The Volokh Conspiracy: Belated congratulations, and thanks, to Howard Bashman (How Appealing) on his blog’s 15th birthday

Washington Post editorial calls for universities to ‘make crystal clear that racist … speech [is] off-limits’; Federal courts and political parties; How federalism can help minorities and the poor; Belated congratulations, and thanks, to Howard Bashman (How Appealing) on his blog’s 15th birthday; Stephen Colbert’s vulgar Trump joke isn’t punishable by the FCC (and the FCC hasn’t launched an investigation into it); Irish police drop blasphemy investigation of noted comedian Stephen Fry;
 
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Washington Post editorial calls for universities to ‘make crystal clear that racist … speech [is] off-limits’
But this would be unconstitutional at public universities, and a very bad idea at all universities.
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Federal courts and political parties
Political parties play vital roles in all aspects of federal high courts. Parties control the institutions that select judges, pay their salaries, fund court budgets, bring cases to the courts, generate policies that trigger court cases, and enact laws and propose constitutional amendments that alter, augment, or diminish judicial decision-making.
 
How federalism can help minorities and the poor
My “Spotlight on Poverty and Opportunity” article challenges conventional wisdom on this subject.
Belated congratulations, and thanks, to Howard Bashman (How Appealing) on his blog’s 15th birthday
One of the few blogs I read each day — an invaluable source of breaking news about just-released court opinions.
Stephen Colbert’s vulgar Trump joke isn’t punishable by the FCC (and the FCC hasn’t launched an investigation into it)
“Between 10 p.m. and 6 a.m., … a station may air indecent and/or profane material,” the FCC policy states.
 
Irish police drop blasphemy investigation of noted comedian Stephen Fry
The police ‘were unable to find a substantial number of … people’ ‘outraged’ by Fry’s remarks (which said that God, if he existed, would be “utterly monstrous”).
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