"What is most radically different about the Obama liberals' interpretation of the Constitution is its neutering of the Bill of Rights," writes Frank Donatelli, a former Reagan White House official and Institute board member. "To be sure, liberals never had much good to say about the Second, Ninth and 10th Amendments, but now they're striking at other amendments, even those they once revered."
Donatelli highlights several examples of liberal-progressives' recent abandonment of Fifth and First Amendment rights, concluding: Liberals of a generation ago accepted limits on government action, especially those limits contained in the Bill of Rights. Progressives, by contrast, have always found limits on their power to be inconvenient. ... If progressive government in this administration has taught us anything, it is that liberties that run counter to great progressive ambitions are in serious danger."
"A new study shows that the more relationships you've had prior to marriage, the less likely you'll have a good marriage," writes Mollie Hemingway, reporting on a new study from the National Marriage Project at the University of Virginia.
She highlights findings in the study that point to the kinds of sound pre-marital decisions made today can improve our chances of marital quality and success. Read more in What You Do Before You Say 'I Do' Matters for Marriage Happiness.
Apparently so. "A team of security researchers from the University of San Diego, the University of Michigan, and Johns Hopkins plans to reveal their own results from months of testing [the] same model of scanner"—TSA's Rapiscan full-body x-ran scanner—that made us virtually naked to TSA at airports for years, reports wired.com.
"Not only did [researchers] find that [a] weapon-hiding tactic worked; they also found that they could pull off a disturbing list of other possible tricks, such as using teflon tape to conceal weapons against someone's spine ..." Read the article to find out how costly this security illusion was and where these scanners are still being used.
In an article at ValdostaToday.com, Institute summer intern Nicole Poole (pictured) challenged the "intellectual intolerance" of students who called for Valdosta State University to cancel its Evening with Dr. Ben Carson scheduled for this fall.
"There is no doubt in our minds that the reason the tickets are no longer available [for the event] is not because Dr. Ben Carson has some contentious agenda, but because he is an exceptionally qualified, accomplished individual, who happens to espouse conservative values. We would like for the VSU campus to hear his message that hard work and dedication are what it takes to succeed and are what makes America great."
Author, townhall.com news editor, and Fox News's Outnumbered host Katie Pavlich received the Institute's 2014 Woman of the Year award on Thursday at a reception in her honor at the Capitol Hill Club in Washington DC. Prior to the reception, she discussed her new book, Assault and Flattery: