Huckabee and Robert George, Together at Last

Robert George, probably the most prominent real legal scholar who opposes same-sex marriage (he's a law professor at Princeton), did an interview with Mike Huckabee on a Catholic TV show about same-sex marriage and his position that the president can simply ignore any ruling from the Supreme Court that he doesn't like. George actually did challenge him on how he could not then challenge the authority of a liberal president to ignore, say, the ruling in Citizens United. … [Read more...]

Neil Cavuto vs Michele Bachmann

Fox News host Neil Cavuto unloaded on Rep. Michele Bachmann as she dishonestly tried to defend a lawsuit being filed by House Republicans over President Obama's executive actions on various issues. He clearly was not buying what she was selling and accused her of hypocrisy: … [Read more...]

Former CIA Agent Hammers Feinstein

Former CIA agent Philip Giraldi has some choice words for Dianne Feinstein and other leaders in the legislative and executive branches who tut tut about the Bush torture regime while doing absolutely nothing to bring about justice or to reveal their own role in making it happen. … [Read more...]

Obama to Rein In Telephone Metadata Collection?

The New York Times reports that President Obama is preparing to submit legislation that would rein in the NSA's metadata collection activities. This is a follow up to his statement in January that he wants those records stored elsewhere and to require FISA warrants before being accessed. … [Read more...]

Obama Continues Crusade Against Whistleblowers

Peter Van Buren reports on a court case involving the federal government's rabid desire to punish Robert MacLean, a former TSA Air Marshall who blew the whistle on contradictory policies in that program (simultaneously cutting the air marshal program while sending out an alert about possible hijackings). The Obama DOJ is taking that case to the Supreme Court. … [Read more...]

Docs Confirm Metadata Snooping Started Under Bush

Newly released documents that were apparently submitted by the federal government in several legal challenges to the NSA's illegal surveillance programs confirm that the mining of metadata from emails began under direct order from President Bush. … [Read more...]

House Republicans Discover Limits of Executive Power

Last week the House of Representatives passed the Executive Needs to Faithfully Observe and Respect Congressional Enactments of the Law Act, of ENFORCE the Law Act (seriously, do they have someone whose job it is to come up with painfully ridiculous acronyms in Congress?). Jacob Sullum notes the hypocrisy: … [Read more...]

Obama Protecting CIA in Senate Standoff

McClatchy newspapers is reporting that the Obama White House is withholding almost 10,000 documents in dispute in the battle between the Senate Intelligence Committee and the CIA, but without actually asserting executive privilege over those documents. … [Read more...]

Cruz’ Convenient Ignorance of History

Ted Cruz spoke at CPAC last week and delivered the standard line we hear from the right these days, who have suddenly discovered the limits on executive power after cheering on George W. Bush for 8 years while shredded the separation of powers and vastly expanded his own power. … [Read more...]

House May Pointlessly Sue Obama

Republicans are throwing a fit over President Obama saying he'll take some vague and unspecified unilateral action to address vague and unspecified problems and Michele Bachmann says that the House of Representatives may try to take him to court over it. Yeah, good luck with that. … [Read more...]

A Tale of Two Court Rulings

In the last couple weeks, two separate judges have ruled on the NSA's cell phone data mining operation. One of them, a Bush appointee, said the program is clearly unconstitutional; the other, a Clinton nominee, said the program is clearly constitutional. Andrew Cohen notes that the two rulings are almost completely opposite one another in every way. … [Read more...]

Al Gore’s Fantasy World

Former Vice President Al Gore must have some rose-colored glasses the size of Jupiter if he really believes what he told an audience in Montreal a few days ago. He said that he expects Congress to rein in the surveillance programs of the NSA and other executive agencies. … [Read more...]