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Trump Following in Obama’s Footsteps with Healthcare EO

U.S. President Donald J. Trump and Former U.S. President Barack Obama wait to exit the east front steps for the departure ceremony during the 58th Presidential Inauguration in Washington, D.C., Jan. 20, 2017. More than 5,000 military members from across all branches of the armed forces of the United States, including reserve and National Guard components, provided ceremonial support and Defense Support of Civil Authorities during the inaugural period. (DoD photo by U.S. Air Force Staff Sgt. Marianique Santos)

When Pres. Trump issued an executive order phasing out DACA last month, the administration made it a constitutional issue, accusing Pres. Obama of overreaching his authority when he created the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) by executive order in June 2012. Now Trump is following in Obama’s footsteps with his planned EO to expand access to […]

Maine Governor Wants Feds to Bring the Hammer Down on His Own State

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Gov. Paul LePage is doing it wrong. Instead of protecting the people of Maine from overreaching and unconstitutional federal overreach, he’s begging the feds to trample on his state’s sovereignty. You see, the Republican governor doesn’t like marijuana. And he doesn’t like the fact that the people of his state voted to legalize weed. He wants […]

Sanctuary City Injunction a Win for the Tenth Amendment

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If you consider yourself a “conservative” who believes in upholding the Constitution, you should celebrate at least one aspect of the injunction a federal judge slapped on Pres. Trump’s “sanctuary city” executive order. Many conservatives have already expressed outrage at the injunction issued by U.S. District Judge William Orrick Tuesday, citing the decision as another […]

133 Words or Less: Huckabee Another Fake Constitutional Conservative

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Mike Huckabee doesn’t want to cut funding to the National Endowment for the Arts. The former Arkansas governor wrote a Washington Post op-ed defending the federal program. Huckabee makes a wonderful utilitarian case for federal arts funding, but what about the fact the Constitution doesn’t authorize it? Huckabee often positions himself as a constitutionalist – […]

Bill to Return Legislative Authority to Legislature Causes Complete Freakout

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A bill to restore some level of constitutional sanity to the federal regulatory state recently passed the U.S. House and caused a total freakout. The REINS Act would  require congressional approval before major regulations imposed by federal executive agencies such as the FDA, EPA and OSHA went into effect. When I say passage of the […]

Three Reasons I Don’t Care About the Russian Election Hacking Story

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The American left, along with many neoconservatives (redundant?), have gone ballistic over Russia “hacking” the  presidential election. But I can’t bring myself to get very worked up over this alleged travesty for three reasons. First, I’m not convinced Russia actually hacked the DNC emails. As Glenn Greenwald and his associates at the Intercept have shown, […]

133 Words or Less: The Left’s Chickens Come Home to Roost

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Here’s my post-election prediction: the left will suddenly become very interested in limiting the power of the federal government. Expansive executive power was great when their guy was in charge. But in a few months, Donald J. Trump inherits all of that unconstitutional presidential authority. For years, I’ve preached the danger of ignoring Constitutional limits just […]

Gun People Need to Learn a Lesson from the Weed People

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Gun people talk tough. “They can have my gun when they pry it from my cold, dead hand.” But all the bluster disappears when talk turns to the Supreme Court and the possibility of an opinion that undermines the Second Amendment. The prospect of a Hillary Clinton Supreme Court nominee has turned millions of gun […]