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Administration’s whistleblower process must not fall victim to the president’s impeachment inquiry
Aubrey Neal

AIN Update

Sept. 25, 2019

Central to the fallout of President Trump’s July phone call with Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky is Congress’ demand for the original whistleblower complaint…

President of the United States enlists personal lawyer to work with foreign leader to gather intel on political opponents
Aubrey Neal

AIN Update

Sept. 25, 2019

On September 25, an official, declassified memoradum was released of a July conversation between President Trump and Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky. It…

President of the United States enlists U.S. attorney general for private campaign work in partnership with foreign leader to gather intel on political opponent
Aubrey Neal

AIN Update

Sept. 25, 2019

On September 25, an official, declassified memoradum was released of a July conversation between President Trump and Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky. It…

Senate Sets Record for Least Number of Amendment Votes Taken Before August Recess
Aubrey Neal

AIN Update

Senators’ ability to submit amendments is a crucial facet of our legislative process. Rather than simply voting up or down on the priorities of others, this ability allows…

President’s Tweets Count as Official Statements, Twitter Followers Get First Amendment Protections
Aubrey Neal

AIN Update

Throughout the Trump administration, the White House and Department of Justice have supported the president’s opinion that his tweets count as official White House statements. The…

Is the Fourth of July really the Second?
Alex J. Pollock

We all know about Fourth of July picnics, parades and fireworks. We all know the celebration is about the Declaration of Independence and the birth of our country. But how much else do we know about…

Texas Workforce Commission’s new regulation further weakens our democracy
Jesse Kelley & Aubrey Neal

Recently, the Texas Workforce Commission approved a controversial new rule for gig-economy workers that changes regulations for app-based companies that hire contractors — particularly affecting…

, Law & Liberty
Make America Diverse Again
James Wallner

E Pluribus Unum. Out of many, one. The motto, emblazoned on one side of the Great Seal of the United States, succinctly captures the dual nature of the American founding. With just thirteen letters,…

R Street Heads Up Coalition Letter to 2020 Presidential Hopefuls on Court Packing
Aubrey Neal

June 3, 2019

Candidate for President of the United States:

We the undersigned write to congratulate you on your
candidacy for president of the United States. Our nation’s current…

, The Atlantic
Trump’s Defiance of the Rule of Law
Paul Rosenzweig

President Donald Trump has repeatedly said that his administration is the “most transparent in history,” and that it has “cooperated totally” with Special Counsel Robert Mueller’s…