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    A Victory Against Judicial Activism

    A recent decision by the federal district court for the District of Columbia highlights the importance of proper statutory interpretation and fidelity to the text of laws. Judicial activism comes in a variety of forms and is certainly not limited to the act of striking down a law, as some … More

    Family Fact of the Week: Minority Families Suffer Most from the Prevalence of Abortion

    January 22 marked the 40th sobering anniversary of the Supreme Court’s Roe v. Wade decision, which legalized abortion-on-demand nationwide. Now, many Americans are looking closer at the trends surrounding the practice of abortion. Today, half of all abortions are performed on minority women, according to the latest official figures published … More

    12 Days of Obamacare Surprises: An Optional Medicaid Expansion

    Not all surprises are good. When it comes to Obamacare, the original projections are turning into unfortunately different realities. For the past 11 days, Heritage has highlighted one of the various changes in Obamacare projections (e.g., cost, enrollment, etc.) from when the law first passed until now. This Christmas morning … More

    The Future of Marriage and the Wisdom of Tradition

    As Sherif Girgis, Robert P. George, and I argue in The Wall Street Journal, the future of marriage is the future of humanity. Conservatives rightly uphold the institution of marriage between a man and a woman because marriage is the seedbed of society, the necessary precondition for limited self-government. But … 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

    McConnell Describes Political Left's Efforts to Restrict Free Speech

    Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-KY) said Friday that the Obama administration is pursuing restrictions on political speech through whatever means possible, including bypassing Congress and the federal judiciary. “What they haven’t been able to achieve through the courts or Congress, they’re already attempting to achieve through regulations,” McConnell said in a … More

    The Constitution is Still Number One

    Prior to his presidency, Senator Obama famously announced that empathy would be his criteria for selecting judges. Although Sonia Sotomayor deemphasized her empathetic understanding of the law, many on the left still advocate empathy as the criteria for judges. James Gibson is no exception. In a recent article, “Expecting Justice … More

    New Vehicle Standards Mean High Priced and Unsafe Cars Americans Don’t Want

    Take good care of your current car. Given what the proposed Environmental Protection Agency/Department of Transportation regulations are going to do to new vehicles, you may want to hang on to it for as long as possible. Pursuant to federal law as well as a 2007 Supreme Court case, these … More

    Heritage-POLITICO Live Web Chat With Robert Alt

    Live reader chat with Robert Alt on Sotomayor and the Court

    Ricci and Real Opportunity Through Education

    Writing in Forbes yesterday, the Goldwater Institute’s Clint Bolick argues that the Supreme Court’s ruling in Ricci v. DeStafano should result in renewed attention to education reform and the need to improve educational opportunities for all people: “[The ruling] also brought the nation closer to an important day of reckoning. … More