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Under current Supreme Court precedent, the answer is clearly "no." Things might be different under the original meaning of the Constitution. But embracing that position would require immigration restrictionists to admit that the federal government lacks a general power to restrict migration. Policies that discriminate against Syrian refugees probably also violate the Equal Protection Clause of the Fourteenth Amendment.

Rep. James Sensenbrenner (R-Wis.) has introduced a new bill to reform the mental states of federal criminal law. Reading over the language, however, I have a lot of questions about what it is supposed to do and how it is supposed to work.



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After I wrote about donors to the American Anthropological Association, which is seeking to boycott Israel, Yahoo has clarified that does not plan to contribute to the group in the future, as it did last year. And even as the AAA seeks to exclude Israeli institutions, it has no problem welcoming state institutions of the unfree United Arab Emirates.

Old comments will, after Jan. 1, display with the commenters' real names, even though commenters likely expected their pseudonymity would be preserved. (Commenters can ask that their old comments be deleted, but many commenters might not even know about the policy change until they have been exposed.)

Check out the video by mechanical engineering student James Patrick.

Nobel laureate economist Douglass North, one of the leading figures in the new institutional economics, died yesterday.

So the Wisconsin Court of Appeals held today in State v. Herrmann.

One thing that Colorado, Kentucky, and Ohio -- but no other states -- have in common.

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