Author Archive | Scott Shackford

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GOP Health Care Bill in Limbo, Man Identified in London Attack, KeystoneXL Pipeline May Get Approval Soon: P.M. Links

Bill Clark/CQ Roll Call/NewscomPresident Donald Trump has failed to get Republicans in the Congressional Freedom Caucus to guarantee support for his preferred replacement for the Affordable Care Act. The vote has been delayed. Israeli police have arrested a suspect they believe is responsible for calling in countless bomb threats to Jewish community centers. The man […]

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FBI Investigating Trump Associates, Gorsuch Hearings Extremely Partisan, David Rockefeller Dies: P.M. Links

Pete Marovich/EPA/NewscomIn a House Intelligence Committee hearing today, FBI Director James Comey confirmed the FBI is investigating the extent of ties between President Donald Trump’s associates and the Russian government and whether anything criminal happened. He also (along with others at the hearing) said he found no evidence that President Barack Obama had wiretapped Trump […]

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At SXSW, Mark Cuban Calls Himself a Libertarian ‘at Heart,’ Wants to Be Convinced to Run for President

KEVIN DIETSCH/UPI/Newscom”At heart I’m a libertarian,” famous entrepreneur Mark Cuban said at a South by Southwest panel focused on disruption and government regulation. But moments later, he said that while he believed many government regulations are bad, he had “evolved” on some healthcare issues and believed that America had taken on a liability and should […]

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Think the Sharing Economy Needs More Regulation? SXSW Panel of Women with Prison Records Shows the Down Side.

Scott ShackfordPivoting off the success of Orange Is the New Black, a South by Southwest panel Saturday brought in four women who have served time in prison to discuss reforming—even eliminating—America’s massive incarceration system. The four women advertised themselves as having served 200 months of prison time between the four of them, all for non-violent, […]

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Trump Introduces Travel Ban 2.0, Transgender Bathroom Case Punted, Marines Investigate Sharing of Nude Pics: P.M. LInks

Polaris/NewscomPresident Donald Trump has introduced the new draft of his travel ban order, which now leaves out Iraq from the list of blocked countries. The indefinite ban on Syrian refugees has been reduced to 120 days. The American Civil Liberties Union, which sued to block the first order, sees this one pretty much the same […]

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Sessions Will Recuse Himself, Carson and Perry Confirmed, Rand Paul Tries to Find GOP Obamacare Replacement: P.M. Links

Tom Williams/CQ Roll Call/NewscomAttorney General Jeff Sessions in a press conference this afternoon announced he will be recusing himself from any investigations over the relationship between Russia and President Donald Trump’s election campaign. Some Democrats are demanding he resign entirely. Earlier in the day Trump said he had total confidence in Sessions and doesn’t think […]

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Libertarians Should Go See Moonlight

I had already prepared myself for the disappointment of La La Land beating out Moonlight for the Academy Award for best movie. I saw both movies and thought Moonlight was superior in all the ways that matter to me—strong characters, powerful storytelling, and emotional impact. But Hollywood loves itself above all things, and I was […]

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