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 2021-11-22 21:15 

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The D.C. Metro Is Still a Mess, But a 'Carpocalypse' Has Yet To Materialize...

Why hasn't a collapse in rail transit service produced nightmarish levels of traffic congestion? Thank working from home and flexible work schedules....

 2021-11-22 21:02 

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What the Political Class Should Learn from the Rittenhouse Verdict...

Plus, Biden's Build Back Better passes the house....

 2021-11-22 20:31 

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ABA Tries Again With Legal-Ed Diversity Rule...

"Concrete actions towards creating an inclusive and equitable environment under Standard 206(a)(3) may include . . . Continuing education for faculty members regarding the effective use of diversity in the classroom."...

 2021-11-22 19:27 

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Federal Court on Military Religious Exemptions from COVID Vaccination...

Just Steven Merryday (M.D. Fla.) denies certain related claims today (Navy Seal 1 v. Biden), but deferred judgment on these ones: Whether characterized as a facial challenge or as a class of precisely similar as-applied challenges, requiring only a single...

 2021-11-22 17:30 

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Elizabeth Warren Is Trying To Blame Inflation on 'Price Gouging.' Don't Buy It....

Warren's claim that oil companies are jacking up prices to turn a bigger profit doesn't stand up to even the slightest scrutiny....

 2021-11-22 17:29 

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Amicus Brief in Title 42 "Public Health" Expulsion Case...

I wrote an amicus brief on behalf of the Cato Institute, addressing the important nondelegation and "major questions" issues raised by the federal government's awful policy....

 2021-11-22 16:30 

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What's New in the Revised Edition of "Free to Move," Part II: Implications of Remote Work for Foot Voting...

Widespread remote work opens up new opportunities for foot voting, but may in some cases make foot voting less important....

 2021-11-22 16:08 

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Tax Buried in the "Build Back Better" Bill Is Likely to Increase Smoking Rates...

Whatever else the BBB bill will do, this provision is bad for public health and could increase smoking's death toll....

 2021-11-22 15:49 

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Supreme Court's First Opinion in an Argued Case Resolves Water Dispute Between Mississippi and Tennessee...

The Chief Justice has assumed the late Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg's role as the fastest opinion writer....

 2021-11-22 15:13 

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SCOTUS Does Not Decide S.B. 8 Cases...

The longer this delay lasts, the less likely that Texas will lose....

 2021-11-22 15:00 

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Prisoners Sue Virginia Department of Corrections Over Canine Attacks...

If police dogs assault innocent people at their handlers' direction, it's usually treated as the victim's fault....

 2021-11-22 15:00 

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The Case for Compensating Victims of Trump's Brutal Child Separation Policy...

Both legal and moral considerations support it....

 2021-11-22 13:30 

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Kyle Rittenhouse Case Unlikely To Bring Tighter Gun Laws...

Restrictions have little chance of moving beyond political theater, or of winning compliance if passed....

 2021-11-22 12:00 

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Today in Supreme Court History: November 22, 1963...

11/22/1963: President Lyndon B. Johnson takes the oath of office. He would appoint two Justices to the Supreme Court: Abe Fortas and Thurgood Marshall....

 2021-11-22 11:00 

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Lost in Transition...

30 years after the Soviet collapse, what happened to the Russian dream of a free economy?...

 2021-11-22 11:00 

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The Sick Man of Central Asia...

Tajikistan remains economically underdeveloped despite plentiful natural resources....

 2021-11-22 09:00 

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Brickbat: How Shocking...

An Oklahoma jury has found former Wilson police officers Brandon Dingman and Joshua Taylor guilty of second-degree murder and assault and battery with a dangerous weapon. Jared Lakey died after the two shocked him a total of 53 times with their Tasers. Th...

 2021-11-22 04:44 

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Buddha, Christ, and Hercules Walk Into a Bar, in 1938 Wyoming ......

An interesting passage on self-defense, which I think represents the majority though not unanimous view....

 2021-11-22 03:43 

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EPA/Army Corps Propose to Formalize Waters of the United States Definition...

Perhaps surprisingly, the Biden Administration is not pushing an expansive interpretation of federal regulatory jurisdiction under the Clean Water Act....

 2021-11-22 01:29 

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Bluebook Adopts Rule Requiring Slavery Parentheticals...

"For cases involving an enslaved person as a party, use the parenthetical '(enslaved party).'"...

 2021-11-21 19:47 

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Cybertoonz 4...

AI bias meets press bias...

 2021-11-21 18:20 

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The Rarity of November Decisions in Argued Cases...

In recent years, the Supreme Court has rarely issued opinions in argued cases, and they were almost always written by RBG....

 2021-11-21 12:00 

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Today in Supreme Court History: November 21, 1926...

11/21/1926: Justice Joseph McKenna died....

 2021-11-20 20:12 

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Who Bears the Burden of Proof in Self-Defense Cases?...

The prosecution....

 2021-11-20 19:34 

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Is It Libelous to Falsely Call Someone a Racist, White Supremacist, Socialist, or Communist?...

No, because courts conclude that those terms are just opinions and name-calling....

 2021-11-20 19:07 

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Is It Defamatory to Call Kyle Rittenhouse -- or Anyone Acquitted of Murder -- a "Murderer"?...

Generally no....

 2021-11-20 17:34 

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Could Kyle Rittenhouse Be Sued for Negligence?...

[1.] Yes. A criminal acquittal doesn't preclude a civil lawsuit out of the same claims. First, the acquittal resolves only that guilt couldn't be proved beyond a reasonable doubt (requiring, say, a > 90% confidence level); the standard for civil l...

 2021-11-20 16:32 

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University Official Fired for Discriminating Against Police Chief Who Voted for Trump...

The official was the Vice President for Student Affairs and Diversity at the University of North Dakota....

 2021-11-20 13:54 

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Court Can Order Vaccination of Children When Divorced Parents Disagree...

From Burch v. Lipscomb, decided yesterday by the Kentucky Court of Appeals (Judge Glenn Acree, joined by Judges Susanne Cetrulo and Jeff Taylor): Danielle Burch ... objected to vaccinating her children based on her religious convictions, while joint custo...

 2021-11-20 13:00 

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Will Massachusetts Make Life Sweeter for Home-Cook Entrepreneurs?...

It's oppressively hard, if not impossible, to sell homemade food in the Bay State. One lawmaker proposes massive regulatory reform....

 2021-11-20 12:00 

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Today in Supreme Court History: November 20, 1910...

11/20/1910: Justice William Henry Moody retired....

 2021-11-20 11:00 

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The Pope Who Helped Bring Down Communism...

"I have no doubt," Polish President Lech Wasa once said, that without John Paul II "the birth of Solidarity would not have been possible."...

 2021-11-20 06:41 

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Shall We Focus on Saule Omarova's Actual Plans?...

I can't speak about whether Biden nominee Saule Omarova would be a good banking regulator, or about just what she believes is the right banking policy. But I'm pretty sure the following are all irrelevant to the nomination: [1.] That, at age 28, i...

 2021-11-20 03:28 

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UC Irvine Vice Chancellor Sends an Official Message About the Rittenhouse Trial...

Are universities supposed to have institutional views on the facts about self-defense in a case half a continent way?...

 2021-11-20 02:56 

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Prof. Eric Segall (Georgia State) and I on Segall's Supreme Myths Podcast...

We talk about blogging, social media and free speech, the Religion Clauses, and federalism and individual rights....

 2021-11-19 22:07 

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New York Creating Race-Based School 'Affinity Groups' To Combat Racism...

A Manhattan public middle school is asking students to segregate themselves next week as part of a "two day celebration" against segregation....

 2021-11-19 21:10 

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The New York Times Is Protected by Freedom of the Press. So Is James O'Keefe....

The newspaper wrongly implies that press freedom is limited to "real" journalists....

 2021-11-19 20:52 

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The ACLU Thinks Kyle Rittenhouse's Civil Liberties Got Too Much Protection...

The American Civil Liberties Union should not cavalierly take the side of prosecutors against the concept of self-defense....

 2021-11-19 20:30 

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Short Circuit: A Roundup of Recent Federal Court Decisions...

Saving the right whales, unpermitted structures, and habeas ankle....

 2021-11-19 20:25 

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Austrian Politicians Say Vaccines Are the Key to Ending the Pandemic. They're Also Ordering the Vaccinated Back Into Lockdown....

The latest restrictions come less than a week after the country ordered its unvaccinated population into lockdown....

 2021-11-19 20:11 

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John McWhorter: 'Woke Racism' Has Betrayed Black America...

Forget Robin DiAngelo, Ibram X. Kendi, and The 1619 Project. Start with ending the drug war, says the Columbia University linguist....

 2021-11-19 19:40 

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House-Passed 'Build Back Better' Plan Aims To Curb Methane Emissions by Hiking Heating Prices...

The Congressional Budget Office projects that the tax will raise nearly $8 billion over the next 10 years. That money will come out of consumers' wallets....

 2021-11-19 19:15 

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Spy Shows for Adults and Kids Alike Sneak onto Streaming Services...

Glria and Harriet the Spy target different demographics for surveillance fun....

 2021-11-19 18:30 

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FDA Finally Recommends COVID-19 Booster Shots for All Adults...

After months of inconsistent messaging and a chaotic track record, will anybody trust it?...

 2021-11-19 18:15 

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Kyle Rittenhouse Has Been Acquitted on All Charges...

The trial became an upside-down microcosm for the polarized debates about the U.S. criminal justice system....

 2021-11-19 18:05 

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No, the United States Has Not Always Paid Its Debts...

There are five instances of the Treasury defaulting on the debt....

 2021-11-19 17:55 

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Can a Vice-President Be Confirmed by a Majority Vote of Both Houses Put Together?...

Steve Lubet (Faculty Lounge) suggests the answer may be yes, so that (say) an unbroken 50-50 tie in the Senate might be combined with a 221-213 vote in the House might yield a confirmation, since the result will be a 271-263 total. Indeed, under this appr...

 2021-11-19 17:45 

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Thousands of Federal Prisoners Aren't Getting Mandated Time Credits Because Prison Officials Won't Negotiate...

COVID-19 has led to foot dragging in implementing some FIRST STEP Act reforms....

 2021-11-19 17:41 

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What's New in the Revised Edition of Free to Move", Part I: Pandemic Migration Restrictions...

For obvious reasons, this important issue wasn't in the first edition of the book. But it's covered in some detail in the new one....

 2021-11-19 16:44 

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Should We Lower the Voting Age to Six?...

British political scientist David Runciman says the answer is "yes." And he makes a stronger case than you might think....

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