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  • Commentary posted December 20, 2016 by Hans A. von Spakovsky Behold the Left's Manufactured Hysteria About GOP Obstruction of Judicial Nominees

    Liberal hysteria is nothing new. But over the last six months, the Left’s manufactured outrage over the Senate’s refusal to confirm Merrick Garland to the Supreme Court has hit new heights. Now they’re making the false claim that Republicans have deliberately obstructed all Obama-nominated judges, even down to the federal district court level. Marge Baker, executive vice…

  • Commentary posted December 20, 2016 by Hans A. von Spakovsky Bill of Rights at 225: The Very Successful Third Amendment

    Throughout our nation's history, vigorous debates and court battles have raged over the meaning and extent of the protections provided by different parts of the Bill of Rights. Many of these arguments have centered on the First, Second, Fourth, and Fifth Amendments. But there have been virtually no fights at all over the Third Amendment. Some might claim this is a sign…

  • Commentary posted December 20, 2016 by Hans A. von Spakovsky Fourth Circuit Upholds Virginia’s Voter-ID Law

    In a loss for Hillary Clinton’s lawyer, the court dismissed the idea that the law is discriminatory or unconstitutional. In a unanimous decision, a three-judge panel of the Fourth Circuit Court of Appeals on Tuesday upheld Virginia’s voter-ID law. The lawsuit, bankrolled largely by George Soros and filed by the Democratic Party of Virginia, had contended that Virginia’s…

  • Commentary posted December 15, 2016 by Hans A. von Spakovsky Threatening Electors Violates Federal Law. So Why Isn't Loretta Lynch Doing Anything About It?

    Before Donald Trump’s stunning victory on November 8, liberals called for acceptance of election results. But since the election didn’t go as they’d planned, some have taken to harassing and intimidating electors in an attempt to change the election results. Some of these threats may violate federal law, yet the Justice Department acts strangely uninterested in…

  • Commentary posted December 15, 2016 by Hans A. von Spakovsky Yes: Havens for Alien Criminals Should Lose Federal Funding

    President-elect Donald Trump has promised to do what no prior administration has done: end sanctuary cities. Thank goodness. The federal government should crack down on cities that violate federal immigration law. In the process of flouting the law, these cities wind up creating havens for criminal predators who murder, rape, molest, rob and otherwise victimize…

  • Commentary posted December 15, 2016 by Hans A. von Spakovsky, John Fund Do Illegal Votes Decide Elections?

    Donald Trump’s claim that illegal voting may have cost him a popular-vote majority has touched off outrage. Widespread voter fraud, the media consensus suggests, isn’t possible. But there is a real chance that significant numbers of noncitizens and others are indeed voting illegally, perhaps enough to make up the margin in some elections. There’s no way of knowing for…

  • Commentary posted December 12, 2016 by Hans A. von Spakovsky The High Court Declines to Stay Ohio Early Voting and Same-Day Registration Case

    Bad news for the Ohio Democratic party: On Tuesday, the U.S. Supreme Court issued a one-line order denying the party’s application for a stay in Ohio Democratic Party v. Husted — the eminently reasonable opinion recently issued by a panel of the Sixth Circuit Court of Appeals refusing to overturn changes in early voting and same-day registration rules enacted by the Ohio…

  • Commentary posted December 12, 2016 by Hans A. von Spakovsky The Misplaced Rage in Charlotte

    Violence and looting have erupted on the streets of Charlotte, N.C. Those involved have tried to justify this behavior by claiming it’s a natural response to white racism endemic to the city’s law enforcement and justice system. But that claim ignores highly salient facts concerning the incident that set off this latest wave of unrest. For starters, the police maintain…

  • Commentary posted December 12, 2016 by Hans A. von Spakovsky Virginia Dems Blocking the Truth About 100s of Non-Citizens Engaged in Voter Fraud

    Election integrity foes mistakenly tell us voter fraud is a myth. So when legitimate voter fraud is actually discovered, these foes pretend it didn’t happen, fail to take any steps to investigate or prosecute such cases, or, even worse, try to cover it up. Take Virginia, where the State Board of Elections and some local election officials want to hide a blatant case of…

  • Commentary posted December 12, 2016 by Hans A. von Spakovsky Will the DC Circuit Court of Appeals Strike Down This Latest Attempt to Strip Citizens of Their 2nd Amendment?

    For decades, the District of Columbia has demonstrated unrelenting hostility toward the Second Amendment right to bear arms. On Tuesday, a three-judge panel of the D.C. Circuit Court of Appeals heard oral arguments in two different cases that will decide whether the city can, once again, severely curtail residents’ “concealed carry” rights. In 2008, the District was at…

  • Commentary posted December 12, 2016 by Hans A. von Spakovsky Here's Why Jeff Sessions Is the Perfect Pick for Attorney General

    President-elect Donald Trump has picked Sen. Jeff Sessions to serve as the 84th Attorney General of the United States—and he couldn’t have made a better choice.  Throughout his career, Sessions has demonstrated unshakable commitment and fidelity to the Constitution, the rule of law, and protecting the freedom and liberty that is our birthright as Americans.   He has…

  • Commentary posted December 8, 2016 by Hans A. von Spakovsky No More Obama Judges

    With the Senate back from its election hiatus for a brief lame-duck session, there is one thing that Republicans must absolutely not do: confirm any of the remaining judicial nominations of President Barack Obama still pending in that chamber. We know that Obama’s Supreme Court pick, Merrick Garland, won’t be confirmed. Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell made that a…

  • Commentary posted December 8, 2016 by Hans A. von Spakovsky Taming the Bureaucratic Beast: The Herculean Task Ahead of President-Elect Donald Trump

    President-elect Donald Trump certainly has his work cut out for him: Undoing all of the damage done by President Barack Obama over the past eight years. Mr. Obama instigated an unprecedented — and unconstitutional — expansion of power by the federal government that poses a danger to our liberty, our freedom, and our economic well-being. Last Tuesday’s election gave us a…

  • Commentary posted December 1, 2016 by Hans A. von Spakovsky Thanksgiving 1943: American Sailors Pull off a Miraculous Naval Victory

    As we celebrate Thanksgiving with our families and loved ones, let us remember the American sailors who 73 years ago spent their Thanksgiving fighting a Japanese task force off Cape St. George in the Solomon Islands. In what could be considered a Thanksgiving miracle, not a single American life was lost — something worth giving thanks for even today. The Solomon…

  • Commentary posted November 30, 2016 by Hans A. von Spakovsky It Shouldn't Be Hard for Trump to Build That Wall

    To stem the tidal wave of illegal immigration engulfing America, the most important first step that Donald Trump can take is to order the Department of Homeland Security to enforce our existing immigration laws. That is exactly what he promised to do, and not just in numerous speeches. It’s an official policy statement on the Trump/Pence website: “Enforce the immigration…