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Civil Asset Forfeiture Reform | Charles Koch Institute. A worrisome practice known as civil asset forfeiture allows police officers to seize a person’s property even if she didn’t commit a crime. What is civil asset forfeiture? Civil asset forfeiture is a practice that allows law enforcement to seize property and take possession of it based merely on the belief that the property may have been involved in a crime. Under civil asset forfeiture, law enforcement is authorized to take the property without beginning criminal proceedings against a defendant. Why is this considered legal? Instead of charging an individual with a crime (an in personam action), the government charges the property itself with a crime (an in rem action). Charging property instead of an individual with a crime has serious legal consequences. When the government brings charges against a person, it is obligated to respect the rights of criminal defendants, such as the right to trial by jury and the right to confront witnesses.

Why do we need civil asset forfeiture reform? Untitled. Imprimis.hillsdale. Joseph E. diGenovaFormer U.S. Attorney Joseph E. diGenova is a founding partner of diGenova & Toensing, LLP. He received his B.A. from the University of Cincinnati and his J.D. from Georgetown University. He has served as United States Attorney for the District of Columbia, Independent Counsel of the United States, Special Counsel to the U.S.

The following is adapted from a speech delivered on January 25, 2018, at Hillsdale College’s Allan P. Over the past year, facts have emerged that suggest there was a plot by high-ranking FBI and Department of Justice (DOJ) officials in the Obama administration, acting under color of law, to exonerate Hillary Clinton of federal crimes and then, if she lost the election, to frame Donald Trump and his campaign for colluding with Russia to steal the presidency. In the course of this plot, FBI Director James Comey, U.S. I spent my early legal career as a federal prosecutor. The Case of the Clinton Emails The Case of Trump-Russia Collusion.

Democrats’ Dumbest Complaint: Senate & Electoral College Unfair? | National Review. EDITOR’S NOTE: The following is Jonah Goldberg’s weekly “news”letter, the G-File. Subscribe here to get the G-File delivered to your inbox on Fridays. Dear Reader (unless you’re too busy to read this because you’re in the middle of corgi-mopping), I know exactly what you’re thinking.

You’re saying to yourself, “Self, I like this ‘news’letter thing just fine. Well, by saint Boogar, and all the saints at the backside of the door of purgatory, I’m gonna fix that. I’m in a cussing mood this morning because well, I just am bejabbers (I don’t have to tell you everything, no matter how much it may seem otherwise). In my last book — last as in most recent, not final (alas) — I wrote: According to legend, when George Will signed up to become a syndicated columnist in the 1970s, he asked his friend William F. That’s all true — which is why I wrote it, dad-sizzle! This seems like an implausible scene for a book or movie: Person A: “I found a giant gorilla!” The Dumbest Complaint Crickets. Science vs. Parents: Stop Scaring Your Kids About the Election - Acculturated. The morning after the election, I vowed not to go on Facebook . . . and then promptly logged on.

As I predicted, my feed was filled with emotional posts from my liberal friends, who were somewhere along the five stages of grief. I saw denial (Vermont hasn’t reported yet! There’s still a chance!) , anger (I’ve never been so ashamed of my country!) , bargaining (God, if you give this to Hillary, I’ll never . . .), depression (I need medication, now!) This reminded me of posts I saw after the 2012 election, when Obama won his second term. I understood then, and I understand today that people simply need to vent and find solidarity with others feeling similarly confused or outraged. What isn’t appropriate is the many posts I saw from parents both then and today that were so unhinged and distraught that they were unable to conceal their stress and grief from their kids. Of course, there were more thoughtful posts. This is a concept naturally fit for kids.

Kathy Shelton Rape Case: 5 Fast Facts You Need To Know. Kathy Shelton of Springdale, Arkansas, is now 54 years old. But in 1975, at the age of 12, Shelton was allegedly raped by a 41-year-old factory worker named Thomas Alfred Taylor. The lawyer who provided Taylor’s defense was a 27-year-old law professor who ran a legal aid clinic for underprivileged defendants. Her name was Hillary Rodham, soon to be known as Hillary Clinton — and in the end, Taylor’s charges were reduced from first-degree rape to “unlawful fondling of a child under 14,” mainly due to a lack of credible evidence in the case. Taylor served 10 months of a one-year sentence, and died in 1992. The Shelton rape case has long been used by Clinton adversaries to attack her, saying that her defense of Taylor makes her a hypocrite when she claims to be an advocate for women and sexual assault victims.

What really happened in the controversial Shelton case? 1. Shelton never came forward publicly until 2016, when she gave an interview to Britain’s Daily Mail newspaper. 2. 3. 4. 5. An Actual Conservative's Guide To The Alt-Right: 8 Things You Need To Know. Dailywire. Edward Snowden Report by House Intelligence Committee Confirms He Shouldn't Be Pardoned | National Review. At a time of extreme partisanship in our country and in the midst of what may be the most contentious presidential election in U.S. history, a congressional committee did something extraordinary: It issued a bipartisan and unanimous report on an extremely divisive issue.

This issue is whether former National Security Agency technician Edward Snowden, who stole 1.5 million classified documents and leaked thousands to the news media, is a true whistleblower or a traitor. The report by the House Permanent Select Committee on Intelligence (where I worked for five years) found what many of us have long argued: Snowden is not a whistleblower; he is a disgruntled former intelligence employee who did enormous damage to U.S. national security.

Click here to read the unclassified summary of this report. The five findings in the committee report’s unclassified summary are stunning. Snowden Caused Tremendous Damage to National Security. Snowden Was Not a Whistleblower. The NSA and Other U.S. Neo-neocon » Blog Archive » Mr. Trump regrets. There’s been a lot of praise for a prepared speech Donald Trump gave last night in North Carolina that emphasized his role as a voice for the common man/woman against a corrupt elite. That’s a good approach, I think, in terms of tactics, because that’s how his supporters see him—whether he used to be in league with that corrupt elite or not. Trump is many things, but one of them is most definitely a voice, and I mean that in a non-sarcastic way, although I may sound sarcastic. One thing I’ve always understand is Trump’s appeal, because long long ago I noticed the anger in the populace, and particularly on the right, on which Trump has built that appeal. And his especially harsh, abrasive, nasty, but incisive hard-hitting voice has been very satisfying for a lot of people to finally hear.

Sometimes in the heat of debate and speaking on a multitude of issues you don’t choose the right words or you say the wrong thing. I have done that…And believe it or not I regret it. May have? Lessons on Free Trade From the Great Depression. » Gary Johnson Says Hillary is No Criminal. Yesterday’s announcement by FBI Director James Comey, outlining the many indiscretions involved in Hillary Clinton’s use of a private email server, seemed to be building toward a clear indictment. That turned out not to be the case, as Comey finished his press conference with the declaration that charges would not be recommended. The outcry across the internet was instantaneous; with memes and hashtags declaring she was #abovethelaw. Many conservative and libertarian pundits added their voices to this outcry. But not Gary Johnson. As the former governor told CNN just a few days ago, he believes Hillary is innocent: “I’m not a stone-thrower when it comes to Hillary Clinton and her emails and her server,” he said.

The former two-term governor of New Mexico doesn’t seem to have a negative thing to say about Hillary lately. Johnson has long been considered by many to be more of a leftist that leans libertarian. About The Author. Neo-neocon » Blog Archive » Who is Paul Ryan and why do all these people hate him? I never intended for this blog to become Paul Ryan headquarters. Nor do I intend that to happen now. In fact, most of what I’ve written about him here has been in the context of his 2012 run as Vice President on the Romney ticket.

Back then (at least at the beginning) he was somewhat of a conservative favorite, and supposedly evidence that Romney had veered somewhat to the right with his VP pick. Those days—ah, those days are gone. Yeah, I know. But I continue to attempt it, because I try not to judge people on the spin given them by left or right. Now, this present post isn’t going to be a biography of Ryan. Neo asks: “…did you ever wonder how much of your Ryan-hate was based on media spin and how much on reality?” At the outset I will remind everyone that Ryan has been in office for not-quite eight months, and Congress is a notoriously slow engine. But let’s get back to snopercod’s comment. Then there is the agenda for impeaching Koskinen, which is going forward.

Trump's Ideas about Immigration are as Dumb as Hillary's Ideas about Gun Control. One of the things that is endlessly annoying about gun control advocates is the way they are always proposing solutions that, by their own admission, would not have prevented the latest tragedy they are politicizing. For instance, here is Terry McAuliffe, days after the Roanoke shooting, calling for an end to (fictional) "loopholes" in background checks, then admitting seconds later that the Roanoke shooter did not purchase his gun through such a loophole and in fact successfully passed a background check: This is a common song and dance routine that is designed to obfuscate the fact that liberals just don't want people to own guns, period, and so they want to make it as difficult and onerous as possible to own guns, without regard for whether the policy they are proposing has any reasonable relation to the tragedies they are allegedly trying to prevent.

Know who else suffers from this problem? Donald Trump: And, in a tweet with even less class and decorum: Yes, Donald Trump has been linked to the mob. Donald Trump "seems terrified to release his taxes" because they may reveal his true net worth, his donations to liberal causes, or something even seedier, Sen. Ted Cruz suggested on Meet the Press. "There have been multiple media reports about Donald's business dealings with the mob, with the mafia," Cruz said Feb. 28. "Maybe his taxes show those business dealings are a lot more extensive than has been reported. " Pressed by host Chuck Todd to back up his claim, Cruz cited reports by ABC and CNN. Is Cruz right that the Donald has worked with a few Dons in his career? It’s important to note that Trump hasn’t been charged with any illegal activity, and it’s reasonable to argue that he was unaware or even a victim in some cases. Mob control a ‘fact of life’ Before we detail Trump’s alleged ties, none of this proves that Trump was happy doing business with the mafia or even in cahoots with them at all.

"That was the fact of life, that was the way it was," he told PolitiFact. Our ruling. Neo-neocon » Blog Archive » Trump’s solution to the debt. For those of you who say that there’s no way Donald Trump could be a worse president than Hillary Clinton, I put before you this story: Asked whether the United States needed to pay its debts in full, or whether he could negotiate a partial repayment, Mr.

Trump told the cable network CNBC, “I would borrow, knowing that if the economy crashed, you could make a deal.”He added, “And if the economy was good, it was good. So, therefore, you can’t lose.”Such remarks by a major presidential candidate have no modern precedent. The United States government is able to borrow money at very low interest rates because Treasury securities are regarded as a safe investment, and any cracks in investor confidence have a long history of costing American taxpayers a lot of money.Experts also described Mr.

Trump’s vaguely sketched proposal as fanciful, saying there was no reason to think America’s creditors would accept anything less than 100 cents on the dollar, regardless of Mr. Sowell: An Unmitigated Disaster. Gary Johnson -- Libertarian Party Presidential Candidate’s Moment Is Now | National Review. Good news, disgruntled Americans: As you ponder whether to vote for one of the two most-disliked, dishonest, and morally corrupt politicians ever to run for president — Donald Trump and Hillary Clinton — you just might have a third option. His name is Gary Johnson. He’s a popular two-term former governor of New Mexico. He’s the likely Libertarian party nominee. And he’s set to be on the ballot in the vast majority of states. Moreover, the short case for him is pretty compelling. Johnson is a self-made man, starting a handyman business in college that grew into a 1,000-employee construction firm.

He ran for governor as a fiscal conservative in a blue state, won handily, and can now boast that he cut taxes, vetoed hundreds of bills, presided over significant job growth, balanced the state budget, and created a substantial reserve fund. Being generous, one could even call him a sort of peaceful Teddy Roosevelt: an adventurer politician. So, on balance, Gary Johnson for president, right? I didn’t leave the Republican party; the Republican party left me *UPDATED* Having thought about it a lot, I’m about to commit what many will believe is heresy: I believe conservatives should suck it up and vote for Trump so as to avoid a hard Left presidency. Trying to save the Republican party at this juncture is an intellectual and practical dead-end, akin to doing CPR on a pulse-free heart attack victim even as the sarin gas is leaking under the door, through the keyhole, and over the transom. As a predicate to my argument, let me say two things.

First, the more I know of Trump as a person, the less I like him. He is rude, crude, coarse, mean, and vicious. I think that he speaks to everything that is low in the human condition. Respecting them, though, doesn’t mean that I think these men, and other like-minded people, are making the right call. Perhaps my different take comes about because, unlike French, Will, Sasse, or other prominent members of the #NeverTrump crowd, I am not a lifetime Republican. Think about it. Which gets us to where we are today. Finally, science shows that politicians are lying liars who lie. WASHINGTON — This is the season of lies. We watch with fascination as candidates for the world’s most powerful job trade falsehoods and allegations of dishonesty.

Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump routinely calls rival Ted Cruz “Lyin’ Ted.” Cruz retorts: “Falsely accusing someone of lying is itself a lie and something Donald does daily.” News organizations such as The Associated Press and PolitiFact dedicate enormous resources to separating candidates’ truthful wheat from their dishonest chaff. But if we’ve come to expect and even joke about office-seekers who seem truth averse (“How do you know a politician is lying?

His lips are moving”), many of us have given little thought to our own fibs and to how they compare with politicians’ deceits. For more than two decades, researchers of different stripes have examined humanity’s less-than-truthful underbelly. Now magnify that. Especially this year. Deception starts early. He has done extensive research on children and lying. Ted Cruz and The Moral Equivalence Litmus Test | The Collision Blog. The Soft Bigotry of Trump’s Explainers. Paul Ryan Should Seize the GOP's Agenda Away from Cruz & Trump. Inconvenient Genocide. Bernie Sanders Responds to Anti-Semitic Rant by Disavowing Zionism. FACT CHECK: Bernie Sanders is Not Qualified To Be Anything. Swedish Economist Schools Sanders On The Ravages Of Socialism. Bernie Sanders: Socialism = Cops. Socialism: Evil and Stupid. Donald Trump Is No Ronald Reagan. Donald and Ivana Trump's Divorce: The Full Story. Ted Cruz: 25 Things You Don’t Know About Me. Psychologists and massage therapists are reporting ‘Trump anxiety’ among clients.

When Bernie Sanders Thought Castro and the Sandinistas Could Teach America a Lesson. When Bernie Sanders Thought Castro and the Sandinistas Could Teach America a Lesson. Donald Trump Is Turning Me Liberal. Ted Cruz and his Washington Critics. Last Week Tonight with John Oliver. No, Seriously, Trump Is a Fascist. How The Republican Party Has Failed To Dig Up Dirt On Donald Trump. Trump University didn’t make these Americans great: lawsuit. Here's Why Bernie Sanders is Wrong About Everything. Obama’s rudeness hits new heights with Scalia, Schumer. Neo-neocon » Blog Archive » Here’s that analysis of the Christie-Rubio bout, blow by blow—but it’s applicable to arguments in general.

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Bernie Sanders and the Socialist Unicorn. Debate Prep: Hugh Hewitt Trips Up Trump In Terror Pop Quiz. Carly Fiorina On The Amendment To The CNN Debate Rules « The Hugh Hewitt Show. O’Malley attacks DNC chair over “rigging” the primary. The Clintons Continue To Clinton - Derek Hunter - Page full. Sorting the Candidates - Thomas Sowell - Page full. S.E. Cupp: Biden's entry would be bad news for Dems - NY Daily News. Donald Trump & Bernie Sanders -- America's Populist Backlash. Donald Trump's Less-than-Stellar Conservative Bona Fides. Fiorina Has Hillary Defenders Worried. Carly's speech at The Reagan Library.

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