Politics, Moderate



The attorney general is determined to undermine your privacy

Politics, Moderate / Jacob Sullum /

The Justice Department claims to support "strong encryption, which is used by billions of people every day for services such as banking, commerce, and communications." Yet the department is actively working to weaken encryption, lest fully secure communications frustrate law enforcement agencies seeking access to possibly incriminating messages ...Read more

Muddled Message About Vaping Causes Costly Confusion: Vague Lung Disease Warnings Tar Harm-Reducing E-Cigarettes While Obscuring the Role of Black-Market Cannabis Products

Politics, Moderate / Jacob Sullum /

When there's an outbreak of food poisoning, the federal government does not issue general advisories about the hazards of eating. It tells people which products have been implicated so they can adjust their behavior to reduce the risks they face.

Yet for months now, even as evidence mounted that vaping-related lung diseases overwhelmingly ...Read more

Both the president and his critics casually cry 'treason' to discredit their opponents

Politics, Moderate / Jacob Sullum /

Former Massachusetts Gov. William Weld, who is notionally challenging Donald Trump for the Republican Party's 2020 presidential nomination, last week claimed Trump is guilty of "treason, pure and simple." He added that "the penalty for treason under the U.S. Code is death."

Weld thus joined a long list of commentators and politicians in both ...Read more

A License for Outrageous Police Conduct: Qualified Immunity Protects Cops From Liability for Actions That Would Land Ordinary People in Jail

Politics, Moderate / Jacob Sullum /

When a police officer illegally arrests a photographer for taking pictures, can the officer be sued for violating the Fourth Amendment's ban on "unreasonable searches and seizures"? Yes, a federal appeals court ruled last week.

When police officers steal cash and property worth more than $225,000 while executing a search warrant, can they be ...Read more

The Alarming Epidemic of Misguided Meddling With E-Cigarettes: Banning the Flavors Former Smokers Overwhelmingly Prefer Is a Strange Way to Protect Public Health

Politics, Moderate / Jacob Sullum /

Banning flavored e-cigarettes is all the rage among politicians these days. It's an alarming trend that poses a clear and present danger to public health.

The epidemic of misguided meddling began earlier this month, when Michigan Gov. Gretchen Whitmer announced that she planned to unilaterally criminalize the sale of e-cigarettes in flavors ...Read more


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