Freedom Friday

Obamacare's mandates are becoming due for millions of Americans, and many are being notified that their insurance has been cancelled.

In a move that should thrill libertarians, Apple's Tim Cook announced that the iOS 8 update will increase security to the point that not even Apple will be able to access data on your device, even when compelled to by law enforcement with a search warrant.

Congress passed a continuing resolution that will maintain funding for the government for ten weeks beyond September 30th. Some elements that are gaining attention are the fact that the resolution fully funds Obamacare and also authorizes the use of federal funds to arm Syrian rebels.

The Institute for Justice has filed a cert petition that could reaffirm the canonical U.S. v. Carolene Products conception of the rational basis test, allowing litigants to challenge the constitutionality of a statute predicated upon the existence of a particular state of facts by demonstrating that those facts no longer exist.

Despite pleas from many Libertarians and free-market supporters, including our own Editor-in-Chief, the House voted to extend the Ex-Im bank's charter to June 30th, 2015.

Would a modified independent counsel statute be an improvement to current checks on the executive branch?

New York Times columnists Nicholas Kristof and Thomas Friedman urge caution in the nation's response to ISIS.

Finally, as Congress and the President move the country closer to war, consider the wisdom of Ron Paul in 2012:

The Journal of Law and Liberty Welcomes Professor Randy Barnett to its Board of Advisors

The Journal of Law and Liberty is excited to welcome Professor Randy Barnett to its Board of Advisors.

Randy E. Barnett is the Carmack Waterhouse Professor of Legal Theory at the Georgetown University Law Center, where he directs the Georgetown Center for the Constitution and teaches constitutional law and contracts. After graduating from Northwestern University and Harvard Law School, he tried many felony cases as a prosecutor in the Cook County States’ Attorney’s Office in Chicago. 

Professor Barnett is one of the nation's foremost Constitutional Law scholars and has frequently been a pivotal player in headline-grabbing Supreme Court cases. In 2004, he argued the medical marijuana case of Gonzalez v. Raich before the U.S. Supreme Court. In 2011-12 he represented the National Federation of Independent Business in its constitutional challenge to the Affordable Care Act.  

Professor Barnett joins Judge Douglas H. Ginsburg and Professors Richard Epstein, Mario Rizzo, Eugene Volokh, and Todd Zywicki on the Journal of Law and Liberty Board of Advisors.

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