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Homer’s Recall Odyssey

Freedom of speech isn’t a free pass to avoid the consequences of what one says. Or does. Tell that to three members of the Homer, Alaska, city council — Donna Aderhold, David Lewis and Catriona Reynolds — who are the subject of a recall petition. Well, a superior court judge






Congress, checks and balances, war, cowardice, responsibility, Afghanistan, president, presidential powers

The Chicken-Ostrich Congress

Those who work for the president must tell the POTUS hard truths — on matters of war, most of all. Citizens must also be told hard truths. After all, we are, at least theoretically, the ultimate decision-makers . . . the president works for us. That was my point yesterday.






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Feckless, Indeed

Last night, House Oversight Committee Chairman Jason Chaffetz (R-Utah) appeared on Fox News’ Tucker Carlson Tonight, where Chaffetz was asked how he would know if the Justice Department fully complied with subpoenas issued by his committee for documents. “Look, we have a storied and horrific background on this,” explained the






separation of power, conflict of interest, politician, interests, balance of power, civil asset forfeiture, legislative, executive, judicial

Separation of Senators

The separation of powers doctrine has been a bedrock principle of small-r republican government. Each branch — legislative, executive, judicial — should be independent, and check the power of the other branches. This requires that no person hold positions simultaneously in more than one branch of government. Which brings us






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Thorns in the Parade

Portland, Oregon, styles itself as “The City of Roses.” For over a century, this Pacific Northwest city has held an annual Rose Festival, complete with multiple parades. This year, there will be at least one parade less. “The annual 82nd Avenue Rose Parade and Carnival scheduled for Saturday have been






UN, U.N., United Nations, Obamacare, socialism, socialists

UN-appealing

Like E.F. Hutton, when the United Nations’ Office of the High Commissioner for Human Rights “Special Rapporteur on the right of everyone to the enjoyment of the highest attainable standard of physical and mental health” talks, people listen. In disbelief, perhaps. Or amusement. But they listen. Well, at least Washington






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Wag that Tail, Dog

Last November, Maine voters passed a ballot measure, Question 5, to begin electing their federal representatives to Congress, and their governor and state legislators, using Ranked Choice Voting. This selection mechanism allows voters to rank their choices, thereby removing the “spoiler effect” that often pushes citizens to support the lesser






Gov. Butch Otter, Idaho, asset forfeiture, licensing, veto

A Bad Haircut

Eric Boehm over at Reason excoriated Idaho Gov. Butch Otter for giving libertarians “the double bird salute.” Boehm wondered if the governor, in vetoing two bills earlier this month, had been merely “trying to make libertarians mad.” That’s not exactly fair. The two blocked bills, one reforming unjust civil asset






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A Trout in the Milk

This week, the Senate Judiciary Committee grilled Judge Neil Gorsuch, President Trump’s nominee for the U.S. Supreme Court. Talk about a silly rite. Senators repeatedly fired questions about specific legal views that no High Court nominee ever answers. Why not? Because to answer would be to pre-judge possible future cases.






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Public Record

Police departments nationwide have begun to outfit their on-duty officers with body cameras. These small recording devices make great sense, so we can better judge police encounters. And it turns out that not only do police behave better when wearing body cameras, so do the citizens with whom they interact.*






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Tough Luck, Chumps

Advertised as a big deal ahead of time, the debate didn’t get much play afterwards. Especially from the Left blogosphere. Why? Billed as about the “future of ObamaCare,” it was really about what should replace ObamaCare. The CNN debate pitted Sen. Ted Cruz, well-known Republican opponent of the Affordable Care






civil asset forfeiture, forfeiture, police, abuse, theft, Trump, corruption, incentives, illustration, money, cops

Watcha Gonna Do?

At a White House meeting last week between President Trump and law enforcement officials, a Texas sheriff raised a concern about legislation introduced by a state senator to require a conviction before police could take someone’s property. Mr. Trump asked for that senator’s name, adding, “We’ll destroy his career.” The






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