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February 24, 2017 at 12:41 am
"The ACLU lawsuit, to be filed early Wednesday morning, alleges the Milwaukee Police Department subjects city residents like Collins to high-volume, suspicionless stops and searches as part of a quota system, violating their Fourth and Fourteenth Amendment rights."
A class-action federal civil rights lawsuit argues the Milwaukee Police Department’s suspicionless stop-and-frisk practices are unconstitutional.
February 23, 2017 at 7:40 pm
"The St. Joseph County Council will soon review a proposed update to the county’s animal ordinance that would restrict Facebook groups from providing foster care for lost pets."
Proposed ordinance wouldn't allow Facebook groups to arrange for foster care
February 23, 2017 at 2:56 pm
February 23, 2017 at 9:43 am
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What is socially acceptable cannot always be reconciled with what is socially just.
February 23, 2017 at 4:21 am
"Avoiding all foods save for those prepared in an inspected kitchen means dining out at every meal or not eating at all. If one or both of these are your choice, then so be it. But Montana and California have moved to allow others to exercise their own choices. And I hope they succeed."
New bills in Montana and California would make it easier for small food entrepreneurs to thrive and for consumers to have more choices.
February 22, 2017 at 11:34 pm
"But you don’t need Nobel laureates to explain why government solutions to climate change are wrong-headed. Let’s linger on the main solutions offered: cap-and-trade and carbon taxation."
What do Pat Robertson, Gregg Easterbrook, and Michael Shermer have in common? They’ve all moved from climate-change skepticism to the “global warming consensus.” These leading lights may help guide others toward this consensus too. And given the possibility that believers in global warming are right...
February 22, 2017 at 6:12 pm
"But it's not just expensive — it provides lousy coverage, too!"
Republicans don't know how to roll back Obamacare's massive expansion of this lousy program.
February 22, 2017 at 1:55 pm
February 22, 2017 at 8:31 am
"Their main purpose has always been to distribute national content to their local communities. About 70 percent of government funding went directly the local stations in 1967. Fifty years later, that formula hasn't changed much."
It props up local stations that have become an obstacle to online distribution.
February 22, 2017 at 4:38 am
Politics can be quite depressing.
Been feeling depressed? Politics might be the reason. The message that politics beats into our heads hourly is that your neighbor might be your enemy, and that the realization of your values requires the crushing of someone else’s. That’s a terrible model of human engagement to accept as the only re...
February 21, 2017 at 6:55 pm
"After the Snooper's Charter passed, Snowden took to Twitter, pointedly calling it "the most extreme surveillance in the history of Western democracy. It goes farther than many autocracies."
The Snooper's Charter becomes law, allowing even more domestic surveillance.
February 21, 2017 at 1:12 pm
"Extreme poverty is falling around the world, mostly because governments have chosen to let their people join the global marketplace."
You might have a duty to save lots of people without having a duty to forego all the pleasures that make life worth living. One of the most important things we can do to better the lives of the poor is to fight for their access to property rights and to global markets.
February 21, 2017 at 8:11 am
"Traditional banks have meanwhile gained a reputation for working hand-in-hand with government. That relationship certainly doesn't serve the needs of the many customers, from illegal immigrants to established businesses, who want to avoid official scrutiny of their transactions."
Many Americans prefer alternatives to traditional banking.
February 21, 2017 at 3:31 am
"The first answer is that increasing the money supply and reducing interest rates artificially low is unnecessary. In a market economy any supply of money will get the job done. There is no reason to increase the supply of money."
After nine years of outrageous, unwarranted and irrational monetary policy, some people are taking the current monetary regime as normal and natural — the new normal. You can see this on corporate ballot sheets, bank leverage, and the low personal savings rate.
February 20, 2017 at 10:28 pm
For all the Star Wars fans:
February 20, 2017 at 5:55 pm
"But the umbrella served psychological purposes as well. On the crowded streets of the 19th century, it gave individuals a way to assert autonomy and control—to enjoy the public while preserving the private."
New technologies help create a sense of personal privacy in public.
February 20, 2017 at 12:26 pm
"This helps ensure new immigrants are net fiscal contributors to the U.S. Treasury — a fact which empirical studies consistently confirm. Undocumented immigrants are ineligible for public benefits."
Low-income immigrants are less likely to access to public benefits than their native-born counterparts, even when they are otherwise eligible.
February 19, 2017 at 6:33 pm
"Yet the fact remains that refugees receive the toughest screening of any immigrant group coming to these shores, with extra layers of scrutiny and a process that usually takes more than a year. There are, bluntly, much easier ways to get a terrorist into America."
Before anyone was afraid of ISIS terrorists disguised as Syrian refugees, Americans were afraid of Nazi agents disguised as Jewish refugees.
February 19, 2017 at 12:43 pm
February 19, 2017 at 6:55 am
"Pynchon himself signed off on the dialogue (which is a little "racially charged," as they say), and there are rumors that the famously camera-shy writer slipped onscreen as an extra."
Friday A/V Club: The most unexpected literary joke in TV history
February 19, 2017 at 6:14 am
What do you think of these numbers?
The top or bottom 1/5/10% by income, just like the top or bottom income quintiles, are never the same people from year to year, because there is constant, dynamic turnover as we move up and down the income categories. Learn More...
February 19, 2017 at 12:10 am
February 18, 2017 at 6:08 pm
"Stacking wrong upon wrong does not, indeed, result in a ‘right’ outcome."
There's no doubt that domestic producers are harmed by unjust taxes and regulations, but imposing tariffs to protect those producers simply shifts that harm onto consumers. Why should consumers suffer this harm rather than producers?
February 18, 2017 at 12:06 pm
"The inauguration of a President should not be a grand ceremony full of pomp and circumstance — this makes it seem too much like a coronation."
The inauguration of President Trump was immediately followed by size comparisons. Learn More...