Author Archive | Scott Shackford

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Thanks, Obama, for That Unaccountable System of Deadly Drone Strikes!

Josh Kroese / DreamstimePresident Donald Trump’s administration, specifically the CIA, may soon be unleashing armed drones in airstrikes in foreign countries with much less oversight. Thank President Barack Obama for that. Obama installed a system of using armed drones to kill foreign targets in the war on terror. Many of these strikes happened in countries […]

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St. Louis Protests Persist, Defense Fund for Michael Flynn, Scary Clowns Back in the News: P.M. Links

Protests continue in St. Louis following the acquittal of a police officer for killing a black man after a car chase. The Department of Justice says they will not be filing federal civil rights charges against the officer. And eyewitness say they saw police chanting “Whose streets? Our streets?” after breaking up protests. Republicans say […]

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Judges Dump Foie Gras Back off California Menus

Hide your foie gras, California restauranteurs! A panel of judges with the 9th Circuit Court of Appeals has restored a law that bans serving or selling the gourmet product if it was produced by force-feeding birds. The ban took effect in 2012 in California but was suspended by a judge in 2015. The judge ruled […]

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An Immigration Deal May or May Not Be Happening, FTC Investigating Equifax, Motel 6 Responds to Reports of Collaboration with ICE: P.M. Links

President Donald Trump wants a deal to protect young immigrants from deportation in exchange for increased border security, but not necessarily a wall. But he says the wall will come later. (Spoiler: There won’t be a wall.) Also, nobody seems to exactly know what’s going on, which I guess is business as usual. Apparently Sen. […]

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Groups File Suit to Stop Warrantless Tech Searches at Borders

Homeland Security officials seize and snoop into thousands of phones and laptops without any evidence of criminal activity. Scott Shackford|Sep. 13, 2017 3:30 pm Flynt / DreamstimeThe Electronic Frontier Foundation (EFF) and American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU) are suing the federal government to stop warrantless searches of tech devices at border entry points. They’re representing […]

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‘The New Center’ Is Full of the Same Old Worship of a Powerful Federal Government

Bill Kristol of the conservative Weekly Standard and William Galston of the more liberal Brookings Institution have teamed up to explore what “the center” of politics looks like in an era of President Donald Trump. They’ve just released the results in a report called “Ideas to Re-Center America.” The concept should be familiar by now—some […]

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Irma Weakens as Jose Approaches, Sen. Corker Mulls Retirement, Pope Defends DACA: P.M. Links

Daniel McKnight/Polaris/NewscomIrma has weakened back into a tropical storm as it dumps rain on Florida and is now heading toward Georgia. Everyone is now worried about Jose. Republican Sen. Bob Corker of Tennessee is considering retiring instead of running for re-election next year. Polk County, Florida, Sheriff Grady Judd is being sued for threatening to […]

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