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Jeff Sessions Restores the Rule of Law 

It must be confusing for an authoritarian like Trump to be so criticized for moving authority back to Congress.

Trump Was Right to End Unconstitutional Obamacare Subsidies

Technocrats of all ideological stripes consistently find the Constitution frustrating. If it weren’t for that pesky document, our benevolent dictators could all pen and phone their way to utopia. But there are good reasons for leaving appropriations to Congress.

America’s Worst Governor

The left loves to isolate the problems with tax cuts to Kansas.  They need to look at Connecticut.

The Citizens United Disaster That Wasn’t

The data suggest two conclusions. The first was summarized by Brooklyn Law School Professor Joel Gora after the 2012 election: “The predicted wave of corporate financial political intervention never materialized. Of all of the super PAC independent expenditure spending that escalated in the 2012 election, very little of it came from corporate contributions.” That remained true in 2016 and probably will into the foreseeable future.

Scalias All Thee Way Down

Mr. Trump has now nominated nearly 60 judges, filling more vacancies than Barack Obama did in his entire first year. There are another 160 court openings, allowing Mr. Trump to flip or further consolidate conservative majorities on the circuit courts that have the final say on 99% of federal legal disputes.

And we have Harry Reid to thank for paving this path.

Why Democrats Should Think Twice Before Seeking To End Gerrymandering

The process of ensuring minority representation creates situations like that of South Carolina. To create the seat held by Rep. James Clyburn, the assistant Democratic leader in the House and a senior member of the Congressional Black Caucus, African-Americans are gerrymandered into a district that makes Gerry’s original salamander-shaped scheme look like a geometric design. As applied throughout the South, this has been devastating to Democrats while largely transforming the party into one where, ironically, black politicians have a disproportionate amount of influence.

Justice Holmes’s Free-Speech Lesson

Holmes’s radical idea was that we are too often wrong. When we are wrong, the consequences can be dire. When we are not only absolutely certain but also right, what is the harm in allowing other views to be heard?

You Can’t Buy the Presidency for $100,000

Russia didn’t win Trump the White House any more than China re-elected Bill Clinton in 1996.

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