More on McCutcheon: Justice Breyer’s Dangerous Ideas on Free Speech

Two blog posts on the Supreme Court's McCutcheon decision deserve mention and praise for the way in which they highlight disquieting themes in Justice Breyer's dissenting opinion. The first is this one by legendary First Amendment lawyer Floyd Abrams, who has spent a laudable lifetime working to leave the state of First Amendment jurisprudence better than …

Kudos to Eugene Volokh and the Volokh Conspiracy

He and they are the subjects of a properly admiring profile, one that describes very accurately the scope of the Conspiracy's influence: Last week, when the Supreme Court heard arguments over whether religiously owned corporations like Hobby Lobby should be exempt from providing contraception coverage to their employees, the government’s reply brief cited dozens of cases and …

The Wisdom of Crowds (Intelligence Analysis Division)

This should impress everyone, and surprise no one: The morning I met Elaine Rich, she was sitting at the kitchen table of her small town home in suburban Maryland trying to estimate refugee flows in Syria. It wasn't the only question she was considering; there were others: Will North Korea launch a new multistage missile before …

Another Disappointing Employment Report

I don't quite understand how this story can seem to be so sanguine about the employment situation; 192,000 jobs created is simply not enough to keep up with population growth, let alone being enough to turn around an employment market that has been weak since the onset of the recession in 2007. We should be creating …

In Praise of McCutcheon

The Supreme Court has come down with its ruling in McCutcheon v. FEC, eliminating all limits on campaign contributions on the theory that such limits constitute an unjustifiable infringement on First Amendment-protected speech. Predictably, there is a great deal of Sturm und Drang about the Court's decision, but as a First Amendment-absolutist, I am quite …

Seattle’s City Council Fails Its Constituents

I don't know what possessed Seattle's city council to side with the taxicab cartel instead of siding with the residents of the city, but I do know that the move is utterly unjustified, goes against the interests of the residents of the city, and makes a mockery of free market competition. I can only hope …

Why All the Celebration? (A Follow Up)

Piggybacking on this post, I want to highlight the following from Avik Roy: Today is March 31, 2014: in theory, the last day you can sign up for coverage under the subsidized Obamacare insurance exchanges. If you’ve been a regular reader of this space, you know that the numbers routinely paraded by the Obama administration …

Why All the Celebration?

Tim Sandefur has dissected the hoopla concerning the Obamacare enrollment numbers, and I encourage you to read his post in full. I just want to highlight a couple of things from his post. Sandefur points us to this link, which has Ed Rogers highlighting some rather crucial context for the signup numbers: Substantively, the administration …