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Justices Thomas and Sotomayor Debate Legislative History

As some commentators have noted, one of the Supreme Court’s opinions released last week features an interesting debate on whether courts should consult congressional reports and other forms of legislative history to help determined the meaning of or legislative intent behind a particular statutory provision. …

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Broward County Sheriff Scott Israel Won’t Resign, Says His Leadership Has Been ‘Amazing’

In an interview with CNN’s Jake Tapper on Sunday, Broward County Sheriff Scott Israel described his own leadership as “amazing,” refused to resign from office, and attempted to pin the blame for law enforcement’s myriad failures before and after the Parkland mass shooting on just …

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Justice Bagenstos?

This weekend, I learned that Sam Bagenstos, the Frank G. Millard Professor of Law at the University of Michigan Law School, is running for a seat on the Michigan Supreme Court. In addition to being a law professor and prolific scholar, Bagenstos has served in …

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Life Finds a Way: New at Reason

Humanity isn’t destroying the natural world. We’re changing it. And in many ways, our changes are creating richer and more vibrant ecosystems. That’s the persuasive and liberating argument advanced by the York University conservation biologist Chris D. Thomas in his riveting new book, Inheritors of …

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Life Finds a Way

Inheritors of the Earth: How Nature Is Thriving in an Age of Extinction, by Chris D. Thomas, PublicAffairs, 320 pages, $28 Humanity isn’t destroying the natural world. We’re changing it. And in many ways, our changes are creating richer and more vibrant ecosystems. That’s the …

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Russians and more Russians — but no Baker

Looking for a Baker-free episode of The Cyberlaw Podcast? This is your week; I miss the podcast to teach grandchildren how to ski cross country. Brian Egan and Jamil Jaffer hold the fort, covering a few implications of Special Counsel Mueller’s indictment from Friday – …

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Democrats Release Memo Rebutting Claims that FBI Inappropriately Snooped on Former Trump Aide

House Democrats this afternoon publicly released its own memo about the secret surveillance of former Donald Trump campaign aide Carter Page, arguing that the FBI’s behavior in its investigation of Page’s ties to Russia was appropriate and not tainted by a controversial dossier with origins …

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Keep the Government Out of Poor People’s Food Choices: New at Reason

Food policy expert Baylen Linnekin takes a withering look at the proposal by the U.S. Department of Agriculture to replace food aid with a “harvest box” full of food shipped to poor families: A USDA official tried to spin the proposal as akin to Blue …

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USDA’s ‘Harvest Box’ Food-Shipping Proposal Is Truly Absurd

When I was around 12 years old, my grandfather, a stockbroker, had a debilitating stroke. My grandmother hadn’t worked, so my grandfather had served as the sole breadwinner for the couple. He’d also apparently been in charge of the family’s finances and, in this role, …

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Your Tattoos Are Problematic: New at Reason

Oscar is a white guy living in Austin, Texas, with a penchant for Japanese-style tattoos. A huge black and white dragon arcs over his left shoulder. The dragon’s scales subtly change shape as he moves, and the beast’s eyes are beady and glaring, nestled below …

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