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  • Commentary posted November 18, 2016 by Hans A. von Spakovsky Sorry, but the Accurate Legal Term is 'Illegal Alien'

    The College Fix is reporting that the politically correct Rutgers University student newspaper, the Daily Targum, has fired columnist Aviv Khavich for trying to use the term “illegal alien” in a column about illegal immigration. After he complained to his editor that she had changed illegal alien” to “undocumented immigrant” in a column he submitted, he was…

  • Commentary posted November 17, 2016 by Hans A. von Spakovsky Clarence Thomas: A Great Justice for the Constitution

    Why do media polemicists such as Jeffrey Toobin continue their uninformed, unfair, and vitriolic attacks on Justice Clarence Thomas as he celebrates his 25th anniversary on the Supreme Court? Because all of their vicious, contemptuous criticism over the past two decades has done absolutely nothing to dissuade this great justice from upholding the Constitution and…

  • Commentary posted November 17, 2016 by Hans A. von Spakovsky, Jason Snead No, Election Fraud Is Not as Unlikely as a Lightning Strike

    Speaking at a partisan fundraiser in Florida last month, President Barack Obama touched on a number of issues near and dear to the hearts of liberals. It was part stump speech, part farewell-tour stop — and part chance to knock efforts at ensuring election integrity one last time. The president just doesn’t think there is such a thing as election fraud. As he informed…

  • Commentary posted November 13, 2016 by Hans A. von Spakovsky The War on Election Integrity

    Shirley Anne Conners, aka Faragalli, was arrested last week. A Canadian citizen living in this country illegally, she had voted in more than 20 elections — including the April presidential primary in New York. She could not have done that if New York had in place common sense election integrity measures such as requiring photo ID for in-person and absentee voting and…

  • Commentary posted November 13, 2016 by Hans A. von Spakovsky Obama's Post-Presidency Agenda Revealed: Attack State Redistricting in the Name of 'Fairness'

    Eric Holder will chair a new 527 political action committee, the National Democratic Redistricting Committee (NDRC). With that announcement, Holder revealed the deep partisanship that he tried to obscure while serving as attorney general. Yet, that partisanship drove him throughout his tenure as the nation’s top law enforcement officer. Unmentioned in Holder’s…

  • Commentary posted November 13, 2016 by Hans A. von Spakovsky Did Justin Timberlake Commit Voter Fraud in Tennessee?

    Yesterday, CNN reported that Justin Timberlake took a selfie while voting early in Memphis, Tenn., which raises the question of whether he violated a new state law that prohibits taking photos or videos in a polling place. But the network missed the more important question of whether Timberlake committed voter fraud by voting in Tennessee. Why? Because according to the…

  • Commentary posted November 13, 2016 by Hans A. von Spakovsky Illinois Absolutely Tortured the Law to Restrict Your Second Amendment Rights

    When it comes to upholding concealed-carry rights, the Seventh Circuit Court of Appeals has been the only federal appellate court to apply the Second Amendment correctly. Until now. In Culp v. Madigan, a case involving the concealed-carry rights of out-of-state citizens in Illinois, a three-judge panel of the court has now gone the wrong way over the vigorous objections…

  • Commentary posted November 4, 2016 by Hans A. von Spakovsky How Can States Protect Their Election Systems?

    Anonymous law-enforcement sources are telling the media that up to 10 states have had their voter registration databases “probed or breached” by hackers — most likely Russians, according to cybersecurity experts. But there is no indication that any voter information in those databases was altered or deleted, or that we are facing a realistic threat that the outcome of…

  • Commentary posted November 4, 2016 by Alden Abbott, Hans A. von Spakovsky A Win for Separation of Powers? Court Rules Against Consumer Financial Protection Bureau

    It may turn out to be only a symbolic defeat for the Obama administration, but a three-judge panel of the Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia yesterday struck down as unconstitutional the leadership structure of the federal Consumer Financial Protection Bureau (CFPB), currently headed by Richard Cordray. Judge Brett Kavanaugh authored the opinion, and Senior…

  • Legal Memorandum posted October 24, 2016 by Hans A. von Spakovsky, Nicolas Loris The Climate Change Inquisition: An Abuse of Power that Offends the First Amendment and Threatens Informed Debate

    Last March, a coalition of state attorneys general, “AGs United for Clean Power,” announced they would be investigating any company that challenges the unproven scientific theory of man-induced, catastrophic climate change.[1] After the announcement, U.S. Virgin Islands Attorney General Claude Walker moved—almost immediately—to subpoena ExxonMobil (as well as the…

  • Commentary posted October 18, 2016 by Hans A. von Spakovsky Felons Shouldn't Get Automatic Voting Rights

    Calling for wholesale restoration of voting rights for felons the moment they are out of prison, your Aug. 31 editorial cites retired professor Darryl Paulson's claim: "If conservatives want to end recidivism and reintegrate felons into society, the restoration of voting rights is essential." To bolster his conservative "cred," the editorial bills him as "a fellow at the…

  • Commentary posted August 31, 2016 by Hans A. von Spakovsky Eureka! Texas Court Reminds Liberal Professors That Our Rights Don't Cancel Each Other Out

    Can the First and Second Amendments co-exist? According to a trio of professors at the University of Texas-Austin, the answer is no. Fortunately, a federal district court in Texas shot down their ludicrous claim. Specifically, the court rejected the professors’ strange contention that their First Amendment rights are violated by students exercising their Second Amendment…

  • Commentary posted August 31, 2016 by Hans A. von Spakovsky B-Girls, Bourbon, and Casablanca — and All in One Case

    I spend a lot of time reading court decisions. Many are dull, boring, and filled with citations to prior dull, boring decisions. But every now and then you come across a truly amusing, interesting opinion. Recently, I read an opinion from a three-judge panel of the Eleventh Circuit Court of Appeals. Early on I knew I’d struck decision gold. The first footnote referenced…

  • Commentary posted August 30, 2016 by Hans A. von Spakovsky Jim Crow Rears Its Ugly Head in Guam

    And Loretta Lynch and the NAACP are nowhere to be found. A group of racial activists in the Pacific are beginning the process of separating from the union one of America’s most important strategic assets in the Pacific theater. On Thursday morning, in a federal courtroom on the other side of the world, in the capital, Hagatna, the Territory of Guam will argue that it may…

  • Commentary posted August 29, 2016 by Hans A. von Spakovsky, John Fund Voter ID and the Real Threat to Democracy

    The Supreme Court concluded in 2008that voter ID is constitutional and doesn’t impose an unreasonable burden on voters. But the recent decisions of three federal courts throwing out voter-ID laws in North Carolina, Texas and Wisconsin as discriminatory have put opponents of common-sense election reforms in raptures. These erroneous rulings twist the Voting Rights Act from…