Judge Don Willett on Supreme Stalemates

Last week, the Honorable Don Willett of the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Fifth Circuit delivered the 2021 Sumner Canary Memorial Lecture at the Case Western Reserve University School of Law on “Supreme Stalemates.” The lecture explored what happens when supreme courts split evenly, usually due to recusals or vacancies.
When the U.S. Supreme Court slits 4-4, the judgment below is affirmed by an evenly divided court, and no Supreme Court precedent is created. At the state level, however, there are often mechanisms that will break the tie through the addition of an additional judge.

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Taxpayers are funding cruel and outdated DOJ training programs that kill animals

A German Sheppard jumps on a fence in Cordenons Italy on April 24, 2013. The shelter hosts roughly 20 dogs and 160 cats and is run by Italians in the local area with the help of donations from Americans at Aviano Air Base. (U.S. Air Force photo/2nd Lt. Allie M. Delury).

When I went to medical school in the 1980s, it was standard practice to have students cut apart live dogs and other animals as part of the curriculum to teach them medical skills and concepts.

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What the Ohio Special Election Actually Means

The Democratic primary has become a proxy war between progressives and the establishment. But the outcome won’t tell us much about the party’s future.

By Elaine Godfrey

Nina Turner speaks at a campaign event in Ohio (Michael M. Santiago / Getty)

August 3, 2021
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In just a few hours, Americans will start reading headlines announcing all the lessons learned from today’s Democratic primary in Ohio’s Eleventh Congressional District.

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What the Ohio Special Election Actually Means

The Democratic primary has become a proxy war between progressives and the establishment. But the outcome won’t tell us much about the party’s future.

By Elaine Godfrey

Nina Turner speaks at a campaign event in Ohio (Michael M. Santiago / Getty)

August 3, 2021
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In just a few hours, Americans will start reading headlines announcing all the lessons learned from today’s Democratic primary in Ohio’s Eleventh Congressional District.

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The COVID-19 war on children

ANALYSIS/OPINION:
Last October, the District of Columbia passed a law allowing health officials to vaccinate children as young as 11 without their parent’s knowledge or permission. Seriously. You probably didn’t hear about this. The media avoid covering topics that might arouse the citizenry to reassert their constitutional and parental rights. How about the CDC’s recommendation to mask any child over two years old? Not big news.

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The COVID-19 war on children

ANALYSIS/OPINION:
Last October, the District of Columbia passed a law allowing health officials to vaccinate children as young as 11 without their parent’s knowledge or permission. Seriously. You probably didn’t hear about this. The media avoid covering topics that might arouse the citizenry to reassert their constitutional and parental rights. How about the CDC’s recommendation to mask any child over two years old? Not big news.

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SCOTUS Term in Review: Compromise Over Conservatism?

Every Supreme Court term generates anticipation and excitement on its face, as lives are changed and decades-long battles are either initiated or resolved by the nine justices appointed to the high bench. The October 2020 term added partisan excitement to the mix, as Trump appointee Amy Coney Barrett, a law professor at Notre Dame, replaced liberal icon Ruth Bader Ginsburg, who died in mid-September, just days before the November presidential election, thus pushing the putative conservative majority in the Court from 5–4 to 6–3.

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SCOTUS Term in Review: Compromise Over Conservatism?

Every Supreme Court term generates anticipation and excitement on its face, as lives are changed and decades-long battles are either initiated or resolved by the nine justices appointed to the high bench. The October 2020 term added partisan excitement to the mix, as Trump appointee Amy Coney Barrett, a law professor at Notre Dame, replaced liberal icon Ruth Bader Ginsburg, who died in mid-September, just days before the November presidential election, thus pushing the putative conservative majority in the Court from 5–4 to 6–3.

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Florida’s College Intellectual Diversity Survey Is Good, Actually

The culture-warring between Republican Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis and progressive educators reached a new level this week as the governor signed a bill to evaluate “intellectual diversity” at public colleges.
Or did it?
Certainly that’s what this story in the Tampa Bay Times suggests. The Washington Post also presents it that way. But this is more than merely a partisan fight over ideology on campus.
On Tuesday, DeSantis signed the Intellectual Freedom and Viewpoint Diversity Assessment into law.

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Florida’s College Intellectual Diversity Survey Is Good, Actually

The culture-warring between Republican Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis and progressive educators reached a new level this week as the governor signed a bill to evaluate “intellectual diversity” at public colleges.
Or did it?
Certainly that’s what this story in the Tampa Bay Times suggests. The Washington Post also presents it that way. But this is more than merely a partisan fight over ideology on campus.
On Tuesday, DeSantis signed the Intellectual Freedom and Viewpoint Diversity Assessment into law.

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