Author Archive | Scott Shackford

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Trump Investigation Allegedly Expanding, O.J. Granted Parole, Elon Musk Claims Hyperloop Approval: P.M. Links

Hyperloop/Cover Images/NewscomSpecial Counsel Robert Mueller is now reportedly expanding his investigation of business transactions within President Donald Trump’s companies as part of the whole Russian election meddling issue. O.J. Simpson has been granted parole. Sen. John McCain (R-Arizona), combating a brain tumor, says he will be back to work soon enough. Attorney General Jeff Sessions […]

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Transgender Bathroom Panic Overtakes Texas Legislature’s Emergency Session

You’d be forgiven for incorrectly thinking the governor of Texas put together a special legislative session entirely to decide which bathrooms transgender people are permitted to use in public schools and other government buildings. National media coverage of the session has focused overwhelmingly on just one proposal under consideration: the transgender bathroom bill that won’t […]

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Want to Look at Online Porn? The U.K. Gov’t Wants to Strip You of Your Privacy

Tolga Akmen/ZUMA Press/NewscomPrime Minister Theresa May’s administration wants to demolish British citizens’ privacy if they look at pornography online. That’s not what the government saying, but that’s exactly what’s going to happen. The United Kingdom is tightening its controls on internet porn in an efforit to keep children away. They’re doing this by mandating that […]

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White House Maybe Plotting Against Jeff Flake, DHS Allows More Foreign Workers, Jeff Sessions Promises More Asset Forfeiture: P.M. Links

Will the White House support a primary challenger to Republican Arizona Sen. Jeff Flake? Flake has been a public critic of President Donald Trump. Today the Department of Homeland Security announced it would allow an additional 15,000 visas for low-wage foreign seasonal workers. Due to Sen. John McCain’s (R-Arizona) emergency medical treatment, nobody seems to […]

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Australian Leader’s Stupid Quote About Laws Trumping Math Is Encryption Fight in a Nutshell

Australia’s Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull is getting mocked by the encryption savvy for asserting that the laws of mathematics are subservient to the laws of Australia. The Australian government is considering legislation that would require online communication companies decrypt messages on demand of law enforcement officials in order to fight crime. The problem is end-to-end […]

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Trump Defends Son’s Meeting as ‘Opposition Research,’ Obamacare Replacement Effort Gets Even More Confusing Somehow, Emmy Nominees Announced: P.M. Links

David Silpa/UPI/NewscomIn France, President Donald Trump defended Donald Trump Jr.’s meeting with a Russian lawyer during the campaign as “opposition research.” Once they struggled to present alternatives to Obamacare. Now Republicans have too many alternatives. Apparently Hillary Clinton ally and pundit Paul Begala thinks President Donald Trump should consider bombing Russia in response to their […]

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Connecticut to Require Convictions Before Trying to Seize and Keep People’s Property

First the good news: Democratic Connecticut Gov. Dannell Malloy has signed a bill requiring police and prosecutors to actually convict somebody of a crime before trying to take his or her stuff. HB 7146 is intended to restrain police and prosecutors from abusing civil asset forfeiture, the process by which law enforcement agencies seize people’s […]

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