Politics, Moderate



The restrictions imagined by Republicans in 2016 or by Democrats now are nothing but self-serving nonsense

Politics, Moderate / Jacob Sullum /

The process for filling a Supreme Court vacancy is straightforward: The president chooses a new justice "with the advice and consent of the Senate." Any other conditions, including those imagined by Republicans in 2016 or by Democrats now, are nothing but self-serving nonsense.

Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell, R-Ky., who has promised a ...Read more

How much difference do COVID-19 lockdowns make?

Politics, Moderate / Jacob Sullum /

The New York Times describes Sweden's approach to COVID-19, which has been notably less restrictive than the policies adopted by other European countries and the United States, as "disastrous" and "calamitous." By contrast, Scott Atlas, the physician and Hoover Institution fellow who is advising President Donald Trump on the epidemic, thinks ...Read more

Are video arcades more dangerous than casinos during a pandemic?

Politics, Moderate / Jacob Sullum /

Casinos and video arcades, both of which feature rows of electronic games that people use in close proximity to each other, pose similar risks of COVID-19 transmission. Yet, in Massachusetts, casinos have been open for two months, while video arcades remain closed under an order that Gov. Charlie Baker originally issued in March.

Like many of ...Read more

The president's daughter says 'We're just getting started,' but his campaign has not offered any details

Politics, Moderate / Jacob Sullum /

Alice Johnson's appearance at the Republican National Convention last week was a rebuke to Democratic presidential nominee Joe Biden, who for decades promoted the draconian policies that sent her to prison for life as a first-time, nonviolent drug offender. Johnson's case was also meant to show that President Donald Trump, who commuted her ...Read more

In the president's mind, trade is not a right to be respected but a process to be managed by politicians

Politics, Moderate / Jacob Sullum /

If Donald Trump's sister is right that he "has no principles," he does at least have a few enduring instincts. Perhaps the most persistent is his conviction that American greatness is threatened by voluntary economic exchange, the most powerful engine of peace and prosperity in human history.

Each of us has a fundamental right to the fruits of ...Read more

Biden favors the same magazine limit that a federal appeals court just declared unconstitutional

Politics, Moderate / Jacob Sullum /

When it overturned California's 10-round magazine limit last Friday, the U.S. Court of Appeals for the 9th Circuit emphasized what Americans commonly do when they exercise their constitutional right to armed self-defense. Joe Biden, by contrast, thinks the relevant question is how many shells Americans are allowed to have in their shotguns when ...Read more

Illinois is illegally delaying gun licenses

Politics, Moderate / Jacob Sullum /

If you live in Chicago, you might be thinking about buying a gun to protect yourself, your family, your home or your business against rioters, looters and assorted violent criminals. But before you can exercise your Second Amendment rights in Illinois, you need permission from the state police, a process that can take months.

Contrary to a ...Read more

Will Trump's blunt self-aggrandizement reinvigorate concerns about presidents who exceed their powers?

Politics, Moderate / Jacob Sullum /

After Donald Trump floated the idea of delaying the presidential election last week, the most striking response came from Federalist Society co-founder Steven Calabresi. "This latest tweet is fascistic," the Northwestern University law professor wrote in The New York Times, "and is itself grounds for the president's immediate impeachment again ...Read more

The second amendment is not restricted to white conservatives

Politics, Moderate / Jacob Sullum /

Last Saturday in Louisville, Kentucky, about 300 armed members of the NFAC (Not F---ing Around Coalition), a self-described "Black militia" based in Atlanta, had what the Louisville Courier-Journal called "a tense standoff" with about 50 armed Three Percenters, which the paper described as a "far-right... militia." While the incident, which ...Read more

The president's heavy-handed reaction to protests against police brutality belies his promise of 'law and order'

Politics, Moderate / Jacob Sullum /

Donald Trump, whose 2016 presidential campaign was consciously modeled after Richard Nixon's 1968 run, seems to think he can win reelection by emulating his predecessor's appeal to a "silent majority" disgusted by raucous anti-war protests. Trump is offering voters a choice between his firm hand and the pusillanimity of "liberal Democrats" who ...Read more

Two centuries of precedents say the president is not immune from judicial process

Politics, Moderate / Jacob Sullum /

Two years ago, while fighting the confirmation of Donald Trump's second Supreme Court nominee, Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer, D-N.Y., suggested that Brett Kavanaugh would help the president escape accountability for grave misconduct. "If Kavanaugh would've let Nixon off the hook," Schumer asked, "what is he willing to do for President ...Read more

Qualified immunity is a test for conservatives

Politics, Moderate / Jacob Sullum /

Former Minneapolis police officer Derek Chauvin faces murder and manslaughter charges for kneeling on George Floyd's neck until he stopped breathing. But even if Chauvin is convicted, Floyd's family may not be able to pursue claims under a federal statute that authorizes lawsuits against government officials who violate people's constitutional ...Read more

Don't let the pandemic kill religious freedom

Politics, Moderate / Jacob Sullum /

About a month after Bill de Blasio personally led a police raid on a Hasidic rabbi's funeral in Brooklyn, which he portrayed as an intolerable threat in the era of COVID-19, New York's mayor visited the same borough to address a tightly packed crowd of protesters who had gathered in response to George Floyd's death. Far from ordering them to ...Read more



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