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Andrew P. Napolitano

Andrew P. Napolitano

Andrew P. Napolitano, a former judge of the Superior Court of New Jersey, is an analyst for the Fox News Channel. He has written seven books on the U.S. Constitution.

Articles by Andrew P. Napolitano

Illustration on the confirmation of Neil Gorsuch by M. Ryder/Tribune Content Agency

When politicians judge jurists

I have spent this past week watching the Senate Judiciary Committee interrogating U.S. Circuit Judge Neil Gorsuch. Judge Gorsuch is President Trump's nominee to fill the vacancy on the U.S. Supreme Court. Published March 22, 2017

No Need for FISA Court Illustration by Greg Groesch/The Washington Times

Congress created a monster

Those of us who believe that the Constitution means what it says have been arguing since the late 1970s that congressional efforts to strengthen national security by weakening personal liberty are unconstitutional, un-American and ineffective. The Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Act (FISA), which Congress passed in the aftermath of President Richard Nixon's use of the CIA and the FBI to spy on his political opponents, has unleashed demons that now seem beyond the government's control and are more pervasive than anything Nixon could have dreamed of. Published March 8, 2017

Talk radio hosts are taking note of President Trump's masterful command of his audiences, and advise making use of his style. (Associated Press)

Concealing and revealing

Last week, President Trump erupted with fury over a series of public revelations of private facts -- some top-secret and some office gossip -- that painted him and his White House in a bad light. The president ordered the FBI to investigate some of these so-called leaks and his own White House counsel to investigate others. Published March 1, 2017

Illustration on domestic spying by Mark Weber/Tribune Content Agency

The spooks have come home to roost

Last week, The Wall Street Journal revealed that members of the intelligence community -- part of the deep state, the unseen government within the government that does not change with elections -- now have acquired so much data on everyone in America that they can selectively reveal it to reward their friends and harm their foes. Their principal foe today is the president of the United States. Published February 22, 2017

President Donald Trump calls out to the media after escorting Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu to his car to depart the White House in Washington, Wednesday, Feb. 15, 2017. (AP Photo/Carolyn Kaster)

Intellectual honesty and political indifference

Over the past weekend, Trump administration officials offered harsh criticisms of the judicial interference with the enforcement of the president's immigration order. The Jan. 27 order suspended the immigration privileges of all refugees from Syria indefinitely and all immigrants from seven designated countries for 90 days. Published February 15, 2017

Americans are optimistic since President Trump took over at the White House, with businesses overwhelmingly expecting improvements. (Associated Press)

The president and the courts

Last week, in a public courtroom in the federal courthouse in Seattle, the states of Washington and Minnesota -- after suing President Trump, alleging injury caused by his executive order that suspended the immigration of all people from seven foreign countries -- asked a federal judge to compel the president and all those who work for him to cease enforcing the order immediately. Published February 8, 2017

Illustration on immigration questions by Linas Garsys/The Washington Times

The immigration conundrum

This past weekend, we all saw massive public outrage in major cities throughout the country. It was directed at the Jan. 27 issuance of an executive order, signed by President Trump, addressing immigration. With the executive order, the president ordered the suspension of entry of all refugees to the United States for 120 days, as well as anyone from Syria for an indefinite period and anyone from Iran, Iraq, Libya, Somalia, Sudan and Yemen for 90 days. Published February 1, 2017

Illustration on Trump's beginnings on Obamacare repeal by Alexander Hunter/The Washington Times

Donald Trump, revolutionary

Within four hours of becoming president of the United States, Donald Trump signed an executive order intended to limit immediately the effects of the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act (Obamacare) in ways that are revolutionary. Published January 25, 2017

In this Jan. 12, 2017 photo, Attorney General Loretta Lynch poses for a portrait during an interview with The Associated Press at the University of Baltimore School of Law in Baltimore. (AP Photo/Patrick Semansky)

A parting shot at personal freedom

On Jan. 3, outgoing Attorney General Loretta E. Lynch secretly signed an order directing the National Security Agency (NSA) -- America's 60,000-person-strong domestic spying apparatus -- to make available raw spying data to all other federal intelligence agencies, which then can pass it on to their counterparts in foreign countries and in the 50 states upon request. Published January 18, 2017

Former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton speaks at a reception celebrating the completion of the U.S. Diplomacy Center Pavilion at the State Department in Washington, Tuesday, Jan. 10, 2017. (AP Photo/Sait Serkan Gurbuz)

Hillary's server continues to haunt her

The criminal investigation of Hillary Clinton is back front and center now that the FBI has released proof that her failure to safeguard state secrets caused the secrets to fall into the hands of foreign governments, some of which wish the United States ill. Published January 11, 2017

The scandals that Valerie Jarrett overlooked

Over the New Year's weekend, President Obama's chief policy adviser and closest strategist, Valerie Jarrett, told a talk show host that her boss would have a happy legacy because there was an absence of scandal in his administration. When first I heard this preposterous claim, I thought I had misheard it. Published January 4, 2017

The New Year's Eve ball rests at the top of a building overlooking Times Square, in New York, Tuesday, Dec. 27, 2016. The dropping of the ball has been a tradition in Times Square since 1907. (AP Photo/Seth Wenig)

Office Pool 2017

1) In 2017, President Donald Trump and the Republican-controlled Congress will Published December 28, 2016

The U.S. Capitol Christmas Tree is lit up during a ceremony on the West Front of the Capitol in Washington, Tuesday, Dec. 6, 2016. The Capitol Christmas Tree is an 80-foot Engelmann Spruce from the Payette National Forest in Idaho. (AP Photo/Manuel Balce Ceneta)

America at Christmas

What if Christmas is a core value of belief in a personal God who lived among us and His freely given promise of eternal salvation that no believer should reject or apologize for? What if Christmas is the rebirth of Christ in the hearts of all believers? What if Christmas is the potential rebirth of Christ in every heart that will have Him, whether a believer or not? Published December 21, 2016

Illustration on the leaking done during the 2016 election by Linas Garsys/The Washington Times

Did the Russians hack Hillary Clinton?

Earlier this week, leaders of the Democratic National Committee and former officials of Hillary Clinton's presidential campaign made the startling allegation that the Russian government hacked into the email accounts of Mrs. Clinton's colleagues to tilt the presidential election toward Donald Trump. Published December 14, 2016

Joel Cazares, left, of Santa Ana, Calif., of Building Healthy Communities joins other immigration rights activists in a news conference in front of Santa Ana city hall in Santa Ana on Tuesday, Dec. 6, 2016, to voice their support for Santa Ana becoming a sanctuary city. The move comes after Trump campaigned on promises to build a wall on the U.S.-Mexico border and calls for tougher immigration enforcement. (Paul Rodriguez/The Orange County Register via AP)

Are sanctuary cities legal?

Last week, President-elect Donald Trump re-emphasized the approach he will take in enforcing the nation's immigration laws, which is much different from the manner of enforcement utilized by President Obama. Published December 7, 2016

Illustration on flag burning by Alexander Hunter/The Washington Times

Is flag burning protected speech?

Is flag burning protected speech? This old issue returned front and center earlier this week after President-elect Donald Trump tweeted that he found it so reprehensible, it should be criminal. Published November 30, 2016

A member of the Secret Service Uniformed Division with a K-9 walks along the perimeter fence along Pennsylvania Avenue outside the White House in Washington, Sept. 22, 2014. (Associated Press) ** FILE **

What if the government is not worth thanking?

What if on Thanksgiving Day there is more to be fearful about than there is to be thankful for? What if our political season from hell is not over but merely transformed? What if the election season through which we all just suffered is a portent of things to come? Published November 23, 2016

FBI Director James B. Comey. (Associated Press)

The Federal Bureau of Political Investigation

When Hillary Clinton delivered a campaign post-mortem to her major supporters in a telephone conference call late last week, she blamed her loss in the presidential election on FBI Director James Comey. She should have blamed the loss on herself. Published November 16, 2016

Zheng Gao of Shanghi, China, photographs the front pages of newspapers on display outside the Newseum in Washington, Wednesday, Nov., 9, 2016, the day after Donald Trump won the presidency. (AP Photo/Susan Walsh)

The forgotten man

The forgotten man decided the presidential election. Donald Trump persuaded the forgotten man to repose his anger and frustration and power into Mr. Trump's hands. Who is the forgotten man? What does he want from government? Why did he vote for Mr. Trump? Published November 9, 2016