Hans A. von Spakovsky is a Senior Legal Fellow at The Heritage Foundation's Center for Legal and Judicial Studies, where he manages the Civil Justice Reform Initiative.

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August 2, 2018, 2:57 PM EDT
Historian Jacob Burkhart once warned against being deceived by “terrible simplifiers.” If he hadn’t died in 1897, you might be tempted to think he was writing about defenders of President Barack Obama’s Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) program.
July 31, 2018, 9:51 AM EDT
The news media is reporting that an internal email at the Justice Department has reminded its lawyers that the legally correct term they should be using in their briefs is “illegal alien,” not the euphemism “undocumented immigrant.”
July 26, 2018, 11:09 AM EDT
In the face of Orwellian speech codes on campus—and with the help of advocacy groups like Speech First Inc.—college students have been fighting to defend their First Amendment right to free speech.
July 23, 2018, 8:46 AM EDT
Peter Strzok’s testimony about the email server scandal involving former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton raised headlines because of his defiant, disrespectful, and unapologetic attitude about the bias revealed in his text messages that permeated his work at the FBI.
June 22, 2018, 3:14 PM EDT
Who truly is responsible for the 2,000 alien kids who, according to the Associated Press, recently have been separated from their detained illegal alien parents?
June 18, 2018, 8:37 AM EDT
With just two weeks to go until the end of its term, the Supreme Court ruled 7-2 in Minnesota Voters Alliance v. Mansky that Minnesota’s ban on so-called “political” apparel at the polls on Election Day violates the First Amendment.
June 12, 2018, 9:55 AM EDT
Can a state take reasonable steps to ensure the accuracy of its voter rolls by removing people who have left the jurisdiction?
May 21, 2018, 8:32 AM EDT
Robert Mueller was appointed one year ago last Thursday as a special counsel to investigate Russian interference in the 2016 presidential election and whether the Russian government coordinated its activities with associates of candidate Donald Trump.
May 9, 2018, 4:24 PM EDT
Those who claim that President Donald Trump is guilty of obstructing justice because he fired James Comey or because he asked Comey if he could go easy on Michael Flynn are way off base. And so is Robert Mueller if he is actually conducting such an investigation.
May 4, 2018, 9:07 AM EDT
Rudy Giuliani sent opponents of President Donald Trump into a wild flutter in an interview Wednesday night with Fox News Channel’s Sean Hannity.
May 3, 2018, 9:11 AM EDT
A lawsuit filed Tuesday by Texas and six other states may finally result in the long-overdue termination of the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals program, which was created without legal authority by President Barack Obama in 2012 to allow children brought into the U.S. illegally to temporarily remain here under certain conditions.
April 17, 2018, 3:55 PM EDT
It’s official: Andrew McCabe lied.
March 29, 2018, 9:40 AM EDT
Controversy continues to swirl around how the consulting firm Cambridge Analytica obtained personal data from over 50 million Facebook users without their knowledge and used it to target ads to individuals in an effort to help Donald Trump be elected president in 2016.
March 19, 2018, 8:36 AM EDT
In a decision that has gotten almost no media attention, six states led by Texas have won another round against the Obama administration implementation of Obamacare.
February 5, 2018, 10:14 AM EST
A formerly secret memo released Friday by Republicans on the House Intelligence Committee raises serious questions about the judgment and actions of a handful of current and former senior officials at the FBI and the Justice Department.
January 31, 2018, 4:19 PM EST
The immigration framework released by the White House last week raises a number of serious questions.
January 26, 2018, 3:23 PM EST
The Thomas Jefferson Center for the Protection of Free Expression, which is located in Charlottesville and is dedicated to “the defense of free expression in all its forms,” gives out annual awards called the “Jefferson Muzzles” to individuals and organizations responsible for “especially egregious or ridiculous affronts to free expression.”
January 17, 2018, 4:13 PM EST
A federal judge in Alabama has thrown out a lawsuit against the state’s voter ID law, finding that the law doesn’t prevent anyone from voting because “nearly the entire population of registered voters in Alabama already possess a photo ID that can be used for voting.”
January 9, 2018, 10:29 AM EST
Reversing Obama-era policy, Attorney General Jeff Sessions has given federal prosecutors the discretion to prosecute marijuana traffickers.
December 4, 2017, 4:05 PM EST
Some members of Congress are threatening to block government funding unless Congress provides amnesty to so-called Dreamers—the illegal aliens included in President Barack Obama’s Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals program, which President Donald Trump is ending.