadblock: Listen, there’s widespread doubt about whether this administration can be trusted to enforce our laws. And … More

    Nebraska Cops Ordered to Pay $40k and Return $1 Million Seized from Innocent Woman

    Tara Mishra, 33, of Rancho Cucamonga, California, had her life turned upside down, her life savings taken, and her business plans quashed in March 2012 when police unlawfully seized just over $1 million from her during a traffic stop. Last July, U.S. District Court Judge Joseph Bataillon ordered police to … More

    Let Them Eat Cupcakes: 11-Year-Old Entrepreneur’s Dreams Crushed by Overregulation

    Like aspiring American entrepreneurs throughout our country’s history, 11-year-old Chloe Stirling wanted to help herself by helping others. Determined to save money for a car when she comes of age, Chloe baked, sold, and donated cupcakes for two years. She ran her business, called, “Hey, Cupcake!” out of her parents’ … More

    Time to Reconsider Mandatory Minimum Sentences

    “This woman doesn’t belong in prison for 10 years for what I understand she did. That’s just crazy.” So said federal district Judge Richard A. Gadbois Jr. before sentencing Tonya Drake to a mandatory minimum of 10 years behind bars. Tonya, a financially desperate single mother, mailed a package that, … More

    Immigration Plan: Trust Obama?

    House Republicans say they are ready to move forward with an immigration reform plan—and it sounds remarkably like amnesty for illegal immigrants. While avoiding key phrases like “path to citizenship,” the ideas put forth by congressional leaders this week would give legal status to people who are here illegally. It … More

    Flurry of Briefs Filed in Obamacare Cases at Supreme Court

    Catholic and evangelical leaders, legal scholars, medical groups, and advocates for women are among the individuals and organizations filing dozens of briefs at the Supreme Court in support of two family-owned companies challenging an Obamacare provision that they say tramples their religious freedom. By the midnight deadline, the Becket Fund … More

    Virginia Attorney General Abuses His Power By Refusing to Defend Marriage Amendment

    “Here sir, the people govern,” Alexander Hamilton told the New York state ratifying convention in 1788. It’s a good thing he wasn’t talking about the commonwealth of Virginia, or the future state of California. On Thursday, Virginia’s Attorney General announced that, not only would he refuse to enforce a state … More

    Unions Attempt to Exploit Caregivers, Argues Panel

    Does a parent caring for his disabled child at home need to pay to be represented by a union? That was the topic at a Heritage panel Friday hosted by Andrew Grossman, William Messenger, and James Sherk. The three spoke out against home care providers in Illinois being designated as … More

    Cuccinelli: Not ‘Appropriate’ for Virginia Attorney General to Challenge Marriage Law

    In an exclusive comment e-mailed to The Foundry, Ken Cuccinelli, the Republican whom Democrat Mark Herring succeeded as Virginia attorney general, said Herring acted inappropriately in going to federal court to oppose the state marriage amendment. “The only time it is appropriate for an attorney general not to defend a … More

    Should a State Be Able to Force People to Join a Union?

      Can a state force you to join a labor union? On Tuesday, the Supreme Court heard oral argument in Harris v. Quinn, a challenge to Illinois’s authority to force home-care providers who receive state subsidies to join labor unions against their will.   Under the Illinois Disabilities Program, the … More