Margot Cleveland
Margot Cleveland

Margot Cleveland is a senior contributor to The Federalist. She is also a contributor to National Review Online, the Washington Examiner, Aleteia, and, and has been published in the Wall Street Journal and USA Today.

Cleveland is a lawyer and a graduate of the Notre Dame Law School, where she earned the Hoynes Prize—the law school’s highest honor. She later served for nearly 25 years as a permanent law clerk for a federal appellate judge on the Seventh Circuit Court of Appeals. Cleveland is a former full-time university faculty member and now teaches as an adjunct from time to time.

As a stay-at-home homeschooling mom of a young son with cystic fibrosis, Cleveland frequently writes on cultural issues related to parenting and special-needs children. Cleveland is on Twitter at @ProfMJCleveland. The views expressed here are those of Cleveland in her private capacity.

Trump Isn’t President Any More, But The Left Is Still Blaming Him For Everything

In advance of this week’s State of the Union address, Washington Post staffers peppered the public with reasons to blame former President Trump for Joe Biden’s failures.

New California Law Could Put Male Serial Rapists Into Women’s Prisons

A new California law that gives male inmates the right to be housed in female prisons provides no protection for women inmates or guards.

How Mastercard’s Rules Against Child Pornographers Could Be Used To Ban Conservatives From Banking

Leftist activists have already been pushing Mastercard, Visa, and others to expand their ban beyond illegal activities, with the eventual goal of demonetarizing opposing political views.

Mike Rowe Is Right: A Higher Minimum Wage Takes Away Stepping-Stone Jobs

‘Dirty Jobs’ and ‘Six Degrees’ host Mike Rowe is correct about the negative economic and social effects of the minimum wage.

Campaign Donations Show Big Business Effort To Oppose Voting Integrity Is About Helping Democrats Win, Not ‘Democracy’

The modern democracy desired by Saturday’s participants is one our corporate and ivory tower overlords control, rather than the peons in red states.

Supreme Court Slam On California COVID Rules Also Burnishes Religious Liberty Protections

The court’s unsigned order in Tandon v. Newsom signifies the reemergence of religious liberty as a valued jurisprudential principle to the Supreme Court.

Sixth Circuit Abortion Case Illustrates Leftist Judges’ Disdain For Laws And Precedent

The case shows the judiciary is just as fractured as the rest of America, and leftist judges are defiantly ignoring Supreme Court and circuit precedent.

Gov. Ron DeSantis Should Sue ‘60 Minutes’ For Defamation

‘60 Minutes’ falsehoods provide the perfect vehicle for Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis to prove that Democrat propagandists posing as the press deserve no heightened legal protection.

MLB All-Star Game Jerk From Georgia Proves There Will Be No Unity Without Freedom

Given the depth of the cultural and political divide, there is only one hope for healing our nation: A return to our foundational principles—for if there is no federalism, there will be no unity.

Right Voters Will No Longer Allow Bowing To Corporate Bullies In Georgia Or Anywhere Else

Despite their pressure on Georgia and other states, woke business, big tech, corporate media, and sports leagues do not hold veto power over legislation any more.

The Worst Thing About Kristi Noem’s Sports Capitulation Is Her Lies

While Gov. Kristi Noem understandably prefers to avoid facing the economic brunt of a showdown with the NCAA, if she led, others would follow. That is what conservatives want.

Bowing To Corporate Demands For Watered-Down Bill, Gov. Kristi Noem Sells Out Women’s Sports

Given the reality of the NCAA’s policy, South Dakota Gov. Kristi Noem’s proffered explanation for excluding women collegiate athletes from the protections of H.B. 1217 is beyond misleading.

In Abortion Case, The Supreme Court Can Stop Biden From Pushing Extreme Rules In Secret Deals

The Biden administration has abandoned the legally mandated rulemaking process to establish its preferred policies through closed-door settlements with political allies.

Seventh Circuit Ban On Parental Notice For Underage Abortions Tees Up Supreme Court Review

The Seventh Circuit’s decision in Planned Parenthood v. Box II is wrong, but also providential because it provides a perfect vehicle for the Supreme Court to revisit its abortion jurisprudence.

Russiagate Figure Svetlana Lokhova Presses Defamation Case Against Corporate Media

Lokhova alleged Stefan Halper peddled false claims that she was a Russian spy and a paramour of Michael Flynn, with various media outlets then pushing that narrative

Joe Biden Promises Unity; The Equality Act Swings A Culture War Sword

The Equality Act would enshrine into law the left’s ideological extremism on three of the most divisive issues of the day: sex, abortion, and religious liberty.

The Problem With Social Media Isn’t Minneapolis Paying For George Floyd PR

Minneapolis is merely paying folks for a fraction of the services the Democrat media has been providing for free for years.

5 Things You Need To Know About The Extremist ‘Equality Act’ House Democrats Just Passed

Adding ‘sexual orientation’ and ‘gender identity’ to the list of protected classes may seem straightforward enough, but the proposed law does more—much more.

Supreme Court Denial Of 2020 Election Cases Invites ‘Erosion Of Voter Confidence’

The Supreme Court’s abdication of its authority to answer important constitutional questions threatens even more chaotic federal elections.

Why The ‘Equality Act’ Democrats Want To Pass This Week Should Really Be Called The ‘Destroy Our Daughters Act’

While Democrats present the Equality Act as legislation designed to protect LGTBQ people from discrimination, if passed the law would prove devasting to girls and women.