Judicial

Why we want to impeach the attorney general

Since the contempt resolutions passed the House with the support of 17 Democrats, Mr. Holder has continued to disregard the Constitution by failing to enforce federal laws.

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Obama’s failure of leadership on Guantánamo

As Congress begins debate on the 2014 defense authorization bill this week, both the president and the legislature have an opportunity to make meaningful progress toward closing Guantánamo and ending the human rights tragedy there.  President Obama has promised to shutter the off-shore prison, which was designed to be outside the law and reserved exclusively for Muslims, but has until now failed to use the power that he has under current law to do it.  Congress, meanwhile, has placed unnecessary restrictions on releasing detainees.

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Cornelia Pillard is unfit for the D.C. Circuit Court

The development and birth of a baby is a challenging, yet privileged experience. It is a biological reality that women get pregnant and subsequently give birth to a child whom they are entrusted to raise. Yet this privilege is apparently offensive to President Obama’s nominee to the D.C. Circuit Court of Appeals, Cornelia T. Pillard.

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Is Obama trying to pack the DC appeals court?

The D.C. Circuit is the nation’s top regulatory court, responsible for scrutinizing many of the federal government’s most expensive and far-reaching actions. No wonder, then, that President Barack Obama is now trying to push three new judges onto the court and tilt it decisively in his favor. A great deal is at stake here for the U.S. economy, and it is high time for the Senate to have its say.

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The Supreme Court eyes the EPA

The U.S. Supreme Court recently agreed to review whether its past decisions to allow the Environmental Protection Agency to regulate auto and truck emissions of various gases under the Clean Air Act (CAA) also justified granting EPA the ability, without legislative authority, to perform the identical regulation of stationary energy producing facilities.

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Feds should not play favorites on marriage definition

A handful of states have redefined marriage to include same-sex unions, and the Supreme Court has now said that the federal government must respect the “historic and essential authority” of states “to define the marital relation” by recognizing those “marriages.”

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In military courts, both victim and accused deserve justice

As the U.S. Naval Academy proceeds with sexual assault charges against two midshipmen, the alleged victim has found in one of her purported assailants an unlikely ally in her challenge to the academy superintendent’s fitness to oversee the case. While this latest twist in the ongoing debate around military justice reform may seem improbable at first glance, it ultimately illustrates a point that victim advocates have made all along: the bias inherent in the current system hurts both the accuser and the accused.

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The outdated immigrant detention system

The purpose of the U.S. immigration detention system is simple: to facilitate that an individual in Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) custody appears before immigration court and complies with any final orders. And yet the system itself is anything but; it is a complicated web of jails and jail-like facilities, private prisons, county jails, and federal detention centers, that detains over 400,000 individuals each year.

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Time for law and order in Internet gambling

Internet gambling is here to stay. Delaware, Nevada and New Jersey recently legalized Internet gambling, while at least a dozen additional states are considering joining the action. There are also millions of Americans throughout the country who can and do participate in all forms of Internet gambling every day in an unregulated, uncontrolled environment ruled by offshore operators who ignore U.S. laws. The big question remaining unanswered is whether all forms of Internet gambling are going to be properly regulated at the federal level, or will we end up with a patchwork of inconsistent state laws that fail to protect every American.

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