Politics, Moderate



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

Biden Is Trying to Impose Online Censorship by Proxy

Politics, Moderate / Jacob Sullum /

President Joe Biden wants to suppress speech that discourages Americans from being vaccinated against COVID-19. Because the First Amendment does not allow him to do that, he is asking Facebook and other social media companies to do it for him.

Or at least that's the way White House Press Secretary Jen Psaki, who calls the Biden administration's...Read more

Facing $165,000 in Fines for Three Trivial Code Violations, Sandy Martinez Is Challenging the Exorbitant Penalty

Politics, Moderate / Jacob Sullum /

The town of Lantana, Florida, is demanding that Sandy Martinez pay $165,000 in fines, which is nearly four times her annual income, and more than half what her house is worth. The municipal code violations that led to those fines are decidedly less impressive: driveway cracks, a storm-damaged fence and cars parked on her own property in an "...Read more

An Unbeatable Sprinter Is Defeated by an Irrational Prejudice

Politics, Moderate / Jacob Sullum /

President Joe Biden's take on American sprinter Sha'Carri Richardson's one-month suspension for marijuana use was similar to hers and correct as far as it went. "Rules are rules," he said on Saturday, and "everybody knows what the rules are going in."

Biden added that "whether that should remain the rule is a different issue." But as the ...Read more

Did Congress Give the CDC More Authority Than the President?

Politics, Moderate / Jacob Sullum /

Since the beginning of the COVID-19 pandemic, Americans have argued about the merits of guidelines issued by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, which have been described as both too strict and too lax, too rigid and too changeable. Imagine how bitter an already rancorous debate would have been if the CDC had the power to command, as...Read more



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