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Time to Bury the Williamson County Rule

ILYA SHAPIRO, TREVOR BURRUS, and MEGGAN DEWITT, CATO INSTITUTE Claims for unconstitutional takings of property against state actors should not be treated differently than other...

Colorado’s ‘Half-baked’ Decision: The Masterpiece Capeshop Case

JOHN A. SPARKS, CENTER FOR VISION & VALUES Who would have guessed that the religious liberty and free-speech rights of Americans would be tested in...

Dream Act Inexplicably Excludes Legal Immigrant Dreamers, Requires Applicants Violate the Law

DAVID BIER, CATO INSTITUTE President Trump will support legislation to provide legal status to young immigrants who, as he said on Twitter, “have been in the country...

The Playground Fight Over Religious Liberty

JOHN A. SPARKS, CENTER FOR VISION & VALUES Trinity Lutheran Church is a church in Columbia, Missouri that operates a Christian preschool and daycare center...

How Some State Politicians Are Using Government to Threaten Free Speech

JEREMY CADY & DAN CALDWELL, THE DAILY SIGNAL When it comes to threatening the free speech rights of American citizens, progressives have largely been the...

Has the President Exceeded His Authority on Immigration?

JOHN A. SPARKS, CENTER FOR VISION AND VALUES In the State of the Union address, President Obama declared: “We can’t put the security of families...

Nothing New or Interesting about King v. Burwell

MICHAEL F. CANNON, CATO INSTITUTE Vox’s Sarah Kliff reports that Harvard University’s Theda Skocpol has produced a study purporting to show Congress intended for the Patient Protection and Affordable Care...

Obamacare on the Defensive Once Again

JOHN A. SPARKS, CENTER FOR VISION AND VALUES When Case Western University law professor Jonathan Adler testified before a House subcommittee on July 31, 2013,...

Conflict Between the Circuits on Gay Marriage

JOHN A. SPARKS, CENTER FOR VISION AND VALUES A month ago, the U.S. Supreme Court refused to hear a collection of cases which raised the...

Government Must Honor Its Contracts

ILYA SHAPIRO & GABRIEL LATNER, CATO INSTITUTE Virtually every aspect of government’s work depends on contracts, whether they be with manufacturers of naval ships, civilian...

Abuse of Dominance by Patentees: A Pro-Innovation Perspective

ALDEN ABBOTT, HERITAGE FOUNDATION Antitrust issues (referred to interchangeably here as competition issues) are an increasingly important consideration for intellectual property (IP) owners. Such issues...

Ninth Circuit Upholds ‘Heckler’s Veto’ of the American Flag

DAVID FRENCH, ACLJ This morning the Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals declined a request for an en banc hearing in a case holding that school officials could censor...

The Second Amendment & the Inalienable Right to Self-Defense

NELSON LUND, PH.D., HERITAGE FOUNDATION Abstract Contemporary debates about the meaning of the Second Amendment—is it a collective right or an individual right?—would have been incomprehensible...

The Second Amendment & the Inalienable Right to Self-Defense

NELSON LUND, PH.D., HERITAGE FOUNDATION Abstract Contemporary debates about the meaning of the Second Amendment—is it a collective right or an individual right?—would have been incomprehensible...

EEOC Loses Again on Background Checks

HANS A. VON SPAKOVSKY, HERITAGE FOUNDATION The Equal Employment Opportunity Commission’s (EEOC) crusade to bring “disparate impact” claims against employers conducting criminal and credit background...

Does the Treaty Power Threaten Our System of Limited Government?

THE HONORABLE TED CRUZ, HERITAGE FOUNDATION Abstract American sovereignty and the structural constraints present in the Constitution that protect our liberty are both implicated in Bond v....

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

ANDREW KLOSTER, HERITAGE FOUNDATION In spite of clear Pennsylvania law to the contrary, a Pennsylvania clerk recently started issuing invalid same-sex marriage licenses, abdicating his...

113th Congress May Leave Mark on Student Rights

JOSEPH COHN, THEFIRE.ORG Yesterday, the 112th congressional session came to a close and the newly elected members of the 113th Congress were officially sworn into...

“Creating, Promoting, and Enforcing” Opinions in the Marketplace of Ideas

BY CARL L. BANKSTON III I was disappointed to read that the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Sixth District has upheld the firing of...

SB 1070 Takes Heat at U.S. Supreme Court

Tom Fitton, Judicial Watch Weekly Update Following on the heels of last month’s closely watched Supreme Court oral arguments over Obamacare, yet another high-stakes Supreme...