Jacob Sullum, When Officer Cameron Burke pulled over Jenna Rodgers, a student at Warwick High School in Lititz, Pennsylvania, and told her she had exceeded the speed limit by 15 miles an hour, she was confused because she knew she hadn’t. It turned out the traffic stop had been arranged by her boyfriend, Collin Kauffman,
Second Amendment advocates are on a bit of a political roll recently, with four major victories in just one week. House Speaker Paul Ryan pulled an anti-gun healthcare proposal from consideration; the governor of North Dakota signed a bill letting residents carry a firearm without a permit; New Mexico lawmakers defeated a gun registry bill
Bob Barr, Having computer problems? You may want to think twice before picking up the phone to call for a repair. According to recent court documents filed in federal court in California, a simple hard drive replacement could lead to your arrest. It may sound far-fetched, but the Federal Bureau of Investigations is being forced
Judge Andrew P. Napolitano, Last week, President Donald Trump erupted with fury over a series of public revelations of private facts — some top-secret and some office gossip — that painted him and his White House in a bad light. The president ordered the FBI to investigate some of these so-called leaks and his own
Jacob Sullum, Donald Trump’s Twitter temper tantrum over the legal challenge to his immigration order suggests he does not appreciate the role of an independent judiciary. Fortunately, Trump’s lack of interest in such matters has given us a Supreme Court nominee who takes that role seriously and can be expected to resist presidential power grabs.
Judge Andrew P. Napolitano, On Jan. 3, outgoing Attorney General Loretta Lynch secretly signed an order directing the National Security Agency — America’s 60,000-person-strong domestic spying apparatus — to make available raw spying data to all other federal intelligence agencies, which then can pass it on to their counterparts in foreign countries and in the
Chicago police violated the Fourth Amendment through a “pattern or practice of use of excessive force,” Attorney General Loretta Lynch declared Friday, revealing the results of a wide-ranging investigation that the city’s former top cop called biased from the start. The U.S. Justice Department launched its yearlong review of the 12,000-officer force — one of
Paul Jacob, Christmas is about joy. I like joy. And presents. By the time you read this, your house and mine will probably be awash in torn wrapping paper and discarded ribbons and bows. Good. Sure, I think the gift-giving can sometimes be too much, but the joy on a child’s face . . .
Steve Sherman, It’s Duck Season in Washington DC. It’s a lame duck to be sure as outgoing congressional leaders attempt to make good on campaign promises and pay their debts to their beholden. That usually means a lot of sneaky backroom deals. This time, however, there is an opportunity to do something better than payback
Judge Andrew P. Napolitano, What if the most remarkable aspect of this presidential election is not how much the two principal candidates disagree with each other but how much they actually agree? What if they are both statists? What if they both believe that the government’s first duty is to take care of itself? What
Charlotte Hays, As a famous caterer once reminded me, you don’t get a second chance to make a first impression. It does no good to call the hostess the next morning and say, “Yes, Madame, there was too much salt in the bisque. Next time I’ll use less.” There is no next time. The goose
Bob Barr, With the attention of virtually all media and political pundits centered on the major political conventions, it is important we not lose sight of the fact that many lawmakers from both parties are continuing their relentless drive to increase the power of the federal government to snoop. Thankfully, a group of pro-freedom members