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Legislators Demand a Voice in Public Health Restrictions: The COVID-19 Pandemic Showed the Dangers of Letting Governors Unilaterally, Dramatically and Indefinitely Magnify Their Own Powers

Politics, Moderate / Jacob Sullum /

Pennsylvania legislators last week officially ended the state's COVID-19 "disaster emergency," which Gov. Tom Wolf repeatedly extended after declaring it 15 months ago. While the immediate practical effect of the legislature's vote will be minimal, it exemplifies an important step toward reining in the vast powers that Wolf and other governors...Read more

How Can California's 'Assault Weapon' Ban Be Unconstitutional?

Politics, Moderate / Jacob Sullum /

When California legislators enacted the country's first ban on military-style rifles in 1989, they gave no weight to the fundamental right of armed self-defense guaranteed by the Second Amendment: a right the U.S. Supreme Court did not explicitly acknowledge until nearly two decades later. But as U.S. District Judge Roger Benitez observed in his...Read more

For Decades Western Apologists Downplayed the Horrific Consequences of China's Reproductive Restrictions

Politics, Moderate / Jacob Sullum /

It is not surprising that the Chinese Communist Party, which this week further loosened its legal limits on reproduction, still does not admit the "one child" policy that Deng Xiaoping imposed four decades ago was a grievous error, tyrannical in theory and brutally oppressive in practice. But the extent to which Western apologists have ...Read more

Do Anti-BDS Laws Restrict Speech? The Line Between Commercial Decisions and Advocacy Is Not As Clear As Opponents of Anti-Israel Boycotts Suggest

Politics, Moderate / Jacob Sullum /

Two months after the journalist Abby Martin agreed to give the main address at Georgia Southern University's 2020 International Critical Media Literacy Conference, she was disinvited because she refused to sign a state-mandated declaration that she was not "engaged in" a "boycott of Israel" and would refrain from doing so for the duration of her...Read more

Why Americans Can't Trust the CDC's COVID-19 Advice

Politics, Moderate / Jacob Sullum /

"My promise is that CDC will continue to follow the science as our guide," Rochelle Walensky, director of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, told senators last week. While Walensky thinks the CDC already is doing that, her premise is contradicted by the agency's history of arbitrary, dubious and ever-changing advice about COVID-19. ...Read more

Does This Elderly Veteran Have Any Recourse Against the Federal Cops Who Brutally Assaulted Him?

Politics, Moderate / Jacob Sullum /

The three federal police officers who brutally assaulted Vietnam veteran Jose Oliva at a Veteran Affairs hospital in El Paso five years ago later claimed he tried to enter the building "without clearing security." But video of the incident shows that Oliva did nothing to justify the officers' violence, which caused shoulder injuries requiring ...Read more

Biden Hedges on His Promise to Free Pot Prisoners: The President Still Has Not Caught Up With Most Americans on Marijuana Policy

Politics, Moderate / Jacob Sullum /

Just before he left office, Donald Trump freed more than a dozen federal prisoners who had received sentences ranging from 15 years to life for growing, transporting or distributing marijuana. Yet, President Joe Biden, who during his campaign said "anyone who has a (marijuana) record should be let out of jail" and promised to "broadly use his ...Read more

The COVID-19 Disaster That Did Not Happen in Texas

Politics, Moderate / Jacob Sullum /

When Texas Gov. Greg Abbott lifted his statewide face mask mandate and his limits on business occupancy in early March, Democrats warned that he was inviting a public health disaster. Yet, a month and a half later, newly identified coronavirus cases in Texas have fallen by more than 50 percent, and daily deaths have dropped even more.

Meanwhile...Read more

The Supreme Court Reaffirms That COVID-19 Regulations Must Comply With the First Amendment

Politics, Moderate / Jacob Sullum /

When Christians met in each other's homes for prayer or Bible study, they had to be careful. Such gatherings were illegal, and the organizers never knew who might inform the authorities.

Although that sounds like a scene from the Soviet Union, it actually describes the situation in California under COVID-19 regulations that the Supreme Court ...Read more

Six Marijuana Legalization Lessons

Politics, Moderate / Jacob Sullum /

Legislators in New York and New Mexico voted last week to legalize recreational marijuana, as their counterparts in New Jersey had done the previous month. The three plans, which bring the number of states that have approved legalization to 17, reflect some of the lessons that policymakers have learned -- and in some cases ignored -- since ...Read more

A Federal Appeals Court Rejects a Highly Implausible Redefinition of Machine Guns

Politics, Moderate / Jacob Sullum /

Two years ago, peaceful, law-abiding gun owners across the country became felons overnight, thanks to the Trump administration's ban on bump stocks. But as the U.S. Court of Appeals for the 6th Circuit recognized last week, Congress alone has the authority to define new federal crimes, while the president and his underlings are charged with ...Read more

Biden Ordered the Education Department to Consider Rescinding Due Process Reforms

Politics, Moderate / Jacob Sullum /

In 2016, Purdue University imposed a one-year suspension on a student accused of sexual assault, forcing him to resign from ROTC and ending his plans for a Navy career. The process that led to those results, Amy Coney Barrett concluded in a 2019 opinion for a three-judge panel of the U.S. Court of Appeals for the 7th Circuit, "fell short of what...Read more



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