John Yoo

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John Yoo is a visiting fellow at the Hoover Institution, professor of law at the University of California at Berkeley School of Law (Boalt Hall), and a visiting scholar at the American Enterprise Institute. From 2001 to 2003 he served as Deputy Assistant Attorney General in the Office of Legal Council in the Justice Department of President George W. Bush. Professor Yoo is the author of a number of books, most recently of Crisis and Command: A History of Executive Power, From George Washington to George W. Bush.

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Settled Law: Birthright Citizenship And The 14th Amendment

by John Yoovia The American Mind
Friday, November 2, 2018
The 14th Amendment settled the question of birthright citizenship.
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Trump Is Wrong To Want To End Birthright Citizenship – Conservatives Should Preserve It

by John Yoovia Fox News
Wednesday, October 31, 2018

President Trump threatened Tuesday to unilaterally end the right of some people born on American soil to automatic U.S. citizenship, known as birthright citizenship. “It was always told to me that you needed a constitutional amendment,” to end birthright citizenship, the president said. “Guess what? You don’t.”

Settled Law: Birthright Citizenship and the 14th Amendment

by John Yoovia The American Mind
Wednesday, October 31, 2018

President Donald Trump’s call to end birthright citizenship has sparked a national debate. Within the Republican party, leading voices differ on the legitimacy of citizenship as a birthright. While some embrace the traditional view that the Constitution bestows citizenship on any citizen born on U.S. territory, others agree with Trump that the Constitution permits Congress to decide on citizenship for those not born to U.S. citizens. Alternatively, some acknowledge birthright citizenship, but seek a constitutional amendment to abolish it.

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With Kavanaugh, The Court Should Tame The Administrative State

by John Yoo, James C. Phillipsvia The National Review
Thursday, October 25, 2018

This is an area he specializes in, and an issue whose time has come.

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A Clash Of Judicial Visions

by John Yoo, James C. Phillipsvia The National Review
Friday, October 19, 2018

Defining the proper role of the Supreme Court in our constitutional system.

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Winning the Space Race

by John Yoovia Strategika
Monday, October 15, 2018

President Donald Trump’s National Security Strategy set a new course by focusing on rebuilding the domestic economy as central to national security and aiming at “rival powers, Russia and China, that seek to challenge American influence, values, and wealth.” Critics observed that the White House seemed to reverse past presidents’ emphasis on advancing democracy and liberal values and elevating American sovereignty over international cooperation.

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Senators, You Are Not Running A Criminal Trial Of Kavanaugh

by John Yoovia Dallas News
Wednesday, September 26, 2018

Senate Judiciary Committee members, take heed: You are not running a criminal trial. You are carrying out your constitutional duty to provide "advice and consent" regarding Brett Kavanaugh's nomination to the Supreme Court.

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Judging Brett Kavanaugh And The Supreme Court With John Yoo

interview with John Yoovia Uncommon Knowledge
Wednesday, September 5, 2018

Yale Law alumnus and Hoover Institution visiting fellow, John Yoo analyzes the current political leanings of the Supreme Court and the process of confirming Supreme Court nominee Brett Kavanaugh.

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Judging Brett Kavanaugh and the Supreme Court with John Yoo

interview with John Yoovia Uncommon Knowledge
Tuesday, September 4, 2018

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Yale Law alumnus and Kavanaugh’s former classmate John Yoo analyzes the current political leanings of the Supreme Court and the process of confirming Supreme Court nominee Brett Kavanaugh.

John Yoo and Hugh Hewitt on Uncommon Knowledge
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The Constitution

interview with Hugh Hewitt, John Yoovia Uncommon Knowledge
Friday, September 4, 2015

Obamacare, the Middle East, and America’s future

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