In Honor of Constitution Day….

WASHINGTON - DECEMBER 15: Ethan Kasnett, an 8th grade student at the Lab School in Washington, DC, views the original constitution. (Brendan Smialowski/GETTY IMAGES)

The Cato Supreme Court Review, edited by Ilya Shapiro, is published annually on Constitution Day.

Now in its fourteenth edition, the Review is the first scholarly journal to appear after each SCOTUS term ends and the only one grounded in the nation’s first principles, liberty, and limited governmentCATO-SCOTUS

The Review has built quite a reputation over the years, and has earned some high praise from notable SCOTUS experts:

“Cato, with its emphasis on limited government and individual rights, has weighed in with a book of essays by academics and practicing lawyers that manages to skewer liberal and conservative justices alike.”
Tony Mauro, Supreme Court correspondent, The National Law Journal and Legal Times

“Unquestionably, the definitive volume on the Supreme Court’s term.”
Tom Goldstein, founder of SCOTUSblog (and co-chair of litigation and Supreme Court practice at Akin, Gump, Strauss, Hauer & Feld LLP)

In this year’s issueShapiro and other leading legal scholars analyze the 2014-2015 Supreme Court term, specifically focusing on the most important and far-reaching cases of the year, as well as upcoming cases to watch.

Read this issue online, or explore the archive…..


Report: Zuckerberg’s Connections, Millions Couldn’t Defeat Tea Party on Amnesty


For, Tony Lee reports: Facebook co-founder Mark Zuckerberg‘s connections and millions could not defeat the Tea Party to pass comprehensive amnesty legislation this year. 

Politico concluded that “Zuckerberg’s immigration reform push had all the capital, connections and star power to merit success,” but “not even Silicon Valley could make this investment — and the Facebook founder’s first foray into national politics — pay off.”

Zuckerberg’s reportedly “surpassed its $50 million fundraising goal Zuckerberg set and has almost $25 million still squirreled away.” According to Politico, “much of the money went to media buys,” including a deceptive $150,000 ad buy in North Carolina that declared pro-amnesty Rep. Renee Ellmers (R-NC) was against amnesty to ensure that she would win her primary. But despite some small wins, the group, Politico notes, learned some “sobering lessons” of Washington.

One big lesson is that the record number of Americans who hate Congress also despise the bipartisan “Boomtown” elites Zuckerberg courted to pass amnesty legislation. Read the rest of this entry »

[VIDEO] GOP Fires Back at Reid in New Ad: ‘Are All of These Liars, Senator Reid?’

It had to happen. It was only Feb. 27th when Harry Reid‘s breathtaking, audacious, self-destructive Senate floor comments went viral: On Senate Floor Harry Reid Claims All Obamacare Stories Are Made-Up ‘Horror Stories’, and only Feb. 25th that we reported on The Left’s New Narrative: “Nobody is Hurt by Obamcare” in “That’s Our Story and We’re Stickin’ to it”.

It’s not that Reid went off-script, or ventured a little too far over the line, when voicing Democrats’ frustration with Obamacare’s critics. He wasn’t even the first to use this language. The problem is Harry Reid is A. not as gifted at dark-force big-lie campaign messaging as some of his peers, and B. He did it on the Senate floor.

Not that their overall strategy is without merit. In late February, a pattern began to emerge, no longer content to backpedal and rationalize, Democrats went on the offensive. Gambling that voters are tired of hearing Republicans bitch about Obamacare, they settled on a unified campaign message, to go out there and say, with a straight face, that every one of the negative stories about health care from their opponents is completely made up.

This bright idea lasted less than one week before it blew up in their face, with Reid’s stunning Senate speech.  It’s only March 1st, and the ammunition provided by Harry Reid has been assembled into an NRSC ad. The opening is so good, and Republicans are so inept at counter-messaging, Guy Benson complains Republicans took too long to respond. He gets the scoop:

Guy Benson  writes:

 I’ve been lamenting Republicans’ haphazard and sclerotic response to Harry Reid’s Obamacare smears, wondering with frustration why the party hadn’t produced any instant YouTube ads or mobilized to draw attention to the comments. Last night I received word from the National Republican Senatorial Committee (NRSC) — the group devoted to relegating Reid to minority status — that they were working on it. They’ve since shared their production exclusively with Townhall:

If you’re wondering why the ad doesn’t actually feature Reid’s remarks, Senate rules severely restrict campaign committees’ ability to use floor footage in ads. This strikes me as a bizarre and anachronistic regulation, but the rules are the rules. Unless, of course, you break them to accumulate more political power, which is how Reid rolls….

The NRSC spot takes Reid to task by highlighting individuals whose stories directly rebut the Nevada Senator’s initial assertion that every single “horror story” is “untrue.” He’s since dialed that back a bit, stating that merely the “vast majority” of certain accounts are “deceptive.” RNC Chairman Reince Priebus seized on a piece I wrote at Hot Air, which runs though a number of powerful stories that Reid snottily dismissed in the above floor speech. Priebus did not mince words:


Read the rest…