TIME’s Nate Rawlings reports on state-level efforts to thwart NSA spying, but doesn’t understand the Constitutional basis behind the effort.Details
Historians and non-originalists argue that legal scholarship lacks the tools to identify original meaning. But that is, to a significant extent, because they misunderstand what originalist analysis seeks to do.Details
Yet more evidence that we cannot count on the federal government to rein in its own power.
Just before Thanksgiving, the Republican controlled House Intelligence Committee said no to telling Americans how many people drone strikes kill overseas every year.Details
After a report in the Tribune last week, US News and World Report gave a very favorable mainstream media report on our work to stop NSA spying with a pushback by states. That just got picked up by Drudge Report.Details
There should be no local police, no county sheriff’s deputies and no state law enforcement officers involved. If states would simply quit cooperating, many of these constitutional violations would not happen. The feds don’t have the resources. They depend on state and local help.Details
“If ye love wealth better than liberty, the tranquility of servitude better than the animating contest of freedom, go home from us in peace. We ask not your counsels or arms. Crouch down and lick the hands which feed you. May your chains set lightly upon you, and may posterity forget that ye were our…Details
HB 1888 would allow for the production of industrial hemp right here in Washington. The bill has already made it through two public hearings, and is currently being held in the House Appropriations Committee, where it ran into a last minute deadline this spring.Details
Jesse Jackson is either lying about, or is completely ignorant on, the topic of state’s rights and nullification. If he wasn’t so ignorant, he would know that nullification’s roots come from acting against the Alien and Sedition Acts, not from protecting racists and slaveholders.Details
This past August, a conservative non-profit group, the American Legislative Exchange Council, or Alec, approved and published a model bill which would remove the IRS’ ability to penalize businesses for not offering health insurance in states which have not set up their own health exchanges.
If enacted at the state level, the Health Care Freedom Act (HCFA), as Alec calls it, would revoke the license any of health insurance provider that accepts federal subsidies through one of Obamacare’s health insurance exchanges. Supporters of the model bill argue that it neither conflicts with federal law, nullifies federal law, nor is trumped by federal law.Details