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    Sustaining American Freedom

    It would be virtually impossible to market a product in the United States today unless you could call it “sustainable.” We want sustainable farming, sustainable packaging, a sustainable environment. Yet nobody talks about the importance of sustaining something far more important: freedom. During a recent address at The Heritage Foundation, … More

    Illinois Supreme Court Catches Up on the Second Amendment

    The Illinois Supreme Court has finally joined the rest of the nation and the U.S. Supreme Court in recognizing the right of Illinois residents to exercise their Second Amendment rights. On September 12 in Illinois v. Aguilar, the Illinois court voided a state statute that made the “aggravated unlawful use … More

    What Is a “Reasonable” “Search” or “Seizure” in the Age of New Technologies?

    The Fourth Amendment prohibits the government from conducting “unreasonable searches and seizures.” However difficult it previously may have been to define a “reasonable” search or seizure, 21st-century technology makes that job far more difficult. There is virtually no aspect of life that cannot be captured, analyzed, and stored in 0s … More

    Obamacare Anti-Conscience Mandate Loses in Another Court: Another Win for Free Exercise

    Yesterday, yet another district court halted the Obama Administration from forcing its anti-conscience mandate to provide coverage for abortifacients and contraceptives on unwilling employers. Many employers—religious, secular, nonprofit, and for-profit—believe it violates the free exercise of their faith to comply with this mandate. This decision brings the scorecard of for-profit … More

    Preview of Next Supreme Court Term

    Monday, October 7, marks the beginning of the Supreme Court’s next term. The last term included a number of high-profile cases involving voting rights, same-sex marriage, drug-sniffing dogs, and racial preferences in college admissions. So what is on deck for this next term? There are a number of cases already … More

    Some State Clerks Breaking Law, Issuing Phony Same-Sex Marriage Licenses

    In spite of clear Pennsylvania law to the contrary, a Pennsylvania clerk recently started issuing invalid same-sex marriage licenses, abdicating his duty to uphold the law. Yesterday, a state court ordered him to stop. In New Mexico, a similar situation has also occurred. Activists in various states are encouraging rank-and-file … More

    The History of Declaring War

    With the full Senate vote to come on whether to authorize air strikes against the Assad regime in Syria, it would be useful to have a well-established threshold regarding the authorization of military strikes. But there isn’t one. As Kim Holmes outlines in a Washington Times op-ed, the recent history … More

    The Obama Administration, Marriage, and the States

    Just as families are getting ready to head out the door for a long holiday weekend, the Obama Administration has rolled out new policies that disregard states’ authority over marriage and redefine marriage for a variety of federal purposes. The U.S. Department of the Treasury and the IRS and the … More

    Senate Majority Leader: “We’re Through” Making Defense a Priority

    Senator Harry Reid (D–NV) made it quite clear that he no longer views defense as a priority: “We are not going to be gamed by having the military programs funded at a much higher level than Head Start program, or the National Institute of Health. We’re not going to do … More

    Do Doctors Have a First Amendment Right to Ask Patients About Guns?

    The United States Court of Appeals for the Eleventh Circuit recently heard oral arguments in Wollschlaeger v. Florida, popularly known as the “Docs vs. Glocks” case, which involves an apparent conflict between the First and Second Amendments. Last year, a United States district court enjoined enforcement of Florida statute § … More