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John A. Sparks

    Thu, December 14, 2017

    Freedom of Speech and Forced Union Payments

    Unions have been on the decline since 1954"which was their high point in membership as a percentage of the workforce. Today, unions represent a paltry 6.4 % of private sector employees. Their ...

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    Mon, July 10, 2017

    The Playground Fight Over Religious Liberty

    Trinity Lutheran Church is a church in Columbia, Missouri that operates a Christian preschool and daycare center offering students a playground for recess and exercise during the school day. It ...

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    Mon, June 12, 2017

    New Conservative Legal Mainstream

    Senators Chuck Schumer and Patrick Leahy claimed that newly confirmed Supreme Court Justice Neil Gorsuch was not in the “legal mainstream.” They were referring to the “living Constitution” ...

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    Thu, February 02, 2017

    A Worthy Scalia Successor

    President Donald Trump has nominated Appeals Court Judge Neil Gorsuch to fill the seat of the late Justice Antonin Scalia. Put simply, Gorsuch's judicial philosophy is to respect the text ...

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    Tue, October 18, 2016

    Cruel Irony of Hillary Clinton's Pro-Women Stance

    Hillary Clinton is campaigning that she, of all the candidates, is the one who is a "champion for women and girls" specifically because, among other things, she protects "women's ...

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    Mon, July 11, 2016

    Supreme Court's Texas Abortion Ruling

    Whole Woman's Health v. Hellerstedt was recently decided 5-3 by the U.S. Supreme Court. It struck down the Texas legislature's regulations requiring abortion clinics to meet the same standards as any ...

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    Thu, July 07, 2016

    Socialism: Venezuela Destroys Its Currency

    Millennials are among the most avid supporters of the socialism promoted by Bernie Sanders. What is most remarkable is that there is ample evidence that socialist regimes bring untold economic harm ...

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    Tue, June 21, 2016

    The Truth About Socialism

    Many Millennials are finding socialism attractive–at least as presented by Bernie Sanders. This is perplexing because there is ample and dramatic evidence of how a full-fledged socialist state ...

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    Thu, May 19, 2016

    Little Sisters Get a Win

    In a highly unusual move, the Supreme Court passed off the case of Zubic v. Burwell like a hot potato. It passed the case to the lower federal appeals courts. The high court, short by one justice due ...

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    Fri, March 18, 2016

    No Need to Consider Judge Garland

    With the death of Justice Antonin Scalia the Supreme Court is left with one chief justice and seven associate justices. President Obama has nominated Merrick B. Garland, chief judge of the D.C. ...

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    Wed, February 17, 2016

    Scalia Death Loss for Constituionalism

    Justice Antonin Scalia's death leaves the Supreme Court without one of its most courageous and colorful conservative legal minds.

    First, he was a staunch ...

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    Thu, January 07, 2016

    Big Brother vs. Little Sister

    The Obama administration's lack of understanding of the spiritual depth and commitment of private religious charities is shocking. The callousness of the federal effort to compel a noble Catholic ...

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    Mon, December 14, 2015

    Freedom of Speech and Public Employee Unions

    U.S. labor unions have long been experiencing a decline. In 1954, union membership for both public and private sector employees combined peaked at 28.3 percent. Today only around 11 percent of all ...

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    Wed, November 04, 2015

    Race and University Admissions

    Abigail Fisher applied for admission to the University of Texas at Austin (UT) as part of the entering class of 2008. Little did she know that being rejected for admission under UT's race-conscious ...

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    Thu, September 17, 2015

    The American Constitution: Why it Endures

    The greatest contribution that the Founders made to the well-being of America was the U.S. Constitution and the Bill of Rights. It is appropriate that we talk about this document in a week when the ...

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    Thu, July 16, 2015

    Hands Off My Raisins!

    Laura and Marvin Horne are raisin farmers. Early one morning in 2002, a truck appeared at their business and the drivers demanded a whopping 47 percent of their raisin crop. The truck was sent by the ...

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    Fri, June 26, 2015

    A Sad, Confused Obamacare Decision

    In his scathing dissent, Justice Antonin Scalia summarized the Supreme Court's decision in King v. Burwell in two sentences: "The court holds that when the Patient Protection and Affordable Care ...

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    Fri, June 12, 2015

    Obamacare Subsidies and Justice Anthony Kennedy

    It's not too much to say that President Obama's domestic legislative legacy could turn on the outcome of King v. Burwell, the landmark case argued in March before the U.S. Supreme Court, which a ...

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    Wed, March 18, 2015

    Grove City College Gets a New President

    In 1965, Russell Kirk, a man of letters and conservative commentator, wrote an essay entitled "The Rarity of the God Fearing Man." He lamented the fact that we as creatures generally no ...

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    Wed, February 04, 2015

    Obama Drops Plan to Tax College Savings Plans

    Only a week after proposing to hit the middle class with a tax on college savings plans, President Obama dropped the assault on so-called "529 plans." These plans have been used by parents ...

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    Fri, January 23, 2015

    Has President Exceeded His Authority on Immigration?

    In the State of the Union address, President Obama declared: "We can't put the security of families at risk by taking away their health insurance, or unraveling the new rules on Wall Street, or ...

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    Tue, December 16, 2014

    Obamacare on Defensive Again

    When Case Western University law professor Jonathan Adler testified before a House subcommittee on July 31, 2013, he had no idea that his analysis of the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act ...

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    Fri, November 21, 2014

    Gay Marriage Back Before Supreme Court

    A month ago, the U.S. Supreme Court refused to hear a collection of cases which raised the question of traditional marriage vs. same-sex unions. Now, a Sixth Circuit Court of Appeals decision may ...

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    Tue, July 01, 2014

    Supreme Court Slows Obamacare's Abortion Agenda

    The Supreme Court waited until the last day of its term to issue its highly anticipated opinion in Burwell v. Hobby Lobby Stores and Conestoga Wood Specialties.

    The ...

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    Mon, June 30, 2014

    Obama Appointments Nixed

    In a rare unanimous decision, all nine justices of the U.S. Supreme Court agreed with the outcome in NLRB v. Canning. The Supreme Court found that President Obama's recess appointments to the ...

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    Wed, June 25, 2014

    Being 'Offended' is Not Establishment of Religion

    The Elmbrook School District operates two public high schools in suburban Wisconsin. Finding that its own gymnasiums were cramped, hot, and uncomfortable, and at the request of students, it decided ...

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    Mon, April 14, 2014

    Pending Supreme Court Rulings, IV

    In January 2012, President Obama appointed three people to the National Labor Relations Board (NLRB), which is the federal regulatory board that determines whether or not certain labor practices have ...

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    Wed, March 12, 2014

    Pending Supreme Court Rulings

    Editor's note: This is the second article in a four-part series.

    In 1995, Jennifer Gratz was denied admission to the University of Michigan. Two years later she ...

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    Fri, June 28, 2013

    Court Missed Opportunity in Fisher Case

    The Supreme Court, in a case heard by eight Justices (Justice Kagan recused
    herself), has issued its decision involving the admissions policies of the
    University of Texas. In a 7-1 ...

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    Thu, January 17, 2013

    Obama's Medical Device Tax

    Editor's note: A version of this article first appeared in The Washington Times.

    With the start of the New Year, one of the little noticed but potentially harmful features of Obamacare ...

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    Fri, December 21, 2012

    Robert Bork and Grove City College

    On a dark February afternoon in 1988, 25 students in a U.S. Constitutional History class waited expectantly in a little-used dining hall on the campus of Grove City College (in Grove City, ...

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    Thu, July 05, 2012

    ObamaCare Decision: A Mixed Bag

    The case that received more media attention and more consideration by the U.S. Supreme Court than any in recent history has been decided. The 5-4 decision upheld the "individual mandate," ...

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    Tue, April 10, 2012

    Obama's Monumental Misunderstanding

    President Obama recently complained about the possibility of the Supreme Court striking down Obamacare. He used the term "unprecedented" and was critical of "judicial activism" ...

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    Mon, September 19, 2011

    Does Alzheimer's Justify Divorce?

    Recently, Pat Robertson, chairman of the Christian Broadcasting Network, told his "700 Club" viewers that divorcing a wife with Alzheimer's disease is justifiable (click here). His ...

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    Fri, September 02, 2011

    Obamacare: Constitutionally Infirm

    A three-judge panel of the U.S. Eleventh Circuit Court of Appeals has ruled that the key feature of the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act, better known by many as "Obamacare," is ...

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    Thu, July 14, 2011

    Not Year of School Choice in NYC

    In a recent editorial, The Wall Street Journal calls 2011 the "year of school choice." Parents and the legislators who represent them, particularly in inner-city schools, are tired of ...

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    Fri, May 13, 2011

    Tax Hikes Are Coming!

    President Obama is now openly proposing tax increases on at least two important fronts as part of his "solution" to the growing debt crisis.

    The president's favorite approach is ...

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    Thu, December 16, 2010

    Beginning of the End of Obamacare

    One of the key provisions of the Obama administration's healthcare law has been struck down as unconstitutional by Federal District Court Judge Henry E. Hudson. The decision is the culmination of a ...

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    Thu, November 18, 2010

    Justice is Done in Connecticut

    Dr. William Petit stood on the steps of the New Haven Superior Court House. A jury had just recommended the death penalty for one of the men who had assaulted and murdered his wife and daughters. ...

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    Tue, April 27, 2010

    Rendell and Marcellus Shale

    Taxing the Golden Goose

    Imagine that you are governor of the state of Pennsylvania, and private enterprisers discover a new, clean source of fuel within the state's borders, a source which would help reduce the costs of ...

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    Tue, February 02, 2010

    Freedom of Political Speech Restored

    Suppose you were arrested on criminal charges because you were the head of an organization that had produced a film critical of the wife of a former political leader, who was now running for office ...

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    Fri, January 08, 2010

    Bulldozed in New London

    Pfizer, the huge drug company, has announced that it will be leaving a large research complex in New London, Connecticut and moving several hundred jobs to nearby Groton. Such belt-tightening in ...

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    Wed, October 14, 2009

    Christopher Klicka: Warrior for Educational and Religious Freedom

    A young dark-haired student, Chris Klicka, sat in my U.S. Constitutional History class at Grove City College, Grove City, Pennsylvania around 1980. He was an excellent student with a particularly ...

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    Mon, March 16, 2009

    The Employee Free Choice Act: Why Unions Will be Hurt

    The Obama administration is pushing again for the adoption of a bill with the misleading title, the Employee Free Choice Act (EFCA). One of its major provisions would make employers recognize unions ...

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    Fri, February 06, 2009

    The Employee Intimidation Act

    The Obama administration will make every effort to pass a key piece of pro-union legislation. The bill has a misleading label: The Employee Free Choice Act (EFCA). In the interest of truth in ...

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    Tue, December 02, 2008

    Educational Choice for the Obamas: What About Others?

    Where will the Obama kids attend school in Washington? That question has been answered as it should be: by the new president and first lady.

    There is no argument about that. Sasha and ...

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