Author Archive | Scott Shackford

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Sen. Ted Cruz Wants to Pay for Border Wall with Asset Forfeiture (UPDATE: Criminal Forfeiture Only)

Jeff Malet Photography/NewscomPresident Donald Trump is having a bit of a challenge actually finding the funding to build the border wall he promised in his campaign. Sen. Ted Cruz (R-Texas) who himself campaigned for president partly by saying he would be even tougher on illegal immigrants than Trump, thinks he has a solution. He wants […]

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Obama Gives First Post-Exit Speech, Trump Wants Corporate Tax Rate Cut, New Orleans Removing Confederate Memorials: P.M. Links

Tannen Maury/EPA/NewscomIn his first public speech since leaving the White House, former President Barack Obama complained about special interests in Washington and acknowledged that he had failed in his “aspirational” plan to unite red and blue states. Wonder if he’d ever acknowledge that the massive regulatory state that grew under his presidency helps feed the […]

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You Won’t Read a Full Accounting of America’s Use of Waterboarding and Torture Anytime Soon

Ingo Wagner/EPA/NewscomA push to force the federal government to publicly release the full contents of a Senate report on the secret torture and detention of terror suspects ended quietly this morning with a simple rebuff by the Supreme Court. The Supreme Court declined to consider a lawsuit by the American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU). The […]

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Justice Dept.’s Threatening Letter to Sanctuary Cities Is Less Than It Seems, and That’s Good

The Department of Justice has sent threatening letters to eight American cities and one county warning them that they face having their federal grants withheld because of their behavior as “sanctuary cities”—but it’s not exactly how it might appear. President Donald Trump famously campaigned on a promise to eject illegal immigrants and to go after […]

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Another Obamacare Repeal Attempt, or Perhaps a Government Shutdown, Russia Bans Jehovah’s Witnesses: P.M. Links

The White House is planning another attempt to repeal Obamacare to coincide with President Donald Trump’s 100th day in office. Alternatively, the federal government might just shut down. Can’t they do both? A French police officer was killed by a shooter who was subsequently “taken down” in Paris, according to reports. The Champs-Elysees has been […]

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