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 2021-05-05 21:40 

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9th Circuit Hears Contradictory Arguments on Whether People Aged 18 to 20 Have a Right To Buy Weapons...

California insists those under 21 were legally "infants" in Founding Era; plaintiffs insist they were always part of "militia"...

 2021-05-05 21:20 

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Biden Administration Uselessly Waives COVID-19 Vaccine Patent Rights...

This feel-good gesture will discourage future investment and innovation....

 2021-05-05 21:20 

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41-Month Prison Sentence for Multiple Swatting...

From a Justice Department press release yesterday: A former leader of the Atomwaffen Division in Texas, a racially motivated violent extremist group, was sentenced today to 41 months in prison for his role in a conspiracy that conducted multiple swatting ...

 2021-05-05 21:13 

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Massachusetts High Court Approves on Zoom Evidentiary Hearings in Criminal Cases...

From today's opinion in Vazquez Diaz v. Commonwealth, written by Chief Justice Kimberly Budd: This case concerns whether the use of an Internet-based video conferencing platform, Zoom .., for an evidentiary hearing during the COVID-19 pandemic violate...

 2021-05-05 21:02 

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Cops Receive Qualified Immunity for Coercing a 13-Year-Old Into Confessing to a Murder He Didn't Commit...

The boy was sentenced to 25 years' imprisonment....

 2021-05-05 21:01 

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Yet Another Federal Court Rules Against the CDC Eviction Moratorium...

This ruling has some distinctive elements, and may have a broader impact than previous decisions....

 2021-05-05 20:20 

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SCOTUS Hears a Crack Sentencing Case That Shows How the Drug War Piles One Cruel Absurdity on Top of Another...

Tarahrick Terry was sentenced to more than 15 years in prison after he was caught with less than four grams....

 2021-05-05 19:40 

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Meet the Dream Team Suing the Biden Administration Over Your Right To Sell Your Kidney...

Decades of advocacy from libertarian-leaning academics have failed to end the federal ban on kidney sales. Can a personal injury attorney from New York and a service dog trainer from New Jersey get the job done instead?...

 2021-05-05 19:25 

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U.S. Fertility Rate Drops to Lowest Level Ever...

Americans are freely choosing to have fewer children....

 2021-05-05 17:49 

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Free to Choose: New Mute User Function Lets You Control Whose Comments You'll See...

Reason has added a new feature to its commenting system: You can now mute, just for yourself, comments posted by any commenters; simply click "Mute User" on their post. (You need to be signed on to the site to do that, since your personal muted-us...

 2021-05-05 17:37 

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What Rules Should Govern How Americans Speak with Other Americans?...

(1) American law? (2) Rules set by a large corporation? (3) International law?...

 2021-05-05 17:15 

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Florida Legislators Exempt Their Favorite Companies From Social Media Bill...

"It's very obvious that nobody involved in [the bill] consulted a First Amendment lawyer," says TechFreedom's Berin Szka....

 2021-05-05 16:55 

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Biden Wants To Resurrect Obama-Era Occupational Licensing Plan for Tax Preparers...

Like all licensing schemes, this one will raise prices for consumers, hurt entrepreneurs, and protect the interests of the big guys in the market....

 2021-05-05 16:25 

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John McWhorter: 'The Idea That America Is All About Despising Black People? That's Fantasy.'...

The Columbia linguist discusses his new book Nine Nasty Words and dismisses the ideological excesses of the 'anti-racism'; movement....

 2021-05-05 15:29 

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Some Academic Freedom Victories...

A bit of good news for professorial free speech....

 2021-05-05 14:27 

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Oversight Board Upholds Facebook's Initial Suspension of Trump, but Says Company Must Reassess...

"At the time of Mr. Trump's posts, there was a clear, immediate risk of harm."...

 2021-05-05 13:30 

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Court Says Snapchat Can Be Sued for Deaths of Trio Using App During Fatal Crash...

Plus: The challenges of free speech on Twitter, the case against baseball bailouts, and more......

 2021-05-05 12:02 

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Foreign Dictators in U.S. Court, Part III...

There is no historical, constitutional, or statutory obligation on U.S. courts to give foreign dictators legal protections and unfettered access to our courts....

 2021-05-05 12:00 

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Cops Who Killed a Man While Holding Him in a Hog-Tie Position Got Qualified Immunity. The Appeals Court Wasn't Having It....

Up for debate was whether or not it was "clearly established" that officers cannot apply injurious force to a subject who isn't resisting....

 2021-05-05 11:00 

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Today in Supreme Court History: May 5, 1992...

5/5/1992: The 27th Amendment is ratified. It was initially proposed in 1789. No law, varying the compensation for the services of the Senators and Representatives, shall take effect, until an election of Representatives shall have intervened....

 2021-05-05 11:00 

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Looming Budget Catastrophe in Pictures So Simple Even Congress Can Understand...

Maybe drawings can deter elected officials from their outrageous spending habits where detailed reports have failed to attract their attention....

 2021-05-05 08:00 

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Brickbat: Food for the Soul...

Officials in Des Moines, Iowa, have ordered the owner of a property hosting a community food pantry to remove the shed housing the pantry or face a fine of $750 and $1,000 for each additional offense, with each day the shed remains on the property countin...

 2021-05-05 04:30 

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Canceling Student Debt Would Be an Insult to Trade Workers...

"The push for college came at the expense of every other form of education," says Mike Rowe....

 2021-05-05 04:01 

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Biden Hedges on His Promise To Free Pot Prisoners...

The president still has not caught up with most Americans on marijuana policy....

 2021-05-05 02:06 

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Biden Raises Refugee Cap to 62,500 For the Current Fiscal Year...

After pressure from immigration advocates, he decided to honor a promise he had previously backtracked on. This is a positive development, but much more needs to be done....

 2021-05-04 21:32 

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Chief Justice Roberts and Justice Barrett Ask Deputy SG Feigin About Switch in Position for Terry v. U.S....

Roberts: "I wondered what standard your office applies in deciding when to take that step. Is it just that you think the position is wrong and you would have reached a different one?"...

 2021-05-04 21:20 

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Biden Administration Should Absolutely Reject Patent Waivers for COVID-19 Vaccines...

The pharmaceutical industry is on track to supply enough doses to vaccinate 7 billion people this year....

 2021-05-04 21:00 

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Federal Regulators Require Rent Collectors To Lie About the CDC's Illegal Eviction Moratorium...

The Consumer Financial Protection Bureau claims to be enforcing a law that prohibits "false or misleading representations.";...

 2021-05-04 20:45 

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Prevent Human Epidemics by Infecting Wild Animals With Self-Disseminating Vaccines...

The upsides and the possible downsides of transmissible vaccines ....

 2021-05-04 20:30 

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Former Oregon House Speaker Gets Busted by Prostitution Law He Helped Put in Place...

Portland police are calling it "human trafficking," but it was just an old-fashioned vice bust....

 2021-05-04 20:15 

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College Soccer Player Suing Coach Who Benched Her After She Refused to Kneel During Protest...

Punishing players for kneeling, or not kneeling, is a First Amendment violation at public universities....

 2021-05-04 19:45 

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The CDC's Guidance for Summer Camps Is Insane...

"Masking kids at camp outdoors is simply virtue signaling."...

 2021-05-04 18:20 

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John McWhorter on Cursing, Anti-Racism, and Why 'We Need to Stop Being So Afraid'...

Columbia University linguist John McWhorter on "anti-racism"; as a new, misguided civic religion and his new book on curses, Nine Nasty Words ....

 2021-05-04 18:03 

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Gorsuch and Kavanaugh Butt Heads in Major Immigration Case...

"Our only job today, is to give the law's terms their ordinary meanings and, in that small way, ensure that the federal government does not exceed its statutory license."...

 2021-05-04 18:02 

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Univ. of San Diego Provost Rejects Complaints Against Prof. Tom Smith Over His Criticism of China...

From Provost Gail F. Baker: We recently received complaints relating to a post by USD Law Professor Tom Smith on his personal blog concerning the causes of COVID-19. The complaints alleged violations of various university and School of Law policies. As a ...

 2021-05-04 17:52 

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Lawyer Loses Libel Lawsuit Over Newspaper Report of His Suspension for "Impersonation"...

From Elder v. 21st Century Media Newspaper, LLC, officially released today by the Appellate Court of Connecticut (opinion by Judge Barbara Bellis, joined by Chief Judge William H. Bright, Jr. and Judge Bethany J. Alvord): The plaintiff [Joseph S. Elder] i...

 2021-05-04 17:39 

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In the Name of Equity, California Will Discourage Students Who Are Gifted at Math...

The new framework aims to keep everyone learning at the same level for as long as possible....

 2021-05-04 17:20 

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A Minor League Baseball Bailout Would Be a Major Mistake...

Taxpayers already spend millions to build minor league ballparks. Sen. Richard Blumenthal thinks they should financially support the teams, too....

 2021-05-04 17:11 

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Cato is hiring a Project Manager and Research Associate for Health Policy...

I am happy to pass along these announcements from Michael Cannon, the Director of health Policy Studies at the Cato Institute. Cato is hiring for two positions that may be of interest to readers: a project manager for health policy and a research associat...

 2021-05-04 16:33 

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Kevin Spacey Sex Abuse Plaintiff Can't Sue Under Pseudonym...

The lawsuit stems from an alleged sexual relationship between the plaintiff and Spacey over 35 years ago, when the plaintiff was 14....

 2021-05-04 14:37 

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Local Legalese Term of the Day: "PPA"...

What does "PPA" mean in a case caption (when it doesn't mean "phenylpropanolamine," the subject of a spate of recent litigation), and where? I wrote about this more than 10 years ago, so I thought enough time had passed to reprise it....

 2021-05-04 14:15 

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How Texas Became a Magnet for Foot Voters...

As a recent Washington Post article explains, the combination of low taxes, job opportunities, and few restrictions on building new housing are crucial to the state's success. Both major parties have much to learn from Texas' experience....

 2021-05-04 13:30 

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Americans Oppose Deportations, Remain Skeptical About Asylum Seekers...

Plus: SPCA sues for First Amendment rights of pet owners and veterinarians, an epic antitrust battle between Apple and Fortnite's parent company begins, and more......

 2021-05-04 13:15 

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White House: Schools Should 'Probably' Open in the Fall. Also: 'Maybe,' and 'It Depends.'...

Amid message confusion, report shows teachers union fingerprints on the CDC's school reopening guidance....

 2021-05-04 12:01 

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Foreign Dictators in U.S. Court, Part II...

The combination of three doctrinal areas in foreign relations law gives dictators free access to U.S. courts as plaintiffs and an array of protections when they are defendants....

 2021-05-04 11:00 

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Today in Supreme Court History: May 4, 1942...

5/4/1942: Wickard v. Filburn argued....

 2021-05-04 10:00 

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When Fighting 'Misinformation' Is Really Fighting Free Speech...

There is no "fake news" exception to the First Amendment....

 2021-05-04 08:00 

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Brickbat: He Can't Breathe...

Police in Uttar Pradesh, India, have charged Shashank Yadav with spreading misleading information after he tweeted an appeal for oxygen for his dying grandfather. Officials insist there is no oxygen shortage in hospitals in Uttar Pradesh, though media rep...

 2021-05-03 23:07 

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Immigrants Vote With their Feet for Greater Freedom...

Cato Institute scholar David Bier quantifies the enormous extent to which immigration increases freedom....

 2021-05-03 22:12 

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Prof. John McWhorter (Columbia) on "People Getting Fired for Referring to the N-Word—Activism or Performance Art?"...

Today's item in Prof. McWhorter's substack newsletter, "It Bears Mentioning." (I just subscribed, for $60 for the year, though you can also subscribe for $5/month.)...

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