Tag Archive: US constitution

  • Obama’s constitutional legacy

    Obama deserves credit for helping to push the struggle for same-sex marriage to a successful conclusion, for appointing some highly capable judges (despite flaws in their judicial philosophy), and for causing the Supreme Court to establish some valuable precedents protecting federalism, property rights, and religious freedom (albeit, often unintentionally). On the other hand, we may well have occasion to rue his overly expansive approach to executive power, particularly when it comes to initiating wars without congressional authorization.

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  • The Legacy of President Obama’s Pardon Power

    So far, in 2016, he has granted 493. Consequently, the President’s current total for commutations (673 – almost all for drug offenders) is greater than that of several of his predecessors combined and more than any single president has granted since Calvin Coolidge.

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  • Peyote, Alcohol, and Religious Liberty

    In this seventh installment in his series on religious liberty, Prof. Mark Hall explains how legislators have carved out exemptions to the Controlled Substances Act to protect religious ceremonies involving controlled substances.

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  • Friday Links

    It was a wild week. Here are some highlights! Roger Pilon of the Cato Institute speaks on the philosophical foundations of the Constitution in this podcast. NYT criticizes Gary Johnson for Aleppo gaffe, misidentifies Aleppo three times. Read the story of how refugees in Hong Kong helped hide Edward Snowden for weeks following the NSA leaks. […]

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