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April 15, 2021

The Wall Street Journal: Schools offer empty words to Asians

The horrific murders in Atlanta last week inspired an outpouring of support for Asian-Americans. "An attack on any group of us is an attack on all of us—and on everything we represent as an institution," Harvard President Lawrence Bacow said in a statement. "To Asians, Asian Americans, and Pacific Islanders in our community: We stand ...

April 14, 2021

Can the government force you to get a vaccine?

The COVID-19 vaccine is one of the greatest advancements of medical science ever. But while the vaccine represents a welcome key to finally overcoming COVID-19, it has also renewed the questions surrounding government's involvement in our health. Confusion and debate around vaccine eligibility or "vaccine passports" all lead to one central question ...

April 12, 2021

Orange County Register: Much ADU about nothing

There are only three bad things about Accessory Dwelling Units. The first two are (1) the name, and (2) the acronym. Why does every good normal thing have to be given an anodyne cover name when it gets discussed in public policy? ADU is a code name for in-law apartments, granny flats, over-the-garage apartments, and ...

April 09, 2021

There are better ways to house people than by banning evictions

A common government response to the pandemic has been to freeze evictions to keep people housed. While these moratoria may be attractive on the surface, this shortsighted tactic will only constrict access to affordable housing. There are better paths forward. Pacific Legal Foundation has challenged several of these eviction moratoria in court (see ...

April 08, 2021

Arizona Capitol Times: It’s past time to rein in governor’s emergency powers

In late January 2020, Arizona logged its first recorded Covid infection. Just over six weeks later, the pandemic had spread so widely that Gov. Doug Ducey declared a statewide emergency. As we've passed the anniversary of that emergency declaration, it's worth reflecting on what we've learned from the extraordinary events of the last year. One ...

April 08, 2021

Can the police enter your house and take your stuff without a warrant?

Can the police enter your home and confiscate your weapons without a warrant? That's the question the Supreme Court is getting ready to decide in Caniglia v. Strom. But the answer won't be found in the Second Amendment. Instead, the Court will consider whether the police violated a Rhode Island man's Fourth Amendment right against ...

April 07, 2021

The Hill: The Biden administration should join the fight against overcriminalization

Four years ago, no one would have believed that the administration of former President Trump would have been defined, in part, by major criminal justice reforms. The bipartisan First Step Act rightfully made plenty of headlines and received praise from across the political spectrum. But one executive order in the final days did not garner ...

April 05, 2021

State legislatures should be reining in executive emergency powers

Co-authored by Nick Murray from Maine Policy Institute. This month marks the one-year anniversary of when states and the federal government first declared states of emergency over the spread of COVID-19. Much has changed since then in how we understand the virus, as well as the effects of lockdowns, stay-at-home orders, school closures, and "non-es ...

April 05, 2021

Racial equality means standing up against Asian-American discrimination in academia

Julia McCaskill's daughter is a sophomore at Thomas Jefferson High School for Science and Technology (TJ)—a public Governor's School frequently ranked first in the nation. Like many TJ parents, Julia is an immigrant who came to the United States because she fervently believes it to be the land of opportunities, and she came in pursuit ...

April 02, 2021

Locked-down Congress opens its doors to PLF

It's not often that you have to prep for a Supreme Court argument and congressional testimony in the same trip, but such was the case for PLF attorney Wen Fa. With short notice, Wen was asked to testify at a March 18 hearing of the House Judiciary Subcommittee on the Constitution, Civil Rights, and Civil ...

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