You Can’t Be Both a Liberal AND an American at the Same Time

Liberals live in America, but they don’t love America. So, it’s not a surprise that they have an affinity for law breaking illegal aliens. After all, liberals don’t care about our laws or our sovereignty any more than transient illegals who come to the U.S. only to use it for its freebies and welfare, or… Read More

Supreme Court hops into endangered frog habitat dispute

Without comment, the Supreme Court decided on Monday to hear one of two cases in a dispute over land in Louisiana dedicated to protecting a frog species that doesn’t live there. Two cases were in front of the Justices on Friday in private conference about the endangered frogs from Mississippi that could return to Louisiana:… Read More

Supreme Court rules for cops in ‘party out of bounds’ case

A unanimous Supreme Court said on Monday that police officers who busted partiers at a vacant District of Columbia house in 2008 were entitled to immunity for placing the participants under arrest. Justice Clarence Thomas said in District of Columbia v. Wesby that police had probable cause to arrest the partygoers because they could reasonably… Read More

New Book: Bannon Told Ivanka, “You’re Just Another Staffer”

Former White House Chief Strategist Steve Bannon sought to put Ivanka Trump in her place, telling her she’s “just another staffer” who, furthermore, doesn’t know what she’s doing. The book, “Media Madness: Donald Trump, The Press, And The War Over The Truth,” by Fox News media analyst Howard Kurtz, is described in an article by Washington… Read More

No One is Really Offended by Shi*hole-gate, Not Even Democrats

Will someone please get Cory Booker a tissue? The senator from New Jersey claims that President Trump’s alleged “shithole countries” remark made him cry. Yes, cry. This one-time All-American high school football star was so butthurt over a completely uncontroversial statement that he actually shed tears. Then he choked up again while recounting his first… Read More

Watch: Barack Obama SLAMS Democrats for Shutting Down the Government

From the Daily Caller News Foundation: Then-President Barack Obama had stern words after the Republican minority in the Senate shut down the government for 16 days in 2013 over funding for Obamacare. “You don’t like a particular policy or a particular president? Then argue for your position. Go out there and win an election. Push… Read More

CNN Reporter: Russia is “All We Talk About” and Voters Don’t Care

CNN reporter Maeve Reston said Sunday that while CNN focuses relentlessly on the Russia investigation, voters actually don’t care about it, and it doesn’t appear to be casting a cloud over President Trump or having an effect on the 2018 House races. Moreover, she notes that “uneasiness about the economy” has begun to dissipate. Of… Read More

Mass Transport of Illegal Aliens Across the Border is Still Happening

 Where would we be without groups like Judicial Watch (JW)? We’d be living in nation filled with ignorant people – more ignorant than we currently are. We’d be living in a country that we thought was free, and open, and transparent, but in fact is not. We’d be living in the Soviet Union, minus the… Read More

Mass Transport of Illegal Aliens Across the Border is Still Happening

 Where would we be without groups like Judicial Watch (JW)? We’d be living in nation filled with ignorant people – more ignorant than we currently are. We’d be living in a country that we thought was free, and open, and transparent, but in fact is not. We’d be living in the Soviet Union, minus the… Read More

On This Day: The Roe v. Wade decision

On January 22, 1973, the Supreme Court handed down a decision that continues to divide the nation to this day. In Roe v. Wade, the Court ruled that a state law that banned abortions except to save the life of the mother was unconstitutional under the Fourteenth Amendment. Although the decision was arguably not the… Read More

News You Can Use for January 22, 2018

Good Morning! We here at Constitution.com want you to get your day started right, which is why we’ve decided to help you catch the morning’s news highlights. We know that you’ve got a busy day ahead and you may not necessarily have time to surf the web looking for the things you need to know,… Read More

Trump Schedule || Monday, January 22, 2018

11:00 am || Receives his daily intelligence briefing All times Eastern Live stream of White House briefing at 1:30 pm ******* Get my new biography of Steve Bannon, “Bannon, Always the Rebel,” based on wide-ranging research and ten hours of exclusive interviews with Bannon himself. Find out who Bannon is, what he believes, and how he wants… Read More

ESPN Leads Charge to Ban Singer from NHL All Star Performance

Make no qualms about it; ESPN is no longer merely a sports-reporting outfit, and are actively engaging themselves with the “resistance” against American conservatism. For years, the “worldwide leader in sports” has been anything but, as the entire Disney-owned network begins to more closely resemble a hornet’s nest of liberal ideologies than a piece of… Read More

Beijing Makes INSANE Claim About U.S. Warship in South China Sea

From the moment that Donald Trump was elected President, China has been out to annoy and provoke the United States in one manner or another. As The Donald began collecting congratulatory sentiments from prominent members of the world’s elite leaders, he was graced with a phone call from the Taiwanese President who, of course, wanted… Read More

Border Wall Prototypes Tested: You Won’t Believe How They Fared!

Donald Trump was extremely adamant about a number of his campaign promises in 2016, but none was more certain than his vow to construct a wall on the border between the U.S. and Mexico. You see, Trump understands something that the democrats may never fully realize:  Our nation is a nation of laws, without which… Read More

SCHUMER’S SHUTDOWN: Congress Scrambling to Reopen The Swamp

The democrats decided that they would play chicken with President Donald Trump, and they lost.  Badly.  And Predictably. Government shutdowns are nothing new in modern politics, where partisan divides are clung to in ever-more desperate bids for power.  The left has galvanized this sentiment as well, spawning their ridiculous “resistance” and employing a carte blanche… Read More

Ivanka Fan Club Cultivates Hope For Future Presidential Bid

As Donald Trump rode the latest American wave of populism right into the Oval Office, he brought with him a number of advisers who were ready to shake up the Washington status quo. Of course, there have been frequent complaints from the democrats regarding who the President has surrounded himself with, which are especially frivolous… Read More

News You Can Use for January 20, 2018

Good Morning! We here at Constitution.com want you to get your day started right, which is why we’ve decided to help you catch the morning’s news highlights. We know that you’ve got a busy day ahead and you may not necessarily have time to surf the web looking for the things you need to know,… Read More

Mattis Issues Guidance as Federal Government Shuts Down

The Defense Department will continue its mission to defend the people of the United States, American allies and U.S. vital interests around the world during the government shutdown, Defense Secretary James N. Mattis said in a memo. Full Story Here Defense.gov January 19, 2018 11:18 pm Support Us

Shutdown Affects Quality of Life, Family Readiness Programs

The government shutdown that began at midnight will affect the operating status of quality of life and family readiness programs offered by the Defense Department to service members and their families, Pentagon officials said. Full Story Here Defense.gov January 19, 2018 11:18 pm Support Us

Illegal Aliens Quietly Being Relocated Throughout U.S. on Commercial Flights

Immigrants entering the United States illegally through the southern border are quietly being relocated to different parts of the country on commercial flights, high-ranking Homeland Security officials told Judicial Watch this week. In the last few days alone, groups of illegal aliens boarded planes at airports in Texas and Arizona accompanied by a taxpayer-funded government… Read More

Einstein and NASA Come to Wild Conclusion About Global Temperatures

While the entirety of North America currently undergoing a cold spell that would make Boston’s hockey fans think twice before heading out, the left is still talking about global warming. Well, technically, they’re calling it climate change now because the rest of the waking world came to understand that there’s no way the world is actually warming.  Their hope… Read More

Vegas Investigation Details Emerge: New Suspects, Child Porn Discovered

In the months following the shocking mass shooting in Las Vegas on October 1st, very few questions surrounding the attack have been answered to the satisfaction of the American public. When compared to other violent incidents within our nation and abroad, the lack of information being disseminated in this case by authorities has given rise… Read More

Schumer’s Shutdown Still Likely After Dems Leave Negotiating Table

In an overtly predictable fashion, politics in America have once again been distilled into the possibility of a looming government shutdown that the left refuses to take responsibility for. It has been such a partisan nightmare in optics that the White House was forced to finally rebrand the entire debacle as “Schumer’s Shutdown”, as democratic… Read More

How Many False Nuclear Alarms Are We Going To Have This Month?!

The world has bene in the grips of fear over a possible North Korean nuclear attack for months, but the past 7 days have been absolutely terrifying for those earshot of the dainty dictator. Kim Jong Un hates the United States, as did his father before him, and his father’s father, and so on and so… Read More

Deputy Secretary, South Korea’s Vice Defense Minister Meet at Pentagon

Deputy Defense Secretary Patrick M. Shanahan and South Korean Vice Defense Minister Suh Choo-suk met at the Pentagon and “reaffirmed the ironclad nature of the alliance and the importance of maintaining vigilance and unity in the face of North Korean aggression. Full Story Here Defense.gov January 19, 2018 3:03 pm Support Us

SCOTUS Stays North Carolina Redistricting Order

Professor Ruthann Robson, City University of New York (CUNY) School of Law The United States Supreme Court granted the application of a stay by North Carolina in Rucho v. Common Cause pending appeal of the three judge court decision. Justices… Full Story Here Law Professor January 19, 2018 2:26 pm Support Us

SCOTUS to Hear Trump v. Hawai’i on Travel Ban 3.0

Professor Ruthann Robson, City University of New York (CUNY) School of Law The United States Supreme Court has granted the Trump Administration’s petition for certiorari to the Ninth Circuit’s opinion in Hawai’i v. Trump regarding Presidential Proclamation 9645, entitled “Enhancing… Full Story Here Law Professor January 19, 2018 2:26 pm Support Us

Why do politicians and judges get paid during a government shutdown?

One of the biggest questions during a federal government shutdown is, “who gets paid?” Due to the Constitution, the people directly in charge of the government would still keep getting pay checks while most other government workers won’t. The list of people who will be furloughed is long. It had more than 800,000 names on… Read More

Supreme Court to rule on Trump immigration limits

The Supreme Court agreed on Friday afternoon to consider the state of Hawaii’s claim that President Trump imposed an unconstitutional “Muslim ban” when he ordered strict new limits on entry into the U.S. by foreign nationals from six nations with Muslim-majority populations. That constitutional question was added as the Justices also agreed to review whether… Read More

FBI’s FISA Memo Scandal is Big News, But Snubbed by Mainstream Media

It seems as though Donald Trump’s drain the swamp ethos is finding its way into every nook and cranny of the corrupt D.C. machine, with new revelations regarding the FBI sending patriotic Americans into a tizzy. The air of corruption in Washington has long hovered over the city like a wet stench, with dirty money and backdoor… Read More

National Defense Strategy a ‘Good Fit for Our Times,’ Mattis Says

Defense Secretary James N. Mattis said the new National Defense Strategy is a good fit for the times, emphasizing the return of great power rivalry, yet still addressing other threats that abound in the world. Full Story Here Defense.gov January 19, 2018 1:33 pm Support Us

Trump Breaks Tradition and Speaks Directly to March For Life in D.C.

President Trump is not only an unorthodox President in his path to the White House and his direct line to the American people via Twitter, he is also a populist who understands the importance of life. While many republicans have long talked a big game when it comes to being pro-life, the political reality of Washington… Read More

DoD Official: National Defense Strategy Will Enhance Deterrence

The new National Defense Strategy is aimed at restoring America’s competitive military advantage to deter Russia and China from challenging the United States, its allies or seeking to overturn the international order that has served so well since the end of World War II. Full Story Here Defense.gov January 19, 2018 12:48 pm Support Us

Bombshell! Trump Pulls Funding from the U.N. and Palestinians

President Donald Trump is getting fed up with the terror-loving “Palestinians,” so much so that he has just pulled millions in funding from a United Nations agency that gives a lot of aide to Palestinians. And with that move he once again shows why so many Americans love him. This week, the Trump administration announced… Read More

Bombshell! Trump Pulls Funding from the U.N. and Palestinians

President Donald Trump is getting fed up with the terror-loving “Palestinians,” so much so that he has just pulled millions in funding from a United Nations agency that gives a lot of aide to Palestinians. And with that move he once again shows why so many Americans love him. This week, the Trump administration announced… Read More

Maintenance Airmen Pull Duty in Frigid Antarctica

With 24 hours of daily sunlight in their favor, a team of seismic technicians traveled to Antarctica at the southernmost point on Earth to conduct annual maintenance of the equipment they use to monitor global nuclear treaties. Full Story Here Defense.gov January 19, 2018 9:48 am Support Us

Why Are Republicans Blamed Every Time There’s a Shutdown?

I don’t get it. Republicans are moving legislation that would continue funding the government, and Democrats are opposing it because it doesn’t legalize “Dreamers” brought illegally to the United States as children. During the 2013 and 1995-96 shutdowns, Republicans were blamed for grinding the government to a halt. This time, it could not be more clear… Read More

DoD Issues Guidance for Potential Government Shutdown

The Defense Department has issued guidance to its military and civilian leadership on how to proceed if the federal government should shut down, according to a memorandum from Deputy Defense Secretary Patrick M. Shanahan. Full Story Here Defense.gov January 19, 2018 9:18 am Support Us

The Mainstream Media has Finally Snapped and Gone Insane

This past week may be the time we look back upon as the moment the mainstream American media finally snapped and lost their marbles. Did you notice it? It came at the confluence of the media questioning the President’s mental fitness and the beginning to transition to questioning his physical fitness. Then his Doctor, a… Read More

Trump Diagnoses the Democrats – ‘They want a Shutdown’

President Trump accurately diagnosed the Democrats earlier this week when he told gathered media that a government shutdown is what they’ve wanted all along. “I really think the Democrats want a shutdown to get off the tax cuts. Nobody thought, including the Democrats, it could work this well. They’ve been so good that I think… Read More

Sen. Cory Booker Says DHS Secretary Nielsen Acted Like a Nazi

New Jersey Democratic Sen. Cory Booker compared Department of Homeland Security Secretary Kirstjen Nielsen to a Nazi, saying she lied to protect Donald Trump and in doing so was like Nazis who defended themselves by claiming they were just doing their jobs. Booker made the accusation during an appearance this week on “The Breakfast Club,”… Read More

DoD Official: National Defense Strategy Will Rebuild Dominance, Enhance Deterrence

The new National Defense Strategy is aimed at restoring America’s competitive military advantage to deter Russia and China from challenging the United States, its allies or seeking to overturn the international order that has served so well since the end of World War II. Full Story Here Defense.gov January 19, 2018 8:33 am Support Us

CNN has become the ‘Shi*hole’ News Network

You may have noticed this past week after rumor leaked that President Trump had called some 3rd world nations, “shi*holes.” When asked, the President denied ever making the comment but he did admit that the conversation was aggressive. While the comment was controversial, what was even crazier was how the media, and particularly CNN, reacted… Read More

CNN says Trump has “Heart Disease,” is that True?

From the Daily Caller News Foundation: CNN chief medical correspondent Dr. Sanjay Gupta claimed Wednesday that President Donald Trump has heart disease. Verdict: False Someone with Trump’s medical profile does not have clinical heart disease, according to several cardiologists. Trump does have a level of plaque buildup that’s normal for someone his age. Fact Check:… Read More

Face of Defense: Bodybuilding Helps Airman to Maintain Focus

Air Force Senior Airman Niketa Wilson, 90th Force Support Squadron fitness specialist at F.E. Warren Air Force Base, Wyoming, is a full-time airman, mother and student who is working hard to achieve her dream of becoming a competitive bodybuilder. Full Story Here Defense.gov January 19, 2018 6:48 am Support Us

Supreme Court mulls taking frog-protection case

On Friday morning, the Supreme Court will consider in private conference the case of unwanted government protection for prodigal endangered frogs from Mississippi that could return to Louisiana. In Markle v. U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, the dispute is over the protection of land that could potentially host the dusky gopher frog, which actually doesn’t… Read More

Supreme Court blocks North Carolina partisan gerrymander ruling

Over two Justices’ dissents, the Supreme Court on Thursday temporarily blocked a lower court order that would have required North Carolina’s legislature to quickly adopt new election maps for the state’s 13 seats in the U.S. House of Representatives, to replace maps that strongly favored Republican candidates. The Justices’ order put on hold – probably… Read More

Government asks Justices to settle DACA quickly

With time running out for the Supreme Court to take on new cases in the current term, the Trump Administration asked Thursday evening that one more case be taken up swiftly: the controversy over the planned shutdown of the “DACA” program that has spared nearly 700,000 undocumented young immigrants from being deported.  (DACA is short… Read More

News You Can Use for January 19, 2018

Good Morning! We here at Constitution.com want you to get your day started right, which is why we’ve decided to help you catch the morning’s news highlights. We know that you’ve got a busy day ahead and you may not necessarily have time to surf the web looking for the things you need to know,… Read More

Military Strikes Continue Against ISIS Terrorists in Syria, Iraq

U.S. and coalition military forces continued to attack the Islamic State of Iraq and Syria, conducting 63 strikes consisting of 102 engagements, Combined Joint Task Force Operation Inherent Resolve officials reported. Full Story Here Defense.gov January 19, 2018 5:33 am Support Us

Trump Schedule || Friday, January 19, 2018

11:00 am || Meets with Secretary of State Rex Tillerson 12:15 pm || Addresses March for Life Participants and Pro-Life Leaders; Rose Garden 2:00 pm || Meets with his national security team; White House Situation Room 4:10 pm || Departs White House 7:10 pm || Arrives Palm Beach All times Eastern Full Story Here White… Read More

Podcast: Federalism under President Trump

The relationship between the federal  government and the states is currently at the center of controversies about sports gambling, marijuana use and sanctuary cities policies. In the past year, these and related issues have come before federal courts, including the Supreme Court. Joining Jeffrey Rosen, president and CEO of the National Constitution Center, to discuss… Read More

Federalism under President Trump

The relationship between the federal  government and the states is currently at the center of controversies about sports gambling, marijuana use and sanctuary cities policies. In the past year, these and related issues have come before federal courts, including the Supreme Court. In December 2017, the Supreme Court heard oral arguments in Christie v. NCAA,… Read More

What happens if the federal government shuts down?

Unless Congress passes a temporary funding bill by late Friday night, many federal government services will stop over the weekend. So what is exactly involved in a federal government shutdown? Because Congress doesn’t have a fully funded annual budget, it needs to pass a continuing resolution to keep the federal government operating normally. The lack… Read More

Airmen Operate ‘Flying Ambulances’ for Evacuation Missions

The 379th Expeditionary Aeromedical Evacuation Squadron is one of only two aeromedical evacuation squadrons in the U.S. Central Command area of operations available to remove wounded warriors from the battlefield and ensure they get the medical care they need. Full Story Here Defense.gov January 18, 2018 10:23 am Support Us

South Korea’s Neville Chamberlain Strategy Poses Grave Danger

It’s incredible how no one learns from history. Everyone knows the story of Neville Chamberlain and Hitler. And everyone knows the North Koreans have always offered “hope” and “negotiations” to buy time to build nuclear weapons. The Soviets too were specialists at pretending to be our friends while oppressing Eastern Europe, invading Afghanistan, and seeking… Read More

USS Anchorage Participates in NASA’s Orion Mission Test

The San Antonio-class amphibious transport dock ship USS Anchorage departed from Naval Base San Diego to conduct an underway recovery test in conjunction with NASA off the Southern California coast. Full Story Here Defense.gov January 18, 2018 9:03 am Support Us

Cartoon of the Day || Obama to Hit the Campaign Trail

Obama plans to hit the campaign trail for Democrats this fall. Hmm. Might backfire. A big thanks to The Slammer. Follow him on Twitter @THESLAMMMMER and see all his great work. Full Story Here White House Dossier January 18, 2018 8:38 am Support Us

Free Tax Filing Software Available to Military Members

With the new year bringing a new tax season, Military OneSource has launched its free tax software to support military members and their families in the annual task of filing. Full Story Here Defense.gov January 18, 2018 8:04 am Support Us

Obama to Return to the Campaign Trail this Fall

Oh no. Please spare us. The lecturing, the sanctimony, the moralizing. And of course, the worship – from the press, from his fans, from all the people who say they miss the times when the White House had a president everyone could respect. You know, the times that saw the lowest GDP growth rate of… Read More

Face of Defense: Marine Rescues 4 People From Rip Current in Okinawa

Marine Corps 1st Lt. Aaron Cranford, a supply officer with Headquarters and Service Company, 3rd Reconnaissance Battalion, 3rd Marine Division, was awarded the Navy and Marine Corps Medal for saving four divers, including a local Okinawan, who were caught in a rip current during a recreational dive at Onna Point, Okinawa, Japan, in April 2017.… Read More

Daniel Webster’s unique Supreme Court legacy

Daniel Webster was one of the seminal figures of 19th century America as an orator and politician. Perhaps less known is Webster’s influence on the Supreme Court, and especially the Marshall Court. Born on January 18, 1782 in New Hampshire, Webster was an attorney before joining Congress in 1813. During his nearly 30 years in… Read More

New Case Tests Detention at Trump’s Guantanamo

Steven D. Schwinn, John Marshall Law School The Center for Constitutional Rights filed a habeas corpus petition in federal court last week on behalf of eleven detainees challenging their continued, and, under President Trump, apparently indefinite, detention at Guantanamo Bay…. Full Story Here Law Professor January 17, 2018 10:26 pm Support Us

Trump Schedule || Thursday, January 18, 2018

10:00 am || Meets with Secretary of State Rex Tillerson 11:00 am || Meets with senior military leadership; The Pentagon 12:35 pm || Departs Pentagon 2:10 pm || Arrives Pittsburgh 2:45 pm || Tours H&K Equipment Company; Coraopolis, Pennsylvania 3:05 pm || Makes remarks at H&K Equipment Company 3:50 pm || Departs Pittsburgh 5:05 pm… Read More

CNN Dominates Trump “Fake News Awards”

President Trump’s “fake news awards were listed tonight on the Republican National Committee website. CNN took home to most awards, four of the 11. Fox went home empty-handed. Oddly, so did MSNBC and Mika and Joe, who have been warring with the president all year. Here they are: 1. The New York Times’ Paul Krugman… Read More

Defense Innovation Board Approves Recommendations at Quarterly Meeting

The Defense Innovation Board – a federal advisory committee encompassing experts in academia, technology and business – approved two recommendations today aimed at improving innovation in the Defense Department. Full Story Here Defense.gov January 17, 2018 4:33 pm Support Us

CFP: Junior Scholars

Call for submissions for Junior Scholars (1-7 years) from Yale/Stanford/Harvard Junior Faculty Forum to be held June 13-14, 2018, Harvard Law School deadline: March 1, 2018 Yale, Stanford, and Harvard Law Schools are soliciting submissions for the 19th session of… Full Story Here Law Professor January 17, 2018 2:26 pm Support Us

Daily Read: Was Marbury v. Madison Right? Justice Kennedy Wants to Know

Professor Ruthann Robson, City University of New York (CUNY) School of Law The United States Supreme Court heard oral arguments in Dalmazzi v. United States in which the complicated issue is whether 10 U.S.C. § 973(b)(2)(A)(ii), the so-called dual-officeholding ban,… Full Story Here Law Professor January 17, 2018 2:25 pm Support Us

Sorting Out Bannon’s Claim of Executive Privilege

Steven D. Schwinn, John Marshall Law School Former White House chief strategist Steve Bannon invoked a breathtakingly broad version of executive privilege on behalf of the President at yesterday’s closed-door House Intelligence Committee hearing. But at the same time, he… Full Story Here Law Professor January 17, 2018 2:25 pm Support Us

Maintenance Airmen Build Bombs, Prepare to Deploy

Maintenance airmen participated in a combat munitions training at Moody Air Force Base, Georgia, to train in building a joint direct attack munition and improving their readiness to perform in a deployed environment. Full Story Here Defense.gov January 17, 2018 9:48 am Support Us

3 Out of 4 Convicted Terrorists Came to U.S. Legally Via Current Immigration System

Illustrating the national security threats created by the nation’s immigration system, the overwhelming majority of individuals convicted of terrorism are foreigners who entered the United States legally through various federal programs. Three out of every four convicted terrorists between September 11, 2001 and December 31, 2016 are foreign born and came to the United States… Read More

Mattis, Canadian Minister Discuss Defense Issues in Vancouver

North Korea, the campaign to defeat the Islamic State of Iraq and Syria, support to Ukraine and other security issues were among the topics Defense Secretary James N. Mattis discussed with Canadian Defense Minister of National Defense Harjit Sajjan in Vancouver, British Columbia, on the sidelines of the Foreign Ministers’ Meeting on Security and Stability… Read More

Trump Immigration Stance Could Cause Calif. to Lose Money, House Seat

From Politico: Fear is rising among Democrats over the prospect that President Donald Trump’s hard line on immigration might ultimately cost California a seat in Congress during the upcoming round of reapportionment. Top Democrats here are increasingly worried the administration’s restrictive policies — and the potential inclusion of a question about citizenship on the next… Read More

Face of Defense: Musical Airman Sets Sights on Future Pursuits

Air Force Staff Sgt. Sheldon A. Williams Jr., a crew chief and aircraft mechanic with the 171st Air Refueling Wing’s maintenance group, pursues his lifelong passion for music while continuing a family legacy of public service. Full Story Here Defense.gov January 17, 2018 6:33 am Support Us

Ben Franklin’s best inventions and innovations

In his day, Benjamin Franklin was Steve Jobs, Thomas Edison, Mark Zuckerberg, and Henry Ford, all rolled into one. Here’s a look at his most enduring innovations and inventions on January 17, Franklin ‘s birthday. Like the above-mentioned people, Franklin invented his own widely used devices, or found innovative ways to improve on other people’s… Read More

Trump team wants ruling on constitutional issue in immigration case

The Trump Administration urged the Supreme Court on Tuesday to rule on the constitutionality of the President’s third version of an executive order strictly limiting entry to the U.S. by foreign nationals with Muslim-majority populations.  If, as expected, the Court agrees to rule on other legal issues in the case, the question of whether the… Read More

Sixth Circuit OKs Voting on Tennessee State Constitutional Abortion Amendment

Steven D. Schwinn, John Marshall Law School The Sixth Circuit ruled today that voting rules on a proposed state constitutional amendment providing that the state constitution is not to be construed as protecting the right to abortion did not violate… Full Story Here Law Professor January 16, 2018 10:26 pm Support Us

District Court Halts DACA Repeal

Steven D. Schwinn, John Marshall Law School Judge William Alsup (N.D. Cal.) yesterday issued a preliminary injunction requiring the Trump Administration "to maintain the DACA program on a nationwide basis on the same terms and conditions as were in effect… Full Story Here Law Professor January 16, 2018 10:25 pm Support Us

Court Rules for Trump (Again) in CFPB Director Dispute

Steven D. Schwinn, John Marshall Law School Judge Timothy J. Kelly (D.D.C.) yesterday denied Leandra English’s motion for a preliminary injunction against President Trump in the dispute over the acting directorship of the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau. We last posted,… Full Story Here Law Professor January 16, 2018 10:25 pm Support Us

Federal District Judge Rejects Challenge to Alabama Voter Identification Law

Professor Ruthann Robson, City University of New York (CUNY) School of Law In his opinion in Greater Birmingham Ministries v. Merrill, United States District Judge L. Scott Cooler granted summary judgment to the state in a challenge to Alabama’s Photo… Full Story Here Law Professor January 16, 2018 10:25 pm Support Us

Daily Read: Amicus Brief Supporting Summer Zervos Right to Sue Donald Trump

Professor Ruthann Robson, City University of New York (CUNY) School of Law Recall the lawsuit by Summer Zervos against Donald Trump for defamation. It’s filed in New York state court and Trump has argued that Clinton v. Jones, the 1997… Full Story Here Law Professor January 16, 2018 10:25 pm Support Us

SCOTUS to Hear Texas Redistricting Case

Professor Ruthann Robson, City University of New York (CUNY) School of Law The United States Supreme Court has announced it will hear Abbott v. Perez, a redistricting case decided by a three judge court in Texas. Recall that the lengthy… Full Story Here Law Professor January 16, 2018 10:25 pm Support Us

Daily Read: MLK and Affirmative Action

Professor Ruthann Robson, City University of New York (CUNY) School of Law For Martin Luther King day, a good read is Professor David B. Oppenheimer’s article Dr. King’s Dream of Affirmative Action, available on ssrn. Oppenheimer mentions the plans of… Full Story Here Law Professor January 16, 2018 10:25 pm Support Us

Check it Out: Nationwide Injunctions

Check out Katie Benner’s piece at the NYT on nationwide injunctions. And here’s Prof. Samuel Bray’s (UCLA) piece in the Harvard Law Review, arguing for reform, cited in Benner’s piece. Full Story Here Law Professor January 16, 2018 10:25 pm Support Us

DOJ to Appeal DACA Ruling

Steven D. Schwinn, John Marshall Law School The Justice Department announced today that it intends to petition for immediate Supreme Court review of Judge Alsup’s ruling last week that put a temporary halt to the administration’s DACA-repeal effort. From the… Full Story Here Law Professor January 16, 2018 10:25 pm Support Us

Trump Schedule || Wednesday, January 17, 2018

11:00 am || Receives his daily intelligence briefing 3:00 pm || Attends a Congressional Gold Medal ceremony honoring former Senator Bob Dole; U.S. Capitol All times Eastern Live stream of White House briefing at 1:00 pm Full Story Here White House Dossier January 16, 2018 9:08 pm Support Us

HHS Secretary Says She Didn’t Hear Trump Use the Word “Shithole”

HHS Secretary Kirstjen Nielsen traveled to what on occasion, and depending on who’s around, is one of the world’s biggest shitholes, the United States Senate, and testified that she didn’t hear President Trump use that word to describe African nations during a meeting with senators on immigration. I gather the Democrats would rather score political… Read More

WH Physician: Trump Did “Exceedingly Well” on Mental Exam

White House physician Dr. Ronny Jackson said today that a detailed mental exam was performed at the request of President Trump and that he passed with flying colors. The president did exceedingly well on it. That was not driven at all by any clinical concerns I have; it was driven by the president’s wishes, and… Read More

Millions Liberated From ‘Evil of ISIS,’ OIR Official Says

WASHINGTON, Jan. 16, 2018 — Coalition and Iraqi forces have liberated millions of people from the “evil of ISIS,” with the efforts putting Iraq on a path toward greater security, an Operation Inherent Resolve official said today in Baghdad. Coalition partners will continue to support the Iraqi security forces to “root out and destroy” the… Read More

Judicial Watch

Judicial WatchExceptionally Critical Audit Exposes Costly Failures in DOD’s Afghanistan ReconstructionAtlanta Jail Lets Muslim Inmates Wear Hijabs, CAIR to Supply Them in Bulk for FreeU.S. Has a National Mango Board With a $6.7 Million BudgetCovert Operation Requested by Anti-Gun Dems to Bust Illegal Internet Sales Comes up EmptyGovernors Pardon Immigrants Convicted of Serious Crimes to… Read More

Trump Administration to swiftly appeal DACA to Supreme Court

The Trump Administration will ask the Supreme Court this week to uphold its power to end the “DACA” program that protects younger immigrants from deportation, and it will ask that the Justices not wait for a ruling by a federal appeals court, the Justice Department said Tuesday. (The five-year-old program is titled “Deferred Action for… Read More

Mattis Highlights Diplomatic Solution for North Korean Situation

WASHINGTON, Jan. 16, 2018 — Defense Secretary James N. Mattis has highlighted the efforts aimed at strengthening diplomatic avenues for a secure, prosperous and denuclearized Korean Peninsula. Mattis spoke to reporters yesterday while en route to Vancouver, British Columbia, for the Foreign Ministers’ Meeting on Security and Stability on the Korean Peninsula. “The situation we… Read More

DoD, FDA Partner to Develop Medical Products for Warfighters

WASHINGTON, Jan. 16, 2018 — The Defense Department and Food and Drug Administration launched a joint pilot program to prioritize efficiently developing safe and effective medical products to save the lives of U.S. warfighters, officials of the agencies announced this morning in a media teleconference. “The partnership we announced today reflects the invaluable collaboration between… Read More

Army Engineers Generate Electric Power in Puerto Rico

SAN JUAN, Puerto Rico, Jan. 16, 2018 — Maintenance operations conducted as part of the Army Corps of Engineers temporary emergency power mission in Puerto Rico are keeping nearly 1,000 federal emergency power generators running at critical public facilities across the island. The generators help power lifesaving facilities such as fire stations and medical centers,… Read More

Soldiers Visit Polish Cadets at Local School

ZAGAN, Poland, Jan. 16, 2018 — Soldiers from 2nd Armored Brigade Combat Team, 1st Infantry Division, Fort Riley, Kansas, met with Polish military cadets at a local school in Rzepin, Poland, Jan. 15, in an effort to continue building upon Polish-U.S. relations. Soldiers sat at tables throughout a room in the school answering a wide… Read More

NATO, Partner Defense Chiefs Discuss Afghanistan, Iraq, Command Structures

BRUSSELS, Jan. 16, 2018 — NATO chiefs of defense are meeting here today to examine the situations in Afghanistan, Iraq and on the alliance border with Russia. Marine Corps Gen. Joe Dunford, the chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, is participating in the NATO Military Committee meeting at the alliance headquarters here today. Chairman… Read More

Bannon’s Testimony Tuesday Holds Peril for Trump

Everyone focused on the wrong quote by Steve Bannon, who is testifying today before the House Intelligence Committee, in Michael Wolff’s book, “Fire and Fury.” People wanted to talk about Bannon’s insult of Donald Trump Jr., whom he said had been “treasonous” and “unpatriotic” in trying tap the Russian government – through a meeting with… Read More

Face of Defense: Soldier Dies Rescuing 4 People in Burning Building

FORT LEE, Va., Jan. 16, 2018 — Army Pfc. Emmanuel Mensah sacrificed his life to save others in a burning building in New York City. The 27-year-old New York National Guardsman, a wheeled vehicle mechanic who graduated Dec. 14 from the Ordnance School at the Sustainment Center of Excellence here, caught the attention of senior… Read More

Did Trump Say “I” or “I’d”? You Decide

The Wall Street Journal quoted President Trump as saying he has a good relationship with North Korean dictator Kim Jong-Un, feeding into the storyline that Trump is off his Oval Office rocker. But I think it’s pretty clear he was talking about a prospective relationship with Kim. Here’s how the Journal quoted him: I have… Read More

Happy birthday (kind of) to the 18th Amendment!

It was on this day in 1919 that the Constitution gained a new amendment. However, the 18th Amendment, which made Prohibition the law of the land, had a short shelf life, since it was repealed in the early 1930s. Indeed, the 18th Amendment became the first–and so far, only–constitutional amendment to be repealed in its… Read More

Can a lawyer admit guilt in a murder case over a client’s objections?

In Supreme Court arguments on Wednesday, the nine Justices will tackle a Sixth Amendment question about the proper role of attorneys in capital murder cases when a lawyer admits guilt over his client’s objections. In McCoy v. Louisiana, Robert McCoy originally filed his own appeal directly to the Supreme Court about two questions related to… Read More

How Dr. King cited the Constitution in his Mountaintop speech

On April 3, 1968, Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. made his last public speech, which referenced the Bible and the Constitution. His words still inspire millions today. King was in Memphis, Tennessee to help support a sanitation workers’ strike. At the age of 39, he was already an internationally known figure. Starting with the Montgomery… Read More

Constitution Hall Pass: Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.

Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. saw himself as a servant of humanity and wanted his life to be remembered as a life of service to others. Today marks Dr. King’s birthday on January 15, 1929. In this episode of the Constitution Hall Pass, we look at Dr. King’s legacy of service and explore how his… Read More

Five interesting facts on Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.‘s birthday

Constitution Daily looks back at the inspirational story of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr., and uncovers some interesting facts about the late civil rights leader’s life. Dr. King was born in Atlanta on January 15, 1929, and died in Memphis on April 4, 1968. Dr. King’s legacy extends into today and he remains one of… Read More

How Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.’s birthday became a holiday

The fight to make Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.’s birthday a holiday took 32 years, a lot of campaigning, and guest appearances including Stevie Wonder, Ted Kennedy, and the National Football League. Officially, Dr. King’s birthday was approved as a federal holiday in 1983. He was born on January 15, 1929 in Atlanta. But the… Read More

What we can learn about the Constitution from The Simpsons

The popular TV show “The Simpsons” debuted 28 years ago today as a regular series, and among its cultural contributions are more than a few references to the Constitution. Granted, with more than 600 episodes in the can for the satirical animated comedy, “The Simpsons” have touched (and re-touched) a lot of topics. But the… Read More

Remembering the first black Cabinet member

Robert C. Weaver had a strong public record as a Civil Rights leader and a government official, but there was still some controversy when he became the first black nominated to a Cabinet-level position on this day in 1966. President Lyndon Baines Johnson fought for and won congressional approval for Weaver, who was then 59… Read More

Justices may solve major state Internet tax problem

Years of declining consumer purchases at retail stores and malls, as shoppers increasingly chose to buy online, have cost state treasuries huge amounts of sales tax revenue, but the Supreme Court might be coming to their rescue. On Friday afternoon, the Justices agreed to reconsider a half-century-old constitutional bar to state taxes on out-of-state retailers. After… Read More

On this day, the first woman is directly elected to the Senate

On January 12, 1932, a recent widow became the first woman to win election to the United States Senate, when Hattie Ophelia Wyatt Caraway defeated two male opponents in a special race in Arkansas. Caraway’s husband, Thaddeus, had been an elected official who represented Arkansas for 10 years in the Senate and 8 years in… Read More

Podcast: Undocumented teens and abortion

This week, we look at the case Hargan v. Garza, a lawsuit filed by the ACLU on behalf of undocumented immigrant that asks if the federal government can deny access to an abortion for pregnant undocumented teens. As of January 11, 2018, the Supreme Court was considering the case in private conference. Joining National Constitution Center president… Read More

10 essential facts about Alexander Hamilton on his birthday

On this day in 1755 or 1757, Alexander Hamilton was born in the Caribbean. If you need a quick primer on Hamilton, here are the essential facts about him. 1. Where is Nevis and why do we care? Hamilton was born on January 11, in either 1755 or 1757, on the island of Nevis in the… Read More

In Ohio voting-rolls case, Breyer and Kennedy could be crucial

On Wednesday, the Supreme Court heard a dispute in Ohio about who can stay on an official list of registered votes. And from the official transcripts, two critical Justices seemed to be questioning a challenge to the state’s policies. In about one hour of arguments, some members of court’s conservative and liberal wings seemed clearly… Read More

Latest partisan gerrymandering decision adds to growing debate

A federal court ruling on Tuesday adds a new wrinkle to the national debate about the practice of gerrymandering voting districts to ensure desirable outcomes in elections. In a 205-page opinion, Judge James A. Wynn Jr. writing for a three-judge panel ruled that election maps drawn in North Carolina favored Republican candidates. The judges agreed… Read More

Thomas Paine: The original publishing viral superstar

On January 10, 1776, the publication of Thomas Paine’s Common Sense became the first viral mass communications event in America, an event so big that it still rivals today’s blockbuster movies and books. The first version of Paine’s pamphlet was printed just a few blocks from the current-day National Constitution Center in colonial Philadelphia in… Read More

Twitter plays role in judge’s temporary hold on Trump DACA decision

Late Tuesday night, a federal judge in California temporarily stopped actions by the Trump administration to end parts of DACA, or the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals program, partly based on the meaning of President Trump’s Twitter messages. The subject of DACA has consumed much of the political debate in Washington this week. But there… Read More

U.S. Has a National Mango Board With a $6.7 Million Budget

JANUARY 09, 2018 Even those who follow government closely may not know that the United States has a National Mango Board with a multi-million-dollar budget to help increase consumption of the juicy tropical fruit. This is a serious matter that is handled at the presidential cabinet level. The Mango board is a type of panel… Read More

Covert Operation Requested by Anti-Gun Dems to Bust Illegal Internet Sales Comes up Empty

JANUARY 04, 2018 An investigation requested by two fierce anti-gun members of Congress to determine if firearms are purchased illegally from internet dealers has come up empty. Maryland Congressman Elijah Cummings and Massachusetts Senator Elizabeth Warren demanded the probe in the aftermath of mass shootings and the investigative arm of Congress, the Government Accountability Office… Read More

Governors Pardon Immigrants Convicted of Serious Crimes to Halt Deportation

JANUARY 03, 2018 While the nation was preoccupied celebrating the holidays, the governors of two major states pardoned immigrants convicted of serious crimes to shield them from deportation. First, California Governor Jerry Brown pardoned two men on the verge of being deported for committing crimes in the U.S., according to a Sacramento news report. Days… Read More

The Autonomy a School Needs for Success

One of the most important events in the education reform movement in the last 25 years occurred last month in Indianapolis when a high school that had thrived as a charter institution gave up its autonomy from the school district. It’s a lesson in how excellence in education is defined by what occurs inside a… Read More

How Civic Tech Can Address Urban Inequality

For all of its best intentions, civic technology has long struggled with an inclusion problem. Data dashboards, web-based tools and mobile apps are typically built by relatively homogenous teams of developers for audiences that tend to share similar, relatively affluent demographic characteristics. The acute growth of inequality in many of America’s largest cities makes this… Read More

Cities and the Lessons of the Great Amazon Hunt

Few if any economic-development opportunities in the last quarter-century match the significance of Amazon’s hunt for a location to accommodate a $5 billion second corporate headquarters, employing tens of thousands, to complement its current Seattle base. Despite the unique circumstances of the project — a once-in-a-generation company undertaking an equally rare project — one can… Read More

Why Every Mayor Should Consider Launching a Policy Lab

You might have heard recently about a large study of body-worn police cameras in Washington, D.C,. that shed new light on the cameras’ effects. The findings — that the cameras had little impact on police or civilian behavior — were important, but there’s a broader, equally valuable insight for mayors wanting to improve city services:… Read More

How Government Can Tap Internal Resources to Boost Efficiency

While many governments look outward for process-improvement ideas, promising projects often come about from looking inward and using resources already available. Many useful and creative efforts arise from government’s own internal capabilities, driven by metrics that expose inefficiencies. Atlanta is among cities that are leveraging internal resources to increase government efficiency. Informed through actionable metrics… Read More

Smart Procurement for Smart Cities

City officials face difficult challenges as they begin to weave a digital fabric through their streets and buildings. Not only do they need to confront questions of what pieces of infrastructure belong to that fabric — whether street lights, broadband kiosks, parking meters or other fixtures — but they must also consider compounding complexities such… Read More

A Comprehensive Approach to Equitable Procurement in Government

Continuous improvement in the delivery of government services requires not just new approaches from existing players but new participants as well. One way to stimulate that change in government processes is through equitability initiatives, and the work of the Minnesota Office of State Procurement to promote greater access to public procurement processes represents an innovative… Read More

A Do-It-Now Approach to Getting Roads Fixed

Citizens become frustrated with government when they are unable to receive assistance or service improvements in a timely manner. In addressing its roadway maintenance concerns, the city of Milwaukee has taken a focused approach to combating this frustration: Let’s fix what we can and do it as fast as we can. With most state transportation… Read More

Bringing the Power of Lean to Education

Financially strapped and under pressure to stretch strained resources, public school districts share many of the same challenges faced by other government departments to eliminate wasteful practices and utilize resources as effectively as possible. Across the public sector, organizations are tapping into strategies capable of transforming operations, and increasingly they are turning to the process… Read More

The Connected Street of the Future

In a recent conversation with New York City’s chief technology officer, Miguel Gamiño, I asked, “What’s your vision for a truly smart city? What will our lives look when we’re there?” I asked because, despite all the recent advances that have been made in cities, I believe we still exist in the pre-smart-city era, or… Read More

Daily Read: Judicial "Supremacy" and Comparative Constitutional Law

Professor Ruthann Robson, City University of New York (CUNY) School of Law While our recent attention has been focused on the character and the lack of gender diversity of those who occupy judicial positions, the question of the role of… Full Story Here Law Professor January 2, 2018 2:27 pm Support Us

Daily Read: Reconstructing the (Male) Voice of Authority

Professor Ruthann Robson, City University of New York (CUNY) School of Law Recall that Chief Justice Roberts’ 2017 year-end report on the judiciary included an announcement of a working group to address the "depth of sexual harassment" in the judicial… Full Story Here Law Professor January 1, 2018 10:30 pm Support Us

Chief Justice Roberts’ Year End Report Highlights Disasters and Harassment

Professor Ruthann Robson, City University of New York (CUNY) School of Law In his 2017 Year-End Report on the Federal Judiciary United States Supreme Court Chief Justice concentrated on disaster-preparedness, stating that we cannot forget our fellow citizens in Texas,… Full Story Here Law Professor December 31, 2017 10:47 pm Support Us

Legislators Go Unscathed as Hollywood, Media Punish Sexual Harassment

Of all the high-profile men that have gone down recently for sexual harassment, none of the accused politicians have suffered any consequences indicating that elected officials are immune from punishment. In the last few weeks powerful entertainment figures, prominent television news personalities and a top political journalist have been fired for sexual harassment while members… Read More

Mexicans Use U.S. Business/Tourist Visas to Smuggle Drugs Through Border

For those who believe the southern border is plenty secure, federal agents in one Texas sector seized more than 1,700 pounds of marijuana, 90 pounds of cocaine and 17 pounds of liquid methamphetamine in just one week. In separate incidents the same Border Patrol sector arrested three international gangsters—including members of the Mexican mafia and… Read More

Group Lacks Standing to Initiate Review of Mueller Investigation

Steven D. Schwinn, John Marshall Law School Judge Amy Berman Jackson (D.D.C.) ruled today that Freedom Watch, Inc., lacked standing to bring a mandamus action to force Justice Department review of Special Counsel Robert Mueller’s investigation and, ultimately, to terminate… Full Story Here Law Professor December 25, 2017 12:22 am Support Us

Court Says DOJ Gang Designation Is Not Reviewable as a Final Agency Action

Steven D. Schwinn, John Marshall Law School The Sixth Circuit ruled this week that the DOJ’s and FBI’s designation of a group as a "gang" wasn’t a final agency action, and therefore the group couldn’t challenge the designation as violating… Full Story Here Law Professor December 25, 2017 12:22 am Support Us

CREW’s Emoluments Case Kicked for Lack of Standing

Steven D. Schwinn, John Marshall Law School A federal judge ruled today that CREW and other plaintiffs lacked standing to sue President Trump for Emoluments Clause violations. We posted most recently on the case here. The ruling ends the case,… Full Story Here Law Professor December 25, 2017 12:22 am Support Us

Ninth Circuit Finds Presidential Travel Ban 3.0 Unlawful

Professor Ruthann Robson, City University of New York (CUNY) School of Law In the latest installment in the continuing saga of President Trump’s various efforts to promulgate a travel ban, often called a Muslim Ban, the Ninth Circuit opinion in… Full Story Here Law Professor December 25, 2017 12:22 am Support Us

U.S. Sends Al Qaeda’s Arabian Peninsula Headquarters $768 Mil in Humanitarian Aid

The U.S. government keeps sending an Islamic nation that serves as an Al Qaeda breeding ground hundreds of millions of dollars in humanitarian aid. The cash—$768 million since October 2016—flows through the famously corrupt U.S. Agency of International Development (USAID), which has a monstrous budget and little oversight. The money is reportedly helping to counter… Read More

Records Show Discrimination Monitor Gets Millions to Create “Harsh” Climate for Cops, Many Leave

Demoralized law enforcement officers in Arizona’s most populous county are leaving in droves while a controversial police monitor gets millions of taxpayer dollars to scrutinize their agency over allegations of racial discrimination, according to records obtained by Judicial Watch. Maricopa County is paying a politically-connected firm called Warshaw and Associates big bucks to reprimand the… Read More