As The Supreme Court Considers Major Free Speech Case, Liberals Can’t Have Their Cake And Eat It Too

Freedom_of_SpeechBelow is my column in The Hill newspaper on how liberals in New York are supplying the Supreme Court ample reason to rule for a Colorado cake shop owner in the Masterpiece Cakeshop case.  As the Court decides whether a baker can refuse to bake a cake deemed offensive, many liberals are asserting the right to refuse to serve conservatives based on their political views or associations.

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Wisconsin Police Praise Pranksters in Staged Accident

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Cumberland (Wis.) police posted an interesting message for the Cumberland High School students responsible for this year’s prank.  Using a black tarp, the students made it look like a car had crashed into Cumberland High School.

The police posted the image above with the message “Hats off to the Cumberland High School Class of 2018 on your senior prank. Congratulations Class of 2018 on one of best senior pranks that Cumberland High School has seen.”

 

That is high praise from your local police station.

 

“Reach Out To Touch Someone”: Michael Cohen and Washington’s Only Indigenous Crop

300px-AT&T_logo_2016.svgBelow is my column in USA Today on recent disclosure of Michael Cohen, President Donald Trump’s longtime personal lawyer, received hundreds of thousands of dollars from companies like AT&T seeking access to Trump.  Accounts indicate that Cohen actively sold himself as a conduit to Trump to companies seeking influence.  Cohen is only the latest in a long line of sleaze winding its way through Washington.

Caught red-handed in influence peddling, AT&T reportedly fired the Vice President responsible for the Cohen contract and called it a “big mistake.”

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THE GREATEST MUSEUM FOR THE GREATEST GENERATION: A TRIP TO THE NATIONAL WORLD WAR II MUSEUM

IMG_7862As I mentioned yesterday, the highlight of my recent trip to New Orleans was my visit (with my son Jack) to the greatly expanded World War II Museum.  I have visited the museum repeatedly since it was first opened.  As someone who continues to study and write on military history, this museum has been a joy to watch expand and improve through the years.  It is now the greatest military museum for the greatest generation. It is easily on par with the great museums of Europe like Musée de l’Armée at the Les Invalides in Paris. It should be a point of pride for all Americans in its expanding and unique collection of artifacts and weaponry from World War II.  Moreover, it is expanding even further and is now composed of multiple buildings and soon will be joined by The Higgins Hotel & Conference Center along with the massive Bollinger Canopy of Peace that will cover all of the buildings.  The result will certainly be a truly unparalleled facility committed to military history. Continue reading

New Orleans at 300: Aging Gracefully Along The Banks Of The Mississippi

IMG_7931I  recently visited New Orleans for a speech during the celebration of its 300th anniversary.  It coincides with the French Quarter festival and my son Jack and I had an absolute ball.  I lived in New Orleans when I taught at Tulane Law School (after clerking on the United States Court of Appeals for the Fifth Circuit).  I still have tremendous love for this unique city and its wonderful people.  Unfortunately, due to events in Washington, I have been delayed in posting some of the pictures.  Tomorrow I will be posting the pictures from my visit to the greatly expanded World War II Museum.  As discussed below, my only negative review is the Royal House restaurant, which was truly abysmal.

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“Undesirable Person”: Russians Bar Entry Of German Journalist Who Helped Uncover Their Doping Program

225px-Vladimir_Putin_official_portraitWe have previously discussed the questionable assurances of reforms from the Russian government after its government-led, systemic doping scandal.  The greatest proof came this week when the Russians barred German Journalist Hajo Seppelt, the man who broke the Russian state doping story, from entry to the World Cup in Russia.  If the Russians were so shocked and repentant, they should welcome Seppelt as a hero. Instead, they declared him an “undesirable person” for revealing their systemic cheating.  Of course, the FIFA (which has distinguished itself as one of the most thoroughly corrupt organizations) has taken no real action.

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White House Aide And Former Fox Expert Mock McCain As Dying and A Traitor

225px-John_McCain_official_portrait_2009Most Americans rightfully view Sen. John McCain as a genuine war hero and American icon.  That view is not shared by President Donald Trump’s supporters, it would appear. Kelly Sadler, a special assistant to the presidend, is under fire for telling staff that they should laugh off McCain’s opposition to Gina Haspel as CIA director over her record of torture because his opinion “doesn’t matter” since “he’s dying anyway.”  On Fox Business, Thomas McInerney, a former Fox News military analyst, rebuked McCain by saying torture clearly “worked for John” and that is why is calling “Songbird John” for cracking under torture.

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