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Image of the Day: Americans' Shrinking Earnings Under Joe Biden

Joe Biden tells Americans that he's helping them by building "from the bottom up and the middle out."  But the numbers don't lie, and the ugly reality is that he's only dragging us all toward the bottom.  Throughout his presidency, wage gains (green) have been consistently exceeded by inflation (blue), meaning loss in real earnings (red):

[caption id="" align="alignleft" width="455"] Bidenomics Means Lost Earnings[/caption]…[more]

May 19, 2024 • 11:05 PM

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1 The Insanity at the Heart of the Trump Trial

Perhaps the weirdest, and by far the most unjust, thing about former President Donald Trump's trial in New York is that we do not know precisely what crime Trump is charged with committing. We're in the middle of the trial, with Trump facing a maximum of more than 100 years in prison, and we don't even know what the charges are! It's a surreal situation…

2 There's No Right to Sleep Outdoors

In a Supreme Court showdown Monday over whether the homeless have a "right" to camp in public, almost no one mentioned the actual victims of that crazy idea. Homeless advocates, including the American Civil Liberties Union, told the court that living on the streets is a "victimless" crime. Victimless? Everyone who has to step over…

3 Trump Lawfare: The Next Stage Begins

Donald Trump was first indicted nearly a year ago, on April 4, 2023, when Manhattan District Attorney Alvin Bragg announced charges against the former president over a nondisclosure agreement Trump used to buy the silence of porn actress Stormy Daniels, with whom he had apparently had a brief sexual encounter. Bragg, an elected Democrat, won office…

4 Biden Administration Undermines Democracy While Accusing Others of Undermining Democracy

We are not the first court to look through forms to the substance and recognize that informal censorship may sufficiently inhibit the circulation of publications to warrant injunctive relief.   That was the United States Supreme Court in Bantam Books, Inc. v. Sullivan (1963), which held that government can violate First Amendment free speech…

5 The Supreme Court Is the Last Properly Functioning Institution in America

In a 9-0 decision, the Supreme Court ruled states cannot use Section 3 of the 14th Amendment to kick former President Donald Trump off state ballots over his alleged "insurrectionist" actions on Jan. 6, 2021. Learning that state officials aren't empowered to simply toss leading presidential candidates off ballots came as a great surprise…

6 The Left's Beef With Beef

New York State Attorney General Letitia James has a beef with beef. This week James sued the JBS USA Food Company, the U.S. subsidiary of the world's largest beef producer, accusing it of "fraudulent and illegal business activities" and demanding "disgorgement of all profits and ill-gotten gains." Disregard the inflammatory language…

7 Judge Engoron's Retribution

Donald Trump has just a few weeks to find a way to pay, or guarantee that he will pay, the $355 million fine that a New York judge imposed on him in the lawsuit brought by the state's Democratic Attorney General Letitia James. The suit was the culmination of James' campaign to bring financial ruin on the former president, and it might succeed; unless…

8 You Can't Defend 'Democracy' and the Administrative State

The government shows up at your business and demands you pay the salaries of the regulators who lord over you. If you refuse, you'll be ruined. You have little recourse. You've never even voted on the policy because no law implementing it exists. Bureaucrats in D.C. cooked up the idea, and a political appointee signed off on it. That's what Loper…

9 Supreme Court Confronts Anti-Democratic Administrative State

Increasingly alarmed by Joe Biden’s record-low presidential approval ratings that somehow continue to deteriorate – this week brought more bad news with an ABC News poll showing him at just 33% – his electoral salvage team possesses few viable strategies beyond slurring former president Donald Trump as some sort of existential threat…

10 Homeless People Do Not Have a 'Right' to Camp in Squalor

Tired of stepping over needles and human waste, and navigating around half-conscious addicts and homeless encampments? You're not alone. Most decent, hardworking people want clean sidewalks for getting to work and walking their kids to school.  But cities are legally barred from cleaning up homeless encampments. Advocates went to court and won…

11 Your Rights at Stake in Trump Trials

When the American Civil Liberties Union goes to bat for Donald Trump, it's a red flag. The ACLU generally fights for far-left causes. But the ACLU always has championed the rights of the accused. This time, the accused is Trump. The ACLU is protesting a gag order imposed by U.S. District Court Judge Tanya Chutkan on Oct. 17 to silence Trump, at the…

12 Supreme Court Reviews Rogue CFPB Bureaucracy

The United States Supreme Court began its new term this week, featuring pivotal cases involving the Second Amendment, environmental regulation, social media content regulation and Congressional districting.   None of those issues, however, exceed in importance a case heard this week regarding the rogue Consumer Financial Protection Bureau…

13 Is Google Guilty of Being Too Popular With Consumers?

You may have heard the Biden Justice Department is suing Google in federal court for being a "monopoly." That's a bizarre charge given that few, if any companies in all American history have lowered prices more than Google – which provides access to information that used to take hours or days to find – with…

14 Trashing the Constitution Just to Get Trump

Innocent until proven guilty. That's a fundamental right in America, at least until now. Anti-Trump groups determined to disqualify the leading Republican candidate for president are urging state election officials across the U.S. to remove Donald Trump from the ballot, claiming he's an "insurrectionist." They're citing an arcane clause…

15 America Stands for Fair Trials

In America, every defendant is supposed to get a fair trial. It's guaranteed in our Bill of Rights. That guarantee sets us apart from banana republics, and we take pride in it. Democratic prosecutors have rolled out four indictments against former President Donald Trump, including the latest by Fulton County District Attorney Fani Willis, announced…

16 Biden's DOJ Attacks the Rights of Defendants. You Could Be Next

Day by day, your right to speak freely is being robbed by the Biden administration. This time, Team Biden wants to gag defendants from criticizing government prosecutors. That's how courts are run in countries like Pakistan, Russia and North Korea.  Anyone can fall into the government's crosshairs. Imagine being prosecuted and being unable to…

17 Biden Trashes the US Constitution to Muzzle Critics

President Joe Biden has played his cards: all bluff, no aces.  Biden is the defendant in a lawsuit accused of what Federal District Court Judge Terry Doughty calls "the most massive attack against free speech in United States history." Yet the appeal Biden filed on Monday is devoid of even one winning argument in his own defense. Count…

18 All Racism Is Evil, Supreme Court Rules

The Supreme Court has ruled 6-3 that racial preferences in college admissions violate the U.S. Constitution. At last! No student with high grades and test scores should be rejected in favor of a lesser applicant who happens to have a certain skin color.  The evidence provided to the court showed that Harvard College and the University of North…

19 'Notorious RBG' and a Liberal Supreme Court Disaster

The last year has shown the power of a 6-3 conservative majority on the Supreme Court. Conservatives had a 5-4 majority for years and were not able to overturn Roe v. Wade or get rid of affirmative action. Now, with a six-member majority, half of them appointed by former President Donald Trump, the conservative bloc on the Court has done both those…

20 Dems Trash U.S. Constitution

If you own a business, the leftists in Congress are coming after you. The only thing standing in their way is the U.S. Constitution. Whether you own a mom-and-pop diner, an auto repair shop or shares in a multinational corporation, your property is at risk. The Constitution's takings clause was designed to protect us from government grabbing our…

21 Supreme Court: Unions Accountable for Deliberate Destruction

Should labor unions possess immunity to deliberately destroy employer property under the claim that such behavior was "incidental to a strike arguably protected by federal law?" The fact that it remained an open legal question illustrates just how egregiously contemporary labor law favors unions.   After all, imagine the uproar…

22 Supreme Court Poised to Limit Federal Regulatory Overreach

"We have studiously attempted to work our way around it, and even left it unremarked.  But the fact is Chevron and Brand X permit executive bureaucracies to swallow huge amounts of core judicial and legislative power and concentrate federal power in a way that seems more than a little difficult to square with the Constitution and the framers…

23 Supreme Court Delivers Another Important Win Against Administrative State

"The Commission knows a good deal about competition policy, but nothing special about the separation of powers."   Believe it or not, that sarcastic rebuke came from none other than Justice Elena Kagan, writing last week for a unanimous United States Supreme Court striking the latest blow against the federal administrative state…

24 For Prosecutor Bragg, Trump Indictment Is a Campaign Promise Kept

Alvin Bragg, the local district attorney in Manhattan who has led the effort to indict former President Donald Trump, is an elected official. He ran for his current office in 2021. In that campaign, he won a Democratic primary crowded with fellow Democrats who promised that, if elected, they would go after Trump. Now, having been elected, Bragg is…

25 Multiple Courts Strike Biden’s “Pen and Phone” Student Loan Cancellation Scheme

Paraphrasing Rudyard Kipling’s “If,” our nation’s courts are keeping their heads while others about them seem to be losing theirs.   Amid a zeitgeist of presidential incompetence, Congressional uncertainty, electoral confusion and societal instability, our judicial system offers a more reassuring stability. &…

26 Supreme Court Poised to Strike Down Racial Preferences

Lawsuits against Harvard University and the University of North Carolina are exposing the crude and dehumanizing racial sorting that goes on in the admissions offices at elite universities. The application form asks young people to check a box identifying themselves as either "(1) Asian, (2) Native Hawaiian or Pacific Islander, (3) Hispanic, (…

27 Inflammatory Racial Comment from Kamala Harris Highlights Opportunity Before Supreme Court

The U.S. Supreme Court opened its 2022-23 term this week, with two affirmative action cases headlining its docket.   Will the Court fully apply the Constitution’s command of colorblindness?  Or will it once again shrink from its responsibility and leave this thorny thicket to grow?  A gaffe last week from Vice President Kamala…

28 The Left's Lies About the Supreme Court

As the Supreme Court opened a new term Monday, The New York Times, The Washington Post, CNN and other left-leaning media blasted it in unison, repeating the same big lie: The highest court is "in crisis" and rapidly losing the public's confidence. The cause is "no secret," claims the Times. The Court has turned into "a judicial…

29 It's Not 'Minority Rule'; It's the Point

One of the more popular complaints of the contemporary left is that the Constitution subverts "democracy" for "minority rule." If the United States is really more divided than ever, we have even less reason to dispense with the mechanisms and institutions that diffuse power and constrain one side of the divide from lording over…

30 Justice Gorsuch Trolls Obama with “Pen and Phone” Line as Supreme Court Lashes Regulatory Overreach

When the Supreme Court issues a historic decision reining in the vast federal regulatory agency leviathan, that alone merits our gratitude and celebration.   When Justice Neil Gorsuch deliberately trolls Barack Obama for his infamous “pen and phone” regulatory authority remark, it becomes even more poetically just.  …

 
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