The Supreme Court Fails to Protect Economic Liberty, Again Occupational licensing abuse gets a pass from the high court.

Does the Constitution protect the right to earn a living free from arbitrary and unnecessary government interference? James Madison, the document’s chief architect, thought it did. “That is not a just government,” Madison wrote, “where arbitrary restrictions, exemptions, and monopolies deny to part of its citizens that free use of their faculties, and free choice […]

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Just say no to marijuana convictions

Should juries vote “not guilty” on low-level marijuana charges to send a message about our country’s insane marijuana arrest policy? Jury nullification is a constitutional doctrine that allows juries to acquit defendants who are technically guilty but who don’t deserve punishment. As Paul Butler wrote recently in The New York Times, juries have the right […]

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Obama Drops Veto Threat Over Military Authorization Bill After Revisions

WASHINGTON — President Obamawill not veto a military authorization bill that contains several disputed provisions about the treatment of terrorism prisoners, the White House announced Wednesday, signaling a likely end to a political battle over detainees and executive power. The administration had threatened to veto versions of the National Defense Authorization Act of 2012 passed […]

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