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Can federal judges alter the Constitution?

“No person shall be... deprived of life, liberty, or property without due process of law.” -- Fifth Amendment to the U.S. Constitution Last year, a detainee at the U.S. Naval Base at Guantanamo Bay, Cuba, filed a writ of habeas corpus in a federal district court in Washington, D.C. — to ...

Birth dearth about values, not economics

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention reports that births in the USA reached another historic low in 2020. For the sixth consecutive year, the birth rate dropped — this time by 4%. The average annual drop in the five previous years was 2%. The rate at which American women are ...

Know a victim of domestic abuse? Here’s how to help them

Domestic abuse is a terrible cycle. Victim advocates say it takes an average of seven events before the injured person tries to leave an abusive situation for good. The National Coalition Against Domestic Violence estimates nearly 20 people are physically abused by an intimate partner in the ...

Where did all those ‘capitalist pigs’ go?

“There are few ways in which a man can be more innocently employed than in getting money,” is an insight the famed biographer James Boswell attributed to Samuel Johnson. Clients of the late Bernie Madoff, however, might take issue. Over four decades, Madoff, acclaimed as the greatest ...

Eight important reasons to read more books

Note to readers: Beginning next Saturday, May 15, Vince Giordano’s Book Report column will move to Page E2 in our Saturday Living section. ¯¯¯ When people ask “How can I read more? How can I read more books this year? What’s the secret to reading a lot?” The short answer is just ...

Biden’s American unions plan

President Joe Biden traveled to Virginia and Louisiana this week to pitch his American Jobs Plan — also called an “infrastructure” plan. New bridges, safer highways and more broadband are easy sells. But that’s only half the story. Biden’s plan is a massive and coercive push to ...

Ballot questions give voice to all Pennsylvanians

When voters head to the polls May 18, they’ll see choices for local offices such as school board director, township supervisor and Court of Common Pleas judge. These positions are the elected officials who serve their neighbors at the most direct level in each community, so it is important to ...

More government lying and spying

Twice last week, the federal government’s unconstitutional spying on ordinary Americans was exposed. One of these revelations was made by a federal judge in Washington, D.C., who wrote that the FBI is still using warrantless spying in criminal cases, notwithstanding the Constitution and ...

Biden’s era of big government

When I began my work 25 years ago, my vision for fixing our poor, broken communities was driven by my belief in America and what made it successful. It’s what I call the 3 C’s: the principles of Christianity, the virtues of capitalism and the rule of law outlined in our ...

Challenging media bullies in court

We grew up knowing our parents would punish us if we did something wrong. If it involved lying or picking on a playmate, we’d have to apologize for it. So, how about applying the same notion to Big Tech and Big Media? More and more people who feel unfairly characterized or canceled by ...