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  • Migrants and Smugglers Won’t Be Stopped by Donald Trump’s Wall, Ranchers Say

    07/24/2016 3:58:58 AM PDT · by reaganaut1 · 121 replies
    New York Times ^ | July 24, 2016 | DAN BARRY
    ... The solution favored among ranchers is infused with a fatalism that nothing will change — government being government, and the cartels always one step ahead — so why bother. But here it goes: Intensive, round-the-clock patrols along the border are required for a fence or wall to work; otherwise, those determined to cross will always find a way. But, they argue, if you have boots on the ground, you will have no need for anything so beautiful as the Great Wall of Trump. It is easy, from a distance, to dismiss the ranchers along the border as right-wing Chicken...
  • Feds break up $1 billion Medicare scam in Miami — biggest in U.S. history

    07/23/2016 11:37:59 AM PDT · by reaganaut1 · 30 replies
    Miami Herald ^ | JULY 22, 2016 | JAY WEAVER
    One of the state’s wealthiest healthcare operators was arrested Friday at his Miami Beach waterfront estate on charges of orchestrating the nation’s biggest Medicare fraud scheme — $1 billion. Philip Esformes, 47, charged with two other defendants, is accused of exploiting his network of about 20 Miami-Dade skilled-nursing and assisted-living facilities to fleece the taxpayer-funded Medicare by filing false claims for services that were not necessary or in some instances not provided over the past 14 years. An unidentified local hospital referred some of the thousands of Medicare patients to his network through kickback payments to physicians and other medical...
  • The CBO Looks Ahead to a U.S. Fiscal Disaster

    07/23/2016 5:59:34 AM PDT · by reaganaut1 · 100 replies
    Barron's ^ | July 23, 2016 | THOMAS G. DONLAN
    The American debt problem was almost entirely ignored at the Republican National Convention last week, and we can expect nothing more when the Democrats gather this week. Both parties support the entitlement spending system and the decrepit tax system that fails to support it. They compete on the fiscal side of politics with impossible promises to spend more and tax less. Imagine the U.S. Treasury as an airplane beginning to roll down the runway to take off. For a mile or so, the plane gains no altitude, then the wings start to generate lift. The wheels leave the ground and...
  • Victims Of Education Department's Unfair Sexual Assault Rules Counterattack With Lawsuits

    07/22/2016 3:53:01 PM PDT · by reaganaut1 · 1 replies
    Forbes ^ | July 22, 2016 | George Leef
    Administrative law in America is an open invitation to bureaucrats to see how much they can get away with by “interpreting” statutes to expand their power and impose their own will. The Department of Education provides many examples. One of the most appalling is the way officials in the Department’s Office for Civil Rights (OCR) have treated the vague language in Title IX of the 1972 Education Act Amendments as if it gave them plenary authority to control anything on a college campus having to do with alleged sexual misbehavior. The wording says: “No person in the United States shall,...
  • MAN-datory Reading List (of cop-killer Gavin Long)

    07/18/2016 8:20:18 AM PDT · by reaganaut1 · 4 replies
    Convos with Cosmo ^ | June 27, 2016 | Cosmo AKA Gavin Long
    ... These are the books that every man must have in his library of information. This list will be updated regularly so check back on a regular basis. ... 2. Between the World and Me by Ta-Nehisi Coates between-the-world-and-me-compressor A current bestseller, you’ve probably seen Coates’ interview on “The Daily Show” (amazing). An absolutely necessary book about what it’s like to be black in America. Coates was inspired in part by the tragic death of one of his close friends at the hands of the police. When Toni Morrison says something is “required reading,” you don’t question it. Read it!...
  • Don't Apologize For Blurting Out The Truth, Justice Ginsburg

    07/16/2016 4:29:49 AM PDT · by reaganaut1 · 68 replies
    Forbes ^ | July 15, 2016 | George Leef
    Many years ago, journalist Michael Kinsley secured a place in our history when he observed that “a faux pas is when you blurt out the truth in Washington.” Last Friday, Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg committed a faux pas in a New York Times interview, blurting out the truth that she is intensely partisan and decides major cases on ideological grounds. Federal judges are supposed to keep out of the political mud, but Justice Ginsburg opined that Donald Trump would be a national disaster. “I can’t imagine what the country would be with Donald Trump as our president,” she...
  • Obama’s Lies About Police Violence Hurt More than They Help

    07/13/2016 3:52:14 AM PDT · by reaganaut1 · 7 replies
    National Review ^ | July 12, 2016 | RICH LOWRY
    Instead of healing America’s racial wounds, Obama makes them worse with cowardly inaccuracies. President Barack Obama is a lawyer, not a statistician, and it shows. After the controversial officer-involved shootings in Baton Rouge, La., and Falcon Heights, Minn., Obama unloosed a series of statistics in his remarks in Warsaw, Poland, to show “racial disparities that exist in our criminal justice system” — in other words, racial bias by police, prosecutors, and judges. Obama related numbers about disparate rates of police shootings, arrests, and searches, among other things, without mentioning the single most important factor to put such figures in context,...
  • Researchers Try Grindr App to Give Out H.I.V. Self-Testing Kits

    07/11/2016 2:44:41 PM PDT · by reaganaut1 · 1 replies
    New York Times ^ | July 11, 2016 | DONALD G. McNEIL Jr.
    Grindr, the gay dating app, is an effective way to get gay black and Hispanic men to try home H.I.V. self-testing kits, according to a recent study. The small study was confined to Los Angeles, and fewer than 400 test kits were distributed, but the idea has broader potential. Grindr is used by at least five million men in 192 countries, according to its developer. In the United States, young gay black and Hispanic men are the groups most likely to be infected with H.I.V. and the least likely to be tested for it, because they often lack health insurance...
  • Why Not Ban The College Degree Box?

    07/08/2016 10:04:51 AM PDT · by reaganaut1 · 23 replies
    Forbes ^ | July 7, 2016 | George Leef
    Of late, the Obama administration has been applying pressure to ban the criminal record box – that is, to keep employers from asking if an applicant has ever been convicted. That is supposed to open up more job opportunities for people who have criminal records. It could, but then it could also have harmful consequences if people with past criminal records and current criminal intent are put in jobs where they can commit more crimes. (Another objection is that the federal government has no constitutional authority to dictate hiring policies, but let’s put that aside.) There is another hiring policy...
  • In a Defiant, Angry Speech, Donald Trump Defends Image Seen as Anti-Semitic

    07/06/2016 7:04:28 PM PDT · by reaganaut1 · 71 replies
    New York Times ^ | July 6, 2016 | MAGGIE HABERMAN, MICHAEL BARBARO and JONATHAN MAHLER
    Donald J. Trump on Wednesday offered a defiant defense of his campaign’s decision to publish an image widely viewed as anti-Semitic — saying he regretted deleting it — and vigorously reaffirmed his praise of Saddam Hussein, the murderous Iraqi dictator. In the span of 30 minutes, an often-shouting Mr. Trump breathed new life into a controversy that was sparked on Saturday by his posting of an image on his Twitter account of a six-pointed star next to a picture of Hillary Clinton, with money seeming to rain down in the background. The image was quickly, and broadly, criticized for invoking...
  • Can Obama Pardon Millions of Immigrants? (NYT alert)

    07/06/2016 4:38:38 AM PDT · by reaganaut1 · 42 replies
    New York Times ^ | JULY 6, 2016 | PETER L. MARKOWITZ
    WHEN the history of President Obama’s legacy on immigration is written, he will not go down as the president who boldly acted to protect millions of families from the brutality of our nation’s unforgiving immigration laws. The Supreme Court made sure of that last month, when it deadlocked on the legality of his program to defer the deportation of parents of American citizens and residents. Instead, he will be judged on what he actually did: deport more immigrants than any other president in American history, earning him the moniker “deporter in chief.” However, President Obama can still act to bring...
  • Court Strikes Down Obama Health Care Rule on Insurance Standards

    07/05/2016 6:50:58 PM PDT · by reaganaut1 · 17 replies
    New York Times ^ | July 5, 2016 | ROBERT PEAR
    WASHINGTON — A federal appeals court has ruled that consumers must be allowed to buy certain types of health insurance that do not meet the stringent standards of the Affordable Care Act, deciding that the administration had gone beyond the terms of federal law. The court struck down a rule issued by the Obama administration that barred the sale of such insurance as a separate stand-alone product. “Disagreeing with Congress’s expressly codified policy choices isn’t a luxury administrative agencies enjoy,” the United States Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia Circuit said on Friday in a decision that criticized...
  • Russian Strategy: Stop Locals Returning From Syria

    07/05/2016 9:19:03 AM PDT · by reaganaut1 · 4 replies
    Wall Street Journal ^ | July 1, 2016 | ALAN CULLISON
    MAKHACHKALA, Russia—For decades, the rugged province of Dagestan on the Caspian Sea cradled an Islamist rebellion so vicious that police once feared putting on their uniforms. But that insurrection has sputtered, thanks in part to the departure of young men to join the jihad in Syria and in part to a police crackdown that human-rights campaigners have called murderous. Public parades and concerts, once avoided by locals because of terror attacks, are drawing crowds as the weather warms. Officials have developed a strategy to keep the peace: Prevent men who left for Syria from returning and round up those who...
  • Estimate of U.S. Transgender Population Doubles to 1.4 Million Adults (NYT alert)

    07/01/2016 4:21:28 AM PDT · by reaganaut1 · 28 replies
    New York Times ^ | June 30, 2016 | JAN HOFFMAN
    About 1.4 million adults in the United States identify as transgender, double a widely used previous estimate, according to an analysis based on new federal and state data. As the national debate escalates over accommodations for transgender people, the new figure, though still just 0.6 percent of the adult population, is likely to raise questions about the sufficiency of services to support a population that may be larger than many policy makers assumed. “There’s a saying: ‘You don’t count in policy circles until someone counts you,’” said Gary J. Gates, a demographer and former research director of the group that...
  • FedEx: Not Just Delivering Packages, But Beating Arrogant Federal Prosecutors

    06/30/2016 8:42:05 AM PDT · by reaganaut1 · 15 replies
    Forbes ^ | June 29, 2016 | George Leef
    The U.S. Department of Justice has put little if any effort into investigating the IRS over its targeting of conservative groups (even single individuals, such as Professor Mary Grabar, for daring to oppose Common Core), but it has the resources for far-fetched prosecutions of business officials for alleged criminal activity. One such case recently crashed after almost two years of legal skirmishing in federal district court. The crime the feds were going after was an imaginary conspiracy between FedEx FDX -0.41% officials and online pharmacies to ship sleep aids, sedatives, painkillers and other medications to customers who didn’t have valid...
  • Law Professor Demands Repeal of 'Outdated' Second Amendment, Makes Very Weak Case

    06/24/2016 10:44:23 AM PDT · by reaganaut1 · 63 replies
    Forbes ^ | June 24, 2016 | George Leef
    The massacre in Orlando has prompted many demands for still more laws intended to prevent deranged killers like Omar Mateen from getting their hands on firearms. It has also occasioned more radical ideas, including the repeal of the Second Amendment. That is exactly what Drexel University law professor David S. Cohen proposes in his June 13th article in Rolling Stone, “Why It’s Time to Repeal the Second Amendment.” Naturally, Cohen’s writing is full of passion. Anti-gun forces will no doubt laud his piece as visionary and compelling. It lacks any good arguments, however and suffers from the fatal flaw of...
  • Baltimore Officer in Freddie Gray Case Is Cleared of All Charges

    06/23/2016 9:29:01 AM PDT · by reaganaut1 · 43 replies
    Baltimore Officer in Freddie Gray Case Is Cleared of All Charges ^ | June 23, 2016 | JESS BIDGOOD and SHERYL GAY STOLBERG
    BALTIMORE — The Baltimore police officer who drove the van in which Freddie Gray sustained a fatal spinal injury was acquitted on Thursday of second-degree murder and six lesser charges, leaving prosecutors still without a conviction after three high-profile trials in a case that has shaken this city. In his ruling, Judge Barry G. Williams rejected the prosecution’s claim that the officer, Caesar R. Goodson Jr., had given Mr. Gray a “rough ride” in the van, intentionally putting him at risk for an injury by taking a wide turn while Mr. Gray was not secured with a seatbelt. “The court...
  • How Do You Stop a Future Terrorist When the Only Evidence Is a Thought?

    06/23/2016 6:25:19 AM PDT · by reaganaut1 · 34 replies
    New York Times ^ | June 21, 2016 | RUKMINI CALLIMACHI
    MAGNANVILLE, France — The first time Larossi Abballa appeared on the radar of French terrorism investigators, the only act of violence they could pin on him was killing bunnies. He had joined a small group of men, all bent on waging jihad, on a trip to a snowy forest in northern France five years ago, when he was 19. There, they videotaped themselves slaughtering the rabbits, bought so the men could grow used to the feel of killing. When he and seven others were later arrested, the authorities found that several of the men had saved the video of the...
  • Ban the Box or Require the Box?

    06/20/2016 5:49:07 AM PDT · by reaganaut1 · 15 replies
    Marginal Revolution ^ | June 20, 2016 | Alex Tabarrok
    Ban the box policies forbid employers from asking about a criminal record on a job application. Ban the box policies don’t forbid employers from running criminal background checks they only forbid employers from asking about criminal history at the application/interview stage. The policies are supposed to give people with a criminal background a better shot at a job. Since blacks are more likely to have a criminal history than whites, the policies are supposed to especially increase black employment. One potential problem with these laws is that employers may adjust their behavior in response. In particular, since blacks are more...
  • A Life of Violent Threats Paved Way for Orlando Attack

    06/17/2016 10:47:53 AM PDT · by reaganaut1 · 17 replies
    Wall Street Journal ^ | June 16, 2016 | DAMIAN PALETTA, ALEXANDRA BERZON and JOHN R. EMSHWILLER
    Again and again for much of his life, Omar Mateen let people know he was a violent, dangerous person capable of murder. Repeatedly, he wiggled out of trouble, distracting officials with a beguiling charm, a feigned stupidity or some other tactic. A look at Mateen’s troubled life, based on interviews with officials and people who knew him, as well as documents, reveals that on at least a dozen occasions, beginning when he was in grade school, he gave clues in a public setting that he was capable of mayhem. At age 14, he said he could shoot an AK-47 and...
  • Payday Loans Can Be A Lifeline For The Poor -- Meddling Bureaucrats Would Yank It Away

    06/17/2016 7:48:07 AM PDT · by reaganaut1 · 94 replies
    Forbes ^ | June 17, 2016 | George Leef
    Despite Barack Obama’s Hope and Change promises to fundamentally transform the U.S., there remain a great number of Americans who live paycheck to paycheck (when they have work at all). Occasionally, they find themselves in desperate need of short-term credit to avoid a financial disaster, but they don’t have good credit. One of their options is to get a short-term advance from a “payday lender.” In the typical transaction, a storefront lending business provides a cash advance of a few hundred dollars to the borrower, who promises to repay within one or two weeks with a fee of 15 to...
  • How Chicago’s Streets Became the Wild West

    06/16/2016 12:54:20 PM PDT · by reaganaut1 · 41 replies
    Wall Street Journal ^ | June 16, 2016 | HEATHER MAC DONALD
    Someone was shot in Chicago every 150 minutes during the first five months of 2016. Someone was murdered every 14 hours, and the city saw nearly 1,400 nonfatal shootings and 240 fatalities from gunfire. Over Memorial Day weekend, 69 people were shot, nearly one an hour, topping the previous year’s tally of 53 shootings. The violence is spilling from the Chicago’s gang-infested South and West Sides into the business district downtown. Lake Shore Drive has seen drive-by shootings and robberies. The growing mayhem is the result of Chicago police officers’ withdrawing from proactive enforcement, making the city a dramatic example...
  • Waving a Blood-Soaked Rainbow Flag to Scapegoat Christians

    06/16/2016 8:58:16 AM PDT · by reaganaut1 · 37 replies
    New York Times ^ | June 16, 2016 | Rod Dreher
    When the Southern Baptist leader Russell Moore reached sympathetically out to the L.G.B.T. community in the wake of Orlando, the gay writer Zack Ford expressed a view often heard this week: that unless conservative Christians change their minds on homosexuality, their post-Orlando expressions of solidarity are worthless. The Times took a similar line in its lead editorial today, smearing G.O.P. politicians opposed to various L.G.B.T. rights laws with the blood of the Orlando dead. This escalates the culture war to an openly religious conflict, in the sense that neither side can back down without compromising what it holds sacred. And...
  • Illinois On The Fiscal Brink

    06/15/2016 8:31:53 AM PDT · by reaganaut1 · 23 replies
    Defining Ideas (Hoover Institution) ^ | June 13, 2016 | Richard A. Epstein
    Illinois—a state that has long embraced progressive fiscal policies—has moved one step closer to the financial abyss. Last week, Moody’s Investors Service issued the jarring announcement that it was downgrading Illinois’s general obligations bonds to Baa2 from Baa1, which is just two levels above junk bond status. The next day, Standard & Poor’s followed suit by lowering its rating to BBB+, or three levels above junk bond status. In one important sense, this is really not news at all, since Illinois had thirteen bond downgrades under its previous governor, Patrick Quinn, even though it passed a temporary tax increase that...
  • Senate Votes to Require Women to Register for the Draft (McConnell, McCain for; Cruz against)

    06/15/2016 8:31:52 AM PDT · by reaganaut1 · 225 replies
    New York Times ^ | June 14, 2016 | JENNIFER STEINHAUER
    In the latest and perhaps decisive battle over the role of women in the military, Congress is embroiled in an increasingly intense debate over whether they should have to register for the draft when they turn 18. On Tuesday, the Senate approved an expansive military policy bill that would for the first time require young women to register for the draft. The shift, while fiercely opposed by some conservative lawmakers and interest groups, had surprisingly broad support among Republican leaders and women in both parties. The United States has not used the draft since 1973 during the Vietnam War. But...
  • With Judges Like These, Our Second Amendment Rights Will Continue To Erode

    06/14/2016 6:52:23 AM PDT · by reaganaut1 · 16 replies
    Forbes ^ | June 13, 2016 | George Leef
    If you aren’t sure whether it matters who replaces the late Antonin Scalia on the Supreme Court, think about a case just decided by the Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals, Peruta v. County of San Diego. Peruta is a Second Amendment case involving the right of citizens to legally carry concealed weapons and the upshot of the court’s ruling is that Californians can be denied concealed carry permits upon the whims of local government authorities. Moreover, while the Ninth Circuit majority acknowledges the Supreme Court’s crucial holding in District of Columbia v. Heller (one of Justice Scalia’s most forceful opinions)...
  • Jury convicts (Chinese-American) woman accused of S. Fla. plot to sell $50M drone to China

    06/10/2016 10:12:14 AM PDT · by reaganaut1 · 15 replies
    Sun Sentinel ^ | June 9, 2016 | Paula McMahon
    A South Florida jury convicted a California woman on Thursday of conspiring to send a $50 million missile-firing drone and jet fighter engines to China via Broward County. Wenxia Man, aka Wency, 45, of San Diego, was found guilty of conspiring to export military weapons, equipment and technical data to the People's Republic of China. Man, who had been free on $250,000 bond since last year, was taken into federal custody for alleged misconduct during her trial in federal court in Miami. Authorities accused her of improperly sending text messages, in Chinese, to the federal agent who worked undercover on...
  • Slim majority say Trump's comments about judge's Mexican heritage were "racist"

    06/09/2016 6:12:35 AM PDT · by reaganaut1 · 44 replies
    YouGov ^ | June 8, 2016 | Peter Moore
    Donald Trump courted further controversy last week after he slammed Judge Gonzalo Curiel, who is presiding over a class action lawsuit against him, because of his Mexican ancestry. Trump claimed that Curiel, who was born in Indiana to Mexican parents, would not give him a fair trial because of Trump's policy of building a wall between the US and Mexico. The complaint, which Trump has doubled down on, was widely criticized and even prominent Republicans condemned the statement as racist. The latest research from YouGov shows that only 20% of Americans think that Donald Trump was right to complain that...
  • The Nanny State Wants To Grow: Free Lunches For College Students

    06/08/2016 2:35:26 PM PDT · by reaganaut1 · 24 replies
    Forbes ^ | June 8, 2016 | George Leef
    For “progressives,” the Nanny State never does enough. They always find new social problems and “unmet needs” that, in their view, can only be addressed by further expansion of government. In that vein, we now have a proposal to take the free school lunch program in schools to next level – college. Since the federal government feeds students in K-12 schools via the National School Lunch Program, it should similarly feed college students who are “food insecure,” argues a new policy brief published by the Wisconsin HOPE Lab. According to authors Sara Goldrick-Rab, Katharine Broton, and Emily Brunjes Colo, the...
  • To stop losing the fight against syphilis, increase screening

    06/08/2016 6:21:07 AM PDT · by reaganaut1 · 30 replies
    CNN ^ | June 7, 2016 | Sandee LaMotte
    To win the fight against syphilis, we need to increase screening and detection among high-risk individuals from once a year to every three months. That's one of the recommendations announced today by the U.S. Preventive Services Task Force, an independent volunteer panel of experts that provides input about the effectiveness of specific preventive care services. The report appears in the Journal of the American Medical Association. The increase in screenings should focus on the groups at highest risk -- HIV-positive men, men who have sex with men, and men ages 20 to 29 -- and safe sex practices, specifically the...
  • Paul Ryan Calls Donald Trump’s Attack on Judge ‘Racist,’ but Backs Him Still

    06/07/2016 8:29:15 AM PDT · by reaganaut1 · 78 replies
    New York Times ^ | JUNE 7, 2016 | DAVID M. HERSZENHORN
    WASHINGTON — Speaker Paul D. Ryan on Tuesday called Donald J. Trump’s criticism of a Hispanic-American judge “the textbook definition of a racist comment” and said he “regrets” the remark. But Mr. Ryan also reiterated his support for Mr. Trump, the presumptive Republican presidential nominee, against Hillary Clinton. “I disavow these comments — I regret those comments that he made,” Mr. Ryan said after announcing a new Republican anti-poverty initiative in Anacostia, an overwhelmingly black neighborhood in Washington. “Claiming a person can’t do their job because of their race is sort of like the textbook definition of a racist comment,”...
  • Could a Muslim Judge Be Trump Neutral? Trump Thinks Not

    06/05/2016 12:50:20 PM PDT · by reaganaut1 · 61 replies
    New York Times ^ | June 5, 2016 | MAGGIE HABERMAN
    Donald J. Trump said Sunday that a Muslim judge might have trouble remaining neutral in a lawsuit against him, extending his race-based criticism of the jurist overseeing the case to include religion and opening another path for Democrats who have criticized him sharply for his remarks. The comments, in an interview with John Dickerson, the host of CBS’s “Face the Nation,” come amid growing disapproval from fellow Republicans over his attacks on Judge Gonzalo P. Curiel, a federal judge in California overseeing a suit against the defunct Trump University, whose impartiality Mr. Trump questioned based on the judge’s Mexican heritage....
  • VA proposes covering surgeries for transgender vets

    06/04/2016 2:36:37 PM PDT · by reaganaut1 · 35 replies
    The Hill ^ | June 3, 2016 | Rebecca Kheel
    The Department of Veterans Affairs may cover transition-related surgeries for transgender veterans in the near future under a proposed rule change. The rule change, first reported by Time late Thursday, would lift a long-standing ban and follow a similar change made to Medicare in 2014. “Increased understanding of both gender dysphoria and surgical techniques in this area have improved significantly, and surgical procedures are now widely accepted in the medical community as medically necessary treatment for gender dysphoria,” the proposal reads. “In light of these medical advances and recent research, VA would revise its regulation to remove the prohibition on...
  • Paul Ryan’s cold embrace of Trump

    06/03/2016 4:38:51 PM PDT · by reaganaut1 · 44 replies
    Politico ^ | June 3, 2016 | LOUIS NELSON
    If there was any doubt that Paul Ryan’s endorsement of Donald Trump was less than full-throated, he crushed it on Friday. Less than 24 hours after Ryan announced that his “not ready” had become a “ready,” the House speaker ripped into the presumptive Republican nominee, making it clear he will not be Trump’s defender in chief. Unprompted by WISN radio host Vicki McKenna, Ryan scolded Trump for his racially-based attacks against the federal judge in California overseeing a civil fraud lawsuit against Trump University. “Look, the comment about the judge the other day just was out of left field for...
  • Trump claims Trump University judge has 'absolute conflict'

    06/03/2016 6:34:15 AM PDT · by reaganaut1 · 33 replies
    Associated Press ^ | June 3, 2016
    NEW YORK (AP) — Donald Trump says the federal judge presiding over a lawsuit brought by former Trump University students has an "absolute conflict" in handling the case because he is "of Mexican heritage." The presumptive Republican presidential nominee tells The Wall Street Journal that U.S. District Judge Gonzalo Curiel has "an inherent conflict of interest" because Trump is "building a wall," a reference to Trump's proposal to build a wall along the border between the U.S. and Mexico.
  • Sacramento: Let Felons Vote in Jail

    06/02/2016 9:04:46 AM PDT · by reaganaut1 · 13 replies
    American Spectator ^ | June 2, 2016 | Debra J. Saunders
    California lawmakers seem intent on making Sacramento the place where reasonable reforms, much like runaway trains, jump the tracks. In that no-speed-limit spirit Tuesday, the California Assembly voted 41-37 to allow convicted felons to vote in jail. (Yes, you read that correctly.) If Assembly Bill 2466 becomes law, the American Civil Liberties Union estimates that 50,000 adults will be able to vote behind bars. The state doesn’t trust these people on the streets, but they are welcome in the voting booth. When individuals commit crimes that endanger public safety, they forfeit their civil rights upon conviction. The National Conference of...
  • The Obama Administration's Disrespect For The Rule Of Law Hits A New Low

    05/31/2016 11:08:56 AM PDT · by reaganaut1 · 14 replies
    Forbes ^ | May 31, 2016 | George Leef
    The lawlessness of the Obama administration has been astounding. Entire books have been written about President Obama’s notion that he should be and is free to do whatever he wants (such as Lawless by Professor David Bernstein, which I wrote about here). No doubt more will be. One remarkably brazen instance I recently learned about is his administration’s funneling of money from lawsuit settlements into the pockets of left-wing activist groups. It makes you wonder if there is anything this administration won’t try to get away with. Following the collapse of the housing bubble, the federal government initiated several grandstanding,...
  • Insurers Seek Big Premium Boosts

    05/26/2016 2:27:12 PM PDT · by reaganaut1 · 25 replies
    Wall Street Journal ^ | May 25, 2016 | LOUISE RADNOFSKY
    Big health plans stung by losses in the first few years of the U.S. health law’s implementation are seeking hefty premium increases for individual plans sold through insurance exchanges in more than a dozen states. The insurers’ proposed rates for individual coverage in states that have made their 2017 requests public largely bear out health plans’ grim predictions about their challenges under the health-care overhaul. According to the insurers’ filings with regulators, large plans in states including New York, Pennsylvania and Georgia are seeking to raise rates by 20% or more. In states such as Florida and Maryland, insurers are...
  • Feds Order Colleges to Stop Checking Criminal/School Discipline History (tr)

    05/25/2016 4:00:39 PM PDT · by reaganaut1 · 22 replies
    Judicial Watch ^ | May 20, 2016
    The Obama administration has ordered the nation’s colleges and universities to stop asking applicants about criminal and school disciplinary history because it discriminates against minorities. Institutions are also being asked to offer those with criminal records special support services such as counseling, mentoring and legal aid once enrolled. The government’s official term for these perspective students is “justice-involved individuals” and the new directive aims to remove barriers to higher education for the overwhelmingly minority population that’s had encounters with the law or disciplinary issues through high school. Instructions are outlined in a cumbersome document (Beyond the Box) issued by the...
  • Striking Move by Brooklyn Judge in Felony Drug Case: Probation, Not Prison

    05/25/2016 10:22:01 AM PDT · by reaganaut1 · 35 replies
    New York Times ^ | May 25, 2016 | BENJAMIN WEISER
    A federal judge in Brooklyn, in an extraordinary opinion that calls for courts to pay closer attention to the impact of felony convictions on people’s lives, sentenced a young woman in a drug case to probation rather than prison, saying on Wednesday that the collateral consequences she would face as a felon were punishment enough. The judge, Frederic Block of Federal District Court, said that the broad range of such collateral consequences served no “useful function other than to further punish criminal defendants after they have completed their court-imposed sentences.” The judge noted that there were nearly 50,000 federal and...
  • Justice Sotomayor's Very Bad, No Good Idea For Lawyers (mandatory pro bono work)

    05/24/2016 8:41:24 AM PDT · by reaganaut1 · 30 replies
    Forbes ^ | May 24, 2016 | George Leef
    On May 16 at an American Law Institute meeting, Supreme Court Justice Sonia Sotomayor declared that she was in favor of forced labor – at least to the extent of compelling lawyers to do enough pro bono work so that poor people in America can have legal representation when they need it. Many lower income Americans are unable to afford legal assistance when they need it. The legal establishment has known that for a long time, and often indulges in hand-wringing over it. Some law firms require their attorneys to engage in pro bono work, donating their time to help...
  • French Lawmaker’s Fall Over Harassment Claims May Hold Lesson for Men: Behave

    05/23/2016 3:23:46 PM PDT · by reaganaut1 · 5 replies
    New York Times ^ | May 22, 2016 | ADAM NOSSITER
    PARIS — With its guffawing masculine hilarity, the National Assembly, France’s lower house of Parliament, would not be put to shame by the most boisterous American state legislature. The marble-and-velvet setting may be more elegant, but the rowdy laughter says the same thing: Men dominate. Over the last week, that male world has been shaken. The Assembly’s vice president, Denis Baupin, was forced to resign after several women came forward publicly with accusations that he had sexually harassed numerous female colleagues for years. One said Mr. Baupin had pushed her against a wall, grabbed one of her breasts and tried...
  • Small Businesses Worry About Adjusting for Overtime Rules

    05/20/2016 11:47:20 AM PDT · by reaganaut1 · 9 replies
    New York Times ^ | May 18, 2016 | SARAH MAX
    With a broad new class of workers becoming eligible for overtime, many small businesses are scrambling to figure out how to factor the regulations into their bottom line. The Obama administration on Wednesday announced the final details of new labor rules to increase the salary cutoff for overtime pay. Although the plan was outlined a year ago and employers have several months to comply, many say the change will be a challenge to small businesses that pride themselves on a scrappy, entrepreneurial culture. “We are pretty flexible,” said Kelli Glasser, who is president and chief executive of Exhibit Concepts, a...
  • Sen. Tom Cotton: U.S. has 'under-incarceration problem'

    05/20/2016 10:58:35 AM PDT · by reaganaut1 · 32 replies
    Politico ^ | May 19, 2016 | NICK GASS
    Sen. Tom Cotton on Thursday slammed his colleagues' efforts to pass sweeping criminal justice reforms, saying the United States is actually suffering from an "under-incarceration problem." Cotton, who has been an outspoken critic of the bill in Congress that would reduce mandatory minimum sentences, smacked down what he called "baseless" arguments that there are too many offenders locked up for relatively small crimes, that incarceration is too costly, or that "we should show more empathy toward those caught up in the criminal-justice system." "Take a look at the facts. First, the claim that too many criminals are being jailed, that...
  • Federal Judge in Texas Demands Justice Dept. Lawyers Take Ethics Class (over immigration case)

    05/20/2016 3:59:36 AM PDT · by reaganaut1 · 18 replies
    New York Times ^ | May 19, 2016 | MICHAEL D. SHEAR
    A federal judge in Texas on Thursday excoriated the Justice Department, demanding ethics classes for the department’s lawyers and ordering other sanctions for those who argued the case involving President Obama’s immigration executive actions. He also ordered the government to produce a list of about 100,000 immigrants who entered illegally and who are participating in a government program that protects them from deportation. In a blistering order, Judge Andrew S. Hanen of Federal District Court in Brownsville accused the Justice Department lawyers of lying to him during arguments in the case, and he barred them from appearing in his courtroom....
  • Say Good-Bye To Hinga Auto Repair, Killed Off With Zoning By Elitist Politicians

    05/19/2016 10:38:15 AM PDT · by reaganaut1 · 27 replies
    Forbes ^ | May 19, 2016 | George Leef
    One of the main reasons why America was so attractive to hard-working people used to be that if you were successful, you could enjoy your rewards and use your property as you thought best. Sadly, that is less and less true. One immigrant who can testify to that is Hinga Mbogo, who is about to be forced to close his auto repair business in Dallas. He came to the United States from Kenya in 1974 with some skill in repairing machinery and found a job working as an airplane mechanic. By 1985, he had accumulated the capital necessary to open...
  • High-speed rail gets a four-year delay

    05/18/2016 11:45:07 AM PDT · by reaganaut1 · 77 replies
    Politico ^ | May 18, 2016 | MICHAEL GRUNWALD
    High-speed rail is turning out to be a slow-speed proposition. The first segment of California’s first-in-the-nation bullet-train project, currently scheduled for completion in 2018, will not be done until the end of 2022, according to a contract revision the Obama administration quietly approved this morning. That initial 119-mile segment through the relatively flat and empty Central Valley was considered the easiest-to-build stretch of a planned $64 billion line, which is eventually supposed to zip passengers between San Francisco and Los Angeles in under three hours. So the four-year delay is sure to spark new doubts about whether the state’s—and perhaps...
  • Obama rushes out rules to guarantee legacy

    05/18/2016 11:44:58 AM PDT · by reaganaut1 · 24 replies
    Politico ^ | May 18, 2016 | TIMOTHY NOAH
    The Obama administration is shoveling out regulations nearly one-third faster in its final year than during the previous three — all to beat a May 23 deadline to prevent a President Donald Trump from overturning them. A total of 195 regulations have been pushed through since Jan. 1 at an estimated cost of $69.5 billion to the nation’s businesses, according to the conservative American Action Forum. One of the most significant — a sweeping rule that will extend overtime pay to more than 4 million people without any input from Congress — was released Tuesday night. “This regulatory onslaught has...
  • Bill and Hillary Clinton Have Earned $6.7 Million From Speeches in Past 16 Months

    05/18/2016 11:18:25 AM PDT · by reaganaut1 · 13 replies
    Wall Street Journal ^ | May 17, 2016 | RICHARD RUBIN
    Bill and Hillary Clinton have earned $6.7 million from paid speeches since the beginning of 2015, including $2.7 million from speeches the former president gave after his wife officially kicked off her White House bid last April, according to a financial-disclosure form Mrs. Clinton’s campaign released on Tuesday. Mr. Clinton was paid $285,000 to speak to America’s Health Insurance Plans, the trade association for health insurers, in June 2015. He was paid $200,000 to speak at Stephens Inc., an Arkansas financial-services firm run by Warren Stephens, a major Republican donor. And in September 2015, he was paid $225,000 to speak...
  • As Attention Grows, Transgender Children’s Numbers Are Elusive

    05/18/2016 5:35:45 AM PDT · by reaganaut1 · 20 replies
    New York Times ^ | May 17, 2016 | JAN HOFFMAN
    The Obama administration’s directive last week instructing public schools to allow transgender students to use bathrooms and locker rooms of the gender they identify with has set off an intense debate. Many politicians and parents have raised alarms about privacy and warned of predatory boys sneaking into girls’ bathrooms. But others say that such accommodations are critical protections for a vulnerable population. For all of the heated debate, a central fact remains elusive: How many students are we talking about? No one knows for sure. Researchers have not figured out how to obtain consistent, reliable answers from teenagers, much less...