background preloader

The Trump Era

Facebook Twitter

On Finland, the United States, and the freedom of information and of the press. By Floyd Abrams By Floyd Abrams The Volokh Conspiracy Opinion Opinion A column or article in the Opinions section (in print, this is known as the Editorial Pages).

On Finland, the United States, and the freedom of information and of the press

May 22 at 8:03 AM. Obamacare? ... Trumpcare? ... Get Rid Of It All - Ron Paul Liberty Report. A Bipartisan Case for School Choice. Most of the policy goals that President Donald Trump outlined in his address to Congress are subjects of heated public controversy—many for good reason.

A Bipartisan Case for School Choice

But one proposal that should not be controversial is the expansion of school choice programs for low-income families. This proposal should be supported by concerned politicians and citizens across the political spectrum. For conservatives and libertarians, school choice programs are an obvious improvement over a situation in which government-run schools have a monopoly on public educational funding, despite the fact that, on average, private and religious schools consistently outperform public schools on all measures. If private and religious schools serve the public interest in educating children better than public schools do, it is unjust not to allow parents to use public educational funds at those schools. Untitled. There are a lot of news reports today about Trump’s decision to impose stiff tariffs on American companies (homebuilders) who buy Canadian lumber, here is a sample: “Trump slaps first tariffs on Canadian lumber,” “Tariff on Canadian lumber sends a stern message,” “Trump Administration To Impose 20 Percent Tariff On Canadian Lumber,” and “Trump slaps duty on lumber from Canada.”

untitled

In each case, those news reports miss a few very critical points: a) Canadian lumber doesn’t pay the tariff, b) Canadian lumber companies won’t pay the tariff, and c) American lumber-buying companies (mostly homebuilders) will pay the tariff, which will be passed along to home buyers in the form of higher new home prices.

Cookies are Not Accepted - New York Times. Hard Truths about Health Care. Republicans have vowed to go back to the drawing board to draft a new Obamacare repeal-and-replacement bill.

Hard Truths about Health Care

Meanwhile President Trump is threatening to work with Democrats to come up with a health-care plan — or maybe to simply let Obamacare crash and burn. But whoever eventually comes up with a replacement for the Affordable Care Act should keep a few hard truths in mind. Neil Gorsuch opposes the Kelo decision – a terrible Supreme Court property rights ruling that Donald Trump loves. Judge Neil Gorsuch, President Trump’s nominee for the Supreme Court.

Neil Gorsuch opposes the Kelo decision – a terrible Supreme Court property rights ruling that Donald Trump loves

In an e-mail written while he was working in the George W. Bush administration, Donald Trump’s Supreme Court nominee Neil Gorsuch denounced Kelo v. City of New London, a terrible Supreme Court property rights decision that Trump himself has often praised. Kelo ruled that the government has the power to take private property and transfer it to another private owner in order to promote “economic development.”

Although the Fifth Amendment indicates that government may only take property for a “public use,” the Court ruled that virtually any potential public benefit qualifies as such, even if the government fails to prove that the supposed benefit will ever materialize. Why Is Trump Waging War on the Freedom Caucus? - Foundation for Economic Education - Working for a free and prosperous world. Jane Austen claimed as a hero by America's 'alt-right' movement. ‘Truth Seeking, Democracy, and Freedom of Thought and Expression — A Statement by Robert P. George and Cornel West’

The "Amazon Effect" Is Creative Destruction at Its Finest. My dad predicted Trump in 1985 – it's not Orwell, he warned, it's Brave New World. The Problem With 'Fake News' “Fake news”—the proliferation of which in the most recent American presidential election may have tipped the scales in favor of Donald Trump—has elicited alarm from institutions and individuals diverse as the Swedish Security Police, the European Commission, and German Chancellor Angela Merkel; poisons civic dialogue; and threatens the cohesion of liberal democracy itself.

The Problem With 'Fake News'

Actually, Betsy DeVos is perfectly qualified to be Education Secretary. Tom Hiddleston on Taylor Swift, Heartbreak, and Great Bolognese. Suit, $1,045, by Hugo / Shirt, $155, by Hugo / Tie, vintage / Tie bar throughout The Tie Bar / Pocket square by The Hill-Side / Watch Patek by Philippe / Briefcase by Berluti / Hair by Johnnie Sapong using Leonor Greyl / Grooming by Johnnie Sapong using Dr.

Tom Hiddleston on Taylor Swift, Heartbreak, and Great Bolognese

Hauschka. Produced by Ragi Dholakia Productions. Perhaps you learned his name only because of his recent three-month romance with Taylor Swift. But by then, Tom Hiddleston was already a beloved Marvel villain, James Bond short-lister, Night Manager leading man, and truly gifted wearer of suits (like the ones he‘s got on here, in this season’s color: brown). Confessions of a Catholic convert to capitalism. The greatest conversion story of all time began at daybreak on Dec. 9, 1531, on a hill outside Mexico City.

Confessions of a Catholic convert to capitalism

Potential nominee profile: Neil Gorsuch - SCOTUSblog. Neil Gorsuch was appointed to the United States Court of Appeals for the 10th Circuit by President George W.

Potential nominee profile: Neil Gorsuch - SCOTUSblog

Bush on May 10, 2006, and confirmed shortly thereafter. Both his pre-judicial resumé and his body of work as a judge make him a natural fit for an appointment to the Supreme Court by a Republican president. He is relatively young (turning 50 this year), and his background is filled with sterling legal and academic credentials. He was a Marshall Scholar at the University of Oxford, graduated from Harvard Law School, clerked for prominent conservative judges (Judge David Sentelle of the U.S. Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia Circuit, as well as Justices Byron White and Anthony Kennedy of the Supreme Court), and was a high- ranking official in the Bush Justice Department before his judicial appointment.

Antonin Scalia’s Textualist & Originalist. President Trump’s nominee to the Supreme Court will be Neil Gorsuch, a well-respected conservative whose legal philosophy is remarkably similar to that of Antonin Scalia, the justice he will replace if the Senate confirms him.

Antonin Scalia’s Textualist & Originalist

He is, like Scalia, a textualist and an originalist: someone who interprets legal provisions as their words were originally understood. Gorsuch is a Colorado native and the son of a Republican politician, the late Anne Gorsuch Burford, who was a state legislator and then director of the Environmental Protection Agency for President Reagan. He attended Columbia University and Harvard Law School, after which he clerked for D.C. Circuit Court judge David Sentelle. He then clerked for Supreme Court justices Byron White and Anthony Kennedy in 1993–94. After spending ten years at a law firm in Washington, D.C., Gorsuch went to work for the Justice Department in 2005–06. Why I march for life: Column. Free Trade Doesn't Depend On Multilateralism. For the first time since the end of the Second World War, multilateral institutions are losing their influence regarding open trade. The World Trade Organization (WTO) has gone into hibernation after the failure of the Doha Round, and the European Union (EU) — long regarded as a pro-trade force — is facing its own local protectionist pressures.

The EU’s difficulties in ratifying the Comprehensive Economic and Trade Agreement (CETA) with Canada, and even Brussels’ recent attempt to restrict the free movement of labor to satisfy Western Europe’s protectionist claims against Eastern Europe, show how the EU trade agenda is challenged. The Immorality of "America First" Economics.