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Category Archives: Government

You stay classy, ICE

From the New York Times: … as the administration moves to increase oversight within [Immigration and Customs Enforcement] , the documents show how officials — some still in key positions — used their role as overseers to cover up evidence of mistreatment, deflect scrutiny by the news media or prepare exculpatory public statements after gathering […]

SCOTUS swings for the fence

The Supreme Court is poised to strike down restrictions on corporate campaign money that have been in place since Watergate. The case – Citizens United v. Federal Election Commission – appears to hinge on freedom of expression and whether corporations and other non-breathing entities deserve the same first amendment rights as people. At stake is the […]

Bad signs

I find it deeply disturbing that members of a mainstream American political movement are arguing that the 5th Amendment should be suspended when dealing with certain kinds of criminals. Says some knucklehead over at National Review‘s Corner blog: A terrorist like Abdulmutallab is not a common criminal who should be told he has the “right […]

Terror inflation

The AP is reporting that the Nigerian underpants bomber has been indicted on charges of “trying to use a weapon of mass destruction.” (Indictment PDF) Which is really weird, because I thought he tried to set off explosives (specifically, PETN). Aren’t weapons of mass destruction chemical, biological, or nuclear in nature, and therefore capable of, […]


I suspect that the government is, at this moment, screwing the pooch. Starting in November, the government sold the bank bailouts as a way to stave off a truly catastrophic economic tailspin. Just a little priming of the pump, a little life support. Fine. But what I hear now – from everyone – is that […]


The Economist comes out in favor of legalizing drugs as “the least bad policy.” They make a very convincing case. Come on people: Prohibition doesn’t work. And we have better things on which to spend $40 billion a year. I guess if you look at the facts, the reasoning is obvious. As The Economist puts […]

Rethinking assault weapons regulation

The gun debate is kind of insane, and I can argue both sides of it, depending on context. What I could never get particularly excited about, however, were bans on semi-automatic assault weapons or other large-caliber, high-capacity, war-like contraptions. Only rarely are they used to commit crimes (handguns are much more dangerous), and mostly they’re […]

Torches and pitchforks

The New York Times reports today that Wall Street firms paid something like $18.4 billion in bonuses this year, “the sixth largest haul on record.” That, despite one of the worst financial crises in history. We care about this because a lot of those bonuses were probably paid with your tax dollars (thanks, TARP!). Wall […]