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September 30, 2020

Is eight enough? How the Supreme Court functions with only eight justices

In light of Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg's recent passing, the U.S. Supreme Court will be without a full complement of judges for the third time in the past decade—first, when Justice Antonin Scalia passed unexpectedly in 2016, next when Justice Anthony Kennedy retired, and now this time. How does the Court work when a judge ...

September 30, 2020

The Hill: End it, don’t mend it: Legislative ‘fix’ to California’s AB 5 is a disaster

When California's controversial AB 5 law took effect Jan. 1, independent contractors suddenly found their ability to make a living in the Golden State in jeopardy. The public outcry from entrepreneurial freelancers and gig workers, who faced lost work opportunities and declining incomes, was powerful. Their protest intensified a couple of months la ...

September 25, 2020

The City of Brotherly Love Must Allow Students to Gather

Philadelphia already has some of the most stringent limits on public gatherings in the country (limited to 25 people indoors and 50 people outdoors). But because of an outbreak among some of Philadelphia's roughly 450,000 college students, the City doubled down and imposed a total and complete ban on student gatherings of any size. Temple Universit ...

September 24, 2020

The Daily Caller: The new champion of private property rights is … Barack Obama?

According to recent media reports, former President Barack Obama and his longtime colleague Marty Nesbitt want a 100-year-old sea wall rebuilt and fortified to protect a planned Hawaii retreat for both of them. Cue the objections from Obama's critics — but in this case, the critics are many of the former president's avid supporters in ...

September 23, 2020

PLF’s defense of liberty at the Supreme Court will continue

Much has been said and written over the past week regarding the recent death of Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg. Her personal story of perseverance and her role as a trailblazing attorney and jurist inspired many across the nation—and not just in the legal profession. After reflecting on Justice Ginsburg's tenure on the Court, her passing ...

September 22, 2020

If you care about housing, you should care about property rights

The United States is facing a housing affordability crisis. The cost to rent an apartment or buy a house continues to climb relative to incomes, caused by the lack of housing supply. Until we build more homes, we're not going to meet demand, and prices will continue to rise without end. To address the crisis, ...

September 19, 2020

Fox News: Ruth Bader Ginsburg was a lioness of the law

Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg, who served for 27 years on the U.S. Supreme Court, passed away on Friday. When her longtime friend and fellow opera fan, Justice Antonin Scalia, died in 2016, Ginsburg lamented that the court would be a "paler place" without her ideological opponent and debate partner. The court will be an even ...

September 18, 2020

With Justice Ginsburg’s passing, America loses a trailblazer

In losing Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg, we lost a trailblazer for equality before the law. Ruth Bader Ginsburg attended law school as one of only a handful of women, and even after graduating first in her class at Columbia, found it difficult to find a job because of her sex. Boy, times have ...

September 17, 2020

Townhall: On Constitution Day, ‘Doing the Work’ should include reading the constitution

Sorting through the various reading lists for "doing the work," that is, educating oneself about race and equality in America, there's one piece that's conspicuously absent: The Constitution. As the nation's most important document devoted to equality, it should top the list. Throughout history, civil rights leaders have relied on the Constitution ...

September 16, 2020

San Francisco Chronicle: Racial quotas have an ugly pedigree. California shouldn’t try to bring them back

"Never admit more than five Jews, take only two Italian Catholics, and take no Blacks at all." These were the instructions of Milton Winternitz, the dean of Yale Medical School, from 1920-1935. Racial quotas have a sordid history. And yet 100 years later, California still hasn't learned. Not long after Dean Winternitz imposed racial quotas ...

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