Politics, Moderate



Biden Decries a 'Failed Approach to Marijuana' but Sticks With It: Rescheduling Does Not Resolve the Conflict Between Federal Pot Prohibition and State Rejection of That Policy

Politics, Moderate / Jacob Sullum /

For half a century, critics have argued marijuana does not belong in Schedule I of the Controlled Substances Act, a category supposedly reserved for drugs that cannot be used safely even under a doctor's supervision due to their high potential for abuse and lack of accepted medical applications. Last week, the U.S. Department of Justice ...Read more

The 'Heart' of Alvin Bragg's Case Against Trump Is Misdirection: Contrary to What Prosecutors Say, the Former President Is Not Charged With 'Conspiracy' or 'Election Fraud'

Politics, Moderate / Jacob Sullum /

Porn star Stormy Daniels says she had sex with former President Donald Trump at a Lake Tahoe hotel in July 2006. To keep her from telling that story, former Trump fixer Michael Cohen says, "the boss" instructed him to pay Daniels $130,000 shortly before the 2016 presidential election.

Manhattan District Attorney Alvin Bragg says that ...Read more

Ron DeSantis Says Letting People Buy Cultivated Meat Is Like Forcing Them to Eat Bugs: Florida's Protectionist Ban on the Nascent Industry Sacrifices Conservative Principles in the Name of a Culture War That Politicizes Everything

Politics, Moderate / Jacob Sullum /

It is not yet clear whether the alternative protein products known variously as "lab-grown," "cell-cultivated" or "cultured" meat will deliver the environmental benefits touted by their boosters or when they will be appealing and cheap enough to be competitive with conventional poultry, beef and pork. But Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis already has ...Read more

Journalism Is Not a Crime, Even When It Offends the Government: Julian Assange and Priscilla Villarreal Were Both Arrested for Publishing Information That Government Officials Wanted to Conceal

Politics, Moderate / Jacob Sullum /

WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange has been imprisoned in London for five years, while Texas journalist Priscilla Villarreal was only briefly detained at the Webb County Jail. But both were arrested for publishing information that government officials wanted to conceal.

Assange and Villarreal argue that criminalizing such conduct violates the ...Read more

The Alarming Implications of Trump's Immunity Claim: The Supreme Court Will Decide Whether Former Presidents Can Avoid Criminal Prosecution by Avoiding Impeachment and Removal

Politics, Moderate / Jacob Sullum /

When Congress impeaches and removes a federal official, the Constitution says, "the party convicted shall nevertheless be liable and subject to indictment, trial, judgment and punishment, according to law." While you might think that clause means impeachment and removal do not preclude criminal prosecution, former President Donald Trump's ...Read more

SCOTUS Misses a Chance to Protect Peaceful Protesters: Under a Theory Endorsed by the 5th Circuit, Martin Luther King Jr. Could Have Been Liable for Other People's Violence

Politics, Moderate / Jacob Sullum /

In his last protest march, Martin Luther King Jr. led a parade of demonstrators down Beale Street in Memphis, Tennessee, lending his support to striking sanitation workers. After a few young Black men started breaking storefront windows, the indiscriminate police response killed one suspected looter and injured dozens of protesters.

Under a ...Read more

Trump's Abortion Stance Is Convenient, But That Does Not Mean He's Wrong: His Embrace of Federalism Is One of Those Rare Instances When Political Expedience Coincides With Constitutional Principles

Politics, Moderate / Jacob Sullum /

"On abortion," The New York Times claims, former President Donald Trump "chose politics over principles." In reality, Trump's recent clarification of his abortion position is one of those rare instances when political expedience coincides with constitutional principles.

In a Truth Social video posted on Monday, Trump said each state should be...Read more

New York's Pot Legalization 'Disaster' Was Entirely Predictable: The State's Policies and Practices Seemed Designed to Strangle the Legal Marijuana Supply

Politics, Moderate / Jacob Sullum /

Three years after New York legalized marijuana, unauthorized pot shops outnumber licensed retailers by more than 20 to 1. Legislators and regulators could have avoided this "disaster," as Gov. Kathy Hochul rightly calls it, if they had learned from the mistakes of other states that have struggled to displace the black market.

Disregarding ...Read more

The Supreme Court Should Reject Clandestine Government Censorship of Online Speech: The Biden Administration's Social Media Meddling Went Far Beyond 'Information' and 'Advice'

Politics, Moderate / Jacob Sullum /

When federal officials persistently pressured social media platforms to delete or downgrade posts those officials did not like, a government lawyer told the Supreme Court on Monday, they were merely offering "information" and "advice" to their "partners" in fighting "misinformation." If the justices accept that characterization, they will be ...Read more

Expanding the Drug War to Include Tobacco Would Be a Big Mistake: The Judicially Approved Brookline Ban Reflects a Broader Trend Among Progressives Who Should Know Better

Politics, Moderate / Jacob Sullum /

Last month, New Zealand scrapped a law that would have gradually prohibited tobacco products by banning sales to anyone born after 2008. But Brookline, a wealthy Boston suburb, will implement a similar scheme now that the Supreme Judicial Court of Massachusetts has cleared the way.

Brookline's bylaw, which bans sales of "tobacco or e-...Read more

Texas and Florida Say the First Amendment Must Be Sacrificed to Save It: Supreme Court Arguments About Two Social Media Laws Highlight a Dangerous Conflation of State and Private Action

Politics, Moderate / Jacob Sullum /

A social media platform is like a telegraph, Texas Solicitor General Aaron Nielson told the Supreme Court on Monday, defending his state's restrictions on content moderation by Facebook, X (formerly Twitter) and YouTube. Paul Clement, speaking on behalf of the tech trade group NetChoice, rejected that comparison, saying a social media platform...Read more



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