• Federal Court Rules To Protect Catholic Group From Document Probe

    Federal Court Rules To Protect Catholic Group From Document Probe

    The Fifth Circuit Court of Appeals overturned a lower court ruling on a Texas case related to fetal cremation laws on Sunday, putting a check on the power of the state to probe the internal discussions of religious groups.

    The court ruled in a 2-1 decision that the Texas Catholic Conference of Bishops (TCCB) does not have to hand over internal communications to Whole Woman’s Health, a Texas-based abortion chain. Whole Woman’s Health is suing Texas over a law requiring embryonic and fetal tissue be buried or cremated, claiming it violates the Constitution by placing an undue burden on women seeking an abortion. The court’s decision came on the eve of the trial. READ MORE...

  • Mueller’s Latest Indictment Suggests It's A Witch Hunt

    Mueller’s Latest Indictment Suggests It’s A Witch Hunt

    On Friday, Special Counsel Robert Mueller returned a multi-count indictment charging 13 Russians and three companies with crimes related to hacking into the Democratic National Committee’s computers and seeking to use the information to influence the 2016 U.S. presidential election. When the news broke, pundits quickly used Mueller’s latest charges to chastise Trump for claiming the special counsel investigation is a “witch hunt.”

    The New York Times claimed “[t]he 37-page indictment — handed up by a federal grand jury in Washington — amounted to a detailed rebuttal of Mr. Trump, who has sowed doubts that Russia interfered in the election and dismissed questions about its meddling as ‘fake news.’” CNN’s Jake Tapper and Josh Campbell used the criminal indictment to counter Trump’s “witch hunt” charge. READ MORE...

  • Marquette Decision Is A Big Win For Free Speech But Signals Trouble

    Marquette Decision Is A Big Win For Free Speech But Signals Trouble

    On Friday, the Wisconsin Supreme Court vindicated Marquette University professor John McAdams in a high-profile free speech case. The high court ruled the Jesuit university breached its employment contract with McAdams by suspending him for publishing a blog post criticizing a fellow faculty member.

    McAdams’ November 9, 2014 post at his Marquette Warrior blog condemned philosophy instructor Cheryl Abbate for announcing to her Theory of Ethics class that “everybody agrees” on “gay rights,” and later telling a student who believed gay marriage deserved classroom discussion that “[i]n this class, homophobic comments, racist comments, will not be tolerated.” READ MORE...

  • What To Know About What George Papadopoulos's Wife Is Telling Media

    What To Know About What George Papadopoulos’s Wife Is Telling Media

    The Russia collusion narrative continues to unravel, while evidence supporting President Donald Trump’s “Spygate” charge continues to mount. It is impossible to know what future revelations await, but last week provided some important clues when Simona Mangiante Papadopoulos returned to the media circuit to defend her husband, the former Trump foreign policy advisor, George Papadopoulos, who pleaded guilty last year to charges of lying to the FBI.

    Mangiante’s statements last week and over the last year prove enlightening — and reliable — for two reasons: First, from pillow talk, she has knowledge of the events purportedly leading to the launching of Crossfire Hurricane, as well as evidence of attempts by spies, such as Stefan Halper, to target Papadopoulos. Mangiante is unlikely to lie about these events, because doing so would jeopardize her husband’s case: Should Mangiante contradict the information Papadopoulos provided to the Special Counsel’s office, he could face additional criminal charges. Second, while Mangiante has not been charged with a crime, should she reveal information that contradicts her sworn testimony before the grand jury, she could face criminal liability as well. READ MORE...

  • 3 Reasons Rosenstein’s Special Counsel Appointment Was Illegal

    After more than one year investigating claims of collusion between the Trump campaign and Russia, Robert Mueller’s special counsel team has exposed exactly zero evidence of misconduct involving the president in the run-up to the 2016 election. This absence of proof has prompted calls for an end to the special counsel investigation.

    What should be garnering our attention, though, is not that there is no indication of collusion, but that there is evidence Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein’s appointment of a special counsel violated the Constitution, federal regulations, and his authority as acting attorney general. Let’s take these problems in reverse order. READ MORE...

  • Dave Rubin Is Not A Hypocrite For Addressing Left's Free-Speech Problem

    Dave Rubin Is Not A Hypocrite For Addressing Left’s Free-Speech Problem

    Anthony Fisher’s column reads like a frustrated message from a jilted best friend, and his criticisms of Rubin fall flat.

    In his latest for The Daily Beast, Anthony Fisher argues the talk show sensation Dave Rubin doesn’t really believe in free speech. In his extensive profile of the man behind “The Rubin Report,” Fisher begins with Rubin’s history — from his humble start on a tricked-up set airing episodes on The Young Turks network, to his “polished and professionally produced” program airing on “an independently-funded channel,” and “boasting 150 million views.” But then he quickly turns to maligning Rubin’s work. READ MORE...

  • The Evidence About Crossfire Hurricane Demands An Investigation, Stat

    The Evidence About Crossfire Hurricane Demands An Investigation, Stat

    What we know about federal law enforcement and intelligence agencies’ spying on the Donald Trump campaign likely represents but a sliver of their covert activities. But it’s about time we do, and President Trump is right to demand an investigation. Here’s what we know so far.

    In the run-up to the presidential election, on July 31, 2016, the Federal Bureau of Intelligence (FBI) opened a “counterintelligence investigation” to probe whether the Trump campaign was colluding with Russia to influence the election. Over the last two weeks, in a series of articles, The New York Times and Washington Post revealed that the investigation, dubbed operation Crossfire Hurricane, involved a government informant connected to the Trump campaign. READ MORE...

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