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Bruce Fein

Bruce Fein

Bruce Fein served as associate deputy attorney general and general counsel of the Federal Communications Commission under President Reagan. He is now a partner in the firm Fein & DelValle, PLLC. Mr. Fein is also the author of "American Empire Before the Fall and Constitutional Peril: The Life and Death Struggle for Our Constitution and Democracy." You can contact him at Brucefeinlaw.

Articles by Bruce Fein

Illustration on the hyperloop by Linas Garsys/The Washington Times

Elon Musk's Hyperloop Tunnel vision

Elon Musk is more like "The Music Man" con artist Professor Harold Hill than inventive genius Thomas Edison. As Gertrude Stein said of Oakland, "There is no there there." Published March 28, 2018

Seal of the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission

When personnel is policy

When President Andrew Jackson failed to convince his Secretary of Treasury William Duane to withdraw funds from the hated Second Bank of the United States to deposit in private institutions, he fired him in favor of Attorney General Roger B. Taney, who did the dirty work with alacrity. Published March 16, 2018

A sheet of new $1 bills with the signatures of U.S. Treasurer Jovita Carranza and Treasury Secretary Steven Mnuchin is seen, Wednesday, Nov. 15, 2017, at the Bureau of Engraving and Printing in Washington. The Mnuchin-Carranza notes, which are a new series of 2017, 50-subject $1 notes, will be sent to the Federal Reserve to issue into circulation. (AP Photo/Jacquelyn Martin)

Luddites never die

There are always drum majors for the status quo. They are status quo beneficiaries who would lose by change. They fight technological innovation or invention that would benefit society handsomely. Published March 5, 2018

Is bad science brewing with your coffee?

The National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health (NIOSH) was established by the Occupational Safety and Health Act of 1970 as a research agency focused on the study of worker safety and health. Published February 2, 2018

Microsoft logo

U.S. v. Microsoft: It's the right to privacy, stupid

The U.S. Supreme Court should strengthen the keystone of our Republic in the pending case of United States v. Microsoft: namely, the right to be let alone by government -- "the most comprehensive of rights and the right most valued by civilized men," according to Justice Louis D. Brandeis. Published January 22, 2018

Internet gambling

When political principles are like restricted railroad tickets

With the zeal of proponents of the Prohibition Amendment, four Republican House members wrote a letter on Dec. 19 to Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein protesting an interpretation of the Wire Act by the Office of Legal Counsel that lets State jurisdictions decide whether to permit Internet gambling within their borders. Published January 12, 2018

Why Trump should testify

President Trump holds the keys to ending with dispatch Special Counsel Robert Mueller's investigation of links between the Russian government and his presidential campaign.President Trump holds the keys to ending with dispatch Special Counsel Robert Mueller's investigation of links between the Russian government and his presidential campaign. Published December 26, 2017

Illustration by Linas Garsys/The Washington Times

FISA section 702: Repeal or scale back

The House Permanent Select Committee on Intelligence (HPSCI) cheerleads for the 17 agencies which comprise the intelligence community. Published December 20, 2017

Reassert constitutional war powers

Something is rotten in the state of the U.S. Constitution's war powers and the constitutionally prescribed processes for making foreign policy. Since at least the 1950 Korean War, Congress has meekly surrendered them to the president despite the disastrous results. Published December 18, 2017

This Feb. 6, 2012, photo shows Bill Ackman of Pershing Square Capital Management in Toronto. A judge dismissed a lawsuit Tuesday, March 17, 2015, by Herbalife shareholders who claimed that the business structure and marketing practices of the weight loss and nutritional supplements company violated the law and that they lost money because it amounts to a pyramid scheme. Plaintiffs did not show that accusations by activist investor Bill Ackman proved fraud by Herbalife, U.S. District Judge Dale Fischer in Los Angeles wrote in his ruling. (AP Photo/The Canadian Press, Pawel Dwulit, File)

Bill Ackman's Edsel

Ford Motor Co. had its Edsel, Samsung had its Galaxy Note 7, and Pershing Square hedge fund manager William Ackman has his $1 billion short bet against Herbalife Nutrition. Mr. Ackman should take a lesson from the Prodigal Son and ask forgiveness. Published December 13, 2017

Trump parrots Obama's enthusiasm for one-branch government

President Donald Trump, acting through Secretary of the Interior Ryan Zinke and scorning the Republican-controlled Congress, is expected to unilaterally diminish national monument designations of his predecessor issued under the Antiquities Act of 1906. He seems to be targeting Utah's Bears Ears and Grand Staircase-Escalante. Published December 1, 2017

Be alarmed at first experiment with our liberties

Last week, Sen. Claire McCaskill, Missouri Democrat, added an amendment to the euphemistically styled "Tax Cuts and Jobs Act" that would deny pharmaceutical companies full immediate expensing of truthful prescription drug advertising protected by the First Amendment. Published November 27, 2017

Lawmakers' CPFB repeal worthy of (some) applause

Congress deserves applause for repealing an obtuse rule prohibiting agreements requiring arbitration to resolve consumer finance disputes issued by the Consumer Protection Finance Board (CPFB). The rule's chief beneficiaries were trial lawyers, not bank customers. Published November 13, 2017

FISA Court Illustration by Greg Groesch/The Washington Times

Senate's NSA bill would roll back warrantless surveillance

A bill sponsored by Sen. Rand Paul, Kentucky Republican, and Sen. Ron Wyden, Oregon Democrat, would begin to roll back warrantless encroachments on our international communications privacy authorized by section 702 of the Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Act Amendments of 2008. Published October 31, 2017

Pulling the Plug on the EPA Illustration by Greg Groesch/The Washington Times

EPA's ethanol stupidity

Former German Prime Minister Konrad Adenauer was right: "In view of the fact that God limited the intelligence of man, it seems unfair that he did not also limit his stupidity." Published October 20, 2017