December 31, 2014
25 States Continue Their Battle Against Obama’s Immigration Executive Actions
     The Daily Signal
     U.S. District Judge Andrew S. Hanen of the Southern District of Texas has scheduled a hearing for Jan. 9 on the request for an injunction filed by 25 states against President Obama’s immigration amnesty plan.

December 30, 2014
What Obama, Eric Holder and the Rest of Us Could Learn from the Magna Carta
     The Daily Signal
     With the president and Congress out of town, Washington, D.C. is very quiet during the holidays, without the long lines one normally sees at museums and capitol attractions. So it was a good time last week to take my family to see a wonderful exhibit at the Library of Congress, jointly sponsored by the Federalist Society, of one of the only four existing manuscript copies of the 1215 Magna Carta signed by King John at Runnymede.

December 29, 2014
Why a Federal Judge Says Obama’s Immigration Action Is Unconstitutional
    The Daily Signal
     The U.S. Justice Department and the Obama administration have lost their first battle in the war over the president’s plan to provide “deferred action,” or amnesty, to almost 5 million illegal aliens.

December 25, 2014
What Christmas Means to My Immigrant Family
     The Daily Signal
     I’m not much of a sentimental guy, but I have to admit I get pretty sentimental at Christmas. It is a special time in my family, not least because of eventful Christmases that my parents, who are no longer with us, experienced in their lives.

December 19, 2014
Two Legislators Indicted for Voter ID Bribes in Case Attorney General Refused to Prosecute
     The Daily Signal
     A grand jury convened by Philadelphia District Attorney Seth Williams has indicted two Democratic state legislators for accepting bribes in exchange for voting against a voter ID bill, among other legislative actions.

December 9, 2014
When It Comes to Defunding Amnesty, Congress Needs to Act Now
    The Daily Signal
     In the debate surrounding President Barack Obama’s immigration amnesty plan, there is increasing attention over the fact that Obama initiated his amnesty without an executive order. However, this does not alter the appropriate congressional response. Congress needs to act as soon as possible to not only refuse to appropriate new money to fund the administration’s unilateral action, but to specifically ban the use of already-appropriated funds to implement any aspects of the deferred action plan

December 6, 2014
What Obama and Holder Should Have Said About Ferguson Grand Jury Verdict
    The Daily Signal
     Perhaps the biggest problem with the reaction of President Obama and his attorney general, Eric Holder, to the grand jury verdict in Ferguson is their non-support for the difficult work of the grand jury. That and their support for the mistaken proposition that the administration of justice is unfair, biased, and prejudiced towards “communities of color” undermine our criminal justice system.

December 4, 2014
States Strike the First Blow Against Obama’s Amnesty Plan
     The Daily Signal
     Seventeen states have sued the federal government in federal court in Texas over President Obama’s plan to “unilaterally suspend the immigration laws as applied to 4 million of the 11 million” illegal aliens in the United States.
     The 29-page suit was filed by a who’s-who of state attorneys general and governors, ....

November 27, 2014
A Thanksgiving Sacrifice to Remember
    The Daily Signal
     As we sit down to feast with our families this holiday, the blessing might well include a word of thanks to the men and women of our armed forces. While we celebrate our national holiday in the warmth and comfort of homes, they serve at grave peril in faraway places like Afghanistan.

November 19, 2014
Obama’s Unilateral Amnesty Really Will Be Unprecedented – and Unconstitutional
    The Daily Signal
     According to the Associated Press, as well as House Minority leader Nancy Pelosi, D-Calif., Reps. Luis Gutierrez, D-Ill., and Zoe Lofgren, D-Calif.,  President Barack Obama’s plan to provide executive amnesty to more than 5 million illegal immigrants is no different than unilateral actions that were taken by Presidents Ronald Reagan and George H.W. Bush.
     However, this claim plays a bit fast and loose with history and fails to explain the significant difference between Obama going against the will of Congress, ...

November 17, 2014

Elections Should Matter: Nominees Shouldn’t Be Approved During the Lame-Duck Session

    The Daily Signal

    An awful lot of people are confused as to just what is meant by a lame duck Congress. It’s like where some fellows worked for you and their work wasn’t satisfactory and you let ’em out, but after you fired ‘em, you let ‘em stay long enough so they could burn your house down. —Will Rogers

November 13, 2014

Is Loretta Lynch Another Eric Holder? Here’s What We Know About Her Troubling Past

    The Daily Signal

    The early signs are that Loretta Lynch may share some of the same troubling views as outgoing Attorney General Eric Holder. That makes it even more important the Senate do a thorough review and vetting of her nomination by President Obama to be the new attorney general.

November 13, 2014

The Dangers of Lame Duck Sessions in Congress—Unfair and Undemocratic

    Heritage Foundation, Issue Brief

    When Congress comes back into session after the November election and before a new Congress begins on January 3, 2015, it will convene what is known as a “lame duck” session. Members of Congress who have been defeated, as well as those who did not seek re-election, will still be able to vote in the lame duck session, despite the fact that they “are no longer accountable to the voters” as Senators Ted Cruz (R–TX) and Mike Lee (R–UT) have said.

November 13, 2014

On Lame Ducks

     The Corner, National Review Online

​     Since Congress has now started its post-election, lame-duck session, who better to comment on the unfairness and danger of having outgoing legislators who are no longer accountable to voters voting on substantive legislation and nominations than homespun philosopher and humorist Will Rogers:

November 10, 2014

Protecting Freedom of the Press in Ferguson from the FAA

    The Daily Signal

    New information obtained by the Associated Press through a Freedom of Information Act request indicates that a flight ban in Ferguson, Mo., may have been intended to stop press coverage rather than just protect local law enforcement. 


November 7, 2014

The War on Women Didn’t Work and 3 Other Lessons From the Midterm Elections  

    The Daily Signal

    Many pundits and campaign consultants are no doubt analyzing the election results across the country to try to decipher what lessons the Republican wave holds for candidates planning to run in 2016. But there are four easily seen lessons that both of the major political parties should take to heart:


November 6, 2014

Four Lessons From the 2014 Election 

    PJ Media

    Many pundits and campaign consultants are no doubt analyzing the election results across the country to try to decipher what lessons the Republican wave holds for candidates planning to run in 2016. But there are four easily seen lessons that both of the major political parties should take to heart:

November 2, 2104

What Are the Chances Your Vote Won’t Count Because of Voter Fraud?

    The Daily Signal

    In the past few months, a former police chief in Pennsylvania pleaded guilty to voter fraud in a town-council election. That fraud had flipped the outcome of a primary election.

October 28, 2014

Here Comes the 2014 Voter Fraud

    Wall Street Journal

    Progressives and the Justice Department are doing all they can to stop improvements in election integrity.

    In the past few months, a former police chief in Pennsylvania pleaded guilty to voter fraud in a town-council election. That fraud had flipped the outcome of a primary election. Former Connecticut legislator Christina Ayala has been indicted on 19 charges of voter fraud, including voting in districts where she didn’t reside.

October 27, 2014

An Honor Flight Welcome

     The Corner, National Review Online

This morning offered one of those spontaneous events that renews your faith in the patriotism and good will of the American people. It also illustrated their appreciation for the servicemen and women who have risked their lives for our nation.

October 26, 2014

The Left Keeps Trying to Win Elections by Litigation Over Rules Governing Elections

    The Daily Signal

​​     With little time before the midterm election, the decisions in the courts, including the Supreme Court, on the procedural rules that will govern the election keep coming on an almost daily basis. This has been pretty much the norm since the 2000 elections, as liberals and progressives have used the courts — rather than the legislative process — to try to change the rules governing voter registration and voting in order to benefit them politically.​

October 25, 2014

If a Republican Justice Department Did This, It Would Be Attacked as Borderline Racist​

     The Daily Signal

     Attorney General Eric Holder has waged a litigation war against voter-ID laws as well as state efforts to reduce early-voting periods and eliminate same-day voter registration. These practical reforms, he huffs, are intended to suppress the votes of minorities. But the lawsuit filed by the Department of Justice and a number of civil-rights groups against North Carolina over such measures is unintentionally revealing. The filing makes it clear that these self-appointed champions of minorities have a thoroughly patronizing attitude toward black and Hispanic Americans.

October 23, 2014

The Wrongdoers at the IRS Get Away Scot-Free

    The Daily Signal

     Federal district court Judge Reggie Walton has dismissed two lawsuits filed against the IRS, Lois Lerner and other agency employees by True the Vote, Linchpins of Liberty and forty other conservative organizations that were targeted by the IRS.

October 20, 2014

A Big Win for Voter ID Laws in Texas

     The Daily Signal

     The Texas voter ID law, which was effective in November 2013 statewide constitutional elections, will be in place for the Nov. 4 mid-term election, representing a big win for voters and election integrity in Texas.

October 20, 2014

How Will Voting Litigation Affect the Upcoming Election?

     The Corner, National Review Online

​     With less than three weeks to go before the midterm election, the decisions in the courts, including the Supreme Court, on the procedural rules that will govern the election keep on coming on an almost daily basis. This has been pretty much the norm since the 2000 elections, as liberals and progressives have used the courts — rather than the legislative process — to try to change the rules governing voter registration and voting in order to benefit them politically.

October 17, 2014

Wisconsin State Prosecutors Lose Another Round in Their Outrageous Attempt to Silence Conservatives 

     The Daily Signal

     Fortunately for the interests of American democracy, the First Amendment and citizen advocacy, state prosecutors in Wisconsin have just lost another round in their outrageous attempt to criminalize political speech and silence the voices of conservatives in Wisconsin.

October 7, 2014

A Review of  Crimes Against the Republic: How the Democratic Party’s Voter Fraud is Fundamentally Transforming America

     PJ Media

     With the publication of Crimes Against the Republic: How the Democratic Party’s Voter Fraud is Fundamentally Transforming America, PJ Media has launched its new ebook program. And what a tome to start with! This chronological collection of PJ Media Legal Editor J. Christian Adams’ Rule of Law blog posts details how the American Left and the Holder Justice Department have undermined efforts to improve the integrity of the election process and deter voter fraud.

October 6, 2014

Democrats Losing long war against photo ID

     Washington Examiner

     with John Fund

​     In one month, voters will go to the polls to elect the entire House of Representatives and a third of the Senate. Will the midterms be clean? Could some elections be stolen? Everyone ostensibly agrees that voters have a right to know that their decision is not being ignored. And a clear majority supports a simple way to make sure: voter ID.

October 3, 2014

Election Litigation Developments in Ohio,  Kansas, and North Carolina

     The Corner, National Review Online

     This has been quite a week in the election litigation world. One decision after another has come out from various courts in ongoing cases in Ohio, Kansas, and North Carolina over the rules governing voting and candidates in the upcoming November general election. Whether they will affect the outcome of contested races remains to be seen.

September 23, 2014

The Kansas Supremes Give Democrats Exactly What They Wanted ... Again

    The Corner, National Review Online

​     At almost the same time as my earlier NRO post was published this morning — asking why the Kansas Supreme Court had not acted on the second writ of mandamus filed last week, which requested that the Kansas Democratic party be ordered to name a replacement U.S. Senate candidate — the court acted.

September 23, 2014

Kansas Supreme Court Give Democrats What They Want, Delay What They Don't Want

​     The Corner, National Review Online

    The Kansas Supreme Court promptly gave the Democratic party what it wanted last Thursday when it ordered the name of the party's U.S. Senate nominee, Chad Taylor, removed from the ballot. So why isn't the court acting just as promptly in dealing with the issue of a replacement for Taylor on the ballot?

September 22, 2014

Politico Found Lois Lerner. So Why Can't the U.S. Attorney in Washington?

     The Daily Signal

    Politico obviously had no problem finding Lois Lerner for an exclusive interview that it published on Monday. So why can’t the U.S. Attorney for the District of Columbia, Ronald C. Machen, Jr., find Lois Lerner so that a federal grand jury can interview her? Perhaps the Obama administration ...

September 19, 2014

Kansas Supreme Court Give Democrats What They Want -- But the Fight May Not Be Over

​     The Corner, National Review Online

​   Late yesterday, the Kansas supreme court granted the writ of mandamus filed by former Democratic U.S. Senate candidate Chad Taylor and ordered Kansas secretary of state Kris Kobach to remove Taylor’s name from the November ballot. But the controversy may not yet be over because of another writ filed by a Democratic voter.

September 16, 2014

The Minutiae of Election Rules in the Kansas U.S. Senate Race

     The Corner, National Review Online

     The Kansas Supreme Court heard oral arguments this morning in the dispute over whether the state’s ballot will bear the name of the Democratic nominee for the U.S. Senate. The nominee, Shawnee County district attorney Chad Taylor, tried to withdraw from the ballot on September 3. With less than an hour to go before the deadline for withdrawal, he hand-delivered his written request to Kansas secretary of state Kris Kobach. But Kobach has refused to take Taylor’s name off the ballot, asserting that his attempt to withdraw did not comply with Kansas law.

​September 16, 2014

The Injustice of Eric Holder

     The Washington Times

​     with John Fund

     Even we were shocked when we researched our new book,  "Obama's Enforcer: Eric holder's Justice Department" at the extent to which Attorney General Eric Holder, Jr., has politicized the Justice Department and put the interests of left-wing ideology and his political party ahead of the fair and impartial administration of justice.

September 15, 2014

The Latest Clue That the Justice Department Investigation of IRS Scandal is a Sham

     The Daily Signal

    Evidence has been accumulating for some time that the Justice Department 's criminal investigation into the IRS scandal isn't a real investigation. 

​     But the latest indication it may be a sham came to light through an embarrassing but highly revealing error made by a senior communications aide to Attorney General Eric Holder.

September 12, 2014

When Politics Drives Law Enforcement  

    National Review Online  

    One of the biggest threats to a civilized, free society occurs when prosecutors abuse their power and allow politics to drive their administration of the criminal-justice system. Two recent examples show how liberal, partisan prosecutors misused their authority and politicized justice.

September 9, 2014

John Chisolm, other prosecutors put free speech at risk in John Doe Case

     Milwaukee Journal-Sentinel

     Oral arguments were heard Tuesday before the 7th Circuit U.S. Court of Appeals in O'Keefe vs. Chisholm, the so-called John Doe investigation in which local prosecutors in Wisconsin tried to criminalize political speech and activity on public issues. The 7th Circuit should uphold the lower court decision halting this Star Chamber investigation that violated basic First Amendment rights.

September 8, 2014

Senate Democrats No. 1 Priority After Recess? Gutting the First Amendment

     The Daily Signal

     When the Senate reconvenes today, the No.1 legislative priority of Democrats is to pass a resolution that would gut the First Amendment, one of the few times in American history an amendment has been proposed to cut back on part of the Bill of Rights.

September 8, 2014

DOJ Investigation of Ferguson Police: Fair and Impartial?

     PJ Media

     It’s not enough that the Justice Department is investigating the shooting of Michael Brown by a Ferguson, MO police officer. Now it’s opening up a “pattern and practice” investigation of the entire Ferguson police force. The big question: Is this Justice Department capable of conducting a fair and impartial investigation?

September 4, 2014

Exclusive: Liberal Senator Preparing Report that Dismisses Allegations of IRS' Tea Party Targeting

     The Daily Signal

     Sen. Carl Levin, chairman of the Permanent Subcommittee on Investigations, is putting the finishing touches on his supposed “investigation” of the IRS scandal that will, in essence, be a press release for the IRS and the administration, a reliable source tells me.

September 4, 2014 

Wisconsin Prosecutors' Attack on the First Amendment Gets to the Seventh Circuit

     The Corner, National Review Online

​     Those following the so-called John Doe investigation in Wisconsin know that a federal judge issued a preliminary injunction shutting down the secret investigation that local prosecutors were conducting into almost all of the conservative advocacy organizations in Wisconsin. Their crime? Supposedly coordinating their efforts on public-policy issues with elected officials such as Republican governor Scott Walker and with each other.​

September 2, 2014

More Evidence of Lois Lerner's Liberal Bias

     The Daily Signal

​     The Daily Caller has obtained an email that provides more stark evidence of the liberal bias of Lois Lerner, the former IRS official at the heart of the agency’s targeting of Tea Party and other conservative organizations that applied for tax-exempt status.  Although Lerner was hypersensitive about political activity by conservatives . . . 

August 28, 2014

Will Holder Ignore Double Voting in Virginia?

​     The Corner, National Review Online

     The latest discovery of illegal double voting in Virginia and Maryland will give Attorney General Eric Holder yet another opportunity to ignore voter fraud, which he has continually dismissed as an inconsequential problem.

August 27, 2014

Seriously? IRS Says Lois Lerner's Blackberry was "Wiped Clean"

     The Daily Signal

     August is supposed to be a quiet time in the metropolitan Washington, D.C. area when Congress takes its traditional recess and everyone else who makes a living off Congress from lobbyists to journalists take advantage of the members’ absence and go on vacation. But events keep happening in the IRS scandal that are upsetting the usual norm, and the latest is more news about the destruction by the IRS of possible evidence in the case.

August 26, 2014

Holder Continues to Ignore Blatant Racial Discrimination in Guam

     The Corner, National Review Online

     I’ve written before about the important challenge that has been filed against Guam’s racially exclusionary plebiscite that excludes whites and other non-Chamorro residents of the island from being able to register and vote 

August 26, 2014

​This Obama Administration Proposal Would Effectively Authorize Some Americans Seceding

     The Daily Signal

 In its latest assault on the U.S. Constitution, the Obama administration is proposing to recognize so-called “Native” Hawaiians as an Indian tribe entitled to separate and become an independent sovereign and to “reestablish” a “government-to-government relationship between the United State and the Native Hawaiian community.” Such an unconstitutional action would amount to authorizing secession for certain residents of Hawaii.

August 22, 2014

Eric Holder's 'Fair' Investigation in Ferguson?

     Attorney General Eric Holder travelled to Ferguson, Missouri, Wednesday to personally intervene in the investigation of the police shooting of Michael Brown, an unprecedented and highly questionable move. In a column published in the St. Louis Post-Dispatch, Holder claimed that the Justice Department . . . 

August 18, 2014

The Obama Administration's Attempt to Balkanize Hawaii

     Heritage Foundation Legal Memorandum

      In its latest assault on the U.S. Constitution, the Obama Administration has issued an Advance Notice of Proposed Rulemaking (ANPR)—new regulations that would require the Administration to recognize so-called Native Hawaiians as an Indian tribe entitled to separate and independent sovereignty. Such a move . . .

August 12, 2014

The Administration's Latest Abuse: Impeding IG's and Hiding the Truth From the American People

August 8, 2014

Republicans Are Sponsoring a Terrible Senate Resolution

     The Corner, National Review Online

     ​with Roger Clegg

August 4, 2014

Unions Lose and the Public Wins Big In Wisconsin

    The Daily Signal

    ​with James Sherk


August 1, 2014

Senate Now Mad at CIA Director? How About When He Was a Leaker on National Security? 

     with John Fund

August 1, 2014

Voter ID Wins Another Round in Wisconsin

​    The Daily Signal 

July 28, 2014

The IRS Scandal the the Politicization of Justice

July 28, 2014

Obama Administration Turns to "Hand-Packed" Court

    ​with Elizabeth Slattery

July 16, 2014

Why a President's Judicial Appointments Matter 

   The Daily Signal

July 14, 2014

Eric Holder's Animus Towards His Critics

   The Corner, National Review Online

July 7, 2014

De Pasquale's Dozen with Hans von Spakovsky

   by Lisa De Pasquale

July 5, 2014

Eric Holder's Long Losing Record Before the Supreme Court

   New York Post

    with John Fund

    also available at the Daily Signal

July 5, 2014

University President Calls Law Requiring Studying Constitution 'Archaic'

   The Daily Signal

   with Jameson Broggi

July 4, 2104

What I'm Celebrating This Independence Day

    National Review Online

July 2, 2014

The Civil Rights Act at 50

   The Daily Signal

​    with Elizabeth Slattery

July to December 2014

Hans von Spakovsky​​