The Supreme Court’s second racial preference case

The Supreme Court’s second racial preference case

Racial preferences will be at the Supreme Court again on Wednesday, but the question i Haaland v. Bracken is adoption, not college admission. Under federal law, when a Native American child is placed in an adoptive home, priority is given to parents who are also Native American. It puts the interests of the tribe above … Read more

Israel’s right-wing coalition gets the cold shoulder from Biden

Israel’s right-wing coalition gets the cold shoulder from Biden

The victory of Benjamin Netanyahu’s right-wing coalition has many on the left lamenting the end of democracy in Israel. Even before the vote began, Sen. Robert Menendez (D., NJ) threatened damage to bilateral relations if Israelis voted to the right. The State Department has said it would boycott some right-wing ministers, and President Biden waited … Read more

How can a trial be fair when the judge works for the prosecutor?

How can a trial be fair when the judge works for the prosecutor?

The ever-growing administrative state has become a fourth branch of government. Unelected, unaccountable, and tenured bureaucrats pass most of the rules that govern Americans’ lives—thousands of new ones every year. To help this bloated administrative state, Congress has created internal courts that have taken over most law enforcement cases from the judiciary. These administrative law … Read more

No guard rails for regulators

No guard rails for regulators

The Supreme Court hears challenges to FTC and SEC abuses.

Trump misses the real Pennsylvania voting issue

Trump misses the real Pennsylvania voting issue

President Trump is again missing the point about election integrity. “Then it’s off again! Right choice!” he wrote on Tuesday. Mr. Trump was referring to a claim on the Internet that Pennsylvania has 250,000 mail-in ballots that lack verification of the voter’s identity. Not really, officials say. Pennsylvania has a ballot question, but it’s not … Read more

The battle for state supreme courts

The battle for state supreme courts

The Pennsylvania State Capitol in Harrisburg, Penn. Photo: Getty Images Americans have learned the hard way that governors and legislatures are not the only government decision makers. Supreme Court justices are also on the ballot across the country next week, and they determine the direction of state law and (alas) politics. Parties and interest groups … Read more

The IRS and the Eighth Amendment

The IRS and the Eighth Amendment

By Travis Nix and Tyler Martinez Nov. 1, 2022 6:27 PM ET Photo: Daniel Acker/Bloomberg News Navigating the maze that is the US tax code can already feel like a punishment for ordinary taxpayers. But the real punishment comes when Americans face oppressive penalties from the Internal Revenue Service for innocent filing errors. That may … Read more

Affirmative Action Reveals the Secret Meaning of Equity

Affirmative Action Reveals the Secret Meaning of Equity

It has taken too long, but the Supreme Court has finally put the progressive ideal of equality on the case. In two separate cases Monday, the high court heard Students for Fair Admissions argue that Harvard’s and the University of North Carolina’s use of racial preferences in admissions is unconstitutional and in violation of the … Read more

Can Harvard discriminate by race forever?

Can Harvard discriminate by race forever?

The US Supreme Court building in Washington on Monday. Photo: JONATHAN ERNST/REUTERS Supreme Court justices showed the utmost patience Monday in hearing nearly four hours of argument in a pair of major cases involving race and college admissions. But the argument was worth the time because it revealed some unhappy truths about those who believe … Read more

Penguin Random House stands by the plan to publish Amy Coney Barrett’s book

Penguin Random House stands by the plan to publish Amy Coney Barrett’s book

Penguin Random House said Monday it is committed to publishing an upcoming book by Supreme Court Justice Amy Coney Barrett despite a dissenting online open letter that has garnered more than 600 signatures, including many from the publishing world. The letter, which asks Penguin Random House to reconsider its decision to publish the book, claims … Read more