Phi Beta Cons

Larry Purdy on That Sixth Circuit Decision

Larry Purdy, one of the lawyers who fought the good fight in the University of Michigan cases in 2003 (and who has written for the Pope Center on “affirmative action” issues), weighs in with his thoughts on that appalling decision by the Sixth Circuit — the decision holding that it’s a violation of the Equal Protection Clause for a state to adopt a constitutional measure requiring equal treatment of its citizens.

George Leef — George Leef is the director of research for the John William Pope Center for Higher Education Policy.

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Nancy Pelosi Should Go

One of the most reliable tendencies of politicians is that they think they’re more important than they are. This is not a partisan point. It’s as true of Republicans as it is of Democrats, as a general rule -- though it wouldn’t shock me if it’s more acute in more Democrats than Republicans for the simple ... Read More
Science & Tech

The Social-Media Panic

‘Make no mistake: 2016 will never happen again.” Historians are not always reliable predictors of the future, but Niall Ferguson’s analysis of how Silicon Valley and the center-Left would react to the successive and surprise victories of Brexit and Donald Trump is proving correct. Conservatives and ... Read More

Running With Trump

Jeff Roe, who managed Senator Ted Cruz’s presidential campaign in 2016, has a message for Republican congressional candidates: Don’t run from Trump this year. Instead they should “[f]ix bayonets and charge the hill.” What exactly does this mean? It’s not that they should “support the president’s ... Read More
Law & the Courts

One More Point on McCabe . . .

One point to add to Jonathan Turley’s column about Andrew McCabe, and the glaring double standard of whether an FBI official will face obstruction-of-justice charges if he’s caught lying to an FBI internal investigation. In 2015, McCabe's wife Jill ran for a state senate seat in Virginia and received ... Read More

The Pope Francis Challenge

An unforced error from a Vatican communications office the other day drove me a little something like crazy. The nature of the unforced error is that it is wholly unnecessary and typically distracting. And so it was. Days before, as the fifth anniversary of Pope Francis’s election as pope was approaching, a ... Read More