Mexico’s Manchurian Candidate? The Future of Trade Relations with our Neighbors to the South

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Claudia Sheinbaum former Mayor of Mexico City and leftwing environmental activist just made history as the first female elected President of Mexico. She cruised into an easy victory with a winning margin of nearly 60% of the vote. Pundits are declaring this a continuation…

The Hidden Costs of EV Ownership

As we discussed in a previous paper, the Biden administration is making an unprecedented and anti-freedom regulatory push to force consumers to take up a product they just don’t want—electric vehicles (“EVs”).  Proponents of EVs often claim that slow adoption results from a lack of…

ACI Legal Briefs: United States v. Rahimi

Supreme Court Watch Argued November 7, 2023 Question Presented Does 18 U.S.C. § 922(g)(8), which prohibits the possession of firearms by persons subject to domestic violence restraining orders, facially violate the Second Amendment? Statement of Facts and Procedural History Zackey Rahimi was convicted of possessing…

ACI Legal Briefs: Trump v. United States

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Supreme Court Watch Argued April 25, 2024 Question Presented Does a former president enjoy presidential immunity from criminal prosecution for conduct involving his official acts during his time in office, and if so, to what extent? Statement of Facts and Procedural History In August…

Homelessness before the Supreme Court

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On Monday, the Supreme Court heard arguments about the measures a city can take to prevent homelessness in a pivotal case called City of Grants Pass v. Johnson. Grants Pass is a city in Oregon of about 39,000 people, which banned camping on public property,…

Disparate Impact

This Common Sense Solutions paper will explain the “disparate impact” legal standard to our readers and demonstrate how disparate impact is an invention of the Court that erodes personal freedom, increases regulatory costs, and expands the modern bureaucratic state to root out racism—even where none…

The Biden Administration’s Strategic Petroleum Reserve Strategy Comes with High Risk in and Uncertain World

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In October 1973, the Organization of Arab Petroleum Exporting Countries (OAPEC) imposed an embargo against the United States in retaliation for its decision to resupply Israel during the fourth of the Arab-Israeli wars. The Yom Kippur War, as it became known, started on October 6,…

The Misguided Push for Electric Vehicles

Late last month, the Biden administration’s Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) announced new tailpipe pollution limits, which the New York Times called “one of the most significant climate regulations in the nation’s history.” These new regulations effectively require that about 70 percent of…

What Should Washington Do to Stop the Latest “Viral” Threat Originating From China?

The Chinese Communist Party (CCP) is on a quest to dominate the United States via various economic, military, and even social means. National security threats (especially from the Chinese) come in several forms, but one in particular is gripping the nation: the incredibly popular social…

Presidential Succession Part Two: The Ratification of the 25th Amendment

This two-part Common Sense Paper explains the history of Presidential succession both prior to and following the ratification of the 25th Amendment.  Part 1 focuses on the early history of Presidential succession, from the ratification of the Constitution until 1967.  This paper (Part 2)…

25th Amendment: Presidential Succession, Part 1

This two-part Common Sense Paper will explain the history of presidential succession both prior to and following the ratification of the 25th Amendment.  Part 1 focuses on the early history of presidential succession, from the ratification of the Constitution until 1967, which illustrated the need…

What is “Medical Aid in Dying?”

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The terms assisted suicide and euthanasia are commonly used interchangeably, however, they refer to slightly different procedures. Assisted suicide involves an individual ending their natural life through self-administered lethal drugs prescribed by a physician. In contrast, euthanasia, also commonly known as mercy killing, broadly refers…

Free Speech and Political Persecution at the Supreme Court

On Monday, the Supreme Court heard arguments for NRA v. Vullo, a case in which the National Rifle Association (NRA) alleged that its free speech rights were violated, and it was being targeted for its political views. As a background to the NRA’s claim,…

The Supreme Court’s Ruling on the 14th Amendment Challenge to President Trump’s eligibility to appear on state ballots

On Monday, the Supreme Court handed down a unanimous ruling in Trump v. Anderson that overturned the Colorado Supreme Court and rejected Colorado’s attempts to remove former President Donald Trump’s ability to appear on their state’s ballot for the presidential primary. The 14th Amendment…

Merchant Category Codes—The Next Second Amendment Battlefield

The fight over new Merchant Category Codes (“MCC”) specific to firearms businesses has been in the headlines quite a bit over the last few months.  This Common Sense Paper will explain the issues surrounding MCCs and put these issues in the context of the broader…

An America First Foreign Aid Policy

The United States has often been described as a world power, a shining city on a hill, and a global leader in advancing democracy across the globe. Many phrases are used to illustrate our country’s prominence on the international stage, but when it comes to…

The Crisis on our Southern Border

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Texas Governor Greg Abbott made headlines with a letter condemning the federal government for its handling of the illegal immigration crisis at our southern border. He stated that since President Biden’s inauguration, over 6 million illegal immigrants have entered the United States—exceeding the population of…

High Crimes and Misdemeanors

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The U.S. Constitution lays out our system of checks and balances among the branches of the federal government as a way to ensure no branch would become too powerful.  The ultimate check on the executive branch is the impeachment clause in Article II, Section 4:…

Nevada Caucus, Primary or Both? What It Means for Candidates Vying for Golden Delegates in the Silver State

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Most states have either a primary or a caucus, as a method of nominating various party candidates for the general election. This year Nevada had some voters scratching their heads based on new election rules in the state. The state’s Republican party will hold a…

The Supreme Court Hears a New Second Amendment Case

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In terms of constitutional law, jurisprudence regarding the Second Amendment and the right to keep and bear arms is still relatively new. In 2008, the Supreme Court decided District of Columbia v. Heller, in which it decided that the Second Amendment did, in fact, protect…

Keep the Razor Wire Up on the Texas Border

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There is a crisis at our southern border due to President Joe Biden’s failed leadership. Since President Trump left office, upwards of 6 million illegal immigrants have entered our country (a number greater than the population of most U.S. states), putting a tremendous strain on…

The Dangers of Political Prosecutions

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As things currently stand, the frontrunner for the Republican presidential nomination and favorite in general election polls is facing indictment under 91 different counts, 44 of which came from his potential opponent’s Department of Justice. President Trump’s other charges likewise come from outspoken Democrat District…

The Colorado Supreme Court’s Removal of President Trump From the Ballot Is an Egregious Threat to the Rule of Law

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On Tuesday, the Colorado State Supreme Court ruled that President Donald Trump was ineligible to appear on the state’s Republican presidential primary ballot due to his supposed violation of the “insurrection clause” of the 14th Amendment. This decision, which overturned a previous state appellate court…

Federalism

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Federalism is a crucial concept in America’s system of constitutional government. Even though it is often undervalued and misunderstood, federalism offers distinct advantages to the American people—even to this day. Federalism refers to a structure of government that divides power between levels of authority, allowing…