Author Archives: Scott Johnson

What is to be done?

Featured image The House Rules Committee took the first step toward initiating a lawsuit against President Obama over his faithless execution of the laws and abrogation of the separation of powers. The committee held a hearing on the House Resolution that would provide the House authority Four professors of constitutional law testified to the Rules Committee about the merits of the lawsuit, with two supporting and two opposed; the two in support »

Annals of Democratic insanity

Featured image It’s a little late in the day to start keeping track of instances of Democratic insanity, but what is to be done with Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid’s continuing effusions? Yesterday Reid gave his best impersonation of Baghdad Bob, assuring all within his hearing that “the border is secure.” Speaking after the Senate Democrats’ weekly policy lunch, Reid expanded on his assertion: “[Sen.] Martin Heinrich [(D-N.M.)] talked to the caucus »

The Wagner case decision

Featured image This past February Paul wrote about the case of Teresa Wagner v. Carolyn Jones, Dean of the University of Iowa College of Law in this post. Like Paul, I had read Peter Berkowitz’s Wall Street Journal column over the previous weekend and noted that the oral argument in Ms. Wagner’s appeal was scheduled before the Eighth Circuit in St. Paul the following Thursday morning. TaxProf Paul Caron picked up on »

A book for all seasons

Featured image Thomas Piketty’s Capital in the Twenty-First Century is the book of the season. Published by Harvard University Press, it is a surprise best-seller. At the time of its publication earlier this year it neatly fit Obama’s theme of the moment on income inequality. Readers seem to have abandoned the book at page 26, as Obama seems to have abandoned the theme of income inequality. As the title of his book »

Ten days that shook the United States

Featured image I took a look back at the current crisis of illegal Central American minors in the Weekly Standard article “Disorder at the border,” published this past Friday in the new issue of the magazine. In retrospect, I think that the events of the preceding days fixed these issues in the public mind and culminated in President Obama’s notable address following his meeting in Dallas with Governor Perry. Obama had resisted »

Crossing muddy waters

Featured image A link from the Drudge Report seems to have put the indefatigable Jim Hoft out of commission temporarily; Drudge linked to Jim’s Gateway Pundit post highlighting a paragraph buried in Jana Winter’s FOX News report “Endless wave of illegal immigrants floods Rio Grande Valley.” Winter reports that the bodies of infants have been found washing up on the banks of the Rio Grande: The Border Patrol agents loaded and unloaded »

Queen April approximately

Featured image House Oversight Committee Chairman Darrell Issa and Regulatory Affairs Subcommittee Chairman Jim Jordan today wrote the Federal Election Commission regarding another mysterious hard drive crash, this one involving FEC attorney April Sands. Sands tweeted under the fitting handle ReignOfApril. The voluble Ms. Sands has admitted to disparaging Republicans and campaigning for President Obama in violation of the Hatch Act. J. Christian Adams wrote about the Sands case here for PJ »

Is Administrative Law Unlawful? reviewed

Featured image When I set out writing about Philip Hamburger’s Is Administrative Law Unlawful?, I did so for two reasons. First, it’s the most important book I have read in a long time. Second, it’s a forbidding work of legal history that makes few concessions to the general reader. It isn’t easy reading and I thought it was at risk of being widely ignored. I do think the book was at risk »

Line of the day

Featured image On FOX News Sunday this morning, Israeli Prime Minister Netanyahu repeated a line that he used in the prepared statement he read at his news conference this past Friday. It has also been posted on his FaceBook page, and it warrants repetition. Contrasting the conduct of Israel and Hamas in the current hostilities, Netanyahu said: “The difference between us is simple. We develop defensive systems against missiles in order to »

Pelosi does Hobby Lobby

Featured image John discusses Senate Majority Whip Dick Durbin’s slightly misguided explication of the Supreme Court’s Hobby Lobby decision here. According to Durbin, the Supreme Court had gone into business banning certain contraceptives. John cited Ed Whelan’s devastating critique of Durbin’s explication. John questions Durbin’s intelligence, but I think this is a bit unfair. Durbin is simply doing his job, disseminating Democratic Party talking points that seek to rile up the low-information »

Cleta Mitchell: IRS annoyed by Power Line

Featured image We have followed True The Vote’s case against the IRS for obvious reasons and have asked TTV counsel Cleta Mitchell to keep us as closely informed as she can. The case is important in a number of respects and the public interest in the case as well as related inquiries, I think it is fair to say, is rather high. We know our readers are intensely interested in it. Cleta »

Cleta Mitchell: Judge Walton wants to hear from the IRS

Featured image Cleta Mitchell writes to report on the hearing before Judge Walton today on True The Vote’s motion for an order addressing discovery issues with the IRS on the destruction of evidence. Cleta writes: Here is the order from today’s hearing – -Judge spent 2 hours asking questions – the judge is requiring the IRS to start testifying under oath – by persons with direct knowledge and by the end of »

In Minneapolis, it’s just business as usual

Featured image Democrats Phyllis Kahn and Mohamud Noor are contending for the right to represent District 60B in the Minnesota House of Representatives. Kahn is the echt liberal who was first elected to represent the district in 1972; Noor is the challenger who reflects the district’s shifting demographics. The district includes the Cedar-Riverside area of Minneapolis along with the University of Minnesota’s west bank campus, and a lot of Somalis now reside »

Clamp of the ain’ts

Featured image On Monday the Weekly Standard invited me to take a look at our border crisis featuring unaccompanied Central American minors. The new issue of the Standard, out this morning, carries my article “Disorder at the border.” I have to thank editor Bill Kristol for the invitation and assistant managing editor Kelly Jane Torrance for reworking my draft into publishable form. Within a limited space I did my best to trace »

Thoughts from the ammo line

Featured image Our friend Ammo Grrrl offers advice in an autobiographical mode this week in MARRIAGE: A VETERAN SPEAKS. She writes: Awhile back two sweet Commenters kiddingly asked about Ammo Grrrll’s marital status while making kind remarks about my work. My neighbor, the slightly-paranoid Texan, was agin my blogging in the first place because he thought it might attract “weirdos.” But my logical husband (Mr. Ammo Grrrll, who is much more macho »

Hamas ups the ante

Featured image Writing from The Israel Project this morning, Omri Ceren draws our attention to a notable development (reported here) in Hamas’s war against Israel: “Yesterday Hamas launched – and then bragged about launching – three long-range M75 rockets targeting Israel’s nuclear reactor in the city Dimona. Iron Dome had to knock one of the rockets out of the sky; the other two landed in open areas.” Omri comments: “A terrorist attack »

Straw men at the border

Featured image President Obama traveled to Texas today for some big-buck fundraisers with filthy rich supporters. He declined to visit the border that is the source of the flood of unaccompanied Central American minors that he has done absolutely nothing to stanch. Judging by his actions, he wants to keep them coming. Obama was shamed into holding a couple of meetings that included Governor Perry. USA Today’s Rick Jervis reports on the »