Is Originalism Generally Opposed to Stare Decisis?

In the exchange I've been having with Andrew Torrez about whether (conservative) originalism should automatically disqualify one from a Supreme Court confirmation, one of the issues of contention is whether originalists "uniquely feel free to disregard prior precedent in ways that mainstream jurists do not." He also says there is a ""general tendency to ignore" precedent by originalists. I'm not convinced this is true and I will lay out my argument here. … [Read more...]

Gingrich Admits Total Lack of Integrity

During a discussion on Fox News, Newt Gingrich answered a question from Chris Wallace that revealed his total lack of integrity, saying in essence that it's okay to hold one standard for Republicans and another for Democrats because he would just be doing what partisans do. … [Read more...]

Dear GOP: Win the Vote, Then Make the Ads

Okay, this is highly amusing. The House Republicans failed to pass their Obamacare replacement bill, but a conservative PAC had already made ads telling people to thank their Republican legislator for doing so, then forgot to cancel them so a bunch of them actually went on the air. … [Read more...]

Gowdy Lies About What Nunes Talked to Trump About

In a really weird interview on Face the Nation, Rep. Trey Gowdy, infamous for his many investigations into Benghazi, claimed that Rep. Devin Nunes did not talk to Trump about the Russia investigation when he visited the White House last week and held that equally weird press conference about it. … [Read more...]

Did Trump Actually Hand a Bill to Angela Merkel?

It was obvious that Donald Trump's meeting with German Chancellor Angela Merkel didn't go well (he did, after all, spend the whole campaign trashing her), but if this story is true, then Trump's diplomatic skills are even worse than I thought -- and I thought they were pretty much non-existent. … [Read more...]

Alex Jones Apologizes for Promoting Pizzagate

Alex Jones is now apologizing, while simultaneously minimizing, his advocacy of all that Pizzagate nonsense about John Podesta and Hillary Clinton running a child sex trafficking wing out of a pizza place in Washington, DC. But it turns out he had little choice. … [Read more...]

Tomi Lahren Fired by Glenn Beck

Oh, this just gets better. Now multiple reports say that rather than just suspending her for a week, Glenn Beck has permanently banned -- that is, fired -- Tomi Lahren from The Blaze. This after self-righteously declaring that he would never fire her -- her, specifically -- over anything she said because he just believes so much in free speech. … [Read more...]

Trump Throws Ryan Under the Bus

In the immediate aftermath of the failure of their healthcare bill, Republicans were all reading from the same happy script. No one was pointing fingers, especially Ryan and Trump, who praised each other's efforts. That lasted about 24 hours, which is frankly longer than I expected. … [Read more...]

Why Public Investment in Health Care Matters

Adam Davidson has an article in the New Yorker that explains why a nation's healthcare system matters so much, because healthier citizens are more productive and is a huge boost to economic growth. Conversely, poor health undermines the economy and has huge implications throughout society. … [Read more...]

Why The GOP Healthcare Bill Failed: Peter Suderman

Peter Suderman, writing at the libertarian Reason.com, is another analyst with a smart take on why Trump and Ryan couldn't get their Obamacare replacement bill passed. His position is that it failed to pass because Trump simply doesn't understand health care policy. … [Read more...]

Why The GOP Healthcare Bill Failed: Ezra Klein

In the wake of the failure of Donald Trump and Paul Ryan to pass their Obamacare replacement bill, there are many post-mortems being written, some of them very smart and insightful. Ezra Klein offers a couple reasons why it failed, starting with the fact that it was just a terrible bill: … [Read more...]

Trump’s ‘Pact’ Not to Talk Business With Sons

Donald Trump's refusal to take the steps necessary to avoid obvious conflicts of interest is a perfect recipe for corruption. After putting his sons in charge of his companies, they swore that they wouldn't talk about business. That lasted all of a few weeks. … [Read more...]