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  • Commentary posted July 25, 2016 by Hans A. von Spakovsky, Elizabeth Slattery Why Republicans Should Not Fold On Garland's Nomination

    Some pundits, such as Leon Wolf at RedState, are urging Senate Republicans to quickly confirm President Obama’s nominee, Merrick Garland, to fill the Supreme Court vacancy left by the sudden passing of Justice Antonin Scalia in February. Wolf argues that there’s “absolutely no reason to drag this out any longer” because “Republicans must know that there is absolutely no…

  • Commentary posted July 25, 2016 by Hans A. von Spakovsky, Elizabeth Slattery Left Disappointed with "Old White Guy" Supreme Court Nominee

    Once a lecturer at the University of Chicago law school, President Obama returned to his old stomping grounds to make the case for confirming his Supreme Court nominee, D.C. Circuit Chief Judge Merrick Garland. Many on the Left have bemoaned the fact that Garland is “an old white guy.” More specifically, he’s a 63-year-old Jewish, Ivy-League-educated white guy. Several…

  • Commentary posted July 25, 2016 by Hans A. von Spakovsky, Elizabeth Slattery Left Disappointed with "Old White Guy" Supreme Court Nominee

    Once a lecturer at the University of Chicago law school, President Obama returned to his old stomping grounds to make the case for confirming his Supreme Court nominee, D.C. Circuit Chief Judge Merrick Garland. Many on the Left have bemoaned the fact that Garland is “an old white guy.” More specifically, he’s a 63-year-old Jewish, Ivy-League-educated white guy. Several…

  • Legal Memorandum posted June 23, 2016 by Hans A. von Spakovsky, Brad Schlozman The “Ferguson Effect”: Restricting Law Enforcement’s Ability to Protect Americans

    In March 2016, the City of Ferguson, Missouri, announced that unless voters agreed to a massive tax increase to fund its debilitating consent decree with the Civil Rights Division of the U.S. Department of Justice, the city would have to lay off 12 police officers and six firefighters and close one of the city’s two fire stations.[1] The cuts would represent more than 20…

  • Commentary posted May 20, 2016 by Hans A. von Spakovsky Should Felons Be Allowed to Vote? Yes, But...

    Felons should be allowed to vote — but not until they have completed their sentences (including any period of probation or supervised release), paid at least a part of any court-ordered restitution to their victims, and proven they are now willing to abide by the rules implemented by society. To automatically restore voting rights the moment a felon walks out of prison…

  • Commentary posted April 22, 2016 by Hans A. von Spakovsky Prosecuting Climate Change ‘Deniers’ is an Abuse of Power

    They call themselves “AGs United for Clean Power.” A more accurate name would be “AGs United to Silence Dissent.” I’m referring to a coalition of 17 attorneys general representing 15 states as well as the District of Columbia and the Virgin Islands. They announced at a press conference on March 29 that they will be targeting any companies that challenge the “accepted”…

  • Commentary posted April 6, 2016 by Hans A. von Spakovsky Left Revives Spanish Inquisition in Effort to Silence Climate Change Adversaries

    Beginning in 1478, the Spanish Inquisition systematically silenced any citizen who held views that did not align with the king’s. Using the powerful arm of the government, the grand inquisitor, Tomas de Torquemada, and his henchmen sought out all those who held religious, scientific, or moral views that conflicted with the monarch’s, punishing the “heretics” with jail…

  • Commentary posted March 7, 2016 by Hans A. von Spakovsky Does the Justice Department Want to Enable Noncitizen Voting?

    We continue to get rapid developments in the noncitizen voter-registration lawsuit involving the U.S. Election Assistance Commission (EAC), the League of Women Voters, the NAACP, and the U.S. Department of Justice. DOJ has been siding with the League and the NAACP instead of defending the EAC. The latest actions of the Justice Department (DOJ), which include filing a…

  • Commentary posted February 26, 2016 by Hans A. von Spakovsky Forced Donor Disclosure Is Bad for Democracy

    Many don’t seem to appreciate something that other countries envy: The American experience includes no coup d’etat. For more than 200 years, after every election, each of elected leaders has peacefully turned over the reins of power. Few countries can claim such a record. Despite our divisions, we remain a stable democracy in which we are free to debate and argue —…

  • Commentary posted February 25, 2016 by Hans A. von Spakovsky An Extraordinary Beat Down for the DOJ

    I attended a hearing on Monday afternoon before District of Columbia federal district court Judge Richard J. Leon that was one of the most “extraordinary” federal court hearings I have ever attended, to use Judge Leon’s description of the case. The hearing was over the temporary restraining order (TRO) and preliminary injunction (PI) being sought by the League of Women…

  • Commentary posted February 25, 2016 by Hans A. von Spakovsky The Obama Administration Wants to Make Sure Non-Citizens Vote in the Upcoming Election

    Several well-funded organizations — including the League of Women Voters and the NAACP — are fighting efforts to prevent non-citizens from voting illegally in the upcoming presidential election. And the United States Department of Justice, under the direction of Attorney General Loretta Lynch, is helping them. On February 12, these groups filed a lawsuit in D.C. federal…

  • Commentary posted February 25, 2016 by Hans A. von Spakovsky, Elizabeth Slattery Obama and Juan Williams Need a Lesson on the Constitution and the Facts on Judicial Nominations

    Someone should remind President Obama and Juan Williams what the Constitution actually says about confirming nominees. They seem unaware of how the process works. They also appear ignorant of the facts regarding the many judicial nominees the president has had confirmed over the past seven years. First of all, the claim by Juan Williams that race “has something to do”…

  • Commentary posted February 18, 2016 by Hans A. von Spakovsky Scalia's Death a Great Loss for Court, Country

    Supreme Court Justice Antonin Gregory Scalia possessed one of the greatest legal minds of our generation. His unexpected death on Saturday was a tremendous loss for the nation that he loved, for the rule of law that he championed, and for the Constitution he strove to restore throughout his 30 years on the court. Winston Churchill once said, "If you have knowledge, let…

  • Commentary posted December 21, 2015 by Hans A. von Spakovsky Facing Investigations, DOJ Claims the Right to Avoid Investigations

    Attorney General Loretta Lynch has no intention of reversing the Justice Department’s defiance of the Inspector General Act. She made that clear during a House Judiciary oversight hearing last month. Indeed, her own Office of Legal Counsel has issued a badly flawed opinion that insists DOJ and FBI officials can, at their discretion, withhold information from the Justice…

  • Commentary posted December 21, 2015 by Hans A. von Spakovsky, Elizabeth Slattery Scourging Scalia: The Left's Latest Hissy Fit

    In other words, instead of students attending colleges that match their academic background, training, and credentials, the racially discriminatory admissions programs of universities like the University of Texas push many students into universities where they are in the bottom of the class from the very start of their college careers. This leads to lower grades, lower…