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Fox News : Admin desperate to avoid legal challenges to student loan handout

October 10, 2022 | By ELIZABETH SLATTERY

In late August, the Biden Administration announced its intent to cancel an estimated $500 billion in student debt held by more than 40 million borrowers. … ...

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The Oklahoman : Licensing boards must be accountable to Oklahomans

February 11, 2022 | By ELIZABETH SLATTERY

In Oklahoma, unelected licensing boards have the power to keep people out of their desired professions. But reform is underway to make Oklahoma licensing boards more accountable to the people and less prone to being dominated by special interests. Licensing boards are typically comprised of several members who set standards that professionals must ...

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What we can learn from Antonin Scalia and Ruth Bader Ginsburg’s friendship

February 11, 2022 | By ELIZABETH SLATTERY

Sunday marks six years since Justice Antonin Scalia passed away. It’s a fitting occasion to remember the late Justice and his legacy. But one of the greatest aspects of his legacy has nothing to do with the law. It was his friendship with his ideological foe, Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg. The Justices eventually came to … ...

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The Hill : What Joe Biden can learn from Harry Truman’s failed steel seizure

January 24, 2022 | By ELIZABETH SLATTERY

As we head into the third year of dealing with the COVID-19 pandemic, many Americans are growing weary of the restrictions on daily life — with no end in sight. From the president of the United States all the way down to the county level, executives have taken extraordinary action in response to the pandemic. … ...

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The Hill : No, Congress should not codify ‘Chevron deference’

December 20, 2021 | By ELIZABETH SLATTERY

Rep. Pramila Jayapal (D-Wash.) this month introduced the Stop Corporate Capture Act, which, among other things, would codify a legal doctrine known as “Chevron deference” that requires judges to defer to federal regulators’ interpretation of the laws they are charged with carrying out. Chevron deference is a misguided doctrine tha ...

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CNN : What packing the Supreme Court would really do

April 19, 2021 | By ELIZABETH SLATTERY

US Supreme Court Justice Stephen Breyer recently offered some advice to the proponents of court packing: think long and hard about the consequences. The octogenarian justice, who finds himself the latest target of a pressure campaign to retire, warned while speaking at Harvard Law School that “structural alteration motivated by the perception ...

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President Trump’s “midnight” executive order on rulemaking is an important step in the right direction, but President Biden can strengthen it

January 29, 2021 | By ELIZABETH SLATTERY

In the waning days of his administration, President Trump issued one final executive order that will go a long way to make agency rulemakers accountable to the American people. As my colleagues Todd Gaziano and Angela Erickson explained this week in The Wall Street Journal: “The Executive Order on Ensuring Democratic Accountability in Agency ...

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The Federalist : Courts need to stop presidents from calling oceans ‘national monuments’ to illegally put them off-limits

December 17, 2020 | By ELIZABETH SLATTERY

In Lewis Carroll’s classic “Through the Looking Glass,” Humpty Dumpty says to the befuddled protagonist, Alice, “When I use a word … it means just what I choose it to mean — neither more nor less.” Humpty Dumpty’s theory of linguistics has invaded landmark preservation, which is just one of the compelling rea ...

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When can the president tell government agency directors, “You’re fired”?

December 08, 2020 | By ELIZABETH SLATTERY

On Wednesday, the Supreme Court will hear oral argument in Collins v. Mnuchin, challenging the structure of the Federal Housing Finance Agency (FHFA). Congress created this new federal agency in 2008 in response to the mortgage lending crisis. The FHFA has sweeping authority over our nation’s housing finance system, including the power to bri ...