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    Can the President Raise the Debt Ceiling by Himself?

    As the federal government once again approaches the debt ceiling, partisans are again pulling out the heavy artillery: Don’t bother negotiating with Republicans on taxes and spending, they tell the President, just declare the debt ceiling in violation of the Fourteenth Amendment and ignore it. As a matter of law, … More

    Paperwork Errors Can Send You to Prison

    Under a recently proposed rule, a clerical error could send someone to prison for five years. In the latest attempt to criminalize seemingly every aspect of our lives, a group of federal bureaucrats in the Pipeline and Hazardous Materials Administration (PHMSA), an agency within the Transportation Department, recently proposed a … More

    Morning Bell: Obama Administration Will Pay Companies to Violate the Law

    The Obama Administration’s disregard for the law has struck again—and this time, it’s encouraging others to violate the law at taxpayer expense. That’s worth saying again: The Obama Administration is encouraging people to violate a law, and promising that it will use taxpayer money to cover fines incurred from this … More

    INTERVIEW: Norman Reimer on Overcriminalization

    Norman Reimer is executive director of the National Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers (NACDL). He sat down with us to discuss his organization’s efforts to combat overcriminalization. How did NACDL become involved with overcriminalization? The National Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers has always opposed the overly expansive use of criminal … More

    Justice Kennedy to Deliver Joseph Story Distinguished Lecture

    The Heritage Foundation’s Center for Legal and Judicial Studies is honored to host Supreme Court Associate Justice Anthony M. Kennedy to deliver our fifth annual Joseph Story Distinguished Lecture on October 24, 2012. The lecture, entitled “The Constitution and Its Promise,” is the penultimate event in Heritage’s 2012 Preserve the … More

    Rep. Elijah Cummings (D-MD) Threatens Citizens Group over Election Integrity

    Representative Elijah Cummings (D–MD) is using his position as the ranking member of the House Committee on Oversight and Government Reform to threaten True the Vote, a nonpartisan tea party organization that reports voter roll inaccuracies and potential criminal violations of federal election laws around the country. Cummings claims in … More

    Are Religious Institutions and Individuals Being Treated Like Second-Class Citizens?

    Religious freedom is one of the core principles on which the American system of government is based. The First Amendment to the U.S. Constitution provides that “Congress shall make no law respecting an establishment of religion, or prohibiting the free exercise thereof.” In a 1789 letter to the United Baptists … More

    Batter Up: What’s on Deck for the Supreme Court’s October 2012 Term

    While other events may compete for our attention this fall (baseball playoffs, football, national election campaigns), next Monday, October 1, marks the beginning of a new Supreme Court term. The Court’s last term also reminds us that the judiciary sometimes plays an outsized role in our republic. Thus, as Heritage’s … More

    Advancement Project Advances Its Fraud Agenda

    The Advancement Project, a left-wing civil rights advocacy group, is coming out with a new study that claims that 10 million Hispanic voters will be disenfranchised in the upcoming election because of supposedly “discriminatory voting policies” such as “noncitizen voter purges,” “proof of citizenship requirements for voter registration,” and “restrictive” … More

    States and Organizations Fight to Preserve Liberty from Dodd-Frank Act Intrusions

    The states of Michigan, Oklahoma, and South Carolina have sued the Obama Administration in the U.S. District Court for the District of Columbia over provisions of the Dodd-Frank Act that allow the government to seize financial institutions. Several private organizations joined in the legal complaint, to challenge also the constitutionality … More