Politics, Moderate



Abbot's Vaccine Order Is Just as Oppressive as Biden's

Politics, Moderate / Jacob Sullum /

As recently as late August, Texas Gov. Greg Abbott said private businesses in his state were free to require that their employees be vaccinated against COVID-19. His press secretary explained that "private businesses don't need government running their business."

Abbott evidently reassessed that premise because last week, he issued an executive...Read more

Without Roe v. Wade, Abortion Will Remain Legal in Most States: The Experience With the Texas Heartbeat Act Offers a Preview of What That Means

Politics, Moderate / Jacob Sullum /

Texas Right to Life says S.B. 8, the state law that prohibits abortion after fetal cardiac activity can be detected, has "saved at least 100 lives PER DAY" since it took effect on Sept. 1. Another calculation suggests the number "could be as high as 132."

One reason for the uncertainty is that Texas women who have crossed S.B. 8's legal ...Read more

The Vain Search For Marijuana in Trick-or-Treat Bags

Politics, Moderate / Jacob Sullum /

It's October, which means it's time for concerned cops and their credulous collaborators in the news media to warn us about the mythical menace of marijuana edibles in trick-or-treat bags. The Bensalem, Pennsylvania, Police Department got a jump on the seasonal panic last week, when it alerted parents to the danger that their kids might receive ...Read more

The Texas Social Media Law Is Blatantly Unconstitutional

Politics, Moderate / Jacob Sullum /

Texas Gov. Greg Abbott, who this month signed a bill that aims to restrict the editorial discretion of social media platforms, says the new law "protects Texans from wrongful censorship" and thereby upholds their First Amendment rights. The law, H.B. 20, is scheduled to take effect on Dec. 2, but that probably will not happen because it is ...Read more

Bureaucrats and Politicians Seem Determined to Cripple E-Cigarettes

Politics, Moderate / Jacob Sullum /

Electronic cigarettes, which deliver nicotine without tobacco or combustion, are the most important harm-reducing alternative to smoking ever developed -- one that could prevent millions of premature deaths in the United States alone. Yet bureaucrats and politicians seem determined to negate that historic opportunity through regulations and ...Read more

Can Biden's Vaccination Rule for Private Employers Survive Judicial Scrutiny?

Politics, Moderate / Jacob Sullum /

The White House says a COVID-19 vaccine mandate that President Joe Biden plans to impose on private employers, which "will impact over 80 million workers," is all about "Vaccinating the Unvaccinated." But officially, that mandate is aimed at protecting workplace safety, and the difference between those two descriptions could make it vulnerable ...Read more

The Texas Abortion Ban Violates Conservative Principles

Politics, Moderate / Jacob Sullum /

The Texas "heartbeat" bill that the Supreme Court declined to block last week is almost as restrictive as the Texas law that the Court overturned half a century ago in Roe v. Wade. The fact that it nevertheless took effect is a remarkable victory for the anti-abortion cause, made possible by an innovative enforcement mechanism that relies on ...Read more

Biden Keeps Pushing Dubious Arguments for CDC Supremacy

Politics, Moderate / Jacob Sullum /

The Supreme Court last week rejected the idea that Congress gave the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention the power to stop landlords from evicting tenants who fail to pay their rent. Unfazed by that setback, the Biden administration this week suggested that the CDC has the power to demand that every public school in the country force ...Read more

The Evidence Supporting Mask Mandates in Schools Is Weaker Than Biden Pretends

Politics, Moderate / Jacob Sullum /

Wading into the bitter debate about face mask mandates in schools, President Joe Biden is threatening civil rights lawsuits against states that ban such requirements.

"Some politicians are trying to turn public safety measures -- into political disputes for their own political gain," Biden complained last week, saying his administration won't "...Read more

Is Face Mask Skepticism Beyond the Pale? A Rational Debate Requires Acknowledging Both the Strengths and the Weaknesses of the Scientific Evidence

Politics, Moderate / Jacob Sullum /

Like many Americans, I do not like wearing a face mask that hurts my ears, steams up my glasses and makes my bearded face itch. And while I think businesses should be free to require face coverings as a safeguard against COVID-19, I am skeptical of government-imposed mask mandates, especially in K-12 schools.

At the same time, I recognize that ...Read more

Biden's Eviction Moratorium Defies the Rule of Law!

Politics, Moderate / Jacob Sullum /

The day before the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention imposed a new eviction moratorium last week, President Joe Biden's administration conceded that the agency had no legal authority to do so. The fact that Biden was unfazed by that crucial point does not bode well for a president who was supposed to restore respect for the rule of law....Read more

The Biden Administration's Mixed COVID-19 Messages Discourage Vaccination

Politics, Moderate / Jacob Sullum /

If you want more Americans to be vaccinated against COVID-19, emphasizing that they could still catch the disease and transmit it to others even after they get their shots may not be the best strategy. Yet that is what the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention did last week, generating "alarmist" and "hyperbolic" press coverage that ...Read more

How Drug Warriors Made the 'Opioid Epidemic' Deadlier

Politics, Moderate / Jacob Sullum /

According to the lawsuits that four drug companies agreed to settle last week, the "opioid epidemic" was caused by overprescription of pain medication, which suggests that curtailing the supply of analgesics such as hydrocodone and oxycodone is the key to reducing opioid-related deaths. But that assumption has proven disastrously wrong and ...Read more



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