Author Archive | Scott Shackford

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People Who Called Snowden a Traitor Shocked to Learn About All This Domestic Surveillance

There’s this whole “Life comes at you fast” shtick that folks on Twitter use to point out people’s hypocrisy. Suddenly Democrats care about federalism when it comes to immigration law enforcement! Suddenly Republicans don’t care about federalism when it comes to immigration law enforcement! I try not to engage in the shtick too much, because […]

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The Very Leaky Manchester Bombing Investigation Continues, Injunction Upheld on Trump’s Travel Ban, Lieberman Drops from FBI Director Search: P.M. Links

The latest in the investigation of the Manchester bombing: President Donald Trump is siding with the British government, which is furious that information from its investigations are being leaked to the U.S. media. Reportedly officials there have stopped sharing information with the United States about the investigation. In the meantime, the government keeps telling people […]

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Court Ruling Jeopardizes Ranked Voting System in Maine

A pioneering electoral reform that passed in Maine last November has hit a snag: The state’s top court says it violates the state constitution. Maine voters last year approved Question 5, a measure changing the way statewide elections would be tabulated. Under the new “ranked choice” system, voters would not simply select one candidate and […]

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This Florida Prosecutor Campaigned on Reform and Fairness. Now She’s Ratcheting Up the Drug War.

nelsonforstateattorney.comWhen Melissa Nelson was elected as a state attorney in Florida last fall, unseating the controversial prosecutor Angela Corey, she spoke of bringing fairer outcomes to the justice system, developing diversion programs to keep juveniles out of jail, and creating a unit to go through old cases to look for wrongful convictions. (Read Reason‘s interview […]

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A.G. Sessions Admits Feds Can’t Make Sanctuary Cities Help Deport Immigrants

Michael Reynolds/EPA/NewscomRejoice, conservatives: Federalism has been affirmed! The Department of Justice and Department of Homeland Security (DHS) have admitted that they can’t force local police to enforce certain federal laws. Perhaps not all who self-identify as conservatives will be cheering this news. Yesterday afternoon, Attorney General Jeff Sessions put out a memo acknowledging that President […]

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Michael Flynn to Plead the Fifth, Supreme Court Takes Patent Trolls to the Woodshed, Bitcoin on the Rise Again: P.M. Links

Douliery Olivier/Sipa USA USA/NewscomSources say former National Security Adviser Michael Flynn will invoke the Fifth Amendment’s protection against self-incrimination in response to a subpoena to testify over his communications with Russian officials. An 8-0 Supreme Court ruling today severely limits where patent lawsuits may be filed, which will likely reduce the ability of “patent trolls” […]

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These Republican Lawmakers Will Happily Abandon Federalism to Deport More Immigrants

Texas passed legislation forcing local police to help federal immigration officials detain people for deportation. California is considering legislation that’s essentially the opposite. Now some Republicans are introducing federal legislation that overrules the states and dictates how local police officers participate in immigration law enforcement. So, uh, federalism and state’s rights? Never mind all that. […]

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School Choice Advocates Take Control in Los Angeles

Two school choice proponents won election to the Los Angeles Unified School District (LAUSD) Board this week, and the outcome is going to be a big deal moving forward. Their additions to the board mean that supporters of charter schools and school choice now have majority control over the seven-person panel overseeing one of the […]

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Trump to Renegotiate NAFTA, Confusion over Flynn Subpoena, Car Hits Times Square Crowd: P.M. Links

Chelsea Manning, posted on InstagramPresident Donald Trump’s administration formally informed Congress it plans to renegotiate the North American Free Trade Agreement (NAFTA). There’s some confusion as to whether former National Security Adviser Michael Flynn will honor a subpoena to testify before the Senate Intelligence Committee. Originally, committee chair Richard Burr (R-N.C.) said Flynn was refusing […]

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