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    Second Circuit Rebukes Trial Judge in NYC Stop and Frisk Case

    The U.S. Court of Appeals for the Second Circuit recently entered an important order in the case involving the New York City Police Department’s (NYPD) controversial “stop and frisk” policy. For some time, the NYPD has vigorously pursued “stop and frisk” in an effort to reduce gun-related violence. Officers stop … More

    Banned from Handing Out Constitutions on Constitution Day

    On Constitution Day this year, Robert Van Tuinen, an Army veteran and a student at Modesto Junior College (MJC) in California, was trying to pass out copies of the United States Constitution and drum up support for his proposed Young Americans for Liberty chapter on campus. School administrators at MJC … More

    Another Supreme Chance to Ban Discrimination

    On Monday, the Supreme Court agreed to review an important case on race and sex discrimination (also known as affirmative action) that will give it another chance to overturn a court of appeals ruling and confirm that discrimination is always wrong. Schuette v. Coalition to Defend Affirmative Action is an … More

    Lincoln: The Movie, the Man

    Steven Spielberg’s Lincoln debuts in Washington, D.C., this week. It features a stellar cast: Tommy Lee Jones, David Strathairn, Sally Field, and Daniel Day-Lewis as our nation’s 16th President. Day-Lewis is known for method acting. But which Lincoln will he portray? Will he play into the liberal myth of Lincoln … More

    No, the President Can’t Violate the Debt Ceiling

    For some partisans—especially those who believe in the “living Constitution”—the Constitution sanctions all they favor and forbids all they oppose.  So it is with the debate over the debt limit. All of a sudden, politicians who have never cared much for constitutional fidelity are citing a little-known section of the … More

    The Myth of Birthright Citizenship

    Last month, Arizona lawmakers introduced legislation intended to invite legal review of the Citizenship Clause of the Fourteenth Amendment.  Other states are quickly following suit.  Why, after one hundred and fifty years of implementation, is this amendment so controversial?  Amendment XIV, Section 1 clearly states that “All persons born or … More

    The Costs of Birthright Citizenship

    There have been numerous debates about “birthright” citizenship in recent weeks. As the Heritage Foundation has pointed out, the claim that the 14th Amendment confers citizenship on the children of visitors or illegal aliens is mistaken. Neither the text nor the legislative history supports such an interpretation. Perspective is needed. How … More