Steve Vladeck followed up his excellent analysis of an earlier version of the Justice Against Sponsors of Terrorism Act (JASTA) with an excellent analysis of the different version of JASTA that passed the Senate earlier this week. The Bill that passed the Senate was indeed different than the one being considered a few weeks ago.
To Will Rogers’ observation that Congress is America’s only distinctly criminal class, I give you California’s two U.S. senators. This isn’t to imply that either gentlelady is a criminal. Yet in California, getting elected to the Senate has felony status: instead of one six-year term, you get 25 years to life.
CBS Sixty Minutes reporter Morley Safer died today. He was one of my favorites. He had that smile of doubt when he was hearing someone he interviewed tell him what he thought was a spin. He was also a fellow Canadian who became an American, while retaining Canadian citizenship.
Here it is. Judge Brett Kavanaugh's opinion for himself, Judge Thomas Griffith, and Senior Judge A. Raymond Randolph opens as follows: Omar Ahmed Khadr was a member of al Qaeda. On July 27, 2002, at the age of 15, 2 Khadr took part in a firefight in Afghanistan against U.S. forces. During the battle, Khadr killed a U.S. Army soldier, Sergeant First Class Christopher Speer.
To nobody’s surprise, the Lee amendment to defund the Obama administration’s radical Affirmatively Furthering Fair Housing rule (AFFH) (a rule that essentially turns the federal government into a national zoning board, forcing high-density housing on unwilling cities and towns while letting bureaucrats decide the racial, ethnic, and income balance of local communities) was tabled by a vote of 60–37 today, marking a defeat for conservatism, community control, and common sense.
Tamara and Susan are both away, so Shane and I were on our own for this week's episode. The result? Scotch at noon, of course. An EgyptAir jet crashes en route from Paris to Cairo, immediately sparking fears of terrorism.
The Pro-Market blog of the Stigler Center at the University of Chicago Booth School of Business gives a good roundup of the Minneapolis Fed’s Too Big To Fail symposium: Bernanke criticized the notion that a breakup of large financial firms will promote financial stability, or mitigate excessive risk taking.
When the economy stumbles, can the Fed still catch its fall? A growing number of economists, market analysts and investors worry that the answer is no. The Federal Reserve’s radical approach to monetary policy since the financial crisis, they believe, has confounded its ability to do anything about a potential downturn — or an unexpected shock to the economy.
Bill Whalen, of the Hoover Institution, has this commentary on the California U.S. Senate race and the top-two system. He is a Republican and was once part of Governor Pete Wilson’s administration. He says he has been a supporter of the top-two system in the past, but that this year, the system is failing the state, with regard to the U.S. Senate race.
Amid sharp dissention in the national Republican Party over the prospective presidential nominee comes a decidedly temperate Republican candidate to represent California in the U.S. Senate. Duf Sundheim double-lettered in football at Stanford while obtaining his economics degree, has chaired the state Republican party, advocates for government reform, and talks about applying technological advances to government to unleash a new era of freedom and make government more responsive to citizens.