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Supreme Court takes on the administrative state and power-hungry bureaucrats

Justice Clarence Thomas sent a warning shot across the bow of the expansive administrative

state in a recent opinion suggesting it was time the court upend the litany of agencies that act as quasi-judges and slap fines or other penalties on people with only an abbreviated chance for regular judges to get involved. The Securities Exchange Commission and the Federal Trade Commission both claim such powers, and Justice Thomas said the two agencies go well beyond what the founders of the country envision.

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