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Citizen journalists don’t need “Press Credentials” — but that badge may help

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Guest Post by Tom Thurlow  ▪  Sunday, October 5, 2014 at 5:00pm
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Have you noticed that everything nowadays gets videotaped? With everyone suddenly having a smart-phone that photographs and videotapes, every newsworthy or even trivial event gets recorded and presented on YouTube, Twitter, Facebook, or onto someone’s blog.

This phenomenon has coincided with the movement of “citizen journalists,” who aim to bring the straight...

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Dem Rep: Without new war vote, Congress forfeiting its constitutional responsibility

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Posted by  ▪  Sunday, September 21, 2014 at 5:30pm
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Congressman Adam Schiff of California appeared on FOX News Sunday today and said rather plainly that congress has pretty much given up on the rules.

Patrick Brennan of National Review has the details:

Dem Congressman: Is Congress Abdicating Its Consitutional War Powers? ‘Absolutely’

Asked this morning by Fox News’s Chris Wallace whether Congress is...

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Silencing conservative speech

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Posted by  ▪  Saturday, September 6, 2014 at 10:03am
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As part of my continuing effort to reach new audiences, I have a column at The Washington Times, A campaign to silence conservative speech:

For years, there has been a multipronged attempt to drive...

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The Bad, Good and Worse news at Obama’s ISIS press conference

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Posted by  ▪  Friday, August 29, 2014 at 9:17am
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I was in class yesterday during Obama’s press conference, in which he announced the obvious: We have no strategy as to ISIS. So I didn’t get to watch it live and see the instant reaction.

There was Bad, Good and Worse news.

The bad news: We have no strategy as to ISIS, or...

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Con Law Profs letter supporting Steven Salaita rests on speculative ground

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Posted by  ▪  Sunday, August 17, 2014 at 6:40pm
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The denial of employment by the University of Illinois  at Urbana-Champaign (UI-UC) to Steven Salaita has created a storm of controversy within academia, with reports also circulating superficially in the mainstream media.

The news first broke on August 6, 2014, in an article at Inside Higher Ed, Out of a Job, which noted...

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Philadelphia “civil forfeiture” machine runs amok

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Posted by  ▪  Wednesday, August 13, 2014 at 8:30am
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What happens in Courtroom 478, located within the bowels of City Hall in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, is the stuff of dystopian nightmares. Using a legal device called “civil forfeiture,” government prosecutors confiscate property under the guise of “cracking down on crime.”

In a nutshell, civil forfeiture is a legal device that...

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Monarchy in America – The Centralization of Power in the Executive Branch

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Posted by  ▪  Monday, July 7, 2014 at 9:45am
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Tracy Oppenheimer of Reason TV recently interviewed Frank Buckley, an author and law professor at George Mason University. Buckley contends that the power of the presidency has strayed from what the framers intended:

Presidential Power and the Rise of American Monarchy: Q&A with Author Frank Buckley

“America is dropping like a stone in...

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The really old Constitution had a pretty good month

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Posted by  ▪  Monday, June 30, 2014 at 7:17pm
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Who can forget this snippet of wisdom from 2010?

I’d say June 2014 was a pretty good month for that old document.

Last week...

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Supreme Court Unanimously Strikes Down Free Speech “Buffer Zones”

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Posted by  ▪  Thursday, June 26, 2014 at 11:30am
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While the long-awaited Hobby Lobby decision won’t come until next week, the United States Supreme Court did issue a couple interesting rulings today.

In yet another unanimous decision this session, the Court reversed the First Circuit Court decision in McCullen v. Coakley.

At issue in McCullen v. Coakley was whether the...

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California Judge: Public school tenure creates unconstitutional unequal schools

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Posted by  ▪  Tuesday, June 10, 2014 at 3:42pm
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Well this is an interesting development, Calif. court rules teacher tenure creates unequal conditions:

A Los Angeles Superior Court judge ruled Tuesday that tenure, seniority and other job protections for teachers have created unequal conditions in public schools and deprive poor children of the best teachers.

In a case that could have national...

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Harry Reid’s anti-Koch Brothers paranoia

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Posted by  ▪  Thursday, May 15, 2014 at 9:57am
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The spectacle continues.

Harry Reid again today used the power of his position to single out two private citizens who have committed no crime, broken no law, and whose political speech is within the First Amendment protections as determined by the U.S. Supreme Court. Those two people are the Koch Brothers.

In supporting...

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Going God-ban

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Posted by  ▪  Tuesday, May 6, 2014 at 5:00pm
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We noted yesterday the Supreme Court’s ruling in a case allowing for sectarian prayer at town council meetings. In a 5-4 decision, the court narrowly reversed a lower court ruling that prohibited the use of Christian-specific prayer on the grounds it “conveyed the message that [the town of] Greece was...

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Rep. Sheila Jackson Lee: The Constitution is even older than Ezra Klein thinks

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Posted by  ▪  Saturday, March 15, 2014 at 10:00am
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Remember what Ezra Klein said about our old Constitution?

“The issue of the Constitution is that the text is confusing because it was written more than 100 years ago and what people believe it says differs from person to person and differs depending on what they want to get done.”

The internet remembers.

Proving...

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San Diego Police photograph the evidence during strip club “Inspection”

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Posted by  ▪  Wednesday, March 12, 2014 at 7:00am
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As an Environmental Health and Safety professional and Tea Party activist, one of my concerns is overregulation of business.

For example, the permit process for various operations can be both expensive and time-consuming.  Failure to comply with complex regulatory requirements is potentially costly.  I rail the business-crushing California laws often.

However, I must...

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Hobby Lobby also argues its case in social media

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Posted by  ▪  Monday, March 3, 2014 at 5:15pm
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You may have heard about the upcoming Supreme Court case of Sebellius v. Hobby Lobby Stores, Inc.

On November 26, 2013, the U.S. Supreme Court agreed to hear Sebelius v. Hobby Lobby Stores Inc., a case arising out of commitment of the Green family, the sole owners of Hobby Lobby S...

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Law prof: US is at “constitutional tipping point”

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Posted by  ▪  Thursday, February 27, 2014 at 7:01pm
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Jonathan Turley, a law professor at George Washington University, testified Wednesday before the House Judiciary Committee on the topic of “Enforcing the President’s Constitutional Duty to Faithfully Execute the Laws.”

Turley expressed concern...

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Who are the 37%?

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Posted by  ▪  Thursday, February 13, 2014 at 2:56pm
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A number of readers emailed me about this Kelly File segment last night.

Money quote, bordering on “a cult of personality.”

This video is h/t Hot Air:

 
 
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