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Jeffrey Scott Shapiro

Jeffrey Scott Shapiro

Jeffrey Scott Shapiro, a legal analyst for The Washington Times, can be reached at

Articles by Jeffrey Scott Shapiro


FDR kin speaks in D.C. on Japanese internment, Syrian refugee backlash

The great-great-grandson of Theodore Roosevelt and distant cousin Franklin Delano Roosevelt will speak Monday evening at the Georgetown based Harvard Club about his new historical novel and legal thriller, which examines the constitutionality of Japanese internment during World War II, and the balance between liberty and security in a free society. Published November 22, 2015

Earlier this year California-based enterprise SpaceX launched the Dragon, a two-stage Falcon 9 rocket carrying unmanned cargo to the International Space Station. The company is hoping to help the U.S. lead the space race with reusable rockets. (Associated Press)

SpaceX proposing cost-effective reusable rockets

As India launches its first observatory in space and Europe places a probe on a comet, SpaceX is hoping to help the U.S. lead the space race with reusable rockets and the kind of raw power not seen since the glory days of the Saturn V. Published October 4, 2015

The Phi Kappa Psi house at the University of Virginia in Charlottesville, Va. Three University of Virginia graduates and members of the fraternity profiled in a debunked account of a gang rape in a retracted Rolling Stone magazine story filed a lawsuit against the publication and the article's author Wednesday,July 29, 2015, court records show. . (AP Photo/Steve Helber, File)

UVa. changes handling of sex assault reports after Title IX probe

The University of Virginia entered into a settlement Monday with the U.S. Department of Education's Office for Civil Rights after a four-year long investigation, changing the way the school handles reports of sexual violence and harassment, officials said Monday. Published September 21, 2015

Dan Gerawan (left), owner of Gerawan Farming Inc., talks with crew boss Jose Cabello in a nectarine orchard near Sanger, California. Gerawan Farming is in a battle with the United Farm Workers, which wants to represent thousands of workers at the family farm. (Associated Press)

California farmworkers rebel against union founded by Cesar Chavez

Fifty-three years after Cesar Chavez founded the United Farm Workers in California, the labor union is facing resistance from laborers at the largest U.S. peach farm, who are rallying against union representation and the state bureaucrats who refuse to count their votes to decertify the collective. Published August 19, 2015

The Phi Kappa Psi fraternity house at the University of Virginia in Charlottesville, Va., Monday, Nov. 24, 2014. (AP Photo/Steve Helber) ** FILE **

Obama administration knew of Rolling Stone rape story before publication

The Obama administration disclosed Tuesday it first learned about Rolling Stone's ill-fated story on campus rape in Sept. 2014, about two months before it was published, when reporter Sabrina Rubin Erdely called seeking information on the government's investigation of the University of Virginia's handling of sexual assaults. Published July 22, 2015

Students participating in rush pass by the Phi Kappa Psi house at the University of Virginia in Charlottesville, Va., on Jan. 15. (Associated Press)

Rolling Stone says White House adviser introduced U.Va. rape accuser

Rolling Stone has confirmed for the first time in a court filing that a University of Virginia sexual assault victim advocate, who also served on an Obama administration White House task force, introduced the student who became the centerpiece of the magazine's now-retracted story about a gang rape on campus. Published July 19, 2015

Bill Cosby (AP Photo/File)

Gloria Allred: Create mechanism to revoke Bill Cosby's Medal of Freedom

Famed sexual harassment and employment lawyer Gloria Allred, who represents a number of women accusing Bill Cosby of rape, wants President Obama to revoke the actor's Presidential Medal of Freedom and believes that the White House or Congress should create a mechanism to do just that. Published July 16, 2015

The SpaceX Falcon 9 rocket and Dragon spacecraft lifts off from Space Launch Complex 40 at the Cape Canaveral Air Force Station in Cape Canaveral, Fla., Sunday, June 28, 2015. The rocket carrying supplies to the International Space Station broke apart shortly after liftoff. (AP Photo/John Raoux)

McCain: SpaceX explosion no reason to ease Russian rocket ban

The recent Sunday explosion of a SpaceX Falcon 9 rocket high above the skies of Cape Canaveral should not reignite Washington's willingness to use Russian rocket engines, Senate Armed Services Committee John McCain said. Published June 30, 2015

Russian President Vladimir Putin, left, and Deputy Prime Minister Dmitry Rogozin attend a meeting of the Victory Day celebrations organizing committee in the Kremlin in Moscow, Russia, in this March 17, 2015, file photo. (Alexei Druzhinin/RIA Novosti, Kremlin Pool Photo via AP, File)

Russia launching new hypersonic missile to carry nuclear warheads

Russia is test-flying a new, hypersonic glide vehicle that follows the contrails of China's WU-14, a delivery vehicle reportedly capable of carrying nuclear warheads at Mach 10 and less susceptible to U.S. anti-ballistic countermeasures. Published June 26, 2015

Oregon Gov. John Kitzhaber raised suspicion during his re-election campaign when he shut down the state's health care exchange. (Associated Press)

Fiasco with Oregon's state Obamacare site piques interest of House oversight panel

A key House oversight panel is demanding that the Department of Health and Human Services turn over all documents related to the failed Cover Oregon health care information exchange, which was abandoned last year after the state spent an estimated $300 million of federal grant money to build it. Published June 25, 2015

Russian President Vladimir Putin, left, and Defense Minister Sergei Shoigu, right, arrive to attend the opening of the Army-2015 international military show featuring the latest Russian weapons in Kubinka, outside Moscow, Russia, Tuesday, June 16, 2015. Putin said Tuesday the Russian military will receive 40 new intercontinental ballistic missiles this year capable of piercing any missile defenses, a blunt reminder of the nation's nuclear might amid tensions with the West over Ukraine. (Maxim Shemetov/Pool photo via AP)

Russia warns U.S. not to store weapons near Ukraine

Moscow issued a stern warning to the Washington Monday that there could be "dangerous consequences" if the United States stationed military equipment to the Eastern border of Ukraine. Published June 16, 2015

Pentagon seeks repeal of Russian rocket ban

The Pentagon has officially said it would face "significant challenges" to ensuring military and intelligence access to space if Congress doesn't loosen restrictions on the use of Russian rocket engines, but top lawmakers aren't buying that and are accusing the military of slow-walking. Published June 15, 2015

Screen grab from Mark Dice's YouTube channel.

Californians sign sham petition supporting 'Obama's preemptive nuclear strike' against Russia

Media analyst and activist Mark Dice, known for "punking" Americans into signing bizarrely ridiculous petitions, reportedly convinced a number of Californians in San Diego to sign a fake petition supporting President Obama's "plan" to launch a "preemptive nuclear strike" on Russia as part of a strategy to "maintain America's superiority." Published June 11, 2015