Author Archive | Damon Root


A.M. Links: Latest on North Korea, Trump vs. McConnell, Tesla Readies Self-Driving Semi-Truck

New poll: 70 percent of Americans “believe the federal investigation into Russia’s efforts to influence the 2016 presidential election in the US should be able to look into President Donald Trump’s finances.” President Trump attacked Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell today on Twitter. “Can you believe that Mitch McConnell, who has screamed Repeal & Replace […]

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A.M. Links: Trump’s Approval Rating Drops to 38%, White House Reaches Out to Democrats on Tax Reform, China Backs New Sanctions on North Korea

President Donald Trump’s approval rating has dropped to 38 percent in a new poll. The Trump administration is “quietly courting a few dozen House Democrats on tax reform.” “The average temperature in the United States has risen rapidly and drastically since 1980, and recent decades have been the warmest of the past 1,500 years, according […]

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From Bork to Willett: Is the Conservative Legal Movement Going Libertarian?

When President Ronald Reagan nominated Robert Bork to the U.S. Supreme Court in 1987, he praised his nominee for being “widely regarded as the most prominent and intellectually powerful advocate of judicial restraint.” It was no exaggeration. During his decades-long career as a law professor, federal judge, and legal commentator, Bork routinely preached the virtues […]

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A.M. Links: Trump’s Approval Rating Drops to 33%, Rand Paul Blasts Civil Asset Forfeiture, John Kelly Reassures Jeff Sessions

President Donald Trump’s approval rating has dropped to 33 percent in a new poll. The Trump administration wants to cut legal immigration to the U.S. by 50 percent. President Trump is reportedly considering firing Army General John Nicholson, the commander of the U.S. forces in Afghanistan. New White House Chief of Staff John Kelly reportedly […]

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In Major Win for 2nd Amendment Advocates, Federal Court Blocks D.C. from Enforcing Conceal-Carry Restriction

Second Amendment advocates scored a significant legal victory today when the U.S. Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia Circuit blocked Washington, D.C., from enforcing a law that effectively bars most D.C. residents from lawfully carrying handguns in public. “The Second Amendment,” the court declared, “erects some absolute barriers that no gun law may […]

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Clarence Thomas vs. Jeff Sessions on Civil Asset Forfeiture

Attorney General Jeff Sessions announced this week that the Justice Department will increase the use of civil asset forfeiture, the practice that allows law enforcement officials to seize property from persons who have been neither charged with nor convicted of any crime. “Civil asset forfeiture is a key tool,” Sessions declared. “President Trump has directed […]

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A.M. Links: Trump Slams Sessions for Russia Recusal, McCain Diagnosed with Brain Cancer, O.J. Simpson Faces Parole Board

In an interview with The New York Times, President Donald Trump attacked Attorney General Jeff Sessions for recusing himself from the Russia investigation. “Sessions should have never recused himself, and if he was going to recuse himself, he should have told me before he took the job and I would have picked somebody else,” Trump […]

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A.M. Links: Trump’s Revised Travel Ban Begins Today, South Korean President Visits U.S., Iraq Retakes Mosul Mosque

President Donald Trump’s executive order banning travelers from six majority-Muslim countries is set to go into partial effect today after the Supreme Court on Monday lifted some parts of the order that had been blocked by lower courts. “The Trump administration has set new criteria for visa applicants from six mainly Muslim nations and all […]

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To Save His Travel Ban at SCOTUS, Trump Is Citing This 1972 Precedent

Gage Skidmore / Flickr.comThe U.S. Supreme Court has agreed to review the legality of President Donald Trump’s executive order banning travelers from six majority-Muslim countries. At the heart of the Trump administration’s legal case is a 1972 Supreme Court decision that recognized sweeping executive authority over immigration. If Trump ultimately wins on the merits, it […]

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