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How Right-Wingers Tried To Turn Thanksgiving Into A Celebration Of Free Enterprise And Rejection Of Socialism

This was not some scheme dreamed up by Fox News or Rush Limbaugh or even the Cato Institute: this particular intellectual endeavor goes all the way back to the New Deal and FDR’s “Four Freedoms” speech. (The Pilgrims, in this view, were proto-socialists mugged by reality.) – Slate
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Biden backing Powell to chair the Fed is another stiff arm to progressive Democrats

Sen. Elizabeth Warren and Federal Reserve Chairman Jerome Powell.Tom Williams-Pool/Getty Images (Warren) and Kevin Dietsch/Getty Images (Powell). Biden's renomination of Jerome Powell for Fed chair is his latest stiff arm to progressive Democrats. The left saw its social-spending proposal whittled down and lost its leverage in the infrastructure vote as Biden courted centrists. Progressives opposed Powell but never offered an alternative, a former Fed analyst told Insider. Jerome Powell w...
Tags: Congress, Senate, White House, Trends, Joe Biden, House, Mitt Romney, Nancy Pelosi, Federal Reserve, Biden, Fed, Board, Aoc, Cato Institute, Powell, Sen Elizabeth Warren


The Unsettledness of Who Can Become a Citizen

For the Symposium on Carol Nackenoff and Julie Novkov,  American by Birth: Wong Kim Ark and the Battle for Citizenship (University Press of Kansas, 2021) .  Consider Chief Justice Warren’s laconic statement in Loving v. Virginia (1967), “Over the years, this Court has consistently repudiated ‘[d]istinctions between citizens solely because of their ancestry’ as being ‘odious to a free people whose institutions are founded upon the doctrine of equality.’ Hirabayashi v. United States, 320 U. S....
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Social media was once a neutral battleground. Now, both Republicans and Democrats have demonized them to drive political agendas.

Facebook, Google, Twitter, and others have become targets on Capitol Hill, with lawmakers using them to push their agendas. Google; Twitter; Instagram; Facebook; Samantha Lee/Insider Lawmakers have weaponized tech firms and their content moderation decisions to drive agendas. It's the culmination of a slew of factors, like the post-2016 techlash and the Trump administration. Experts say tech animosity has become "a core Republican tenet," and progressives want more rules. See more stor...
Tags: Google, Facebook, Mark Zuckerberg, Twitter, Politics, News, Instagram, Obama, Republicans, Congress, Washington, Senate, Elizabeth Warren, US, Barack Obama, Trends


How both Republicans and Democrats came to hate big tech

Facebook, Google, Twitter, and others have become targets on Capitol Hill, with lawmakers using them to push their agendas. Google; Twitter; Instagram; Facebook; Samantha Lee/Insider Lawmakers have weaponized tech firms and their content moderation decisions to drive agendas. It's the culmination of a slew of factors, like the post-2016 techlash and the Trump administration. Experts say tech animosity has become "a core Republican tenet," and progressives want more rules. See more stor...
Tags: Google, Facebook, Mark Zuckerberg, Twitter, Instagram, Obama, Congress, Washington, Senate, Elizabeth Warren, US, Barack Obama, Trends, Tech, Ted Cruz, Capitol Hill


How tech platforms were dragged into America's polarized political tug-of-war

Facebook, Google, Twitter, and others have become targets on Capitol Hill, with lawmakers using them to push their agendas. Google; Twitter; Instagram; Facebook; Samantha Lee/Insider Lawmakers have weaponized tech firms and their content moderation decisions to drive agendas. It's the culmination of a slew of factors, like the post-2016 techlash and the Trump administration. Experts say tech animosity has become "a core Republican tenet," and progressives want more rules. See more stor...
Tags: Google, Facebook, Mark Zuckerberg, Twitter, Instagram, Obama, Congress, Washington, Senate, Elizabeth Warren, US, America, Barack Obama, Trends, Tech, Ted Cruz


Democrats’ tax plan is war on freedom and investment

SACRAMENTO – Leftists are thrilled by the Biden administration’s plan to stamp out the bogeyman of tax havens – low-tax jurisdictions where corporations and other investors can keep their money away from the prying hands of government. They’d have us believe that corporations aren’t paying their “fair share” in taxes – and that punishing these scofflaws will bring worldwide benefits. In particular, congressional Democrats are now pushing a re-jiggering of the tax system as a means to fund their ...
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From fear-mongering about asylum seekers at the border to preemptively accusing Afghan refugees of terrorism, the GOP's rhetoric on people coming to America puts lives at risk

An immigrant father and daughter embrace after crossing the border from Mexico on August 13, 2021 in Roma, Texas. John Moore/Getty Images Texas Gov. Abbott has repeatedly referred to the situation at the Southern border as an "invasion." This language pulls from a white supremacist conspiracy theory that has led to numerous killings. As we welcome Afghan refugees, fear-mongering language instead of policy debate only causes harm. Jack Herrera is an independent reporter writing about immi...
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Are CEQA lawsuits California’s housing villain, as Republican recall candidates say?

The solution to California’s housing crisis is simple: Scrap the California Environmental Quality Act. At least according to the major Republican candidates in the Sept. 14 recall election. “I believe one of the reasons we have a homeless problem in California is because of laws like CEQA,” front runner Larry Elder told CalMatters during a recent interview. John Cox, a Republican businessman also running to unseat Gov. Gavin Newsom, said he would work with the Legislature to make sure CEQA is “s...
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We asked Republican senators about Tucker Carlson's favorite authoritarian leader. Their praise and dodges underscore the danger to the US.

Fox News host Tucker Carlson interviewing Hungarian Prime Minister Viktor Orbán. YouTube Tucker Carlson's recent visit to Hungary sparked alarm among democracy watchdogs and Democratic lawmakers. But some Republican senators endorsed Carlson's embrace of Viktor Orbán and his authoritarian model. Sen. Mitt Romney, however, denounced Orbán as an autocrat who's "only a few clicks away from Vladimir Putin." See more stories on Insider's business page. The host of America's...
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Infrastructure proposal won’t get us very far

  Congress is getting ready to finalize the Biden administration’s $550-billion infrastructure bill ($1.2 trillion, including already approved funding), which the president and lawmakers are pitching as a means to reduce traffic congestion and upgrade our system of roads, freeways, bridges and power grids. A great deal of the nation’s infrastructure is decrepit. The legislation, however, fits the dictionary definition of a boondoggle: “work or activity that is wasteful or pointless but gives the...
Tags: Congress, California, Opinion, Sacramento, Sport, Soccer, Editorials, Biden, Amtrak, Cato Institute, Fortune Magazine, Senate Bill, Randal O'Toole


Cuba and its sad Communist saga

  Totalitarian regimes don’t tolerate dissent, so the unrest in Cuba has been an astonishing sight. Thousands of Cubans have defied government protest bans and endured a heavy-handed police response to express dismay at ongoing repression — and frustration at food lines, electricity blackouts and a worsening coronavirus situation. The Cuban Communist authorities have shut down social media and internet access to prevent news of the protests from spreading as demonstrators chanted “freedom.” The ...
Tags: Obama, Opinion, Sport, Joe Biden, Soccer, United States, Editorials, Biden, Cuba, Castro, Trump, Cato Institute, Fidel


Handgun sale ban to under 21-year-olds is unconstitutional, appeals court says

By Tierney Sneed | CNN Federal regulations setting a minimum age of 21 years old for purchasing handguns from licensed dealers violate the Second Amendment, a federal appeals court ruled Tuesday. The restrictions were deemed unconstitutional by a divided three-judge panel of the 4th US Circuit Court of Appeals. The majority opinion, written by Donald Trump-appointee Judge Julius N. Richardson, said the laws relegated “either the Second Amendment or 18- to 20-year-olds to a second-class status.”...
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The FBI’s unjustified targeting of Concerned Women for America

Forget Tucker Carlson and his fact-free ranting about NSA spying on him. I want to know why the FBI considered targeting the venerable Concerned Women for America for an “Embezzlement of Non-Profit Organizations/Corporate Fraud” investigation with no criminal predicate. First, some background. For more than two years, the Cato Institute has been conducting a form of “citizens investigation” of the FBI and other federal agencies and departments that in the past were known to have engaged in domes...
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Steve Horwitz’s legacy of humane libertarianism

Free-market economist Steve Horwitz was not a household name like Milton Friedman or Walter Williams, but the myriad obituaries in the wake of his death to cancer this week at age 57 is a testament to his legacy within the libertarian movement. The Ball State University professor artfully explained how freedom advances humanitarian values. “He knew the desire to control other people’s lives was ingrained in humans, but that there is another way,” wrote the Cato Institute’s Trevor Burrus. “Maybe ...
Tags: Scotus, Opinion, Sport, Soccer, Editorials, Southern California, Cato Institute, Horwitz, Ball State University, Milton Friedman, Walter Williams, Trevor Burrus, Steve Horwitz, Fourth Amendment Long Beach, Related Articles Key Supreme Court


United States: Prohibit Regulatory Actions On USCIS Forms - Seyfarth Shaw LLP

This is the fourth installment in a series of recommendations to the Biden Administration on immigration reform previously published by the Cato Institute in "Deregulating Legal Immigration: A Blueprint for Agency Action."
Tags: News, United States, Cato Institute, Biden Administration, USCIS Forms Seyfarth Shaw LLP


Uninspired comments and plans emerging from Biden White House concerning clemency vision

The New York Times has this new story that reinforces some of the buzz I have been recently hearing that Prez Biden is disinclined to significantly transform either the process or the practice of federal clemency anytime soon.  Regular readers know I have been urging clemency action by Prez Biden since his first days in office, but the first line of the article suggests we ought not expect any grants until at least mid to late 2022: "Administration officials have quietly begun evaluating clemenc...
Tags: Law, Navy, White House, Barack Obama, Aclu, New York Times, Army, Department Of Justice, Biden, Justice Department, Trump, American Civil Liberties Union, Cato Institute, Prez Obama, Hoskins, Meade


The Democrats’ selective demand for evidence

“Experts” predicted 1 million jobs would be created in April. The actual number fell far short, at 266,000. Republicans warned that overly generous COVID-19 relief benefits create a disincentive to work. The day before this disappointing jobs report, Bloomberg wrote: “In earnings calls and business surveys, executives often blame stimulus checks and generous unemployment benefits for hampering hiring efforts… “Friday’s employment report, which is projected to show the economy added 1 million job...
Tags: Labor, Washington Post, Opinion, Massachusetts, Sports, Bloomberg, Sport, Joe Biden, Soccer, Olympics, Treasury, Tokyo, Biden, Franklin Delano Roosevelt, Ioc, Cato Institute


Biden’s infrastructure plan won’t help infrastructure or the environment

The Biden administration has made the fight against climate change a central part of its $2 trillion infrastructure plan. This legislation, if it ever sees the light of day, would shovel more than $100 billion of subsidies toward boosting the market for electric vehicles, as well as updating the country’s electric grid to make it allegedly more resilient to climate disasters. All of these “investments” sound well and good on paper, but if you genuinely care about the environment, don’t hold your...
Tags: California, Opinion, Sport, Soccer, United States, Biden, Trump, Cato Institute, Edwards, U S Export Import Bank, Chris Edwards, Mercatus Center, Veronique De Rugy, Opinion columns


Facebook - not its 'Supreme Court' - needs to enforce its moderation policies, according to one of the board members who called the company 'lazy' for pushing the Trump decision to the group

Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg. REUTERS/Erin Scott/File Photo Oversight Board members said it isn't their responsibility to decide the length of Trump's Facebook ban. One said Facebook was "lazy" to not decide its own rules for handling penalties. On Wednesday, the board upheld Facebook's decision to remove Trump from its platform. See more stories on Insider's business page. A member of Facebook's Oversight Board said its decision not to rule on how long former President...
Tags: Facebook, Mark Zuckerberg, Politics, News, Supreme Court, US, Trends, Social Media, Tech, Denmark, Donald Trump, Samples, Trump, Board, Cato Institute, Helle Thorning Schmidt


A member of Facebook's 'Supreme Court' said it's pushing the company to decide how long Trump should be banned because it lacks an evenly distributed rule system

Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg. REUTERS/Erin Scott/File Photo Oversight Board members said it isn't their responsibility to decide the length of Trump's Facebook ban. One said Facebook was "lazy" to not decide its own rules for handling penalties. On Wednesday, the board upheld Facebook's decision to remove Trump from its platform. See more stories on Insider's business page. A member of Facebook's Oversight Board said its decision not to rule on how long former President...
Tags: Facebook, Mark Zuckerberg, Politics, News, US, Trends, Social Media, Tech, Denmark, Donald Trump, Samples, Trump, Board, Cato Institute, Helle Thorning Schmidt, Cambridge Analytica


United States: Let L-2 And E Spouses Work Without An Employment Authorization Document - Seyfarth Shaw LLP

This is the second installment in a series of recommendations to the Biden Administration on immigration reform previously published by the Cato Institute in "Deregulating Legal Immigration: A Blueprint for Agency Action."
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Just say no to federal overreach on tobacco products

If it doesn’t look like avocado toast, you can’t have it. That’s the message I get loud and clear from Uncle Sam when I read story after story about the Food and Drug Administration’s latest foray into stopping ordinary Americans from doing what ordinary Americans like to do. Take the latest news that the FDA is thinking about requiring tobacco companies to lower the nicotine in all cigarettes sold in the United States. Its goal is to fight nicotine addiction. The paternalists at the FDA are als...
Tags: California, Opinion, Sport, Soccer, United States, Food And Drug Administration, Fda, Biden, Sam, Carter, Cato Institute, LA County, American College of Surgeons, Trevor Burrus, Mercatus Center, Veronique De Rugy


Despite setbacks, liberty is prevailing

Do I live in an alternate universe? The media tell me my side is winning. Salon claims, “We all live in Kochland, the Koch brothers’ libertarian utopia.” Tucker Carlson says, “Our leadership class remains resolutely libertarian.” What? Who? Not President Biden. Biden already spent $1.9 trillion on COVID-19 “recovery” mostly unrelated to COVID. Now, he wants trillions more for an “infrastructure” bill, even though most of the spending would not go to infrastructure. He’s eager to regulate more, t...
Tags: Supreme Court, Opinion, White House, America, Sport, Soccer, United States, Myanmar, John Adams, Benjamin Franklin, Trump, Tucker Carlson, Koch, Cato Institute, Calvin Coolidge, John Stossel


Whitehouse alleges “demonstrably false” fact-finding by conservative justices

Sen. Sheldon Whitehouse continued his effort this week to highlight what he views as problematic behavior by the Supreme Court. As chair of the Senate Judiciary Committee’s subcommittee on federal courts, the Democratic senator from Rhode Island alleged in a hearing on Tuesday that Republican-appointed justices on the court violated the general principle against appellate fact-finding in two of the most high-profile and hotly debated rulings issued by the Roberts court: Citizens United v. Feder...
Tags: Featured, Supreme Court, Law, Congress, Senate, Hawaii, Citizens United, Connecticut, Department Of Justice, Smith, Rhode Island, Kennedy, Vra, University Of North Carolina, Senate Judiciary Committee, John Roberts


Should California create a public bank?

Nearly 200 local and national banks operate more than 6,500 branches in California. But lawmakers believe the state needs one more. A bill in Sacramento establishes a public bank with “a zero-fee, zero-penalty public option for basic financial services.” Assembly Bill 1177, the California Public Banking Option Act, would create BankCal. BankCal would strengthen “the financial stability of the state’s most vulnerable residents,” “unbanked and underbanked,” who tend to be minorities, and “pay prop...
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Qualified immunity has produced a police accountability trainwreck

Since 1871 the Civil Rights Act has held state and local officials—including police officers—legally liable for damages if their actions violate a citizen’s Constitutional rights. That’s until the Supreme Court punched a huge hole in the law, making it now nearly impossible to hold police officers accountable — even for acts that clearly violate the rights of citizens.  Such actions multiplied massively under the war on drugs. As part of that “war,” state and local police departments, in the 197...
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Joe Biden’s crony anti-infrastructure plan

“A crony anti-infrastructure plan” is, sadly, the best description of the Biden administration’s proposed $2.3 trillion infrastructure plan. It’s insanely expensive and unnecessary, especially coming, as it does, on top of last year’s fiscal insanity. Over the past year, our leaders have spent $6 trillion in bailout and COVID-19 relief funds. They’ve driven local, state and federal government spending up to 43.5% of GDP, meaning that we’re already in financial trouble. Now they want to top it of...
Tags: California, Opinion, Sport, Joe Biden, Soccer, Warren Buffett, Lausd, SEIU, Biden, Wall Street Journal, Medicaid, Democratic, Cato Institute, Edwards, Service Employees International Union, Congressional Budget Office


Trump's new website boasting of his contribution to US border security makes no mention of the wall that he never finished

Donald Trump, at the time US President, shows off a prototype wall design near San Diego, California, in March 2018. Kevin Lamarque/Reuters Former president Donald Trump has launched a new website: 45office.com. The website describes Trump's achievements and offers personalized greetings to followers. Yet it makes no mention of the unfinished wall at the southern border that was his signature policy. See more stories on Insider's business page. President Donald Trump launched a ...
Tags: Politics, Mexico, White House, US, Trends, Joe Biden, United States, Arizona, News UK, Biden, Donald Trump, Trump, Cato Institute, San Diego California, Kevin Lamarque, Reuters Former


Notable back-and-forth on how "conservatives" ought to respond to this moment in crime and punishment

I have put "conservatives" in quotes in this title of this post because I have never really found traditional political labels that helpful in explaining people and positions, and I sometimes find such labels can prove particularly problematic in the criminal justice arena.  In fact, it is because of these realities that I found interesting a pair of new pieces from right-leaning sources.  First, writing at City Journal, Josh Hammer has this piece titled "Recover the Moral Imperative of Law and ...
Tags: Mississippi, Law, University Of Chicago, Republican, Hammer, Tea Party, Citizens, Antonin Scalia, Cato Institute, Jeff Sessions, Texas Georgia, Barr, Shon Hopwood, Will Baude, Douglas A Berman, Clark Neily