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  • 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 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…

  • 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…