Politics, Moderate



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

The Feds Can't Compel States to Enforce Restrictions on Guns or Immigrants

Politics, Moderate / Jacob Sullum /

When state and local officials decline to help enforce federal firearm rules they view as unconstitutional, The New York Times says they are adopting "a legally shaky but politically potent strategy" with racist roots. But when state and local officials decline to help enforce federal immigration rules they view as "unjust, self-defeating and ...Read more

Legislators Demand a Voice in Public Health Restrictions: The COVID-19 Pandemic Showed the Dangers of Letting Governors Unilaterally, Dramatically and Indefinitely Magnify Their Own Powers

Politics, Moderate / Jacob Sullum /

Pennsylvania legislators last week officially ended the state's COVID-19 "disaster emergency," which Gov. Tom Wolf repeatedly extended after declaring it 15 months ago. While the immediate practical effect of the legislature's vote will be minimal, it exemplifies an important step toward reining in the vast powers that Wolf and other governors ...Read more

How Can California's 'Assault Weapon' Ban Be Unconstitutional?

Politics, Moderate / Jacob Sullum /

When California legislators enacted the country's first ban on military-style rifles in 1989, they gave no weight to the fundamental right of armed self-defense guaranteed by the Second Amendment: a right the U.S. Supreme Court did not explicitly acknowledge until nearly two decades later. But as U.S. District Judge Roger Benitez observed in his...Read more

For Decades Western Apologists Downplayed the Horrific Consequences of China's Reproductive Restrictions

Politics, Moderate / Jacob Sullum /

It is not surprising that the Chinese Communist Party, which this week further loosened its legal limits on reproduction, still does not admit the "one child" policy that Deng Xiaoping imposed four decades ago was a grievous error, tyrannical in theory and brutally oppressive in practice. But the extent to which Western apologists have ...Read more

Do Anti-BDS Laws Restrict Speech? The Line Between Commercial Decisions and Advocacy Is Not As Clear As Opponents of Anti-Israel Boycotts Suggest

Politics, Moderate / Jacob Sullum /

Two months after the journalist Abby Martin agreed to give the main address at Georgia Southern University's 2020 International Critical Media Literacy Conference, she was disinvited because she refused to sign a state-mandated declaration that she was not "engaged in" a "boycott of Israel" and would refrain from doing so for the duration of her...Read more

Why Americans Can't Trust the CDC's COVID-19 Advice

Politics, Moderate / Jacob Sullum /

"My promise is that CDC will continue to follow the science as our guide," Rochelle Walensky, director of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, told senators last week. While Walensky thinks the CDC already is doing that, her premise is contradicted by the agency's history of arbitrary, dubious and ever-changing advice about COVID-19. ...Read more

Does This Elderly Veteran Have Any Recourse Against the Federal Cops Who Brutally Assaulted Him?

Politics, Moderate / Jacob Sullum /

The three federal police officers who brutally assaulted Vietnam veteran Jose Oliva at a Veteran Affairs hospital in El Paso five years ago later claimed he tried to enter the building "without clearing security." But video of the incident shows that Oliva did nothing to justify the officers' violence, which caused shoulder injuries requiring ...Read more

Biden Hedges on His Promise to Free Pot Prisoners: The President Still Has Not Caught Up With Most Americans on Marijuana Policy

Politics, Moderate / Jacob Sullum /

Just before he left office, Donald Trump freed more than a dozen federal prisoners who had received sentences ranging from 15 years to life for growing, transporting or distributing marijuana. Yet, President Joe Biden, who during his campaign said "anyone who has a (marijuana) record should be let out of jail" and promised to "broadly use his ...Read more



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