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Bruce Fein
Bruce Fein was Associate Deputy Attorney General and General Counsel to the Federal Communications Commission under President Ronald Reagan. He served as Research Director for Republicans on the Joint Congressional Committee on Covert Arms Sales to Iran, and on the American Bar Association's Committee on Presidential Signing Statements. He has been a Visiting Fellow for Constitutional Studies at the Heritage Foundation and an adjunct scholar at American Enterprise Institute. He has advised numerous countries on constitutional reform, including South Africa, Hungary and Russia. He is regularly called to testify before the House and Senate Judiciary and Foreign Relations Committees.

Mr. Fein is author of Constitutional Peril: The Life and Death Struggle for Our Constitution and Democracy, and American Empire: Before the Fall. Bruce Fein is a partner in the law firm, Fein & DelValle, PLLC.

For more information, please visit Fein&DelValle and BruceFein.

Entries by Bruce Fein

House Speaker Paul Ryan Should Resign For Surrendering Congressional Power

(20) Comments | Posted June 27, 2016 | 11:11 AM

House Speaker Paul Ryan, Wisconsin Republican, should resign.

He has flouted his constitutional oath to defend the Constitution of the United States. He has surrendered the supreme national security and oversight powers of Congress to President Barack Obama without fighting a single battle.

Exemplary was the speaker's embrace of the...

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Ousting House Speaker Paul Ryan for Dereliction of Constitutional Duty

(5) Comments | Posted June 27, 2016 | 10:56 AM

House Speaker Paul Ryan should be removed for dereliction of constitutional duty and should be replaced by Congressman Thomas Massie (R-Kentucky).
He has prevented and continues to prevent Members of Congress from discharging their constitutional obligation to decide under Article I, section 8, clause 11 whether the nation...

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The Invertebrate Branch

(0) Comments | Posted June 7, 2016 | 4:45 PM

Don't underestimate Congress.

It has performed a miracle.

It has lost its vertebrae and become the invertebrate branch of government like the rare devolution of a species.

A few pages of history speak volumes.

More than four decades ago, Congress staunchly defended and exercised its constitutional...

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Shipwrecking North Korea's Nuclear Ambitions by Engaging China

(6) Comments | Posted June 7, 2016 | 4:36 PM

     The United States can shipwreck North Korea's nuclear ambitions by striking a deal with China.

     We should close our military bases and end our defense commitments to Japan, South Korea, and the Philippines. In exchange, China would be required to force North Korea to abandon its nuclear arsenal...

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Suing Saudi Arabia for Complicity in 9/11

(1) Comments | Posted April 25, 2016 | 10:51 AM

Without tarry, Congress should pass pending legislation (S. 2040) to authorize 9/11 victims or their families to sue Saudi Arabia for alleged complicity in the international terrorist abominations.

It would be nauseating for President Barack Obama to veto the legislation as he has pledged.

A nation...

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The Cure for the European Refugee Crisis: Self-Determination by Formerly Colonized Peoples

(1) Comments | Posted April 17, 2016 | 10:50 PM

The Bible sermonizes (Galatians 6:7): "Do not be deceived. God is not mocked; for whatever a man sows, this he will also reap."

More than a century ago, European imperialism sowed the violent convulsions and upheavals we are now witnessing in Africa and the Middle East. The...

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Biafra Nationhood: Unfinished Decolonization

(17) Comments | Posted April 1, 2016 | 8:08 PM

​Biafra, dominated by the great Igbo race, enjoyed sovereignty before Great Britain commenced exploitive colonial rule over Nigeria under the racist banner of Rudyard Kipling's "the White Man' burden." Britain asserted authority over Biafra based on the tyrannical doctrine that the strong do what they can and the weak suffer...

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Making America Great Again: End Speculation on Public Measures

(0) Comments | Posted March 17, 2016 | 11:49 AM

Let's make America great again by following the genius of the Constitution, James Madison, and end the trillion dollar speculations on public measures that earmark special interest groups, aka, crony capitalists, who sap our moral fiber while impairing consumer welfare.

Let's begin by having Congress rebuke the National Association...

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The Military-Industrial-Terrorism Complex Megaphone

(0) Comments | Posted February 29, 2016 | 12:26 PM

Columnist Charles Krauthammer is a laureled megaphone for the multi-trillion dollar military-industrial-terrorism complex (MITC).

His sound track is all percussion and no strings.

Existential dangers to the United States requiring a military response are chronically appearing on the international stage. They breed faster than rabbits.

Masterly inactivity...

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Sweet Are the Uses of Donald Trump's Stupidities

(0) Comments | Posted February 29, 2016 | 12:15 PM

To paraphrase Touchstone in Shakespeare's As You Like it," sweet are the uses of Donald Trump's stupidities, which, like the toad, ugly and venomous, wears yet a precious jewel in his head.

Take Trump's recent February 26 cri de coeur for loosening libel laws to facilitate his contemplated suits...

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Michael Hayden's Flawed Salute to Drones

(0) Comments | Posted February 26, 2016 | 4:30 PM

After completing his first inspection tour of Vietnam, then Secretary of Defense Robert McNamara clucked: "Every quantitative measure we have shows we're winning this war." A sage Vietnam general observed: "Ah les statistiques! Your Secretary of Defense loves statistics. We Vietnamese can give him all he wants. If you want...

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Closing Guantanamo Sans Congress

(0) Comments | Posted February 26, 2016 | 4:26 PM

President Barack Obama enjoys constitutional authority to transfer all Guantanamo Bay "enemy combatant" detainees to the United States for imprisonment notwithstanding the funding restrictions of the National Defense Authorization Act of 2016.

The President-not Congress--selected Guantanamo to house suspected enemy combatants as an incident to executing the 2001 Authorization...

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Congress: Awaken to Your Privacy Responsibilities

(0) Comments | Posted February 19, 2016 | 1:21 PM

On February 25, 2016, the House Judiciary Committee headed by Chairman Bob Goodlatte (R-Va.) will hold a hearing on "International Conflicts of Law Concerning Cross Border Data Flow and Law Enforcement Requests."

It is long overdue. The hearing is also necessary put Congress in the driver's seat in the...

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Needed: A Justice Who Has Served in Congress

(3) Comments | Posted February 17, 2016 | 1:23 PM

The United States Supreme Court urgently needs a Justice who has served in Congress to succeed the late Justice Antonin Scalia. Senator Amy Klobucher (D-Minn) would fit the bill.

Populated predominately by creatures of the Executive Branch, the modern Court is constitutionally biased in favor of limitless executive power at...

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Hillary Clinton's Appalling Enthusiasm for War

(1) Comments | Posted February 4, 2016 | 8:25 AM

Hillary Clinton exhibits an appalling enthusiasm for United States wars not in self-defense, i.e., legalized murders on an industrial scale that create enemies while destroying our liberties and prosperity at home.

To William Tecumseh Sherman, war was "hell." To Abraham Lincoln, war was a "scourge." But to Hillary Clinton,...

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Hillary Clinton's Appalling Enthusiasm for War

(0) Comments | Posted February 4, 2016 | 8:25 AM

Hillary Clinton exhibits an appalling enthusiasm for United States wars not in self-defense, i.e., legalized murders on an industrial scale that create enemies while destroying our liberties and prosperity at home.

To William Tecumseh Sherman, war was "hell." To Abraham Lincoln, war was a "scourge." But to Hillary Clinton,...

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Operation Choke Point: Life Imitating Arts

(0) Comments | Posted January 28, 2016 | 3:37 PM

"Life imitates art far more than art imitates Life." So said Oscar Wilde.

The Obama administration's scorn for due process is exemplary.

In Chapter III of Alice's Adventures in Wonderland, Mouse relates a "long and sad tale" of his history and encounter with Fury. "Let us both go...

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Updating the Gettysburg Address

(0) Comments | Posted January 27, 2016 | 10:33 AM

Twelve score years ago our fathers and mothers brought forth on this continent to a new nation conceived in Liberty, and dedicated to the proposition that we are endowed with unalienable rights.

Now we are engaged in a great presidential campaign, testing whether that nation can endure in a sea...

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Congress to Puerto Rico: Drop Dead

(0) Comments | Posted January 25, 2016 | 11:08 AM

Bettering the instruction of a parricide pleading his orphanage as a mitigating sentencing factor, New York City strutted through the halls of Congress in 1975 like a peacock demanding a federal rescue for its municipal profligacy.

President Gerald Ford's firm pledge to veto any federal bail-out legislation provoked the...

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Empires Heighten Dangers

(0) Comments | Posted January 20, 2016 | 10:51 AM

All Empires are alike.

They are all begotten from the DNA of the species that craves power for the sake of power--an evil that has persisted unchanged since Adam and Eve.

The United States has predictably followed the model of its Roman precursor. First we fought in self-defense against the...

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