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  • Commentary posted June 30, 2015 by Kim R. Holmes, Ph.D. The Supreme Court: Speaking power to truth

    Supreme Court Justice Antonin Scalia’s lament last week that “words no longer have meaning” got me to thinking. I don’t claim to know Chief Justice John Roberts‘ motivations in deciding in favor of Obamacare, but I do know that his deconstruction of the meaning of language is increasingly commonplace in our culture. Could his willingness to bend the meaning of the word…

  • Commentary posted June 30, 2015 by Edwin J. Feulner, Ph.D. ‘We the People’

    “We the People.” We’ve heard that phrase so often it’s easy to overlook its significance. But as we mark our nation’s birthday, we should take a moment to ask ourselves: What is the role of the people? Our nation is unique because of its universal founding principles. At the heart of these principles is the belief that people are free by nature and possess inherent…

  • Commentary posted June 30, 2015 by James Jay Carafano, Ph.D. What Fireworks Does ISIS Plan for the 4th of July?

    What to make of reports that ISIS may try to pull off a terrorist attack on Independence Day? Let’s look at the facts. It is not the first time after 9/11 that U.S. authorities have expressed concerns about possible terrorist attacks timed to coincide with significant dates like the 4th of July.  In 2011, a senior U.S. official told reporters, “We have received credible…

  • Commentary posted June 30, 2015 by Daren Bakst Your Home Is Your Castle—If You Can Keep It

    Take a look around your living room. There’s a risk that it could become part of a food court in a mall or an assembly line in a factory. This is possible because of a decision handed down 10 years ago this month by the U.S. Supreme Court. In Kelo v. City of New London, the court ruled that private property can be seized and transferred to another private party for…

  • Commentary posted June 29, 2015 by Robert E. Moffit, Ph.D. America's Obamacare Nightmare Is Just Beginning

    Today the U.S. Supreme Court ruled that the federal government could continue to subsidize health-insurance coverage through Healthcare.gov, the federal exchanges. An ecstatic President Obama declared that Obamacare is “here to stay.” No, it’s not. A judicial victory doesn’t automatically translate into a political victory, let alone a policy success. Once they’ve…

  • Commentary posted June 29, 2015 by David Inserra Turning the tide on terrorism

    Most of us are familiar with Dzhokhar Tsarnaev, thanks to media coverage of the Boston bombing case. But very few have heard of Munther Omar Selah. There's a good reason for that, though. Both shared a desire to commit acts of terrorism, but Selah's plans, unlike Tsarnev's, were disrupted before they could be carried out. He and two co-conspirators considered numerous…

  • Commentary posted June 29, 2015 by Theodore R. Bromund, Ph.D. Barack Obama is right to want free trade, but he has the wrong reasons

    No thanks to his fellow Democrats, President Barack Obama won a victory in Congress last week when Republicans voted to give him the authority to negotiate trade agreements in Asia and Europe. Too bad so much of the president's case for the agreements is based on his belief that the United States is in decline. Let's take a step back. Since 1945, the United States has…

  • Commentary posted June 29, 2015 by Ryan T. Anderson, Ph.D. Judicial activism on marriage isn’t the end — here’s what to do now

    Friday’s Supreme Court decision is unadulterated judicial activism. As Chief Justice John Roberts said in dissent: “Today’s decision rests on nothing more than the majority’s own conviction that same-sex couples should be allowed to marry because they want to. . . . Whatever force that belief may have as a matter of moral philosophy, it has no more basis in the…

  • Commentary posted June 29, 2015 by Robert E. Moffit, Ph.D. Shed sunshine on ObamaCare's subsidies for Congress

    Sen. David Vitter (R-La.) has a simple question: How and why did Congress qualify as a "small business" eligible for special taxpayer subsidies under the Affordable Care Act (ACA)? For anyone in a real small business — private employers who get no such subsidies — the very idea is absurd. But getting a straight answer is as difficult as getting Lois Lerner's IRS…

  • Commentary posted June 26, 2015 by Walter Lohman Responding to China's Rise: Could a 'Quad' Approach Help?

    On the sidelines of the ASEAN Regional Forum meetings in 2007, assistant secretary–level diplomats from four countries—the United States, Japan, India and Australia—convened the “quadrilateral security dialogue.” Then, after only one meeting, largely in response to complaints from Beijing, the initiative died. For the sake of long-term peace and security in the…

  • Commentary posted June 25, 2015 by James Jay Carafano, Ph.D. If Ebola Returns, Is Washington Or WHO Any Better Prepared?

    Summer is scary. Sharks attack. Hurricanes harry us. Draught and heat exhaustion claim casualties. And, last year there was Ebola. And, Ebola could be back. In 2014, the unprecedented outbreak of the deadly virus that ravaged West Africa went from interesting news to outright panic when the first case reached American shores. Controversy over the administration’s…

  • Commentary posted June 25, 2015 by Daniel Kochis Terror in the Happiest Place on Earth

    The Nordic region may be the happiest place on Earth. Of the 10 top-ranked countries in the World Happiness Report, half are Nordic nations. Norway, Sweden, and Denmark rank third, fourth, and fifth, respectively, in The Economist's "Where to be born index," with Finland not far behind. But beneath the picture of bliss lurks a malicious and difficult societal problem: An…

  • Commentary posted June 25, 2015 by Peter Brookes Terror threat heats up as ISIS influence grows

    I hate to roust you from your well-deserved summer snooze, but I continue to get a sinking feeling about the threat of the Islamic State (aka ISIS, ISIL or Daesh) here in the homeland. Understandably reluctant to lift your head from the hammock in the heat, you ask, “Why?” Well, pass me your beach shovel and I’ll scribble some statistics here in the sand while you wipe…

  • Commentary posted June 24, 2015 by Edwin J. Feulner, Ph.D. The empty ‘marketplace of ideas’

    Americans take justifiable pride in their right to free speech. People may be muzzled by their government in places such as Cuba and North Korea, but not here. You can say what’s on your mind without fear of prosecution. But can you do so without fear of persecution? More and more, it seems, the answer is no. Say the “wrong” thing, and the Outrage Police swarm you. Do we…

  • Commentary posted June 24, 2015 by Jason Snead A dysfunctional civil-forfeiture system seizes savings, destroys lives

    Mandrel Stuart used to be a small-business owner. Unfortunately, he had to close down his Staunton, Virginia restaurant, the Smoking Rooster. Not because of poor sales or harsh food critics, but because one day in 2012, Fairfax police officers turned a routine traffic stop into a chance to seize $17,550 of Mr. Stuart’s hard-earned money. How? Civil asset-forfeiture…