Free speech watchdog says university discriminates against conservatives

The University of Scranton discriminates against conservative students, according to a nonpartisan watchdog group. The Foundation for Individual Rights in Education (FIRE), a free-speech advocacy organization based in Philadelphia, says the Pennsylvania school’s student government engaged in viewpoint-based discrimination when … Continue reading Free speech watchdog says university discriminates against conservatives

Federal judge rules US must pay compensation for Hurricane Harvey intentional flooding

Houston-area victims may sue the federal government because the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers flooded their homes and businesses inside the Addicks and Barker reservoirs during Hurricane Harvey in 2017 in the belief that doing so would prevent worse flooding elsewhere, a … Continue reading Federal judge rules US must pay compensation for Hurricane Harvey intentional flooding

Freelance journalists challenge California law that restricts their work

Freelance journalists filed suit this week against California in federal court in hopes of striking down an unusually restrictive and possibly unconstitutional state employment law that outlaws independent contracting with very narrow exceptions. Layoffs blamed on the law, known as … Continue reading Freelance journalists challenge California law that restricts their work

Supreme Court allows lower court’s ruling overturning Boise vagrancy law

WASHINGTON—The Supreme Court turned away a legal appeal on Dec. 16 that aimed to restore Boise, Idaho’s laws banning homeless outdoor camping, which a lower court had struck down as violating the Constitution’s Eighth Amendment ban on cruel and unusual punishment. The ruling, which … Continue reading Supreme Court allows lower court’s ruling overturning Boise vagrancy law

Georgia midwife sues for right to call herself ‘midwife’

A nationally prominent midwife is suing Georgia authorities, claiming they’re engaged in regulatory overreach as they violate her First Amendment rights by punishing her for accurately calling herself a midwife. Debbie Pulley (pictured above), who helped found the Georgia Midwifery Association, … Continue reading Georgia midwife sues for right to call herself ‘midwife’

Democrats election win in Virginia produces gun registration proposal

Virginia Democrats are proposing a mandatory state gun registration measure after widespread public outrage forced them to back off a more aggressive plan to confiscate so-called assault weapons, a designation that gun experts have long rejected as arbitrary. Gun-control advocates … Continue reading Democrats election win in Virginia produces gun registration proposal

Insurance companies tell Supreme Court of government bait and switch

WASHINGTON—The Trump administration told the Supreme Court that the government is not obligated to pay $12 billion to insurance companies that knowingly took a business risk and lost money by participating in the Affordable Care Act’s “risk corridors” program. Republican lawmakers … Continue reading Insurance companies tell Supreme Court of government bait and switch

Supreme Court considers whether deportation of criminal aliens can be reviewed

WASHINGTON—Judicial review of the deportation orders of permanent residents with criminal records who miss statutory deadlines should be limited, the Trump administration told a skeptical Supreme Court. The justices heard oral arguments Dec. 9 in two cases that were consolidated, Ovalles v. Barr and … Continue reading Supreme Court considers whether deportation of criminal aliens can be reviewed