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Adam J. White

Contributing Editor

Adam J. White, a New Atlantis contributing editor, is a lawyer in Washington, D.C. He works and writes on various regulatory and constitutional issues. His website is AdamJWhite.com.


In The New Atlantis


Yucca Mountain: A Post-Mortem

Number 37 ~ Fall 2012

Infrastructure Policy: Lessons from American History

Number 35 ~ Spring 2012

Bridges and the Bottom Line

Number 30 ~ Winter 2011

Other Publications


  • “Obama’s Reformation,” The Weekly Standard, June 8, 2015
  • “Beware of Russians Bearing Gifts,” The Weekly Standard, May 11, 2015
  • “Kennedy’s Constitutional Concerns, Then and Now,” WeeklyStandard.com, March 4, 2015
  • “Roberts’s Frost,” WeeklyStandard.com, January 8, 2015
  • “Obamacare’s State of Crisis,” The Weekly Standard, November 24, 2014
  • “Electing Federalism,” The Weekly Standard, November 17, 2014
  • “Kennedy’s Question,” The Weekly Standard, April 28, 2014
  • “‘Just, Wise, and Constitutional’: Justice Thomas’s Legacy in Law and Politics,” Liberty Forum, April 17, 2014
  • “The D.C. Circuit Goes Nuclear,” WeeklyStandard.com, August 23, 2013
  • “The Regulatory Court,” The Weekly Standard, August 26, 2013
  • “As Court Winds Down, Justice Alito Winds Up,” The Weekly Standard, June 20, 2013
  • “Steven Chu Reaches for the ‘Master Switch,’” WeeklyStandard.com, June 10, 2013
  • “The Signal and the Silence,” City Journal Spring 2013
  • “Obama’s Regulatory Rampage,” The Weekly Standard, January 28, 2013
  • “The Blessings of Liberty,” The Weekly Standard, December 10, 2012
  • “A Liberal Who Preached Restraint,” Wall Street Journal, January 4, 2013
  • “Watch What Warren Buffett Does, Not What He Says,” The Weekly Standard, November 26, 2012
  • “The Rise and Rise of Independent Federal Agencies,” Library of Law and Liberty, November, 14, 2012
  • “The Biggest Kiss,” The Weekly Standard, October 29, 2012
  • “Bork Won,” Commentary, October 2012
  • “Online Alexander Bickel symposium: Bickel’s principled prudence,” Scotusblog.com August 15, 2012
  • “Obama's Cynical Energy Agenda,” National Affairs, Summer 2012
  • “Marshalling Precedent: With Nod to Predecessor, Roberts Affirms Mandate,” WeeklyStandard.com, June 28, 2012
  • “An Inter-Agency Turf War Winds Up In Federal Court,” WeeklyStandard.com, April 26, 2012
  • “‘The Constitutional Guarantee of Liberty Deserves More Respect,’” WeeklyStandard.com, April 20, 2012
  • “Reigning In the Agencies,” National Affairs, Spring 2012
  • “Mitch's Mistake,” WeeklyStandard.com, April 5, 2012
  • “Flunking Constitutional Law,” WeeklyStandard.com, April 4, 2012
  • “President Obama, Fair Weather Friend of the Court,” WeeklyStandard.com, April 3, 2012
  • “Ahead of His Class,” Wall Street Journal, April 2, 2012
  • “Obamacare on Trial: The Next Round of Arguments,” WeeklyStandard.com, March 30, 2012
  • “On the Left, the Obamacare Debate Continues,” WeeklyStandard.com, March 30, 2012
  • “Obamacare on Trial: The Individual Mandate,” WeeklyStandard.com, March 27, 2012
  • “Obamacare on Trial: Day One,” WeeklyStandard.com, March 26, 2012
  • “Without Precedent,” The Weekly Standard, March 26, 2012
  • “‘When the facts change, I change my mind,’” Liberty Forum, March 2, 2012
  • “The Lost Greatness of Alexander Bickel,” Commentary, March 2012
  • “Confirmation Bias: A Shameless Flip-Flop on Recess Appointments,” WeeklyStandard.com, January 10, 2012
  • “An Unconstitutional Appointment to an Unconstitutional Office,” WeeklyStandard.com, January 5, 2012
  • “Weak Justification for Executive Overreach,” WeeklyStandard.com, January 12, 2012
  • “Judging President Obama’s Nominees by Senator Obama’s Standard,” WeeklyStandard.com, December 6, 2011
  • “Powering Down,” The Weekly Standard, November 21, 2011
  • “Steve Jobs, and the Valley that Created Him,” WeeklyStandard.com, October 6, 2011
  • “Off the Bench, Into the Fray,” Wall Street Journal, October 6, 2011
  • “When It Comes To Liberty, Michele Bachmann Knows It When She Sees It,” WeeklyStandard.com, September 6, 2011
  • “Political Checks on the Supreme Court, Then and Now,” WeeklyStandard.com, September 2, 2011
  • “The Tea Party’s Constitution,” The Weekly Standard, August 29, 2011
  • “The Burkean Justice,” The Weekly Standard, July 18, 2011
  • “Government by Waiver—Immigration Edition,” WeeklyStandard.com, June 28, 2011
  • “Gas or Hot Air?,” WeeklyStandard.com, June 14, 2011
  • “Justice Scalia Calls on the Court to Define Deference Down,” WeeklyStandard.com, June 10, 2011
  • “Finally, A Speaker Who Knows Whereof She Speaks,” WeeklyStandard.com, March 25, 2011
  • “William Stuntz, 1958-2011,” WeeklyStandard.com, March 16, 2011
  • “Guantanamo and the New York Times’s Latest Legal Fiction,” WeeklyStandard.com, March 3, 2011
  • “Green Power, Red Lights,” The Weekly Standard, February 28, 2011
  • “Justice Mike Lee?,” WeeklyStandard.com, February 4, 2011
  • “Linda Greenhouse, Constitution-in-Exiler,” WeeklyStandard.com, January 24, 2011
  • “Justices Disclosed Expenses from the Federalist Society in 2008, 2009,” WeeklyStandard.com, January 20, 2011
  • “Equal Justice, Fair Fights,” WeeklyStandard.com, January 19, 2011
  • “Misreading the Constitution,” WeeklyStandard.com, January 6, 2011
  • “A ‘Third Way,’ Or a Bridge to Nowhere?,” The New Atlantis, August 31, 2010
  • “The ACLU Sues to Prohibit ‘Targeted Killing’ of Foreign and U.S.-Born Terrorists,” WeeklyStandard.com, August 31, 2010
  • “Does Arizona’s Future Lie in Virginia?,” WeeklyStandard.com, August 3, 2010
  • “The Federal Court’s Faulty Arizona Immigration Decision,” WeeklyStandard.com, August 3, 2010
  • “Don’t Short the D.C. Circuit,” WeeklyStandard.com, July 27, 2010
  • “Would Kagan Have to Recuse Herself from Obamacare Cases?,” WeeklyStandard.com, July 13, 2010
  • “Obama v. Arizona,” WeeklyStandard.com, July 9, 2010
  • “The Senate Has a Choice, Not an Echo,” WeeklyStandard.com, July 2, 2010
  • “Free Money Comes At A High Price -- Even For Journalists,” WeeklyStandard.com, June 4, 2010
  • “No Habeas Relief for Bagram Air Force Base Detainees,” WeeklyStandard.com, May 28, 2010
  • “Circuit Breaker,” WeeklyStandard.com, May 26, 2010
  • “Holder: Opposed to ‘Cowardice’ on Race, But Scared of the Civil Rights Commission,” WeeklyStandard.com, April 15, 2010
  • “Questionable Legal Analysis from the Times,” WeeklyStandard.com, March 30, 2010
  • “Questioning Clarence Thomas’s Wife,” WeeklyStandard.com, March 17, 2010
  • McDonald v. City of Chicago,” WeeklyStandard.com, March 4, 2010
  • “The Bush Admin. Wasn’t Required to Inform Congress of Secret CIA Program,” WeeklyStandard.com, July 17, 2009
  • “‘Prejudging’ the Past?,” WeeklyStandard.com, July 14, 2009
  • “The Future of FERC’s ‘Conditioning Authority,’” Law360, April 9, 2009
  • “We Need to Lift Permanently the Moratorium on Offshore Oil and Gas Leasing,” ABA Trends, Jan./Feb. 2009
  • “Wilkinson and Posner, Dissenting,” WeeklyStandard.com, December 15, 2008
  • “Power Runs Through States,” Legal Times, December 8, 2008
  • “Will the Real VP Please Step Forward? Defining the Role of the Vice President,” Legal Times, 27 October 2008
  • “Fire When Ready,” WeeklyStandard.com, September 19, 2008
  • “Primary Evidence,” WeeklyStandard.com, March 13, 2008
  • “0-for-2,” WeeklyStandard.com, April 18, 2007
  • “Specter v. Gonzales,” WeeklyStandard.com, January 25, 2007
  • “The Constitution, Writ or Wrong,” WeeklyStandard.com, October 5, 2006
  • “Justice Jackson’s Draft Opinions in the Steel Seizure Cases,” Albany Law Review, 2006
  • “Fair Weather Friend of the Court,” WeeklyStandard.com, July 31, 2006
  • “Right on the Money,” WeeklyStandard.com, June 28, 2006
  • “Secret Mistakes,” The American Spectator Online, June 5, 2006
  • “The Truth About Secrets,” WeeklyStandard.com, June 1, 2006
  • “Immigration Reform’s Drug Problem,” WeeklyStandard.com, May 19, 2006
  • “FDR’s Domestic Surveillance,” The American Spectator, May 9, 2006
  • “Schlesinger Fails History,” The American Spectator April 25, 2006
  • “Toward the Framers’ Understanding of Advice and Consent: An Historical and Textual Inquiry,” Harvard Journal of Law and Public Policy, Fall 2005
  • “Pryor Convictions,” National Review Online, February 17, 2004