5:03 PM, Aug 13, 2013 • By GEOFFREY NORMAN
Senator Harry Reid does not want any spent nuclear fuel going into that massive, and expensive, hole in the ground at Yucca Mountain in Nevada. And he has been able to make sure it hasn't happened, though that was the reason for digging the hole in the first place. Still, an empty hole in the desert might be a fitting relic of this civilization, which future generations can ponder the same way that we contemplate the pyramids and the ancient Egyptians worship of death. For us, it is the spending of vast amounts of money and energy to produce ... a vast, empty hole.
But now comes a court to rule that the process of licensing the Yucca facility must proceed according to law, which the Obama administration has, typically, ignored.
But Senator Reid isn't concerned about some piddling Federal court of appeals and, as Zack Colman of the Hill reports, dismissed the ruling.
“We’ve had some problems with that court for years,” Reid said. “It really doesn’t mean much. … This, without being disrespectful to the court, means nothing."
Not being disrespectful, of course.
3:02 PM, Aug 5, 2013 • By CHRISTINE FLOWERS
A visitor to Richmond can’t leave without a trip to John Marshall’s house, a living shrine to the greatest chief justice in the history of the United States. Passing through the halls of his former home, it is as if the spirit of the great man is present in the articles he used and the rooms he inhabited. The courtly tour guide will narr
Judges should be unafraid to review government actions Jun 10, 2013, Vol. 18, No. 37 • By DAVID B. RIVKIN JR. and ELIZABETH PRICE FOLEY
For at least half a century, judicial restraint has been the clarion call of the conservative legal movement. After the Warren Court era, Roe v. Wade, and very nearly a “right” to welfare benefits, it was not surprising that conservatives would seek to rein in judicial self-aggrandizement.
4:01 PM, Apr 12, 2013 • By MICHAEL WARREN
Our own Jonathan Last recently released a top-notch book, What to Expect When No One's Expecting, about America's coming demographic disaster. The book has been well received by readers, among them the justices on the Texas supreme court. On the sixth page of the court's recent decision for Strickland v. Medlen, Justice Don Willett cites a fact from What to Expect: "American pets now outnumber American children by more than four to one.”
4:20 PM, Jan 25, 2013 • By JEFFREY H. ANDERSON
Today, President Obama’s belief in a “living Constitution” came up against a ruling that enforced our fixed Constitution. A 3-judge panel of the U.S. Court of Appeals for the D.C. Circuit unanimously declared Obama’s “recess” appointments to the National Labor Relations Board to be unconstitutional. In making those appointments when the Senate was still in session, Obama sought to do an end-around that deliberative body — a move made all the more striking by the fact that the Senate was, and is, controlled by his own party.
7:05 AM, May 21, 2012 • By JEFFREY H. ANDERSON
The New York Times gushingly describes how President Obama’s unique background — he’s “a man from many worlds,” “a transcender of tribes,” and, yes, “a former constitutional law professor” — has allowed him to unearth a creative “middle way” on the question of redefining marriage. That “middle way,” according to the Times’s account, is to come o
9:30 AM, May 15, 2012 • By MARK HEMINGWAY
After the National Labor Relations Board (NLRB) sparked national outrage by telling Boeing that it could not open a factory in a right-to-work state, there's little evidence that the board has been chastened. The latest news is that a recent decision to allow unions to hold "quickie" elections to organize workplaces has been struck down:
9:55 AM, Mar 31, 2010 • By C.J. CIARAMELLA
A federal judge last Friday upheld the District of Columbia's handgun regulations, finding them within Constitutional bounds and declaring public safety to be a compelling governmental interest. From the Washington Post:
U.S. District Judge Ricardo M. Urbina found that the new regulations were crafted to make the streets safer and aren't so restrictive that they violate the Second Amendment guarantee of a person's right to own a gun for self-defense.
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