Prosecutor Criticized for Charging St. Louis Couple Who Pointed Guns at Protesters

A Missouri prosecutor faces heavy scrutiny at the national and state level for bringing criminal charges against a St. Louis couple who pointed guns at trespassers in late June to defend themselves and their property.  St. Louis Circuit Attorney Kimberly M. Gardner filed the charges against Mark and Patricia McCloskey, who became nationally known because … Continue reading Prosecutor Criticized for Charging St. Louis Couple Who Pointed Guns at Protesters

You Should Be Able to Challenge the IRS in Court

Although the Internal Revenue Service is responsible for collecting taxes, the power to write tax law is a legislative one, held by Congress. In certain cases, however, Congress has delegated to the IRS limited authority to fill in the gaps of tax laws through regulation. The Administrative Procedure Act (APA) lays out the processes that agencies … Continue reading You Should Be Able to Challenge the IRS in Court

6 Possible Outcomes in Justice Department Probe of Spying on Trump

White House chief of staff Mark Meadows has predicted indictments in the Justice Department’s probe of the origins of the FBI’s Russia-Trump investigation.  Although U.S. Attorney John Durham of Connecticut has been on the case since May 2019, however, it’s not clear what the precise criminal charges might be, if any.  “I expect indictments based on the … Continue reading 6 Possible Outcomes in Justice Department Probe of Spying on Trump

It’s Time for Cities to Stop Using Cops as Revenue Collectors

Local governments are spending more money than they receive through taxes, and they are making up the difference through fines and fees. For example, in the aftermath of the Ferguson riots, it was revealed that the city issued 90,000 citations between 2010 and 2014 despite having a population of 21,000. In 2015, 23% of the … Continue reading It’s Time for Cities to Stop Using Cops as Revenue Collectors

Foreign Students Are Not a Serious National Security Threat

Last week, Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) announced that it will terminate the visas of foreign students enrolled at U.S. universities that do not offer in‐​person classes. Prior to the COVID-19 emergency, ICE required foreigners on F-1 student visas to be enrolled in a “full course of study” at a U.S. school where online classes could not account for more … Continue reading Foreign Students Are Not a Serious National Security Threat

As the War on Drugs Relentlessly Grinds On, Overdose Deaths Relentlessly Mount

When the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention announced last January that drug overdoses in 2018 declined by 4.1 percent–from 70,237 in 2017 to 67,367 in 2018–many in the press took that as a sign of possible progress in America’s longest war, the war on drugs. However, a deeper look at the data painted a very different picture. The CDC report stated: The age‐​adjusted rate … Continue reading As the War on Drugs Relentlessly Grinds On, Overdose Deaths Relentlessly Mount

For Police Accountability, Tackle The Laws That Empower Police Unions

For years labor scholars, many sympathetic to the goals of organized labor, shied away from the question of the extent to which unionization of police forces tends to insulate misbehaving police from accountability. More recently this reluctance has been set aside, and various new studies have confirmed what some of us had guessed all along: … Continue reading For Police Accountability, Tackle The Laws That Empower Police Unions

Texas Beer Should Be Sold as Freely as Tennessee Whiskey

The Constitution guarantees the right to engage in commerce within the United States free from interstate trade wars through what’s known as the “dormant” Commerce Clause, which stops protectionist state regulations. Last year, the Supreme Court’s groundbreaking opinion in Tennessee Wine & Spirits Retailers Association v. Thomas reaffirmed this principle, holding Tennessee’s durational residency requirements for retail liquor … Continue reading Texas Beer Should Be Sold as Freely as Tennessee Whiskey

Soros-Backed Organization Wanted US Foreign Aid to Go to Anti-American Groups. The Supreme Court Was Right to Say No.

The Supreme Court has upheld the right of the United States government to distribute aid to foreign organizations in accordance with American interests. The June 29 decision in Agency for International Development v. Alliance for Open Society International represents a significant win for the protection of American freedoms. The case affirms a vital principle of U.S. foreign … Continue reading Soros-Backed Organization Wanted US Foreign Aid to Go to Anti-American Groups. The Supreme Court Was Right to Say No.

Little Sisters of Poor Win Big at Supreme Court, but Fight Isn’t Over

Why are some in the government so determined to force a group of Catholic nuns to violate their beliefs? That’s a question we all should be asking as we celebrate Wednesday’s Supreme Court victory for the Little Sisters. Regrettably, Wednesday’s victory is unlikely to be the end of the government harassment of the nuns. The Little … Continue reading Little Sisters of Poor Win Big at Supreme Court, but Fight Isn’t Over