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Freedom “Weaponized”

Justice Elena Kagan has a way with words. The conservative majority on the court, she said after two recent rulings, is “weaponizing the First Amendment.” What a phrase! But what does it mean? “Conservative groups, borrowing and building on arguments developed by liberals,” explains The New York Times, “have used

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Will Feds Foil Foolish Licensing?

It would be nice if the federal government used its often-abused authority over state and local governments to outlaw various forms of state and local oppression. In his book Leviathan: The Growth of Local Government and the Erosion of Liberty, Clint Bolick argues that the federal government is not alone

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Social Workers: Stop Kidnapping Kids

Michael Chambers is living a nightmare. His young daughter, Belle, has been taken away by social workers — without any reasonable cause or due process. When Belle was two, her mother relinquished care to Belle’s grandmother. Then Michael accepted the responsibility. Periodically, his vindictive ex-wife would sic Child Protective Services

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Don’t Bring Pepper Spray to a Gun Fight

“My students are my kids . . . and I want to be able to protect them just like I would protect my own son,” says the Oho teacher, who participates in a program called FASTER Saves Lives. (“FASTER” stands for Faculty/Administrator Safety Training & Emergency Response.) Since 2013, FASTER

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Happy Birthday, Edward Snowden

Edward Snowden turns 35 today and begins another year as a fugitive stuck in Russia. Five years ago, he fled the country to Hong Kong, meeting with The Guardian’s Glenn Greenwald and documentary filmmaker Laura Poitras to discuss documents he had released showing illegal National Security Agency collection of our

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Brownells Defends Itself

I’m glad to be able to say this: Brownells has, present tense, a YouTube channel. Especially glad because, on June 9, Google had shut that channel down without warning or explanation. Brownells is a family-owned supplier of firearms, firearm parts and accessories, gunsmithing tools, and emergency gear. Well-known and well-regarded

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Degrading Expectations

Expect racism to come from the Right . . . we are told by the Left. On Wednesday, I considered the sad case of New York Mayor Bill de Blasio, pushing racial resentment in a black church, asking for an “amen” after telling the parishioners that there was something very

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The First Shall Be Last

We were taught in school that the first ten amendments to the Constitution make up the Bill of Rights. True enough. But not completely true — as I pointed out at Townhall. In 1789, Congress passed and sent to the states twelve constitutional amendments, called “articles.” Our current First Amendment

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Too Healthy to Play

Cannabis oil can prevent the seizures of at least some victims of epilepsy. But the hope this medicine provides is too often undercut by fear. I discussed, a few days ago, the case of 15-year-old David Brill, whose life is in danger because officials forcibly removed him from the care

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Wouldn’t Freedom Be … Easier?

To bake or not to bake, that is the question. Actually, the question was may a state discriminate against Christians in regulating “public accommodations”? The Supreme Court has decided, in a supermajority 7-2 ruling, that the Colorado Civil Rights Commission wrongly prosecuted a Christian baker who would not make a

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Where the Beef Is

In South Florida, two McDonald’s customers are suing the fast food behemoth for charging them for cheese they say they do not want. “According to a class-action lawsuit filed in Fort Lauderdale federal court on May 8,” informs the Miami Herald, “Cynthia Kissner, of Broward County, and Leonard Werner, of

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Brave New Paternalism

Michael Bloomberg is rich. He’s also in politics — a public health crusader. And, for years, he “has personally funded and promoted all sorts of regressive taxes and regulations in an attempt to push people around,” the folks at Americans for Tax Reform tell us. “He uses the coercive power

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