Terry Eastland

Terry Eastland is an executive editor of The Weekly Standard. Previously, he served as publisher from 2001 to 2013. During the 1990s he was a resident scholar at the Ethics and Public Policy Center, where he wrote Energy in the Executive: The Case for a Strong Presidency.  During the Reagan presidency, he served as Director of Public Affairs for the Justice Department. Before that he worked for newspapers, including the San Diego Union and the Virginian-Pilot in Norfolk, Va.

His books include Counting by Race (1979), Ethics, Politics and the Independent Counsel (1989), Religious Liberty in the Supreme Court (1993), and Freedom of Expression in the Supreme Court (2000). He has written for a variety of publications, including the Wall Street Journal, Commentary, the American Spectator, the New Criterion, National Review, the New Republic, the Wilson Quarterly, and the Public Interest.

Stories by Terry Eastland

Obama's Executive Authority Questioned at Democratic Debate

03:01 PM, Oct 14, 2015
During the debate in Las Vegas, CNN’s Anderson Cooper asked Jim Webb how, if were he elected, “he would not be a third term for Obama.” Webb said that “there would be a major difference between my administration and the Obama administration,” and it would concern “the use of executive... Read more

The Constant Gardener

12:00 AM, Sep 14, 2015
Most summers I’ve had a fruit and vegetable garden, but rarely has my summer reading included much about gardening other than nursery catalogues and seed packets and basic how-to articles. This year has been different. My Summer in a Garden by Charles Dudley Warner, first published in 1870,... Read more

'Unspeakable Behavior'

10:34 AM, Jul 20, 2015
Terry Eastland reviews Barton Swaim's The Speechwriter for the Wall Street Journal : Mark Sanford, the former governor of South Carolina, was once known for his stalwart opposition to the 2009 federal stimulus package—a position that made him, for a time, a rising star in the Republican... Read more

Remembering the Constitution

12:00 AM, Jun 15, 2015
In his new book on the Constitution, Senator Mike Lee, the first-term Utah Republican, recalls his decision to run for the upper chamber in 2010. “It bothered me that even in the Republican Party, far too many elected officials have been reluctant to engage the public in a meaningful... Read more

They Can’t Deny It

12:00 AM, May 18, 2015
T he most notable exchange during the argument last month in the same-sex marriage case before the Supreme Court, Obergefell v. Hodges , likely occurred between Justice Samuel Alito and Solicitor General Donald Verrilli.  “Well, in the Bob Jones case,” began Alito, “the Court held... Read more

Florida Key

12:00 AM, Feb 09, 2015
Our first national government—the one established by the Articles of Confederation—was notoriously weak. Congress wasn’t much good at administering the laws it passed or at conducting foreign affairs. The government lacked what the Framers of the Constitution said it sorely needed: energy.... Read more

American Blueprint

12:00 AM, Dec 08, 2014
This, the “concise edition” of Liberty and Union , is an abridgment of a larger, two-volume work. It contains a glossary of legal terms (“writ,” for example, is a court order), tables of cases, a list of the 118 (so far) justices of the Supreme Court, and the texts of the Declaration of... Read more

An Agency Desperately Trying to Get Its Way

02:01 PM, Nov 04, 2014
Last winter President Obama’s Department of Housing and Urban Development published a regulation pursuant to the Fair Housing Act that defines discrimination as actions or policies that while neutral and nondiscriminatory in their intent have a disparate impact, shown through statistics, on a... Read more

After Holder

12:00 AM, Oct 13, 2014
During his confirmation hearing in early 2009, Eric Holder declared he would not politicize the Justice Department. Yet throughout more than five years in office, the attorney general has done just that—without objection from President Obama, who obviously  paid no heed to Holder’s promise.... Read more

Fight, Don’t Sue

12:00 AM, Jul 14, 2014
On a wide range of matters, including health care, energy, immigration, foreign policy, and education, says House speaker John Boehner, President Obama has ignored some statutes completely, selectively enforced others, and at times created laws of his own, thus failing to “take care that the... Read more

Supreme Court Knocks Down Obama's Unconstitutional Power Grab

12:34 PM, Jun 26, 2014
In NLRB v. Noel Canning , whatever the differences between the bare majority of five justices led by Justice Breyer and the four dissenters for whom Justice Scalia wrote, there is no question between the contending sides that President Obama acted unconstitutionally in making three... Read more

Let’s Set Aside Set-Asides

12:00 AM, Jun 16, 2014
In our episodic “national conversation about race,” perhaps it is time to take notice of Rothe Development Corporation of San Antonio, Texas, which, you could say, has been having its own conversation about race—in the federal courts. Rothe is a government contractor that has now brought two... Read more

Fry, Fry Again

12:00 AM, Jun 09, 2014
I happen to like fried chicken. I like just about everything about it. I like being in the store and looking for the right chicken. I like cutting up the chicken, and then preparing the pieces for frying, and then frying them in the big pan we use for that purpose. And I like eating my portion.... Read more

Casual Podcast: Fry, Fry Again

09:40 AM, Jun 06, 2014
THE WEEKLY STANDARD Casual Podcast, with Terry Eastland reading his casual "Fry, Fry Again ." Remember, when you sign up for our digital premium access , many of our print magazine articles are available to you courtesy of our professional readers. This podcast can be downloaded here... Read more

Mitch McConnell, Judicial Activist

12:00 AM, Apr 28, 2014
"This is the best Supreme Court, if you’re interested in a free society and in the ability of Americans to participate in the political process with a minimum amount of government restrictions. In fact, this is a great Supreme Court.” Of course, President Obama, this great Supreme Court’s... Read more

Podcast: Affirmative Action Is Dying, But It's Not Dead

10:00 AM, Apr 24, 2014
THE WEEKLY STANDARD Podcast with executive editor Terry Eastland on the recent ruling by the supreme court in  Schuette v. Coalition to Defend Affirmative Action. This podcast can be downloaded here . Subscribe to THE WEEKLY STANDARD's iTunes podcast feed here .  Read more

Ordeal by Congress

12:00 AM, Mar 24, 2014
Leslie H. Southwick of Jackson, Mississippi, is (or rather, was) “the nominee,” and here provides an account of his quest to become a judge on a particular federal court, the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Fifth Circuit, which sits in New Orleans. President George W. Bush nominated him to that... Read more

B&A Podcast: The Tortuous Path to the Federal Bench

03:45 PM, Mar 18, 2014
THE WEEKLY STANDARD Books & Arts Podcast with Philip Terzian, on the March 24, 2014 issue of the magazine's B&A section. Joining him is executive editor Terry Eastland, to discuss his recent review, Ordeal by Congress , which was a memoir by Judge Leslie Southwick on his road to... Read more

Will Senate Confirm Cop-Killer Advocate?

01:01 PM, Mar 03, 2014
Last month the Senate Judiciary Committee approved the nomination of Debo Adegbile to head the Justice Department’s Civil Rights Division. The vote broke along party lines, 10-to-8. Over the weekend Senator Bob Casey of Pennsylvania became the first Democrat to oppose Adegbile. “I will not vote... Read more

After the Filibuster

12:00 AM, Feb 24, 2014
President Obama and Senate Democrats have gone to great lengths to secure the appointment of executive-branch officers and judges and thus help advance his policies and programs. Obama has made recess appointments in a way no president before him did, an action now being challenged in National... Read more

Rein in HUD

12:00 AM, Jan 27, 2014
Under our Constitution, a government agency may not act beyond the authority given it by Congress. Indeed, as the Supreme Court has said, “an agency literally has no power to act .  .  . unless and until Congress confers power upon it.” The principle is basic, but in a significant matter the... Read more

Undoing the Damage

12:00 AM, Dec 23, 2013
The biggest political story in our domestic politics since 2009 has been, as it will be for the foreseeable future, health care. One part of this story is ripe for telling now: the constitutional challenge to the Affordable Care Act (ACA)—also known as Obamacare. That effort, you’ll recall, came... Read more

Equality for Convicts?

12:00 AM, Dec 16, 2013
A question: Are Texas and all its agencies and local governments breaking the law? The answer is that they probably are, according to the Obama administration and its Equal Employment Opportunity Commission. But the Texas attorney general, Greg Abbott, isn’t waiting for the EEOC to investigate... Read more

A Rare Specimen

12:00 AM, Dec 02, 2013
On November 5, Republican Rob Astorino was reelected executive of upscale Westchester County, which lies directly north of New York City, between the Hudson River and Long Island Sound. Back from a week of postelection beachifying in Puerto Rico, Astorino is already thinking about running for... Read more

Equal Protection but Not for Whites

03:31 PM, Nov 07, 2013
“Detroit civil rights lawyer Shanta Driver made a last-minute decision to argue in a high-profile Supreme Court affirmative action case on Oct. 15 in part, she said, because so few African-Americans appear before the justices.” That is how Tony Mauro of the National Law Journal began his... Read more

Podcast: Reviewing the Recent Supreme Court Decisions

05:00 AM, Jul 07, 2013
WEEKLY STANDARD executive editor Terry Eastland reviews the Supreme Court's decisions in Fisher v. University of Texas ,  United States v. Windsor, and  Hollingsworth v. Perry. This podcast can be downloaded here . Subscribe to THE WEEKLY STANDARD's iTunes podcast... Read more

A Man and His Rhubarb

12:00 AM, Jun 17, 2013
My wife says the only thing I’ll plant is what I can eat. Not entirely true, I tell her. I point to certain things I’ve planted: the cluster of yellow iris in the side yard, the bunch of white iris in the backyard, and the large spread of irises of many colors in the front yard, under the crape... Read more

White House Pushes Interfaith Cooperation for 2012

09:59 AM, Apr 08, 2011
At least it doesn’t involve a mandate. The Obama White House has launched something called “ The President’s Interfaith and Community Service Campus Challenge ,” the point of which is to advance “Interfaith Cooperation and Community Service in Higher Education.” The White House is “encouraging”... Read more