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Trump's Declassification Claims Are Implausible and Irrelevant: The Potential Crimes That the FBI Is Investigating Do Not Hinge on the Current Classification Status of the Records That the Former President Kept at Mar-a-Lago

Politics, Moderate / Jacob Sullum /

A few weeks after the FBI searched former President Donald Trump's residence at his Palm Beach, Florida, resort, Fox News host Steve Doocy, a longtime ally of the former president, posed a question that remains unanswered. "Why did he have all that secret stuff at Mar-a-Lago?" Doocy wondered during an interview with South Dakota Gov. Kristi Noem...Read more

The Government Can't Fix Social Media Moderation and Should Not Try: Democrats and Republicans Both Demand Solutions That Are Inconsistent With the First Amendment

Politics, Moderate / Jacob Sullum /

Despite their increasingly bitter differences, Democrats and Republicans generally agree that content moderation by social media companies is haphazard at best. But while Democrats tend to think the main problem is too much speech of the wrong sort, Republicans complain that platforms like Facebook, Twitter and YouTube are biased against them.

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Biden's Sneaky Censors: Behind the Scenes, Federal Officials Pressure Social Media Platforms to Suppress Disfavored Speech

Politics, Moderate / Jacob Sullum /

"Tech platforms are notoriously opaque," the White House complained last week, saying Americans deserve to know more about how online forums decide "when and how to remove content from their sites." Yet the Biden administration, which routinely pressures social media companies to suppress speech it does not like, is hardly a model of ...Read more

Biden and Trump Stoke Division While Complaining About It: The Current and Former Presidents Offer Dueling but Equally Apocalyptic Takes on This Fall's Elections

Politics, Moderate / Jacob Sullum /

Last week in Philadelphia, President Joe Biden gave "the most vicious, hateful and divisive speech ever delivered by an American president," so former President Donald Trump proclaimed at a rally in Wilkes-Barre, Pennsylvania, on Saturday before proceeding to outdo Biden.

The two speeches -- one decrying "MAGA Republicans" who "represent an ...Read more

The Student Loan Debate Shows How the ACLU Has Lost Its Way: The Venerable Champion of Civil Liberties Is Increasingly Indistinguishable From Myriad Progressive Advocacy Groups

Politics, Moderate / Jacob Sullum /

The American Civil Liberties Union last week applauded President Joe Biden's plan to cancel student loan debt, which it describes as "a racial justice issue." That puzzling position encapsulates how far the venerable organization has strayed from the mission reflected in its name.

Under Biden's new policy, borrowers earning up to $125,000 a ...Read more

Ron DeSantis Wants to Edit the First Amendment: Florida's Governor Claims Unconstitutional Powers That Easily Could Be Used to Advance the 'Far-Left Woke Agenda' He Decries

Politics, Moderate / Jacob Sullum /

Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis, a leading presidential contender, is skilled at appealing to Republicans who resent the censorious self-righteousness of woke progressives. But instead of defending free inquiry and open debate, DeSantis seems bent on fighting intolerance with intolerance.

When he signed the Individual Freedom Act in April, DeSantis ...Read more

Trump's Defense Suggests His Treatment of Classified Material Was Remarkably Cavalier: Whatever Threat It May Have Posed, the Trove of Government Documents Seized by the FBI Does Not Reflect Well on the Former President's Judgment

Politics, Moderate / Jacob Sullum /

The main justification for the FBI's Aug. 8 search of former President Donald Trump's home at his Palm Beach, Florida, resort -- securing state secrets -- requires us to accept the government's characterization of purloined documents that we are not allowed to see. Trump, meanwhile, insists he had no classified documents, which is even harder to...Read more

Judicial Rubber-Stamping of Warrants Can Be Deadly: Lethal Drug Raids in Louisville and Houston Were Based on Fishy Police Affidavits That Turned Out to Be Fraudulent

Politics, Moderate / Jacob Sullum /

According to a federal indictment unsealed last week, Breonna Taylor, a 26-year-old EMT and aspiring nurse who was killed during a 2020 drug raid in Louisville, Kentucky, died because a cop lied. According to a 2019 federal indictment, the same is true of Dennis Tuttle and Rhogena Nicholas, a middle-aged couple killed during a drug raid in ...Read more

Democrats Don't Care Whether Banning 'Assault Weapons' Is Constitutional: Even While Conceding That the Rifles They Want to Ban Are Commonly Used for Lawful Purposes, They Refuse to Grapple With the Implications

Politics, Moderate / Jacob Sullum /

A week before the House of Representatives approved a ban on "assault weapons," a federal judge in Denver explained why such laws are unlikely to pass constitutional muster. House Democrats either were not paying attention or did not care because they view the Second Amendment as an outmoded provision that imposes no meaningful limits on gun ...Read more

Chuck Schumer Learned Nothing From the Failure of Pot Legalization in California

Politics, Moderate / Jacob Sullum /

During the next year, California officials said last week, the state expects to seize "more than $1 billion worth of illegal cannabis products." That announcement came a few weeks after the U.S. Justice Department bragged about guilty pleas by 11 unlicensed California marijuana merchants who had been nabbed with help from state and local law ...Read more

Gun Law Reflects the Worst Instincts of Both Parties

Politics, Moderate / Jacob Sullum /

Until last month, someone with a felony record who obtained a gun was committing a federal crime punishable by up to 10 years in prison. Now he or she is committing two federal crimes, each punishable by up to 15 years in prison.

Contrary to what you may have read or heard, the story of how that happened is not an inspiring example of ...Read more

Politicians Are Defying the Supreme Court's Ruling on the Right To Bear Arms!

Politics, Moderate / Jacob Sullum /

After the Supreme Court upheld the right to bear arms last month, some states promptly complied with the ruling by eliminating subjective requirements for carrying a gun in public. But other states are either dragging their feet or refusing to acknowledge the decision's implications.

The Court said New York had violated the Second Amendment by ...Read more

The FDA Perversely Seeks to Make Both Cigarettes and Harm-Reducing Alternatives Less Appealing

Politics, Moderate / Jacob Sullum /

The Food and Drug Administration wants to prevent smoking-related deaths by making cigarettes less appealing. Toward that end, the FDA plans to ban menthol cigarettes and limit nicotine content to "reduce the addictiveness of cigarettes."

Meanwhile, the FDA seems determined to make vaping products, the most promising harm-reducing alternative ...Read more



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