Author Archive | Eric Boehm

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At CPAC, a Pitch to End the Drug War: ‘It’s a Parkland, Florida, Every Two Days’

At the top of the escalators in the massive foyer of the Gaylord Hotel and Convention Center, Howard Wooldrige is fighting to break the traditional link between conservatives, law enforcement, and the war on drugs. It’s an uphill battle. At the moment, he’s debating a youngish attendee of the Conservative Political Action Conference (CPAC), who […]

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Happy Valentine’s Day! Here’s Why You Shouldn’t Get Married If You Earn About as Much as Your Partner!

Ingram Publishing/NewscomIn honor of the one day every year when even the most wonkish tax policy nerds can set aside the calculators and spreadsheets for a bottle of wine and some red roses, here’s some cold, hard, unemotional data about the financial consequences of government-recognized matrimony. The upshot: If you earn about the same income […]

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Rand Paul Is Single-Handedly Trying to Stop the Senate’s Massive Spending Plan

Sen. Rand Paul (R-Ky.) took to the Senate floor on Thursday evening to slam Republican and Democratic leaders in Congress for “spending us into oblivion” in a firey speech that appears intended to postpone a budget vote until after midnight, thus triggering a government shutdown. The three-week continuing resolution passed on January 18 will expire […]

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Rand Paul’s Plan to Eliminate Government Shutdowns: Automatic 1 Percent Budget Cuts

YURI GRIPAS/REUTERS/NewscomGovernment shutdowns are all the rage in Washington right now. We just had one a few weeks ago. Now, the president is already calling for another. But while the prospect of shutting down the federal government might sound appealing, the reality of a government shutdown is expensive, wasteful, and therefore counterproductive to fiscal responsibility. […]

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Pennsylvania’s Redistricting Crisis Deepens as SCOTUS Takes Hard Pass on Getting Involved

As half the state nursed a celebratory Super Bowl hangover, Pennsylvania took another half-step towards a full-blown constitutional crisis. Today the U.S. Supreme Court has rejected a request from Republicans in the state legislature, who sought an order stopping the state Supreme Court from ordering new congressional maps before the 2018 election. Yes, it’s a […]

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CFPB Is Constitutional, Court Rules, in Victory for Unaccountable Bureaucrats Everywhere

JOSHUA ROBERTS/REUTERS/NewscomThe structure of the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau (CFPB) was ruled constitutional today. Unlike other independent agencies not under the direct supervision of Congress or the president, the CFPB was given a single director instead of a panel of three or five commissioners. In theory, that was meant to insulate the bureau from political […]

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Welcome to the 2018 Government Shutdown!

LEIGH VOGEL/UPI/NewscomThe federal government is on track to shut down for the first time since 2013 after the Senate failed to pass a 30-day continuing resolution (CR) late Friday. On the one-year anniversary of Donald Trump taking the oath of office, Washington produced a result that the president and leaders from both major political parties […]

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U.S. Marshals Will Auction $52 Million of Bitcoin Seized Through Asset Forfeiture

More than 3,800 Bitcoin will be auctioned on January 22, including those taken from vendors on cryptomarkets like SilkRoad and AlphaBay. Eric Boehm|Jan. 11, 2018 3:31 pm MARK GARLICK/SCIENCE PHOTO LIBRARY/NewscomThe U.S. Marshals will auction off more than 3,800 bitcoins seized with criminal and civil asset forfeiture in connection to a variety of investigations by […]

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As Sessions Moves Against State-Legal Weed, Vermont Lawmakers Approve Marijuana Bill

Pew Research Center, 1/5/2018Just hours after Attorney General Jeff Sessions signaled a shift in how the federal government would view state-level laws legalizing the production, sale, and possession of marijuana, Vermont took a step toward becoming the ninth state to legalize weed for recreational purposes. The Vermont House voted 83–61 last night to approve a […]

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