More on the Charlie Hebdo Murders

Let's run through a list of news updates . . . 1. Al Jazeera is not a real news organization: As journalists worldwide reacted with universal revulsion at the massacre of some of their own by Islamic jihadists in Paris, Al Jazeera English editor and executive producer Salah-Aldeen Khadr sent out a staff-wide e-mail. “Please accept this note in the spirit …

The Charlie Hebdo Murders

George Packer's response is precisely right: The murders today in Paris are not a result of France’s failure to assimilate two generations of Muslim immigrants from its former colonies. They’re not about French military action against the Islamic State in the Middle East, or the American invasion of Iraq before that. They’re not part of some …

Blog Post Title of the Day

"Money Rules Elections--Except When It Doesn't." Read the whole thing. I guess it's too much to think that people who believe Citizens United is destroying the fabric of Western Civilization will reconsider their beliefs upon reading Walter Olson's post. But hope springs eternal.

Quote of the Day

The Federal Election Campaign Act (FECA) systematically limited the ability of individuals and groups to criticize the people who run the government. It was a Draconian law, severely capping the amount of money that could be contributed to political candidates, spent by candidates and campaigns, and even by individuals and groups totally independent of any …

The New York Times Editorial Page Reluctantly Accepts Facts

We should all be aware of the fact that the New York Times editorial page hates, hates, hates Rick Perry. In the event that there is any doubt, the Times editors go out of their way to make their hatred plain and clear to even the most obtuse by stating that Perry "is one of …

Why Rick Perry’s Indictment Appears to Be Bogus on First, Second, Third, Fourth and Even Fifth Glance

Eugene Volokh explains that there is reason to believe the statute under which Rick Perry was indicted is unconstitutionally vague and overbroad. As the title of this blog post indicates, I am certainly inclined to agree based on the facts and based on Professor Volokh's analysis. From the ruling in State v. Hanson, which is quoted in …

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 …

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 …

The Best Supreme Court Brief in the History of Ever

It is found here, and the background to the case can be found here. I am glad to see that P.J. O'Rourke is finally writing amicus briefs; what took him so long to getting around to doing so? In all seriousness, as Ilya Shapiro's blog post suggests, there is an exceedingly important principle at stake …