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When is a Travel Ban Not a Travel Ban?

Donald Trump is his own worst enemy. Twice the courts have struck down the travel ban against Muslims he promised repeatedly during his presidential campaign. In response, his spokespeople denied that it was a travel ban against Muslims. For example, White House press secretary Sean Spicer said “It’s not a Muslim ban. It’s not a […]

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Emoluments

The word is out that the NY Attorney General, Eric Schneiderman, is looking into Donald Trump’s violations of the emoluments clause of the constitution (the clause that says that the president may not receive gifts or other personal favors from foreign governments). To do this, they need public support. Apparently, in this case it doesn’t […]

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Can the Electoral College Trump Trump?

Could this election get any weirder? You bet it could! What makes this totally ironic is that it is completely constitutional, while being downright bizarre. Even if (more likely when) Donald Trump becomes the GOP nominee for president, and even if (god forbid) he can win a clear majority of the popular vote, there is […]

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Terrorist Plots

Today we have a story that triples down on the irony. The FBI recently announced that they had uncovered a terrorist plot to build explosive devices in New York City. But the more you look into it, the more it looks like a couple of stupid kids who had little or no chance of actually […]

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Short Attention Span Politics

Remember when Republicans were screaming that Obama violated the constitution and they were going to impeach him? Eventually, they shut up about that, but then they tried a new tactic. According to Politico: House Speaker John Boehner came out swinging hard last June when he announced that his chamber would take President Barack Obama to […]

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Another Casualty of the War on Drugs

The casualties are the Fourth and Fifth Amendments to our Constitution. The 4th says “The right of the people to be secure in their persons, houses, papers, and effects,[a] against unreasonable searches and seizures, shall not be violated.” The 5th says “… nor shall any person … be deprived of life, liberty, or property, without […]

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So help me…

On October 30, 2013, the Air Force changed their rules. It used to be that they would allow you to omit the phrase “So help me God” at the end of their enlistment oath. But no more. So for now, you have to swear to God in order to be in the Air Force. And […]

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Second Amendment Silliness

© Shannon Wheeler After all, the second amendment doesn’t specifically exclude nuclear weapons. So don’t I have a constitutionally guaranteed right to build one?

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First Amendment Follies

© Jen Sorensen Hey you, citizen, shut up!

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Dust to Dust

Some of you may recall this case, which went all the way to the Supreme Court and resulted in one of their many controversial 5-4 decisions. But the real irony is in the ending. Back in 2005, pharmaceutical company Pfizer asked the City of New London, Conn to bulldoze a neighborhood. Pfizer had built a […]

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The Other Shoe Drops

As if it wasn’t bad enough that the government is listening in on all your phone calls and emails in the name of fighting terrorism, it now looks like they are actually using this information in order to fight regular crime. Regardless of how you feel about this, it is clearly unconstitutional. The government is […]

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Strange Bedfellows go Postal

They say politics makes strange bedfellows, and there are few examples more hypocritical than what’s going on with the US postal service. © Jim Morin Conservative Republicans pretend to be strict constitutionalists on issues like freedom of religion and the right to bear arms. Yet they completely ignore the fact that the Post Office is […]

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Absolute Rights

© Ruben Bolling Just because something is a right, doesn’t mean that it can’t be regulated at all.

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Thoughts on the Massacre

Is it my imagination, or do we seem to be having a spate of random and largely unexplained massacres lately? They are horrible, and I think that there are things we can do to prevent them in the future. But I’m afraid that we are unable or unwilling to have a reasonable conversation about how […]

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Occam’s Razor

[Written by Fred Wickham, reposted from Bullseye Rooster] My debate plan. I can share this because I know no Republican candidates, nor their staffs, will be reading my blog. I have made it unavailable to them. Here’s the plan — and the debate’s sponsors have taken me up on it. So be ready for fireworks […]

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