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Setback for Federal Power  
An abuse of federal prosecutorial power, based on an international chemical weapons treaty, resulted in a woman's six-year prison sentence for merely causing a small skin burn on another woman's thumb. A purely domestic dispute that had nothing to do with war or foreign policy became a massive "federal case" illustrative of federal overreaching and the misuse of treaties.  06-29-14
Prayer Wins Big 5-4 Decision  
For the first time in 30 years, the U.S. Supreme Court considered and then upheld the practice of allowing public prayer at the start of a governmental meeting. This is an enormous triumph against current efforts to censor religion from the public square.  06-12-14
Parents Finally Win One  
Media from around the world descended upon a small New Jersey courthouse to cover a lawsuit filed by an 18-year-old high school girl against her own parents for a weekly allowance of more than $600, private school tuition of thousands of dollars, future college costs and even attorneys' fees. Her best friend's father, a millionaire attorney who once held a powerful political office in the county, filed the lawsuit for her.  05-26-14
Another Win for Property Owners  
A bright spot among Supreme Court rulings in recent years has been the strengthening of private property rights. An 8-1 ruling by the high court in favor of Western landowners continues this trend by rejecting a claim by the United States to thousands of miles of trails in Western lands.  05-13-14
Proposed Offshore Wind Farm Spins in Court  
The United States has avoided the blight of offshore wind farms that have been wasteful boondoggles for liberal countries. The small country of Scotland, for example, has wasted nearly $3 billion in subsidies for 2,400 turbines littered about its countryside in 219 wind farms. Each turbine cost the Scottish taxpayers more than $1 million.  04-21-14
Kobach: "A Really Big Victory"  
In a stunning conservative victory, a federal judge upheld the power of states to force a federal agency to include a proof-of-citizenship requirement on its voter registration forms.  04-13-14
Border Searches Upheld by Court  
On the last day of 2013 a federal judge in Brooklyn, who is himself the son of immigrants, ruled in favor of the sovereign power of the United States to search the possessions of those entering our country, without a warrant or even probable cause of wrongdoing.   04-02-14
Court Revives "Relic of Barbarism"  
The Republican Party was founded on the goal of abolishing barbarism in territories of the United States as Americans migrated westward. The first national platform of the Republican Party, in 1856, declared that "it is both the right and the imperative duty of Congress to prohibit in the Territories those twin relics of barbarism -- Polygamy, and Slavery."  03-28-14
Sherlock Holmes Loses His Copyright  
Sherlock Holmes, the clever detective created by Sir Arthur Conan Doyle, has undergone a revival in literary works, television shows, and movies long after Doyle passed away in 1930. The heirs of Holmes' creator want a piece of the pie, and the Conan Doyle estate invokes copyright law to prevent unauthorized uses of Holmes and his famous sidekick, Dr. Watson.  03-18-14
Judicial Supremacy Smacks Pennsylvania  
Pennsylvania is a "Rust Belt" state that suffered enormously from the loss of manufacturing jobs. But recently it found a new source of jobs with development of the Marcellus Shale, a vast deposit of natural gas underneath the closed factories and farmland that speckle her landscape.  03-10-14
Third Circuit Rejects Warrantless GPS Tracking  
The Third Circuit U.S. Court of Appeals has stood up for the Fourth Amendment rights of citizens. On October 22, 2013, the Court ruled that evidence obtained from a GPS device that police secretly placed on a suspect's van was not admissible, because the warrantless tracking violated the suspect's constitutional protection against unreasonable search and seizure.  02-26-14
Vermont Supreme Court Forces Church Camp to Pay Taxes  
The Vermont Supreme Court has forced a church camp to pay property taxes. This decision is the latest example of government intrusion on religious freedom, and puts many church projects at risk of being destroyed by taxation.  02-03-14
Victory for Companies Objecting to an Obamacare Mandate  
The U.S. Court of Appeals for the D.C. Circuit has delivered a stunning ruling in favor of business owners who object to the Obamacare mandate requiring them to provide abortifacients and contraceptives for employees. The D.C. Circuit even observed that some contraceptives are considered to be carcinogenic by the World Health Organization, and thus can be detrimental to women's health.  01-25-14
Judicial Supremacists Impose Same-Sex Marriage in New Jersey  
The New Jersey Supreme Court has overturned the will of the people by forcing the State to issue same sex marriage licenses, even though the Governor and legislature never authorized this redefinition of marriage. Making matters worse, the Court used flawed arguments to trample on actual legislation, resorting instead to emotional appeals and specious reasoning. This decision illustrates the dangers of oppressive decrees by unelected judges.  01-14-14
Court Allows Secret White House Visits  
The U.S. Court of Appeals for the D.C. Circuit recently decided that White House visitor logs can be withheld from the American public, thus overturning much of a lower court's ruling on the issue.  12-24-13
New York Court Imposes Foreign Law  
The Appellate Division of the New York Supreme Court recently decided to exclude New York law in a case stemming from terrorist attacks on foreign soil. The appellate court held that Israeli law should instead be used in New York courts.  11-30-13
Send a Text, Be Liable for a Car Crash  
A New Jersey appellate court held that a person who knowingly sends a text message to a driver likely to read it can be held liable for an accident caused by the distracted driver.  11-10-13
Circuits Split on Abortifacient Mandate  
Two federal circuit courts have issued conflicting decisions about the right of business owners to follow their religious beliefs by omitting abortifacient coverage from the health insurance they provide to employees. An abortifacient is a pill that induces abortion.  10-27-13
Supreme Court Sides with Businesses  
In two recent cases, the Supreme Court ruled in favor of employers and rejected broad readings of Title VII of the Civil Rights Act. The Court's business-friendly holdings are victories for our nation, as they prevent the payments that employers would have had to make due to contrived applications of the Civil Rights Act.  10-20-13
Two Courts Invalidate Obama's Recess Appointments  
On January 4, 2012, Obama made three appointments to the National Labor Relations Board. But the appointees were never confirmed by the Senate. Although the legislature had already reconvened for the new year, Obama claimed that he was making recess appointments that did not require Senate confirmation.  10-10-13
Blind Eye toward Alien Voting  
In 2004, Arizona passed Proposition 200, which required election officials to demand proof of citizenship when registering voters. Voters have always been required to be citizens. But the requirement had not been enforced under the Clinton-backed National Voter Registration Act (NVRA). The NVRA only required prospective voters to sign a statement claiming citizenship. The people of Arizona demanded real enforcement, and 56% voted for Proposition 200.  09-11-13
Colorado Supreme Court Halts School Spending Increase  
American public schools spend an astonishing $10,000 per student each year. In Colorado, however, public schools are slightly more reasonable, spending $2,000 per pupil below the national average.  09-01-13
Big Name Dispute in the Big Easy  
The "Big Easy" is New Orleans, our nation's center for jazz and a laid-back, big city lifestyle. The origin of the catchy name is not known, but some have suggested that it is a play on the "Big Apple," contrasting the easygoingness of New Orleans with the stress of New York City.  08-28-13
Court Won't Vouch for Vouchers  
By a 6-1 margin, the Louisiana Supreme Court struck down a complex school voucher program that was the pride and joy of Governor Bobby Jindal. The successful plaintiffs in the action included - no surprise here - the public school teachers' unions.  07-29-13
Taft-Hartley Act Saves Business from Unions, Again  
One of the biggest changes in our Nation in the last half-century has been the decline in unions in the private work force. Forty years ago, private-sector union membership was roughly 30%. Today, it is only about 7%.  07-13-13

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Living on Fire   
In 1960, many would have been stunned to learn that Barry Goldwater did not write his bestseller, The Conscience of a Conservative. It was ghostwritten by his speechwriter, L. Brent Bozell Jr. According to Living on Fire author Daniel Kelly, Goldwater had little involvement in the writing process and the book reflects the views of Bozell.  07-09-14
Guardian of the Republic   
Black conservatives are routinely and ferociously targeted by liberals; just ask Clarence Thomas, Condoleezza Rice, and Allen West. In Guardian of the Republic, West criticizes African-American voters' tendency to favor those who repeatedly let them down. West states that "impractical, politically motivated programs have irreparably damaged the fabric of our black society and community."  06-22-14
Abuse of Discretion   
How did America become one of only four nations (along with Canada, China, and North Korea) that allow abortions for any reason, at any time during pregnancy? Why do laws regulating other surgical procedures not protect women when they get an abortion? Why does "unborn human life" have status in tort, criminal, and property law cases, yet a woman and her abortionist can decide to kill a baby?  06-01-14
Humility   
Humility focuses on five historical figures who remained humble, although they had every reason to become arrogant. The author, David J. Bobb, is the Director of Hillsdale College's Kirby Center of Constitutional Study and Citizenship. He contrasts the humility possessed by great American individuals with the empty arrogance or "pride devoid of merit," which he suggests is rampant and even rewarded in society today.  05-19-14
The Story-Killers   
There is a new education fad now being implemented in 46 states and the District of Columbia. Common Core is a top-down scheme hatched by two Washington, D.C. lobbying organizations, promoted by wealthy philanthropists and utopian dreamers, and pushed by the federal government. These uniform standards will eventually result in a national curriculum as teachers align to required tests.  04-27-14
America's Way Back   
With the words, "We have a responsibility that when somebody hurts, government has got to do more," former President George H.W. Bush effectively ended the Reagan era. His son left office with a $1 trillion deficit, much of which was entitlement spending.  04-05-14
Infiltrated   
Why does a self-proclaimed "financial terrorist" want to destroy an industry that loans money to low income citizens that lets them make emergency car repairs so they can get to work? How did a couple that practically invented adjustable rate mortgages come out of the housing crisis unscathed by the media while other less culpable individuals were put through the ringer?  04-01-14
Rebound   
When officials at the Department of Agriculture were concerned about the welfare of the dozens of six-toed cats that roam the grounds and interior of the Hemingway House Museum in Key West, Florida, they sent an animal behavior expert to do an exhaustive study, dispatched "agents to spy on the cats' treatment," then sent a PETA representative who reported the cats were doing fine, but that wasn't enough. A federal judge along with federal marshals made a field trip to the grounds.  03-26-14
I Had a Vision, God Had a Plan   
Not until he was 39 years old did Don Wildmon begin to build the American Family Association (AFA). He felt "constrained" as a Methodist pastor, certain that God had other plans for him. AFA is a front-line network created to fight the "culture wars" before most even knew a battle was looming. AFA consists of a monthly journal, hundreds of radio stations, a news service, OneMillionMoms.com, and more.  03-08-14
Worshipping the State   
"Secular liberalism should be litigated against as a violation of the First Amendment" because it is a religion, according to the author of Worshipping the State. When Christianity is removed from public discourse, a state develops that leaves no room "for the worship of anything but itself."  02-23-14
Knowledge and Power   
"In an economy, everything useful or interesting depends on agents of change called entrepreneurs," according to George Gilder. Entrepreneurs create "surprises" that move the economy forward.  01-23-14
What Went Wrong   
The author of What Went Wrong traveled with the Romney campaign and verifies that they were genuinely "stunned" by election night results. Republicans spent a billion dollars on the 2012 presidential election, but ran the wrong campaign, with the wrong contender, played the game poorly, and were outsmarted by Democratic computer geeks.  12-31-13
One Nation Under God   
From Christopher Columbus to the Founding Fathers, from our currency to our monuments, Christianity is everywhere in America. But its importance is denied, denigrated, and is disappearing from our culture because atheists and secularists have mounted a relentless campaign to eliminate it by "historical deception." The separation of church and state is often the ostensible reason given for the elimination of the Bible, the Ten Commandments, and Christian holidays and symbols from society.  12-01-13
Deadly Consequences   
When the Pentagon lifted the ban on females in direct combat, top brass and President Obama were in reality "sending wives, mothers, sisters, and daughters into the most brutal violence known to man." The January 2013 move is bad policy that Congress is obligated to investigate, according to the author of Deadly Consequences.  11-02-13
Margaret Thatcher   
"A scientist, barrister, and mother of two." Margaret Roberts Thatcher's self-description in an early political campaign speaks to her frankness. Her willingness to first run for office in a borough where she was likely to face defeat illustrates her courage. "Margaret was charming, but exhibited a will of steel," said one early observer.  10-21-13
Lincoln Unbound   
"I desire to see the time when education, and by its means, morality, sobriety, enterprise and industry, shall become more general than at present." These words of Abraham Lincoln's could be the lament of a modern-day conservative.  09-28-13
Beating Obamacare   
Despite the fact that 49% of Americans don't want Obamacare, it remains the law of the land. Most of the law's worst provisions take effect in January 2014, yet Americans still have only a faint idea of the radical changes they will soon face. Constitutional scholar and patient advocate Betsy McCaughey is a great help in bridging that knowledge gap, as she is one of the few people who has actually read the entire 2,572 pages of the law. She has distilled the inscrutable legalese down to practical, essential facts in a short, easy-to-read book.  09-05-13
Common Core   
Having taken over major parts of the banking industry, student loans and the healthcare industry, the Obama administration and its statist allies are now poised to take over what public schools teach our children. Author Orlean Koehle explains how it happened, why you should be concerned, and what can be done about it in her book Common Core.  08-15-13
What to Expect When No One's Expecting   
Back in 1968, Paul Ehrlich predicted the world would soon run out of food, oil, and water because people were having too many babies. He turned out to be spectacularly wrong on all counts, but political liberals still make doomsday predictions about overpopulation. Author Jonathan Last has a very different message: He says if America wants to continue to lead the world, we need more babies!  07-27-13
The Mad, Mad, Mad World of Climatism   
The chief of the Environmental Protection Agency told Congress in 2010, "The science behind climate change is settled, and human activity is responsible for global warming." The Mad, Mad, Mad World of Climatism says that by the very nature of science, nothing is ever "settled" and new evidence must be subjected to scrutiny, debate, and peer review. Climate change activists do not allow scrutiny or dissent, so their science is often flawed.  07-06-13

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May / June 2014  
Keep U.S. Control of the Internet
During the great controversy over the Panama Canal in the mid-1970s, Ronald Reagan repeatedly said, “We bought it. We built it. We paid for it. We intend to keep it.” Unfortunately, the Democrats controlled the U.S. Senate and ratified a treaty to give it away to the drug-peddling Panama dictator.   Click here for the full story.
Update on China’s Growing Military Power
The Chinese are spending big money to build their growing military arsenal. While Obama has cut hundreds of billions of dollars from our military budget, Communist China is building dramatic new strategic military capabilities in every field of modern warfare, including new niche weapons systems designed to attack us in space and in the “cyber domain.” We face a new power relationship: a weakening American military versus a rising Communist Chinese power, and that has “dire implications for global peace and stability.”
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