Tag Archives | Constitution

“My Soul Was Manufactured in the United States”

Five Things You Need to Read Today 1. Naked Foreign Policy So we didn’t have World War III, after all. I was skeptical that the US airstrike on Iranian terror master Qassem Suleimani would lead to a massive escalation, and now it looks like not much will follow–for better or for worse. Not much for […]

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Donald Trump Shoots Someone on Fifth Avenue

Top Stories of the Year: #3 During the 2016 campaign, Donald Trump famously boasted that his supporters were so loyal that “I could stand in the middle of Fifth Avenue and shoot somebody, and I wouldn’t lose any voters.” Recently, a CNN reporter talking to panel of Trump supporters had the presence of mind to […]

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Impeachment Is Over

Impeachment Roundup The public impeachment hearings are finished in the House, and what have we learned from them? The Dispatch, Jonah Goldberg’s new outfit, has a good overview of the testimony from the past week, while Michael McFaul, former US Ambassador to Russia, provides a summary of the wider story. Here are the outlines. President […]

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Impeachment Is a Symptom

Sean Trende recently noted that impeachment has been invoked more frequently in recent decades: in 1974*, 1998, and now in 2019. The only previous impeachment was against Andrew Johnson in 1868. So we went more than 100 years without trying to remove a president, and now we’re trying to do it roughly every 20 years. […]

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“The Culture War Comes for the Kids”

Five Things You Need to Read Today 1. The Infowars Presidency While I’ve been wrapping up work on my book (I might have mentioned it), some interesting things were happening out in the world, so I’m going to start getting caught up on the latest news in this edition. The big thing that happened is […]

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Sohrab Ahmari-ism, Courtesy of David French

The battle between the “liberal” conservatives—that is, those who still believe in free markets and civil liberties—and the illiberal nationalist conservatives has been out in the open ever since Sohrab Ahmari launched a broadside against “David French-ism,” naming the National Review writer as his avatar for the supposed cultural weakness of “classical liberalism.” So a […]

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Salon of the Refused, Episode 11

Episode 11 of my video and podcast series, Salon of the Refused, is now available. I talk with Ilya Shapiro, director of the Robert A. Levy Center for Constitutional Studies at the Cato Institute, about the Timbs v. Indiana ruling and the possible revival of the Privileges or Immunities Clause. The conversation includes: the rise of […]

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“I Didn’t Need to Do This”

Five Things You Need to Read Today 1. The National Emergency Emergency I declare a national emergency of presidents declaring national emergencies. Before President Trump declared ordinary conditions on the border to be a “national emergency,” there were already 28 active “national emergencies” giving the president special powers, and most have been in effect for […]

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An Index of Unconstitutionality

I recently said some (more) bad things about President Trump, so naturally the next thing that happens is that I come across news about one of the good things about this administration: Donald Trump has broken a record for the fewest executive agency regulations issued during a year. CEI regulations guru Clyde Wayne Crews Jr. […]

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The Party of Dred Scott

Are Republicans ready to become the party of Dred Scott? I ask because that’s what Michael Anton—a conservative intellectual, former Trump administration official, and fanatical supporter of the president—just advocated in the Washington Post. Even worse, he implies that Trump should do it by executive fiat, in defiance of the Supreme Court. This is not […]

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