Law

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    Federal judges’ war on Trump

    David French of National Review Online describes the ongoing conflict between “lawless” federal judges and the Trump administration. It’s déjà vu all over again. A federal judge has blocked a lawful Trump-administration policy, essentially enshrining the Obama administration’s policy choices in social-justice granite. The practical result is a…
    Mitch Kokai, January 16, 2019
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    Obamacare: Still unpopular after all these years

    David Catron of the American Spectator highlights poll results linked to the recent court ruling declaring the Affordable Care Act unconstitutional. One day after Nancy Pelosi and her modest but all too real Democratic majority in the House of Representatives voted to interfere in Texas v. United States,…
    Mitch Kokai, January 15, 2019
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    New Carolina Journal Online features

    Lindsay Marchello and Kari Travis report for Carolina Journal Online on UNC-Chapel Hill Chancellor Carol Folt’s surprise resignation and her plans to dismantle Silent Sam’s pedestal. The Daily Journal highlights N.C. Supreme Court Chief Justice Mark Martin’s recent plea for colleagues to favor the rule of law over…
    Mitch Kokai, January 15, 2019
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    At Last — Some Good News About Copyrights

    No, Etta James’ 1960 classic recording hasn’t entered the public domain, and the original score by Mack Gordon and Harry Warren hasn’t entered it either. Nevertheless, quite a few works will enter the public domain in 2019, and, as Duke’s Center for the Study of Public Domain reports,…
    Jon Guze, January 8, 2019
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    New Carolina Journal Online features

    Kari Travis reports for Carolina Journal Online on the UNC System board chairman backing away from his promise to cut off ties with East Carolina University. The Daily Journal explains why a multimillion-dollar N.C. libel case should send a message to reporters, advocates, and activists.
    Mitch Kokai, January 8, 2019
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    Facism, Exorcism, and Maintaining Your Sangfroid

    Speaking to those on the left who unreflectively believe the specter of Facism has reared its head in the United States and elsewhere, Mark Lilla offers cautionary advice in response to a critique of a recent essay he wrote on the French Right. For those concerned about the antiliberal forces gaining…
    Kory Swanson, January 3, 2019
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    Partial Government Shutdown Leads To Lawsuit

    Lawsuits have become a predictable component of public and private disputes, no matter how large or small. Just watch “Judge Judy” and you’ll find an amazing number of people who failed to get Aunt Susie to sign a written payback agreement for that $250 loan she now claims was just…
    Donna Martinez, January 3, 2019