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Why America Can’t Build

Are we too regulated for our own good?

Police Have No Duty to Protect You

“Protect and Serve” is just a slogan, not a guarantee.

What Are Police For If They Won’t Risk Their Lives to Save Children?

Despite their military trappings and propaganda, they’re seldom heroes.

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The Graph Of The Day

It doesn’t appear the Uvalde TX police were underfunded

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More Police In Schools Is NOT The Answer

An example of security theater with proven negative social impacts

Two Years After George Floyd

Very little progress has been made towards racial justice.

When Mass Murder Becomes Commonplace

Tragedy has played out so often that it has become a statistic.

Trump Pondered Mexico Missile Attack, Shooting BLM Protesters

The 45th President was a psychopath.

An Action-Oriented Prescription

A follow on from yesterday.

A Toxic Mix of Overcharging And Punitive Bail

An extraordinary example shines light on coercive factors that incentivize plea deals

Capitol Rioter Convicted of Six Felonies

A former Virginia police officer has been found guilty, partly on the testimony of a former colleague.

A “Fairer” Map for the 2022 House?

A potentially more representative map that still underscores deep flaws in our system.

Trump Judge Acquits January 6 Non-Rioter

Two hundred-odd people have pled or been found guilty. One has been acquitted.

Biden’s State of the Union Speech

Most people liked it more than I did.

Double Jeopardy in All But Name

Two notorious cases indicate a policy shift on federal prosecutions of cases already tried in lower courts.

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San Francisco Crime Lab Regularly Searched Victim DNA for Criminal Matches

An example of how lack of regulation leads to practices that damage public faith in policing

Are Helmet Laws Racist?

Surprisingly, yes.

‘Freedom Convoy’ Not What it Claims to Be

A protest against vaccine mandates is growing with a little help from our adversaries.

The Children Must Be Protected!

But from what? Comparing two stories from Tennessee that show our society’s contradictory impulses when it comes to “protecting the children.”

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Second Guessing Biden’s First Year

Did the President exceed his mandate? Does it matter?

The Abuse of Power in a Small Town Police Force

Not Mayberry. Not even close.

Violence Inequality

The safety gap between affluent, white and poor, minority communities has grown over the last three decades.

Biden’s January 6 Anniversary Speech

A necessary but likely irrelevant gesture.

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Vigilante Politics

We’re likely to see more instances like the Capitol Riot and the Kyle Rittenhouse shootings.

Beatles ‘Get Back’ Documentary

A long peek at history in the making.

10 Years On

Kimberly Webb Joyner, my first wife and the mother of my children, has been gone a decade.

Justice for Ahmaud Arbery

A just verdict—but just a verdict.

Is Autocracy Really Winning?

A depressing magazine piece argues it is.

Rittenhouse Takes: Good, Bad, and Ugly

The reactions to a verdict that were predictable (indeed, predicted) are over the top.

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Election Results Validate Everyone’s Priors

Too woke! Not woke enough!

Democrats Have Terrible, Horrible, No Good, Very Bad Day

Running against Trump didn’t work this year.

Police, Money, and Perverse Incentives

Officers are under enormous pressure–including from the Federal government–to write tickets.

Battle for the Suburbs

There is a lot of anger out there.

Kyle Rittenhouse Judge Allows Those He Killed to be Called ‘Rioters’ Not ‘Victims’

Pretrial rulings strengthen his self-defense claims.

Let’s Go Brandon

An amusing incident highlights how far we’ve fallen.

Law & Order Being Revived

Eleven years after it was canceled, the police procedural is being brought back for a 21st season.

Proud Boys, Antifa Clash in Portland While Police Stand Idly By

The weirdest goddamn story you’re likely to read today.

Timeline Ripped Out of Arkansas Yearbook

When “the news” isn’t just “the news.”

Duterte Says Unvaccinated ‘Can Die Anytime’

The Philippine president is taking a novel approach to the problem.

Capitol Riots Day 1 Analysis

An emotional day set the tone for the investigation.

Capitol Riots Hearings Start Today with Political Theater

Emotional testimony from police will kick off the event.

Is Ben Shapiro NPR in Reverse?

Oh, FFS.

Culture Wars the Liberals’ Fault?

Some people claim there’s a woman to blame.

SCOTUS Says Cheerleader’s Snapchat F-Bomb Protected by 1st Amendment

Another narrowly-crafted but overwhelming opinion from the Supreme Court.

Sinema’s Filibuster Defense

It’s no better than Joe Manchin’s.

The State of America’s Political Parties

One party is divided on how to govern and the other is united in not governing.

FBI Supplied Encrypted Comms to Criminal Networks

A massive sting operation has been revealed.

SCOTUS Declines Qualified Immunity Challenge

Federal police officers continue to be immune from lawsuits.

Police Perception and Race

A recent poll provides interesting insights.

Republicans and the COVID-19 Hate Crimes Act

A third of the party’s Members of Congress voted against a popular bill.