Politics, Moderate



Will COVID-19 kill the Constitution?

Politics, Moderate / Jacob Sullum /

The great American jurist St. George Tucker, writing at the beginning of the 19th century, called the right to armed self-defense "the true palladium of liberty" and "the first law of nature." But California Gov. Gavin Newsom thinks that right, guaranteed by the Second Amendment, is optional.

After Newsom ordered "nonessential" businesses to ...Read more

So far politicians have been acting as if only one side of the ledger matters

Politics, Moderate / Jacob Sullum /

President Donald Trump is rightly worried that the "cure" for COVID-19 -- sweeping restrictions on travel, local movement, business activity and work -- could prove to be "worse" than the disease. That may already be true; politicians have been acting as if only one side of this ledger matters.

Economists are predicting that the official ...Read more

Politicians of both parties use COVID-19 to advance their preexisting policy agendas

Politics, Moderate / Jacob Sullum /

The United States would be better prepared for the COVID-19 epidemic, Sen. Bernie Sanders, I-Vt., suggested during Sunday night's presidential debate, if it had a single-payer health care system similar to his "Medicare for All" proposal. Former Vice President Joe Biden, the leading contender for the Democratic nomination, was appropriately ...Read more

Money can't buy victory for candidates who fail to persuade voters

Politics, Moderate / Jacob Sullum /

Two and a half weeks after Bernie Sanders slammed Michael Bloomberg for trying to "buy this election," the former New York City mayor dropped out of the race for the Democratic presidential nomination, having spent $570 million of his own money to win 61 delegates. Tom Steyer, the other billionaire in the race, did even worse, abandoning his ...Read more

Defensive official reactions to corruption encourage the attitude that troubles the AG

Politics, Moderate / Jacob Sullum /

The day before Attorney General William Barr complained about disrespect for the police, Harris County, Texas, District Attorney Kim Ogg announced that her office had identified 69 more convicted drug offenders who may have been framed by a veteran Houston narcotics officer. The skepticism that Barr decries cannot be understood without taking ...Read more

Problems with federal sentencing guidelines are real and troubling

Politics, Moderate / Jacob Sullum /

"Roger Stone Did Nothing Wrong!" proclaimed the T-shirts worn by his supporters. Federal prosecutors, by contrast, argued that Stone deserved at least seven years in prison.

U.S. District Judge Amy Berman Jackson split the difference last week, sentencing the longtime Donald Trump crony to three years and four months in prison -- a penalty that...Read more

Bloomberg's gun control platform, like his defense of 'stop and frisk,' sacrifices civil liberties on the altar of public safety

Politics, Moderate / Jacob Sullum /

Michael Bloomberg has been taking flak from progressives lately because of his longstanding, enthusiastic support for New York City's "stop, question, and frisk" program, a position he renounced just a week before he officially entered the race for the Democratic presidential nomination. The former mayor's support for stricter gun control laws, ...Read more

Tackling 'very unfair' drug penalties could help Trump win

Politics, Moderate / Jacob Sullum /

Donald Trump, who ran for president in 2016 on a "law and order" platform borrowed from Richard Nixon, is running for reelection as a criminal justice reformer. That transformation would be more convincing and politically potent if it included things he plans to do as well as things he has already done.

This month, the Trump campaign ran a ...Read more

Republicans should think twice before endorsing the myth that impeachment requires a crime

Politics, Moderate / Jacob Sullum /

Marco Rubio's widely mocked justification for acquitting Donald Trump, which conspicuously avoided condemning or approving the president's conduct, was not exactly a profile in courage. The Florida Republican nevertheless laid out a defensible position that rejected a dangerously broad claim by Trump's lawyers, and in that respect, he set an ...Read more

Panic about peaceful protest reveals gun controllers' bigotry

Politics, Moderate / Jacob Sullum /

After a gun rights rally in Richmond came and went last week without the "violence, rioting, and insurrection" predicted by Virginia Gov. Ralph Northam, Talia Lavin could not believe her eyes, and she urged the rest of us not to believe our eyes either. "It seems myopic at best to describe the Monday event as 'peaceful,'" Lavin wrote in a GQ ...Read more

Trump's lawyers argue that abuse of power is not impeachable unless it breaks the law

Politics, Moderate / Jacob Sullum /

"Was that wrong?" George Costanza asks in a 1991 episode of "Seinfeld" after his boss confronts him with a report that "you and the cleaning woman have engaged in sexual intercourse on the desk in your office." George says he has to "plead ignorance," because no one "said anything to me at all when I first started here" suggesting "that sort of ...Read more

Even the president's buddies understand the threat posed by the unconstrained use of military force

Politics, Moderate / Jacob Sullum /

Matt Gaetz's campaign website features press quotes describing the Florida Republican as "Trump's best buddy," "Trump's ultimate defender," and "the Trumpiest congressman in Trump's Washington." Gaetz clearly was not driven by hatred of the president when he voted for last week's House resolution against an unauthorized war with Iran.

Although ...Read more

Data suggests that 'anti-Semitism crisis' is overblown

Politics, Moderate / Jacob Sullum /

"We're facing an anti-Semitism crisis, and not just in this city," New York Mayor Bill de Blasio declared on Sunday. "It's happening across our country and planet."

De Blasio's warning, which came on the same day that thousands of people responded to recent anti-Jewish crimes in the New York area by joining a solidarity march in Manhattan, was ...Read more


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