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Sneering at “Conspiracy Theories” is a Lazy Substitute for Seeking the Truth

Sneering at “Conspiracy Theories” is a Lazy Substitute for Seeking the Truth

  by Thomas L. Knapp On the morning of August 10, a wealthy sex crimes defendant  was reportedly found dead in his cell at New York’s Metropolitan Correctional Center. “New York City’s chief medical examiner,” the New York Times reported on August 11, “is confident Jeffrey Epstein died by hanging himself in the jail cell […]

Politics versus Policy in the New “Public Charge” Rules

Politics versus Policy in the New “Public Charge” Rules

  by Thomas L. Knapp On August 12, the Trump administration announced new rules for immigrants seeking permanent residence status (through issuance of a “green card”)  in the United States. Those rules apply a longstanding prohibition on immigrants likely to become “public charges” (that is, dependent on government benefits) to  applicants who have received certain […]

Tweeting Publicly Available Information Isn’t “Shameful and Dangerous”

Tweeting Publicly Available Information Isn’t “Shameful and Dangerous”

  by Thomas L. Knapp On August 5, US Representative Joaquin Castro (D-TX) posted an infographic to Twitter naming and shaming his city’s most generous supporters of President Donald Trump’s re-election campaign: “Sad to see so many San Antonians as 2019 maximum donors to Donald Trump …. Their contributions are fueling a campaign of hate […]

Reading Is Fundamental. Congress Should Try It.

Reading Is Fundamental. Congress Should Try It.

  by Thomas L. Knapp As the US House of Representatives took up the Affordable Care Act, aka “ObamaCare,” in 2010, then Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi (D-CA) famously told her fellow members of Congress “we have to pass the bill so that you can find out what is in it.” The 900-plus page bill (which […]

Human Sacrifice: A Grand Old American Political Tradition

Human Sacrifice: A Grand Old American Political Tradition

  by Thomas L. Knapp On July 25, US Attorney General William Barr ordered the Federal Bureau of Prisons to update its execution protocol and schedule five executions starting this December. Whether you support the death penalty or not — I don’t because I prefer limited government and the power to kill disarmed prisoners in […]

Don’t Let Mass Shooters and the New York Times Destroy Freedom of Speech

Don’t Let Mass Shooters and the New York Times Destroy Freedom of Speech

  by Thomas L. Knapp “Online communities like 4chan and 8chan have become hotbeds of white nationalist activity,” wrote the editors of the New York Times on August 4 in the wake of a mass shooting in El Paso, Texas. Then: “Law enforcement currently offers few answers as to how to contain these communities.” Wait, […]

Afghanistan: In Search of Monsters to Not Destroy

Afghanistan: In Search of Monsters to Not Destroy

  by Thomas L. Knapp America, John Quincy Adams said in 1821, “goes not abroad, in search of monsters to destroy. She is the well-wisher to the freedom and independence of all. She is the champion and vindicator only of her own.” That’s as good a summary ever spoken of the non-interventionist position. US Senator […]

No Bail is Excessive Bail, Even for Jeffrey Epstein

No Bail is Excessive Bail, Even for Jeffrey Epstein

  By Thomas L. Knapp Multi-millionaire Jeffrey Epstein stands accused of sex trafficking and conspiracy to traffic minors for sex. On July 18, US District Court judge Richard Berman denied bail,  ordering that Epstein be confined until trial. The US Constitution’s Eighth Amendment is short and sweet: “Excessive bail shall not be required, nor excessive […]

National Polls Don’t Mean Much. Here’s Why

National Polls Don’t Mean Much. Here’s Why

  By Thomas L. Knapp “Here we go with the Fake Polls,” President Donald Trump tweeted on July 15.  “Just like what happened with the Election against Crooked Hillary Clinton.” He’s complaining about several polls that show him losing the national popular vote to various Democratic presidential aspirants, in some cases by double digits. He […]

Free Speech Just Isn’t That Complicated

Free Speech Just Isn’t That Complicated

  by Thomas L. Knapp It’s hard to believe we need to have this conversation in this day and age. But if we don’t keep having it, at some point we might not be allowed to have it. Question: What is free speech? Or, rather what is NOT free speech? In 2017, former Vermont governor, […]

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