Last week’s 9-0 decision by the Supreme Court, broadening employment discrimination law by allowing more anti-retaliation claims, shows that we were right and the Left was wrong in the confirmation fights over Roberts and Alito. Specifically: We said that they should and would just follow the law as written by Congress; the Left said, pshaw, they would follow their reactionary personal agendas to roll back civil-rights protections. Last week’s majority decision may or may not be great policy, but clearly Roberts was happy to join the opinion written by Justice Breyer and also joined by six other justices because he thought it was the best interpretation of the underlying statute’s text. Justice Alito concurred in the result but wrote separately, and his opinion—which also was favorable to plaintiff—was, likewise, carefully (in my view, perhaps more carefully) rooted in the statute’s text, just as we said it should and would be.
Every element of the college admissions scandal, a.k.a “Operation Varsity Blues,” is fascinating. There are the players: the Yale dad who, implicated in a securities-fraud case, tipped the feds off to the caper; a shady high-school counselor turned admissions consultant; the 36-year-old Harvard grad who ... Read More
Rule No. 1 of tort law: The bad guy is the one with the most money to pay you. On December 14, 2012, Adam Lanza murdered 26 people, 20 of them schoolchildren ages six and seven. Lanza killed himself, too. Can’t sue him. Lanza had a history of mental illness — a long one. He’d been treated under the ... Read More
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For fair-minded observers, this has been a bad week for the credibility of the two most aggressive (and punitive) “watchdogs” of the right -- Media Matters and the Southern Poverty Law Center. Thanks to Peter Hasson at the Daily Caller News Foundation, we discovered the stunning hypocrisy of Media Matters ... Read More
EDITOR’S NOTE: The following is Jonah Goldberg’s weekly “news”letter, the G-File. Subscribe here to get the G-File delivered to your inbox on Fridays. Estimado Lector (y todos mis amigos a través del Atlántico), Greetings from Barcelona. And it is Bar•ce•lona, not Barth•e•lona. That ... Read More
House Republicans this week joined with the chamber’s Democratic majority to pass Russia legislation that highlights the bad joke Congress has become. When not calling for a pointless investigation that will enable them to preen in opposition to Vladimir Putin — something Democrats never cared to do prior to ... Read More
Nebraska GOP senator Ben Sasse has been lambasted by many of his Trump-skeptical fans in the conservative movement for voting Thursday to uphold the national emergency declared by President Trump. A month ago, Sasse issued a statement, saying: We absolutely have a crisis at the border, but as a ... Read More