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I Hear Ya Knockin’

This month, Virginia became one of three states to ban “no knock” warrants. Thirteen states have legislated in favor of this police power while the remainder deem such searches permissible with court approval. The procedure has had a troubled history,… Read More ›

VoxFairfax Colloquy #1

Editors’ Note: We are experimenting with  a new feature, in which the VF editors, Jim McCarthy and Michael Fruitman,  join with contributors, in this case Frank Blechman and Andrew Scalise, to discuss a topic in “real time.” Let us know… Read More ›

Will a Post-P45 GOP Emerge?

Editors’ Note: Reposted from The New York Times, December 22, 2020. Whether the GOP can reconstitute itself and engage once again as a viable political party remains unclear. Recently, Steve Schmidt, McCain campaign manager and force behind the Lincoln Project,… Read More ›

Alfie Remains Questioning

Burt Bacharach’s lyrics from the 1967 hit song and movie seem an appropriate inquiry contemplating the content of the presidential period from the 2016 campaign to Election Day 2020. What’s it all about, Alfie? Is it just for the moment… Read More ›

We All Live in a Crowded Submarine

In March 1919 (Schenck v. US), Supreme Court Justice Oliver Wendell Holmes penned the oft-quoted phrase certifying that “falsely shouting fire in a theatre and causing a panic” was speech that Congress could prohibit and prosecute offenders. The defendant Schenck… Read More ›

On Being Governed

There are other dates in history that live in infamy. Exactly 160 years ago yesterday, on December 20, 1860, South Carolina’s legislature voted to withdraw from the Union known as the United States. That Union had been enshrined in a… Read More ›