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]
We knew this was coming. With the midterm elections behind us, it’s now open season for 2016 presidential contenders.
With Hillary Clinton looking set for a coronation by Democrats (don’t fool yourself, it will get tougher for the former First Lady — but she’s still the favorite to take the nomination) most of the attention is being directed towards the Republican field.
Unsurprisingly, the lion’s share of early coverage has been lavished on candidates who already have strong national identities: Rand Paul, Chris Christie, Ted Cruz, Jeb Bush and the like. Don’t…
"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