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Trevor Burrus is a legal associate at the Cato Institute’s Center for Constitutional Studies.

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Don't Let Abortion Cloud Free-Speech Issue

(2) Comments | Posted January 15, 2014 | 5:08 PM

Eleanor McCullen is a 76-year-old grandmother who believes women who have abortions are often not informed about the options available to them. The state of Massachusetts, however, made it illegal for her to stand within 35 feet of an abortion clinic when she calmly talks to women about other options....

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Next Steps for Marriage Equality

(12) Comments | Posted June 28, 2013 | 11:47 AM

The Supreme Court's landmark decisions in the gay marriage cases are an important victory in the fight for marriage equality. States are moving with surprising and inspiring speed to legalize gay marriage via the democratic process, and the Court's opinions will only add to that momentum.

But gay marriage could...

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How Shameful Policies Increase America's Gun Violence

(76) Comments | Posted January 30, 2013 | 1:27 PM

This week, a Senate Judiciary Committee hearing asks the question, "what should America do about gun violence?" As usual, the primary focus is on guns rather than those who misuse them, but unfortunately both President Obama's and Sen. Dianne Feinstein's proposals will do little to keep guns out of the...

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Citizens United and Forked-Tongued Candidates

(12) Comments | Posted September 6, 2012 | 8:00 AM

Convention week is a good time to reflect on campaign spending and the controversies over the Supreme Court's 2010 decision in Citizens United v. Federal Election Commission. The battle-lines around that controversial decision have been clearly drawn along partisan lines -- so clearly, in fact, that it seems increasingly impossible...

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Aaron Sorkin's The Newsroom: One-Sided Politics Will Not Save Us From Politics

(67) Comments | Posted July 26, 2012 | 2:00 PM

Aaron Sorkin's new HBO show The Newsroom is dishing out and receiving a lot of criticism. The Newsroom is Sorkin's latest attempt to cleanse the demons from our national character through fast-talking characters fighting for their principles. This time, however, rather than just obliquely commenting on the political...

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The Death of Economic Liberty and the Birth of Crony Capitalism

(57) Comments | Posted April 19, 2012 | 4:55 PM

The sordid history of crony capitalism in America was highlighted in Hettinga v. United States, a recent opinion by Judge Janice Rogers Brown of the United States Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia Circuit. Contrary to popular belief, that history didn't begin when big businesses...

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Baking Some Humble Pie for Congress

(4) Comments | Posted March 27, 2012 | 5:51 PM

The challenge to the Affordable Care Act, a.k.a. Obamacare, has come a long way since then-Speaker of the House Nancy Pelosi incredulously asked "are you serious?" in response to a reporter's question on its constitutionality. As oral arguments before the Supreme Court near, the Court should show Pelosi just how...

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"Wrong" Speech Is Also Free Speech: Citizens United at Two

(3) Comments | Posted January 24, 2012 | 2:58 PM

In the past week, many commentators have used the second anniversary of the Supreme Court's decision in Citizens United v. Federal Election Committee to reiterate their critiques of the controversial decision. Sen. Bernie Sanders (I-Vt.) and Public Citizen's Robert Weissman, for example, write that the decision "poisoned...

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Libertarianism, Rightly Conceived

(97) Comments | Posted January 18, 2012 | 5:37 PM

Economist Jeffrey Sachs has joined the critics who, over the last year or so, are dismissing libertarianism as a simple-minded philosophy. In "Libertarian Illusions," Sachs takes libertarians to task for "championing liberty to the exclusion of all other values." "Libertarians," Sachs writes, "hold that individual liberty should never...

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The Arizona "Unclean for Gene" Elections Act

(10) Comments | Posted April 1, 2011 | 10:20 AM

If you were running for office and you knew that for every dollar you spent the government would give a matching dollar to your opponents, would this affect your decisions on how, whether and when to spend money on getting your message out? And if you had three opponents who...

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