Las Vegas billionaire casino mogul Sheldon Adelson is used to getting what he wants, but his latest demand does lasting damage to the Constitution, the Tenth Amendment and the principles of federalism.Details
Glenn Reynolds and Jonathan Adler say no. Here’s Professor Adler: The U.S. of House of Representatives is preparing to consider a bill — the Pain-Capable Unborn Child Protection Act (PUCPA) — that would prohibit most abortions performed after 20 weeks from conception. … … [E]ven if one assumes that a prohibition on post-20-week abortions would be constitutional if enacted by a…Details
According to CBS New York, the iconic neon billboards in Times Square must come down or the city will lose $94 million in federal highway funds. Under a 2012 federal law, Times Square qualifies as an arterial route to the national highway system, placing it under the 1965 Highway Beautification Act. That law limits billboard size. (more…)
The costs for states that operate Obamacare exchanges are surging, putting them in jeopardy. Since this is the common path for most federal programs, it serves as yet another reason that all states should refuse to implement these exchanges and let the feds try to do it on their own – a nearly impossible task considering their limited resources.Details
For a guy who is willing to – with a unilateral stroke of his pen from his own desk – change definitions to ban what used to be legal, give legal status to people who didn’t have it, and even increase taxes….
The idea that Barack Obama can’t move people out of Gitmo because “Congress won’t fund it” is laughable.
At Opinio Juris, Julian Ku thinks maybe it did. I agree. As background, 47 U.S. Senators took the unusual step of sending a letter to Iran explaining how the U.S. Constitution works with regard to international agreements. Again via Professor Ku, here is the core of the letter: [U]nder our Constitution, while the president negotiates…Details
by Gene Healy, CATO Institute Today, six months after President Obama unilaterally launched our latest war in Iraq, five months after he expanded the war to Syria, four months after his administration thought up a name for the war, and three months after he promised to go to Congress for authorization, the president sent congressional…Details
As has been widely reported, House Speaker John Boehner has invited Israel’s Prime Minister Netanyahu to address the U.S. Congress. If Congress does host the speech, would it be unconstitutional? Peter Spiro at Opinio Juris suggests that it would. I agree.Details