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    Speaker of the House: Speaking Up

    Recently, The Washington Post reported that Representative Eric Cantor (R–VA) seems to be taking steps that would position him to become the next Speaker of the House. In any event, the next Speaker—whether it’s Cantor, John Boehner, Nancy Pelosi, or someone else—will join a tradition that stretches back exactly 225 … More

    Repealing Obamacare Would Be Easier Than Repealing Prohibition

    During the occasional periods when the President isn’t altering Obamacare—unconstitutionally through executive orders—progressives like to insist that the law is “settled” and “here to stay.” Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid (D–NV) also says it’s time to move on: “Get over it. It’s the law,” he advises. But that ignores one … More

    I Solemnly Swear to Support the Government?

    When lawmakers were debating how to end the federal government shutdown and whether they should authorize Washington to borrow even more money by raising the debt ceiling, Representative David Scott (D–GA) took to the floor of the House of Representatives and asked for a minute to speak. The legislation was … More

    2013 Joseph Story Distinguished Lecture: Judge Diarmuid O’Scannlain

    It is unmistakable that our current Supreme Court plays a robust role in our republic. And according to Joseph Story, that is what the Founders intended. Justices Ruth Bader Ginsburg, Antonin Scalia, and Anthony Kennedy have recently weighed in with their perspectives on the scope of judicial power. In August … More

    Speech Restrictions on National Mall Violate the Constitution

    As the government “shutdown” drags on, Washington’s National Mall remains closed to the general public. Not everyone, however, is forbidden to set foot on the mall. The National Park Service (NPS) has posted signs indicating that certain portions of the mall are closed “except for 1st Amendment activities.” A planned … More

    Court Rejects Obama Administration's Argument in Fast and Furious Lawsuit

    A federal district court judge in Washington, D.C., has rejected the Department of Justice’s (DOJ) request to dismiss the lawsuit filed by the House of Representatives against Attorney General Eric Holder to enforce its subpoena for documents related to the its investigation into Operation Fast and Furious. Holder was held … More

    Don't Film Me, Bro!: Officer Confiscates Cell Phone, Prevents Wife from Videotaping Her Husband's Arrest

    It was her cell phone. She was on her property. And they were handcuffing her husband on the ground. Yet when Heather Donald used her cell phone to videotape the arrest of her husband Thomas, the police took the cell phone from her and later commanded her to delete the … More

    D.C. Circuit Signals Doubts on IRS Tax Preparer Regulations

    In oral argument today, the D.C. federal appeals court appeared ready to throw cold water on the IRS’s claim to have the authority to regulate income tax return preparers under a 130-year-old statute. The case is just the latest to arise following President Obama’s push for the executive branch to … More

    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

    Obamacare Anti-Conscience HHS Mandate Reaches the Supreme Court

    As the House prepares to vote on defunding Obamacare, citizens are challenging the Obama Administration to defend a part of the law that has already gone into effect: the anti-conscience mandate. Earlier today, five members of the Hahn family, who run Conestoga Wood Specialties, took their fight against the coercive … More