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Whole Woman’s Health v. Hellerstedt and the Future of Abortion Restrictions




In Whole Woman’s Health v. Hellerstedt, No. 15-274 (June 27, 2016), the Supreme Court struck down two provisions of a Texas law relating to the regulation of abortion clinics in that state. Those provisions required, first, that abortion doctors have admitting privileges … Continue reading




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Obergefell and the Free Exercise of Religion: Some Initial Thoughts




In the considerable wake of the Supreme Court’s decision finding a constitutional right to same-sex marriage in Obergefell v. Hodges (June 26, 2015), people of faith have suggested  a number of different responses, many of which seem unwise to me. Here … Continue reading




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Politics and American Business: Draft Manuscript




Politics and American Business 8:14:14.pages Please note the attached manuscript, which contains the working draft of my book, Politics and American Business: The Growth of Industrial America, 1860 – 1960. Comments are invited and welcomed. I currently plan to expand the … Continue reading




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The Survival of Faith and Family in a Secular Culture




I will be speaking on The Survival of Faith and Family in a Secular Culture on September 24 at Discovery House, 3730 Richards Avenue, Mullica Twp., N.J. The program will begin with a light dinner and refreshments (all complimentary) at … Continue reading




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Hobby Lobby: A Critical But Limited Ruling For Corporate Religious Exercise Claims




In Burwell v. Hobby Lobby Stores, Inc., No. 13-354 (June 30, 2014), the Supreme Court ruled, by a 5 to 4 margin, that three closely-held corporations did not have to comply with a mandate promulgated by the Department of Health and Human … Continue reading




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How Social Media Can Land You in Court




With the nearly ubiquitous use of Facebook, twitter, and other social media, the use of postings on such sites has invited their use in both criminal and civil litigation. The danger from such posts is accentuated by the lack of … Continue reading




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Five Disturbing Economic Facts




In assessing the actual economic situation in the United States today, consider the following facts: 1. Combined public and private debt exceeds 250 percent of GNP — only the second time this has happened in our history. 2.  The official … Continue reading




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Upcoming Speech on the American Catholic Experience




On May 18, I will be the Banquet Speaker at the Annual Convention of the Knights of Columbus of New Jersey. My topic will be How Catholics Became Americans: A Short History of the American Catholic Experience. The presentation will … Continue reading




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Tips From John G. Johnson, Philadelphia’s Greatest Lawyer




Over a period of more than 275 years, Philadelphia has produced a disproportionate share of America’s top lawyers. Beginning in 1735 with Andrew Hamilton’s successful defense of the printer John Peter Zenger against a charge of seditious libel in the … Continue reading




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Fisher v. University of Texas: Affirmative Action for Well-to-Do Minorities?




The admissions policies of the University of Texas now before the Supreme Court in Fisher v. University of Texas demonstrate how dramatically affirmative action has changed. Once a device for remediating past racial discrimination, the focus has shifted to fostering diversity. Indeed, … Continue reading




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