Do "Agency Shop" Rules Violate the First Amendment?
The last couple of weeks have delivered huge news from the U.S. Supreme Court on contentious questions ranging from the definitions of “state,” “marriage,” “legislature,” “jiggery pokery,” and “cruel and unusual punishment,” to the scope of the EPA’s power to regulate emissions from coal plants and the use of a “disparate impact” standard in housing discrimination cases.
But one of the biggest pieces of SCOTUS news emerging from the term’s final hours was the court’s decision to take a case out of California that could severely curtail the political power of America’s teachers unions.
Friedrichs v. California Teachers Association seeks to overturn the court’s 1977 decision in Abood v. Detroit Board of Education, which upheld public-…[more]
Under ObamaCare, the percentage of Americans without health insurance has dropped, but one stubborn fact remains – the newly covered aren’t any healthier.
A new report from Gallup’s Healthways Well-Being Index shows that among U.S. adults 18 and older the uninsured rate is now 11.9 percent, a five-point decline from the beginning of ObamaCare’s first enrollment period in late 2013.
The steady decline in the national uninsured rate is one of the top talking points for the Obama administration and its supporters, since it allows them to claim success for their government-dominated…
"Humility has never come easy to the Eurocrats in Brussels. After all, no matter how many mistakes they've made, they seem to stay in office and simply pay for their errors with the money of Europe's taxpayers. But in the middle of the Greek crisis, they should realize that this is no time to continue headlong over a cliff. Most analysts agree that Greece's exiting from the euro today wouldn't…[more]
—John Fund, National Review Online National-Affairs Correspondent
— John Fund, National Review Online National-Affairs Correspondent