Thomas Wheatley's Journal

Thoughtful commentary on matters of law, public policy, and politics.

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Did you enjoy ‘Fire and Fury’? You can thank Citizens United for it

If you like Michael Wolff’s book, “Fire and Fury: Inside the Trump White House,” be thankful for the Supreme Court’s…

Probable cause is not a bludgeon for the thought police

When former U.S. Marine Corps officer Fane Lozman approached the lectern during a Riviera Beach City Council meeting to air…

West Virginians should reject a misguided call for less political speech

As the saying goes, “the road to hell is paved with good intentions.” That’s especially true in politics. The most…

President Trump And The Issue Of Free Speech

Donald Trump is hardly the first public official to want to get back at his critics using libel laws. If…

President Trump should nominate Trey Gowdy for the 4th Circuit

Rep. Trey Gowdy (R-S.C.) may be leaving Congress, but that doesn’t mean he’s done with public life. The conservative pit…

D.C.’s Fair Elections Act would give more power to the powerful

The D.C. public trough is about to have another mouth to feed: politicians. The so-called Fair Elections Act of 2017, a…

An Orwellian tale of ‘campaign finance reform’

There’s a foul stench emanating from Wisconsin. And it reeks of state thuggery. An investigative report by Wisconsin’s attorney general…

Appeasement is a bad reason to support the Maryland Trust Act

In the words of James Bond villain Alec Trevelyan, why can’t the Maryland Law Enforcement and Governmental Trust Act just…

Maryland cross case is a chance to rethink the establishment clause

Towering over the intersection of Maryland Route 450 and U.S. Alternate Route 1 stands a 40-foot-tall cross bearing the names…

Ralph Northam’s Failure of Character

Democrat Ralph Northam has a new title: spineless hypocrite. Last week, the Latino Victory Fund launched an ad depicting a white man…

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