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Ideological bias stripped one first-grader of her First Amendment rights

July 19, 2024 | By BRITTANY HUNTER

Does free speech have age restrictions? The Supreme Court says no. But one California judge ignored the Court’s landmark decisions and upheld a public school’s decision to punish a first-grader over a picture she drew in class. The student’s mother is now fighting back to protect her daughter’s right to free speech. An innoc ...

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President Biden proposes to inflame the housing crisis with rent control

July 17, 2024 | By ETHAN BLEVINS

There comes a time in a politician’s campaign when the most he can muster is to throw candy into the crowd. President Biden has reached that time. The candy, in this case, is the daft proposal unveiled by the president during a speech this week to foist federal rent control on the country. Like most … ...

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Overcriminalization and the rule of lenity

July 16, 2024 | By WILL FOSTER

In recent decades, the scope of federal law has grown massively. And with that growth has come the risk that Americans will be ensnared in criminal or civil proceedings for activities they had no idea were illegal.   It is often said that ignorance of the law is no excuse, and in general that is … ...

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Reparations Roundup

July 15, 2024 | By SAMANTHA ROMERO

Lawmakers across the country are proposing reparations to black Americans for slavery and America’s history of racial discrimination. Proposals have included direct cash payments, grants, formal apologies from the government, and government programs with race-based eligibility.  Because certain reparations proposals would inevitably advantag ...

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Victory against CPSC : Oklahoma entrepreneur successfully defends ‘Podster’

July 12, 2024 | By KYLE GRIESINGER

When Jamie Leach got the news that the Consumer Product Safety Commission was coming after her business, she imagined a years-long legal battle in the Commission’s in-house tribunal, enormous legal fees, and a devastating blow to her company’s otherwise-sterling reputation. Even if she managed to win, the ordeal could have buried her bu ...

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Individualism : The complete answer

July 10, 2024 | By ETHAN BLEVINS

Individual rights are the answer to a just society. But individualism—the belief in the inherent worth and dignity of each person—is more than a policy solution. It’s a way of life. We who advocate for individual liberty in the political arena will become better advocates for freedom when we embrace individualism, not only in white ̷ ...

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The Declaration of Independence connects equality, freedom, and opportunity 

July 03, 2024 | By ANASTASIA BODEN

In recent years, the page on Pacific Legal Foundation’s website that has drawn the most visitors isn’t about any of our Supreme Court cases or a hotly debated news story. It’s a six-year-old blog post by a former PLF attorney titled “The Declaration of Independence (made easy).” The premise is simple and fantastic: tra ...

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Big Supreme Court decisions on executive power, agency courts, and the Eighth Amendment

June 28, 2024 | By NICOLE W.C. YEATMAN

What a way to head into the July 4th holiday: The Supreme Court announced big decisions on the penultimate day of the term—including an end to the doctrine responsible for decades of executive overreach.   Supreme Court overturns Chevron in Loper/Relentless  In today’s decision in Loper Bright Enterprises/Relentless, the Supreme Court ov ...

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Fishing on an ocean ‘antiquity’

June 27, 2024 | By NICOLE W.C. YEATMAN

“I know not all that may be coming, but be it what it will, I’ll go to it laughing.”   —Stubb, the second mate, in Herman Melville’s Moby Dick    In New Bedford, Massachusetts, sits an old chapel: the Seamen’s Bethel, built in 1832 for sailors to visit and pray before heading out to sea. … ...