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October 29, 2020

The Houston Chronicle: Free speech doesn’t pause on Election Day, end the Texas voting dress code

Election season is a time when Americans express their deepest beliefs. Yet polling place dress codes put government bureaucrats in charge of which views voters can express on their T-shirts and hats while they cast their ballot. The First Amendment protects an individual's right to hold her beliefs, and to share them with others. Yet ...

October 28, 2020

Court packing explained

With the passing of Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg just a few weeks before the 2020 presidential election, followed swiftly by the nomination and confirmation of Amy Coney Barrett as the Court's ninth justice, court packing is experiencing a revival in the national conversation. But what exactly is "court packing"? What does the Constitu ...

October 28, 2020

Handing out candy to trick or treaters in some cities could get you fined

For kids who have been subjected to lockdowns and distance learning for months on end, Halloween this year should be an especially sweet treat. Trick-or-treating is an outdoor activity that is socially distancing and mask-wearing friendly—indeed, kids have worn masks on Halloween long before COVID-19. Kids get to express their creativity, let out ...

October 27, 2020

The Supreme Court could end home equity theft this upcoming term

If you are late on your property taxes, can the government take more than you owe in taxes, penalties, interest, and costs? PLF filed a petition on behalf of Elliot Feltner, asking the U.S Supreme Court to answer that important question. If granted, the Court could end predatory tax foreclosures that allow the government to take a windfal ...

October 21, 2020

The risk the administrative state poses to bird owners

The United States Department of Agriculture (USDA) is contemplating issuing new rules regulating the health and safety of birds kept as pets. This rule-making is the result of a lawsuit brought by several animal rights groups that sued the USDA by arguing that it had failed to issue regulations required by the Animal Welfare Act. ...

October 21, 2020

The Hill: De Blasio’s obsession with racial balance in schools has a clear victim: Asian students

Since the mid-1800s, Chinese immigrants have come to the United States to obtain better futures for their children. These immigrants often worked long hours in grueling jobs. But they believed their children could have better lives in a country that grants opportunities based on merit and hard work, rather than on who you know. They ...