D.C. is now pressuring businesses to violate free speech in bizarre ways.
Hans Bader practices law in Washington, D.C. After studying economics and history at the University of Virginia and law at Harvard, he practiced civil-rights, international-trade, and constitutional law.
June 30, 2016, 4:18 PM EDT
June 24, 2016, 12:21 PM EDT
SCOTUS upheld race-based policies that are tantamount to social engineering.
June 22, 2016, 3:35 PM EDT
The witch-hunt now includes conservative groups that have never received a penny from Exxon.
June 21, 2016, 11:55 AM EDT
Former N.Y. Lieutenant Governor says the Obama administration is fostering Zika’s spread.
June 20, 2016, 2:04 PM EDT
F.I.R.E. challenges Obama admin's change to the burden of proof used in college disciplinary proceedings.
June 17, 2016, 12:28 PM EDT
The Obama admin. has announced new federal policy to prevent, reduce and eliminate expulsion and suspension in childhood settings.
June 16, 2016, 12:08 PM EDT
Schneiderman quotes dissenting opinion to justify speech-chilling investigation.
June 13, 2016, 2:18 PM EDT
The First Amendment is being violated by recent government demands on transgender pronouns.
June 10, 2016, 2:22 PM EDT
Zika’s spread is being aided by red tape the Obama administration left unchanged.
June 6, 2016, 12:15 PM EDT
Attorney General Lynch's refusal to defend law raises suspicions of a “bait and switch” by the administration, which wanted more money for the VA, but perhaps not more accountability at the expense of left-leaning government bureaucrats.
May 25, 2016, 4:58 PM EDT
The Obama administration has promoted campus speech codes that take away freedom of speech: It demanded censorship at the University of New Mexico and University of Montana in letters from political appointees in the Justice and Education Departments.
May 23, 2016, 3:11 PM EDT
Under the Freedom of Information Act, you can obtain government records, but usually you have to pay for them. But the law limits the fees that can be charged certain types of requesters, including “educational institutions.” On Friday, in Sack v. U.S. Dept. of Defense, the U.S. Court of Appeals for the D.C. Circuit held that this means students seeking to use FOIA are eligible for reduced fees as well.
May 17, 2016, 5:06 PM EDT
The criminal justice system is too lenient in punishing most violent crimes, theft, and embezzlement. That’s especially true in the District of Columbia, where criminals go on to commit rape and murder because they were spared any real punishment for prior offenses. The Washington Post today provides a revealing glimpse into how soft-on-crime policies result in tragedy, in a story titled “How a violent offender slipped through D.C. justice system: Lenient Sentencing and law enforcement can give many chances despite repeated criminal behavior.”
May 13, 2016, 4:46 PM EDT
Today, the Obama administration issued a “decree” not simply banning discrimination against transgender people, but also effectively mandating affirmative accommodation of them in terms of things like access to locker rooms and bathrooms. Its reasoning is very dubious. Although it was addressed to schools and colleges, if its reasoning is accepted, it could lead to lawsuits against private employers under Title VII. Past bathroom disputes have led to costly lawsuits and substantial settlements against businesses.
May 11, 2016, 4:56 PM EDT
Left-wing economist Thomas Piketty is treated like a “rock star” by many progressives for giving a veneer of legitimacy to the economic myths they cling to. But his false claims about economic history are refuted by readily available facts and figures (such as historical data you can find in the tables at the end of federal budgets submitted in recent years by presidents such as Obama).
May 3, 2016, 3:29 PM EDT
A Bergen County, N.J. father has been jailed for non-payment of support for kids that live with him. It is one example of the abuses committed by unjust, sometimes sexist (anti-male) judges in that county.
April 25, 2016, 4:00 PM EDT
Democratic “Gov. Terry McAuliffe of Virginia will used his executive power on Friday to restore voting rights to more than 200,000 convicted felons, circumventing his Republican-run legislature. The action will overturn a Civil War-era provision in the state’s Constitution,” reported the New York Times earlier today. “The sweeping order, in a swing state that could play a role in deciding the November presidential election, will enable all felons who have served their prison time and finished parole to register to vote. Most are African-Americans, a core constituency of Democrats, Mr. McAuliffe’s political party.” Even murderers and rapists are now allowed to vote.
April 18, 2016, 2:57 PM EDT
Siding with a minority of liberals, Florida Governor Rick Scott (R) yesterday vetoed alimony reform legislation that Florida’s GOP-controlled legislature had passed by a margin of nearly two to one, even though it was supported by 70% of Floridians. Scott’s veto was unfair, anti-family, and anti-small-business. But it thrilled some wealthy divorce lawyers, who hired high-paid “lobbyists with close ties to Scott” to lobby him to kill the bill.
April 15, 2016, 2:44 PM EDT
In the lead up to Equal Pay Day this month, supporters of more federal pay regulations promoted myths about the pay gap between men and women.
April 12, 2016, 11:28 AM EDT
California’s legislative analyst projects that the recent increase in the state’s minimum wage to $15 an hour will cost taxpayers $3.6 billion more a year in government pay alone.