Today the U.S. Court of Appeals for the First Circuit rejected a constitutional challenge to the military’s “Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell” policy. Federal courts had rejected such challenges before, but not since the Supreme Court’s decision in Lawrence v. Texas invalidating a Texas statute prohibiting homosexual sodomy. This could increase the chance that Supreme Court hears a challenge to the policy, as last month, the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit held DADT should be subject to heightened scrutiny, and suggested the policy might be unconstitutional. This only creates a “soft” circuit split, however, as Eugene Volokh explains here, because while the Ninth Circuit did not affirm the district court’s dismissal of the suit, it remanded the case for further proceedings rather than striking down the policy outright.
The U.S economy is aching for many more highly skilled, technically trained people. But what if men end up limiting their eventual marriage prospects if they pursue careers in the trades or other jobs that don’t require a four-year degree? Some proportion of women who have bachelor's and post-baccalaureate ... Read More
B uzzFeed published an explosive allegation that the president of the United States ordered his former lawyer, Michael Cohen, to lie to congressional committees investigating Russia’s interference in the 2016 election. Specifically, in a news story sourced to two anonymous law-enforcement officials said to ... Read More
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In a statement on the Senate floor yesterday, Mazie Hirono (D., Hawaii) doubled down on her attacks against the Catholic group the Knights of Columbus and accused her colleague Senator Ben Sasse (R., Neb.) of “embrac[ing] the alt-right position” by offering a resolution rebuking the use of unconstitutional ... Read More
Whatever the significance of the BuzzFeed story, it’s not that Trump is getting impeached. That was going to happen regardless. If the BuzzFeed story is true (and everyone should be cautious about that given the fate of some past Trump-Mueller bombshells) it tells us what one of the impeachment counts will be, ... Read More
A ruling issued tonight by the Fifth Circuit Court of Appeals has torpedoed several of the abortion-rights movement’s key talking points in defense of Planned Parenthood. The case dealt with the Texas Health and Human Services Commission’s decision to terminate the state’s Medicaid provider agreements ... Read More