Ilya Shapiro

Posted April 09, 2015

Libertarians are by definition individualistic, and so the sorts of debates you often hear at their gatherings often revolve around questioning someones ideological bona fides or debating how much libertarians should get involved in the messy, compromise-filled world of politics.

Posted April 02, 2015

This debate is so banal. Progressives shout discrimination, conservatives cry liberty, and it really all boils down to the difference between government and private action, which both sides misunderstand.

Posted March 29, 2015

The Supreme Court heard arguments on Wednesday in Michigan v. EPA, asking whether it was unreasonable for the Environmental Protection Agency to ignore costs in determining the appropriateness of regulating mercury emissions from power plants.

Posted March 28, 2015

Medicaid, the entitlement program for low-income Americans jointly funded by the state and federal government, represents about 25 percent of state budgets. Federal funding represents more than half (57 percent) of that amount, and that funding is now being threatened by Obamacare.

Posted March 07, 2015

All across the globe, people see the United States as a land of opportunity and dream of making their way here to work hard and enjoy the prosperity that our system of laws helps provide

Posted January 01, 2015

This spring, the Affordable Care Act will make its third trip to the Supreme Court. But King v. Burwell is different from its predecessors. Instead of challenging Obamacares constitutionality, or the way certain regulations burden particular types of plaintiffs, this lawsuit questions how the executive branch has enforced the law generally.

Posted December 09, 2014

For decades, courts have been struggling to reconcile two conflicting theories of what constitutes unlawful discrimination...

Posted October 25, 2014

Under the Bush administration, the Labor Department interpreted a piece of the Fair Labor Standards Act as exempting mortgage-loan officers from eligibility for overtime pay. The Obama Labor Department didnt see the law the same way, however, and issued a re-interpretation.

Posted October 07, 2014

While it seems like just yesterday that the Supreme Court went on vacation after its controversial (but correct) ruling in the Hobby Lobby contraceptive-mandate case, summer is over even for The Nine.

Posted September 28, 2014

One thing that differentiates Holder from other notorious attorneys general, like John Mitchell under Richard Nixon, is that Holder hasnt gone to jail... Yet.

Posted August 22, 2014

After engaging in a racially motivated street fight with a black man, Charles Cannon found himself facingas expectedassault charges and a sentencing enhancement to penalize him further under Texass hate crime law. You see, they had to make a federal case out of a fistfight to stop the return of slavery.

Posted August 13, 2014

What’s worse than a public policy debate that turns bitter and impolite? Well, for one, having the courts step into the marketplace of ideas to judge which side of a debate has the best “facts.”

Posted July 24, 2014

The U.S. Court of Appeals for the D.C. Circuit ruled Tuesday morning in Halbig v. Burwell that the government isn’t Humpty Dumpty and so statutory text doesn’t mean whatever the government says it means.



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