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A Nixonian overreach by the Obama administration?

John Yoo co-writes for Investor’s Business Daily, April 25, 2016

Litigation between shareholders in Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac and the U.S. government has called for the revelation of documents that the White House tried to keep secret under the doctrine of “executive privilege.”

How an international lawsuit could bring India and the U.S. closer

John Yoo and Riddhi Dasgupta write for, Feb. 25, 2016

The suit offers one beneficial consequence: it shows how much the U.S. and South Asia depend on India’s geopolitical position in securing the aims of the free world in the region. To this end, India, the U.S., and their democratic free-market regional allies could enter into a Concert of Asia for the 21st Century.

Trump and Sanders: The Founders’ worst nightmare

John Yoo writes for The Weekly Standard, Feb. 10, 2016

The men who met in Philadelphia in 1787 to write a new constitution designed it to prevent someone like Donald Trump from ever becoming president. One of their great fears was of a populist demagogue who would promise the people everything and respect nothing.

Trump on torture

John Yoo interviewed by The Wall Street Journal: Opinion Journal, Feb. 9, 2016

“The whole point of this very limited, narrow program is to gather intelligence, to stop future attacks. It has nothing to do with punishment or revenge, but that seems to be what Mr. Trump thinks is the whole point.”

Dreamers’ nightmare: DACA dies if Obama immigration action goes down

John Yoo quoted by U.S. News & World Report, Jan. 19, 2016

“I think the deferred action for ‘dreamers’ will rise and fall with DAPA,” Yoo says. “If Obama loses on DAPA, which I expect he ultimately will, then he will have thrown out a measure that a majority of Americans support in order to unconstitutionally remake all of immigration law.”

Obama is upending the role of the presidency

John Yoo writes for The Washington Post, Jan. 15, 2016

President Obama has all but declared that he will spend his last year in office acting unilaterally to advance his agenda. But his basic misunderstanding of presidential power will render his gains hollow, and his excesses will create the very tools to undo his legacy.

Should Cruz’s Canadian birth keep him off ballot?

John Yoo interviewed by HeraldNet, Dec. 16, 2015

“The Constitution requires the president to be a ‘natural-born citizen.’ But no one is sure what it means. It’s never been the subject of a definitive judicial ruling.” Yoo thinks the term applies to citizens “born in the territory of the United States.”

Donald Trump calls for ban on Muslim entry into US

John Yoo interviewed by The Wall Street Journal, Dec. 7, 2015

“The United States cannot discriminate on the basis of religion,” Mr. Yoo said. He added that in the past, the U.S. has discriminated based on country of origin, but that is different from a wholesale religious ban.

Paris climate conference: Without Congress’ support, Obama’s dealmaking powers are limited

John Yoo and John Bolton write for Los Angeles Times, Dec. 1, 2015

On one side is international pressure to vest any climate deal with what international law considers to be binding legal force. On the other is the political difficulty, even the impossibility, of approving a climate treaty under our Constitution because of the need for approval by two-thirds of the Senate.

Opinion Journal: The terrorist surveillance debate

John Yoo interviewed by WSJ Video, Nov. 23, 2015

“What the Paris attacks showed and what the Mumbai attacks had shown before is that a small group of terrorists who can coordinate their actions and get into a major city with light arms can cause enormous death and destruction among civilian targets. What our government and intelligence agencies need to do is to have access in real time to the broadest database of communications possible.”

International Criminal Court has spent $1 billion but managed only two convictions in 10 years

John Yoo quoted in The Washington Times, Nov. 15, 2015

During the Sunday talk, the terrorist attacks in Paris were fresh on everyone’s mind. Mr. Yoo used the horrific events Friday to note that peace and human rights never have been fulfilled through a European-style system like the ICC. “The greatest protector of human rights has been the United States and the United States military,” he said.

Gavin Newsom is no Kim Davis

John Yoo quoted in San Francisco Chronicle (registration required), Sept. 9, 2015

“If you’re a state officer, you have an obligation under the Constitution to carry out federal law.” You don’t have to agree with all Supreme Court rulings, Yoo added, you just have to abide by them.

Ignore Trump—the issue of birthright citizenship has been settled

John Yoo writes for Los Angeles Times, Sept. 6, 2015

“The 14th Amendment settled the question of birthright citizenship once and for all. Conservatives should not be the ones seeking a new law, or even a constitutional amendment to reverse centuries of American tradition.”

Professors sharply divided on birthright citizenship

John Yoo quoted in The College Fix, August 25, 2015

“The constitutional text flatly states that children born in the U.S. are citizens, without reference to whether their parents are aliens or not.”

On citizenship, the ‘birthers’ are right

John Yoo writes for National Review, August 22, 2015

The text, structure, and history of the Constitution all show that the 14th Amendment recognizes the citizenship of any child born on American territory.

Rand Paul jeopardizes nation by stamping on NSA

John Yoo interviewed for Newsmax TV, June 4, 2015

“What worries me is that the end of the NSA bulk collection program is taking away exactly the kind of tool we need for the kind of attacks we’re going to be getting in the future, which is going to be more dispersed, less like the 9/11 hijackers, and more like the Boston Marathon bombing.”

Justice for Boston

John Yoo interviewed by The Wall Street Journal Opinion, April 9, 2015

“You can’t tell right in the middle of the attack whether it is just a small-time person, a lone-wolf person, or someone who’s part of a bigger Al-Qaeda conspiracy, a bigger terrorist group. I worry that, under the Obama administration, our first instinct and option is to think that of it as law enforcement and civilian rather than keeping all our options open.”

How the U.S. can strengthen economic and military ties with India

John Yoo and Riddhi Dasgupta write for, March 21, 2015

President Barack Obama has finally resumed progress toward one of the most important strategic goals in American foreign policy: strengthening America’s alliance with India. … For the Obama administration and its successor, allying with the world’s largest democracy will represent a welcome seismic shift in the balance of power.

A war authorization for weaklings

John Yoo interviewed by WSJ Video, February 12, 2015

I hate to say it, but what President Obama’s trying to do, and this is a first for a modern-day president, is he’s trying to actually handcuff himself and his successor. If you actually take a moment to look at the proposal that he’s sent forward, it’s an incredible document, one unlike any a president has sent to Congress before. It limits his own powers.

At center of immigration suit, a clause with a funny name

John Yoo and Robert J. Delahunty article cited in The Wall Street Journal, December 3, 2014

“If the President may constitutionally permit 15% of the Nation’s illegal immigrant population to remain in the United States without fear of removal, why may he not do the same for 50% of that population, or for all of it?” they wrote in an article on the scope of the Take Care Clause.