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  • 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…

  • Legal Memorandum posted December 11, 2015 by Hans A. von Spakovsky, John-Michael Seibler The Obama Administration’s Defiance of Inspectors General—A Faulty Opinion from the Justice Department

    Executive Summary This Administration promised to be the most transparent White House in history. Yet, on July 20, 2015, after 14 months of delay, the U.S. Department of Justice (DOJ) released an opinion from its Office of Legal Counsel (OLC) that DOJ officers could withhold information at their discretion from the DOJ Inspector General (IG), the individual tasked with…

  • Commentary posted December 9, 2015 by Hans A. von Spakovsky Sanctuary Cities Put Law-Abiding Citizens at Risk

    San Francisco and other cities across the United States have created so-called "sanctuaries" for illegal aliens. These municipalities are defying federal immigration law, just like some Southern jurisdictions that defied federal civil rights laws in the 1960s. But unlike that earlier era, today's sanctuary cities are creating safe havens for known criminals. Their…

  • Commentary posted December 3, 2015 by Hans A. von Spakovsky The Supreme Court Halts Hawaii's Discriminatory Election

    Great news out of the U.S. Supreme Court on the day after Thanksgiving. I wrote last week about the emergency appeal filed with the High Court by Judicial Watch on behalf of several Hawaiian voters trying to stop the ongoing, discriminatory election being held in Hawaii that excludes anyone who doesn’t met the definition of “Native Hawaiian.” Both the Hawaii federal…

  • Legal Memorandum posted December 3, 2015 by Hans A. von Spakovsky, Elizabeth Slattery Discriminatory Racial Preferences in College Admissions Return to the Supreme Court: Fisher v. University of Texas at Austin

    This term, the U.S. Supreme Court is reconsidering whether it is constitutional for the University of Texas at Austin to use race in its undergraduate admissions decisions, to the detriment of some students and the benefit of others. In Fisher v. University of Texas at Austin, Abigail Fisher argues that the school’s policy of giving racial preferences to preferred…

  • Commentary posted November 6, 2015 by Hans A. von Spakovsky A Federal Judge Refuses to Stop a Jim Crow-Type Election

    It’s bad enough having a state hold an election that is racially discriminatory. Now we have a judge willingly to allow it to move forward. That would be federal district court Judge J. Michael Seabright (a George W. Bush appointee, surprisingly enough). He’s refused to issue an injunction to stop an election in Hawaii to set up a separate government that excludes…

  • Commentary posted October 30, 2015 by Hans A. von Spakovsky Why the Senate Should Not Defer to the President’s Judicial Nominees

    What, exactly, is the Senate’s role of “Advice and Consent” when it comes to the nominations made by a president? It’s a topic of perpetual debate in Washington. One wrong-headed argument holds the role to be quite modest: Senators should defer to a president’s choices except in extreme circumstances. That position is advanced far too often by Republicans, and almost…

  • Commentary posted October 20, 2015 by Hans A. von Spakovsky Shutting down debate on climate change

    Are you skeptical of human-caused global warming or climate change like many respected scientists and climate experts? Then you should be prosecuted like a Mafia mob boss, according to 20 academics at ivory towers such as Columbia, Rutgers and the University of Washington. Apparently, these professors either don't believe in the First Amendment or are profoundly…

  • Commentary posted October 8, 2015 by Hans A. von Spakovsky About That Voter-ID Fracas in Alabama: Much Ado About Nothing

    Many on the left are in a ferment over Alabama’s closure of some part-time Department of Motor Vehicles offices. It’s being done for budgetary reasons, but liberals are claiming it’s being done to raise a “barrier for poor and minority voters” in getting an ID to vote, according to the Washington Post. Former secretary of state Hillary Clinton said that “it’s a blast from…

  • Commentary posted September 25, 2015 by Hans A. von Spakovsky Washington, D.C. Loses Another Gun Rights Case

    Seven years after the U.S. Supreme Court struck down the District of Columbia’s ban on handguns, D.C. has lost another gun case before the U.S. Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia — one that involves the very same plaintiff, Dick Heller. In the latest case, Heller v. District of Columbia, a three-judge panel has thrown out several gun registration…

  • Legal Memorandum posted September 10, 2015 by Hans A. von Spakovsky, Elizabeth Slattery One Person, One Vote: Advancing Electoral Equality, Not Equality of Representation

    In its October 2015 term, the Supreme Court of the United States will hear arguments in a case arising out of the Texas legislature’s use of total population in drawing the state Senate’s districts. This case, Evenwel v. Abbott, raises the issue of which population states can or should use when determining the legislative boundaries of representative districts. The…

  • Commentary posted August 24, 2015 by Hans A. von Spakovsky America's Sanctuary City Nightmare

    A litigation battle is raging between the states and President Barack Obama over his attempt to impose a nationwide “sanctuary” policy for illegal aliens. Yet, there is no question that existing sanctuary policies implemented by numerous towns and cities have victimized innocent Americans. Those sanctuary policies have enabled illegal aliens to commit thousands of crimes…

  • Commentary posted August 18, 2015 by Hans A. von Spakovsky Why Any Male Student Should Think Twice Before Applying to Washington & Lee University

    This should terrify any parent whose son is about to head off to college or is presently matriculating anywhere in the Ivory Towers of academia. The fundamental lack of due process and oppressive tactics used by university administrators at Washington & Lee University (W&L) should lead any family to keep their sons from applying to the university. Male students at…

  • Backgrounder posted August 4, 2015 by Hans A. von Spakovsky Revisiting the Lessons from the Voter ID Experience in Texas: 2015

    Texas passed its photographic voter identification law in 2011, and since then, critics have claimed that this requirement has suppressed voter turnout.[1] However, turnout data from elections held with the voter ID law in place show that there is no evidence whatsoever that this requirement has prevented Texans from turning out to vote.  Since 2013, when its voter ID law…