Brickbat: Driving Me Crazy
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by Charles Oliver
3h ago
David O'Connor is a Navy veteran who spent many years as a commercial truck driver. He's had standard and commercial driver's licenses in New York, New Hampshire, Vermont, and for the past eight years, in Tennessee. But when he went to renew his license and get a REAL ID, Tennessee Driver Service Center officials not only refused to issue a REAL ID but also canceled his existing driver's license, citing a state law prohibiting licenses for noncitizens. O'Connor has been a U.S. citizen since birth: His Navy discharge papers say so, and he's also collecting Social Security. The problem is that ..read more
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The Populist GOP and its Yale Law and Harvard Law Leaders
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by Orin S. Kerr
3h ago
The nomination of J.D. Vance as the Republican party's Vice-Presidential candidate in the upcoming election brings up an interesting contrast.  On one hand, today's GOP embraces a heavy dose of populism.  It's pretty standard for Republican politicians to rail against elites who are against the average Joe. On the other hand, if you look at the younger generation of GOP leaders, the politicians who are likely to lead the party in coming years, there sure are a lot of Harvard Law School and Yale Law School graduates. J.D. Vance is one example. He's a graduate of Yale Law School, Class ..read more
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Thursday Open Thread
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by Eugene Volokh
3h ago
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Here's How To Pay for Trump's Tax Cuts
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by Veronique de Rugy
6h ago
While the GOP may not speak as loudly about our fiscal situation as it once did, this week's Republican convention offers a good chance to do so—and to offer something positive. The situation is indeed dire. The national debt has reached staggering levels, and the next president will inherit a ticking time bomb of fiscal deadlines that could significantly worsen the burden. The potential expiration of the previous (and popular) Trump tax cuts is one such fiscal cliff. However, it also represents an opportunity: Pay to extend former President Donald Trump's cuts by cleaning out the tax code of ..read more
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J.D. Vance Turned an Inspiring Personal Story Into an Unsatisfying Political Sales Pitch
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by Eric Boehm
7h ago
In the pages of his best-selling memoir, Hillbilly Elegy, Sen. J.D. Vance (R–Ohio) uses his life story as a model for how the children of down-on-their-luck Americans from outside the country's political and cultural power centers can find success. It is, sincerely, a compelling personal story. One that Vance retold in vivid detail to cap the third night of the Republican National Convention (RNC) in Milwaukee. He got out of his childhood home of Middletown, Ohio—"a place that had been cast aside and forgotten by America's ruling class in Washington," he said—to join the Marines, attend ..read more
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At the Republican National Convention, War Is Peace
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by Matthew Petti
7h ago
Rep. Mike Waltz (R–Fla.) is a fan of forever wars if there ever was one. "Under President [Donald] Trump we had a president who defeated ISIS, broke Iran, stood with Israel, always stood with our allies, made China pay," Waltz bragged at the Republican National Convention on Wednesday night. "You didn't see any spy balloons under President Trump, did you? He deterred Russia. You know what he told [Russian leader Vladimir] Putin? You try anything, and I'll take the tops off the Kremlin." And to round it all out, Waltz called President Joe Biden's military withdrawal from Afghanistan "a stain o ..read more
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Internet Preservation and the Fourth Amendment—Case Updates, Part I
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by Orin S. Kerr
12h ago
It is a common practice among criminal investigators to "preserve" Internet accounts without cause.  When an investigator learns that a suspect has a Facebook or email account, the investigator will direct the provider to run off and save a copy of the suspect's entire account and to hold it for the government.  If, weeks or months later, the investigator can eventually develop probable cause, the investigator can come back with a warrant and order the provider to hand over the previously-preserved account files.  And if the investigator never develops probable cause, the provid ..read more
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Biden to Propose Supreme Court Reforms
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by Ilya Somin
12h ago
The Supreme Court. (Joe Ravi/Wikimedia/CC-BY-SA 3.0)   If media reports are accurate, President Biden will soon put forward a package of judicial reforms for Congress to enact. The Washington Post summarizes their likely content: President Biden is finalizing plans to endorse major changes to the Supreme Court in the coming weeks, including proposals for legislation to establish term limits for the justices and an enforceable ethics code, according to two people briefed on the plans. He is also weighing whether to call for a constitutional amendment to eliminate broad immunity for ..read more
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MAGA Voters Try To Convince a Libertarian To Vote Trump
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by Emma Camp
13h ago
Reason attended the Republican National Convention to uncover who the delegates and attendees think libertarians should vote for in the 2024 election. Former President Donald Trump spoke at the Libertarian National Convention this year to try to garner support from the crucial voting bloc, but since then, it seems that Trump has not done much in the way of winning over libertarian voters. So Reason's Emma Camp tried to see if any of his supporters could convince her. Watch now!   Music Credits: "Funky Monkeys" by Randy Sharp via Artlist; "Big City Lights" by Ikoliks via Artlist Video Ed ..read more
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Pseudonymity Allowed in Case Challenging NCAA's Rules Allowing Transgender Contestants in Women's Sports
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by Eugene Volokh
13h ago
Monday's decision in Gaines v. NCAA by Judge Mark Cohen (N.D. Ga.), allows two plaintiffs in a challenge to NCAA's transgender eligibility policies to proceed pseudonymously: Although [federal law] creates a "strong presumption in favor of parties proceeding in their own names …, the rule is not absolute. A party may proceed anonymously by establishing 'a substantial privacy right which outweighs the 'customary and constitutionally embedded presumption of openness in judicial proceedings.'" … [T]he Court finds that the allegations in this case concern matters of personal beliefs and positions ..read more
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