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July 8, 2013 | Wall Street Journal

Obama Suspends the Law

March 21, 2013 | Wall Street Journal

The Constitution and Same-Sex Marriage

June 24, 2012 | New York Times Book Review

You Can’t Say That

A legal philosopher urges Americans to punish hate speech...
June 11, 2012 | Wall Street Journal

Citizens United and the Wisconsin Vote

Milwaukee Mayor Tom Barrett got millions in support from unions, whose contributions were legitimized by the Supreme Court...
May 25, 2012 | Wall Street Journal

The Liberal Legal Meltdown Over ObamaCare

If supporters of mandatory insurance were as confident of its merits as they claim to be, they would offer legal arguments, not moral accusations...
April 4, 2012 | New York Post

O’s ugly ‘warning’

By all accounts, President Obama’s lawyers did a poor job of defending the constitutionality of his signature health-care-reform law in the Supreme Court last week. So he’s rearguing the case himself...
January 10, 2012 | Wall Street Journal

Democrats and Executive Overreach

It's a mistake to excuse Obama's disregard for the Constitution. Precedents set now will be exploited by the next administration...
October 5, 2011 | Wall Street Journal

Washington Wants a Say Over Your Minister

The Supreme Court weighs whether the feds can decide which church employees are clergy and which aren't...
July 14, 2011 | Wall Street Journal

Budget Shell Games Are Contrary to Law

Congressional rules require public proposals and specific numbers that can be openly debated...
October 23, 2010 | Wall Street Journal

We the People

In "Ratification," Pauline Maier shows that far more than the Constitutional Convention, the ratification debates touched on fundamental questions of liberty and order...
March 20, 2010 | Wall Street Journal

The Health Vote and the Constitution—II

The House can't approve the Senate bill in the same legislation by which it approves changes to the Senate bill. . . .

March 15, 2010 | Wall Street Journal

The House Health-Care Vote and the Constitution

Democratic congressional leaders have floated a plan to enact health-care reform by a procedure dubbed "the Slaughter solution." . . .

October 29, 2009 | Wall Street Journal

The Pay Czar Is Unconstitutional

Last week's announcement that "Pay Czar" Kenneth Feinberg slashed compensation for executives at seven large financial firms by an average of 50% stunned Wall Street, stoked the fires of populist resentment, and troubled economists...


January 13, 2012 | Advancing a Free Society

The OLC Opinion on Recess Appointments

On January 10, I published an op-ed in the Wall Street Journal stating that I could see no plausible legal argument to support President Obama’s recent recess appointments to the Consumer Financial Protection Board and the National Labor Relations Board...
August 26, 2011 | Advancing a Free Society

Richard Posner’s Counsel of Despair

A few days ago in The New Republic, Judge Richard Posner, my former colleague and one of the smartest and least partisan men I know, wrote an thought-provoking essay...Like anything Posner writes, it deserves careful attention...
August 10, 2011 | Advancing a Free Society

Would Regime Change Bring Civil and Religious Freedom to Syrians?

...I had occasion to ask a young friend of mine, who has Christian family members living in Syria, his view. He provides a different perspective, which I have not seen expressed in mainstream discussion...
July 28, 2011 | Advancing a Free Society

Three Common Legal Misunderstandings About the Debt Ceiling

Perhaps because the United States has so rarely hit the debt ceiling, there is a lot of misinformation about what it means. Here are three legal misconceptions I have observed in the news media and from politicians...
July 23, 2011 | Advancing a Free Society

Contrary to the President, Social Security Checks Are Not At Risk

He must not be consulting with his lawyers, because this attempt to scare Social Security recipients is without legal foundation...
July 13, 2011 | Advancing a Free Society

Where Credit is Due

A week ago Washington was abuzz with the seemingly nifty idea that Section Four of the Fourteenth Amendment could empower the President to borrow money above the debt ceiling, without congressional authorization. Now the idea seems to be dead...
July 4, 2011 | Advancing a Free Society

The Debt Ceiling Is Certainly Not “Unconstitutional”

As we approach the debt ceiling sometime in August, with no agreement seemingly in reach, there is wild talk in Washington to the effect that the debt ceiling violates Section Four of the Fourteenth Amendment. The theory is bunk...
May 3, 2011 | Advancing a Free Society

President Obama’s Signing Statement on “Czars”

Far from being an essential “prerogative” of the President, “czars” are an anomalous departure from the constitutional scheme. Congress had every right to defund them...
March 1, 2011 | Advancing a Free Society

A Step Backward for Freedom of Conscience

In May 2009, President Barack Obama delivered the commencement address at Notre Dame, declaring a commitment to “honor the conscience of those who disagree with abortion, and draft sensible conscience clauses...


July 17, 2013 | WTIC NewsTalk 1080

Mike McConnell on Mornings with Ray Dunaway

July 15, 2013 | Talk Radio Network

Mike McConnell on The Andrea Tantaros Show (141:40)

July 11, 2013 | Fox and Friends (Fox News)

Mike McConnell on Fox & Friends

July 9, 2013 | John Batchelor Show

Mike McConnell on the John Batchelor Show

July 9, 2013 | John Batchelor Show

Mike McConnell on the John Batchelor Show (20:08)

June 29, 2012 | Morning Edition (NPR)

Chief Justice Robert's Vote Saves Health Care Law

January 20, 2012 | John Batchelor Show

Michael McConnell on the John Batchelor Show

Guests: Dan Henninger, WSJ; Bob Zimmerman, Behind the Black; Michael McConnell, Hoover; Steve Malanga, Manhattan Institute...
July 26, 2011 | John Batchelor Show

Michael McConnell and John Taylor on the John Batchelor Show

GUESTS: Co-host Larry Kudlow, CNBC and 77 WABC; Michael McConnell, Hoover; John Fund, WSJ; John Taylor, Hoover...
July 25, 2011 | Mark Levin Show

Michael McConnell on the Mark Levin Show

Professor Michael McConnell of Stanford Law and Senior Fellow at the Hoover Institution calls in and explains how the 14th Amendment works and what the President can or can't do [Audio begins around 17:30]...
March 17, 2010 | Fox News

Unconstitutional Health Care Solution?

Law professor breaks down the legality of Dems pushing through reform without a vote. . . .

Other Media

July 22, 2011 | Defining Ideas (Hoover Institution)

What Would Alexander Hamilton Do?

The founder’s financial wisdom holds lessons for today’s debt crisis...
May 9, 2011 |

Closing the Door on Innovation: Why One National Curriculum is Bad for America

A Critical Response to the Shanker Institute Manifesto and the U.S. Department of Education’s Initiative to Develop a National Curriculum and National Assessments Based on National Standards...