Conservative Legal Scholars: Obama Has Immigration Authority

The Federalist Society held their annual conference last week and a panel of conservative legal scholars agreed that President Obama does have the authority to defer some deportations, partly because of inherent executive authority and partly because Congress wrote the immigration laws to give the president such authority.
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Atheism and Humanism Already Covered by Discrimination Laws

A federal court recently ruled that “Secular Humanism is a religion for Establishment Clause purposes.” The reactions ranged from “this is a huge win for humanists” to “oh shit, this provides ammunition to the other side.” But libertarian legal scholar Ilya Somin points out that atheism and humanism were already protected under anti-discrimination laws:
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When George W. Bush Acted Unilaterally on Immigration

I’ve already posted a couple of times on past presidents, including St. Ronald the Magnificent, issuing executive actions to defer deportation for undocumented immigrants, but it turns out that it happened a mere seven years ago when Republicans, of course, did not scream for the head of George W. Bush for doing it:
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Chuck Norris and the War on Christmas

Chuck Norris is mad as hell and he’s not going to take it anymore. He’s fed up with that dastardly War on Christmas (you know, the one that doesn’t exist except in the fevered imaginations of the permanently persecuted). In an op-ed reprinted on Fox News and dramatically talked about by the three morons on Fox and Friends, he writes this:
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Senate Votes Not to Rein in NSA Data Mining

The U.S. Senate considered a bill that would pass some important safeguards on NSA data mining activities the other day. 58 senators voted for the bill but it still failed because that was just a cloture vote. Despite the fact that a strong majority of the chamber wants to pass the bill, it won’t even get a vote on the bill itself.
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