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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

Leon Panetta (Associated Press)

Leon Panetta: an unreflective man

The odds are overwhelming that Leon Panetta would have sided with the Pope against Galileo to defend the geocentric theory of the universe. Published November 10, 2014

"Upon convening under Republican control next Jan. 3, Congress should enact a statute prohibiting the president from suspending enforcement of the deportation laws for categories of undocumented aliens through executive orders, agency directives or otherwise," writes Bruce Fein. (AP Photo/J. Scott Applewhite)

Regaining congressional prerogatives

The House and Senate leadership of the next Congress should establish a Joint Committee on Regaining and Defending Congressional Prerogatives and Responsibilities. Published November 10, 2014

President Barack Obama speaks to the media before a meeting with his cabinet members in the White House Cabinet Room in Washington,  Friday, Nov. 7, 2014. A senior military official says that American military advisory teams will now go to Iraq’s western Anbar province where Islamic State militants have been gaining ground and slaying men, women and children. The teams are part of President Barack Obama’s new directive to expand the U.S. mission in Iraq by deploying another 1,500 U.S. troops to serve as advisers, trainers and security personnel. (AP Photo/Evan Vucci) **FILE**

Congress: Don't be fooled about Islamic State

Congress should require President Obama to answer key questions before a select House-Senate committee as a condition for entertaining his request for after-the-fact authorization to wage war against the Islamic State of Iraq and Syria (ISIS) for up to 30 years. Published November 9, 2014

President Barack Obama listens at right as U.S. Attorney Loretta Lynch speaks in the Roosevelt Room of the White House on Saturday, Nov. 8, 2014, when the president announced he would nominate Ms. Lynch to replace Attorney General Eric H. Holder Jr. (AP Photo/Carolyn Kaster)

Loretta Lynch: Senate should defer her confirmation

If the Senate were to confirm the Loretta Lynch nomination in the lame duck session with only Democratic votes, public opinion would be mocked and a core principle of democratic governance would be flouted. Published November 8, 2014

President Barack Obama pauses as he speaks to the media before a meeting with his cabinet members in the White House Cabinet Room in Washington, Friday, Nov. 7, 2014.  (AP Photo/Evan Vucci)

Head injuries or method in the madness?

The evidence is strong. President Obama seems suffering from head injuries -- perhaps a concussion from a bruising basketball encounter with legendary Michael Jordan after the two squabbled over Mr. Obama's golfing aptitudes. Published November 8, 2014

Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid, Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell, House Speaker John Boehner and House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi. (AP Photo/J. Scott Applewhite/File)

Ornamental midterm elections

The changes matter only to the upper crust of professional politicians and their vassals whose wealth derives from speculating on public measures and maneuvering for special-interest legislation or regulations to compromise fair and open competition. Their impact on the nation's trajectory is as trifling as the winner of the World Series. Published November 5, 2014

Gen. George Armstrong Custer

Obama: Follow the Reagan precedent set in Lebanon

President Barack Obama should terminate his war against the Islamic State (IS) in Iraq and Syria. It has proven a stupendous failure -- like Gen. George C. Custer's plan to defeat the Indians at the Battle of the Little Bighorn. Published November 4, 2014

Illustration on reality and memory in Germany on the 25th anniversary of the fall of the Berlin Wall. (By Alexander Hunter/The Washington Times)

The fall of the Berlin Wall: A Pyrrhic victory

The Cold War victory left the United States with no rival superpower to teach us daily what we were not. So we embraced practices emblematic of the Soviet Union. Published November 2, 2014

Relieving world misery

What do you think contributes most to the world's misery index and should command the greatest focus and resources? Published November 1, 2014

Josef Stalin and Adolph Hitler

Nazi ties, making pacts with the devil

The United States would gain international respect if it began to judge other nations by the same standards it applies to itself in making pacts with the devil. Published October 29, 2014

Dr. Craig Spencer, who had been treating patients in Guinea, was transported to Bellevue Hospital and treated.  (AP Photo/Richard Drew, File)

Taking Ebola seriously

Congress should mandate a 21-day quarantine rule nationwide rather than whining like children about the Executive Branch's industrial-scale ineptitude. Published October 28, 2014

President Thomas Jefferson (Associated Press)

Abolish elected judges

Judicial elections should be replaced with merit appointments modeled on the Missouri Plan. It contemplates a nominating commission selected by the governor to vet candidates and send three to five names for his consideration. Published October 27, 2014

President Lyndon B. Johnson confers with Secretary of Defense Robert McNamara, November 23, 1963.
 (AP Photo/ File)

Vietnam War was a political crime

Evidence mounts daily that the Vietnam War fought under an anti-Communist banner was at least a political crime that should be recorded as such in history books. Published October 26, 2014

Pro-democracy protesters in Hong Kong (AP Photo/Vincent Yu)

China's industrial scale lawlessness presages weakness

Last Thursday, the CCP announced legal changes that will not diminish its industrial scale lawlessness. Judges will remain notorious errand boys for government officials or the CCP glitterati. Published October 25, 2014

Russian President Vladimir Putin attends a meeting of the Valdai International Discussion Club in the Black Sea resort of Sochi, Russia, Friday, Oct. 24, 2014. The United States is destabilizing the global world order by trying to enforce its will, Russian President Vladimir Putin declared Friday, warning that the world will face new wars if Washington fails to respect the interests of other countries. (AP Photo/RIA-Novosti, Mikhail Klimentyev, Presidential Press Service)

Time to withdraw from NATO

The United States should begin the process of renouncing the extra-constitutional trappings of empire by withdrawing from the North Atlantic Treaty Organization on one year's notice as provided in Article 13. Published October 24, 2014

Former Secretary of State Henry Kissinger (Associated Press) **FILE**

Henry Kissinger and King Lear

Henry Kissinger, like Shakespeare's unreflective King Lear, has grown old without growing wise. Published October 23, 2014

In this June 9, 2013, file photo provided by The Guardian Newspaper in London shows Edward Snowden, who worked as a contract employee at the National Security Agency, in Hong Kong. (AP Photo/The Guardian, Glenn Greenwald and Laura Poitras, File)

Legalize national security leaks

Congress should amend the Espionage Act to decriminalize the leaking of national security information as a general rule. Published October 22, 2014

Oscar de la Renta

Celebrity fashion designer Oscar de la Renta passed away Monday at age 82. It was altogether fitting that effusions of praise echoed throughout the fashion world. Published October 21, 2014