House Oversight Committee Expected to Vote AG Holder in Contempt Today

By: Wednesday June 20, 2012 6:59 am

When Operation Fast and Furious really broke last year, I was a bit surprised that Republicans didn’t make more of it. Here we have an operation – and at this point we have to ignore that it began under the Bush Administration, as the GOP has done – that directed gun dealers to sell weapons [...]

Cuomo Calls for Decriminalization of Public Possession of Small Amounts of Marijuana

By: Tuesday June 5, 2012 2:17 pm

New York Governor Andrew Cuomo has called for the decriminalization of public possession of 25 grams or less of marijuana. In a state with fairly harsh Rockefeller-era drug laws, this would be a modest change. Saying the aim was to avoid unnecessary misdemeanor charges against thousands of New Yorkers — “disproportionately black and Hispanic youth,” [...]

Incumbent Democrat Silvestre Reyes Defeated in Primary With Focus on Drug War

By: Wednesday May 30, 2012 7:00 am

In an upset last night, Beto O’Rourke, a former city councilman in El Paso, defeated incumbent Democrat Silvestre Reyes in the Democratic primary in Texas’ 16th district. O’Rourke just crossed the 50% threshold needed to avoid a runoff. This is a safe Democratic seat for November. The race in the border district was important, because [...]

Federal Judge Calls for End to Sentencing Insanity from Federal Prosecutors

By: Tuesday May 29, 2012 1:40 pm

I’ve been reading a tremendous book about the drug war and mass incarceration called The New Jim Crow by Michelle Alexander, which I can’t recommend enough. It shines the light on our out-of-whack criminal justice policies and how they disproportionately impact African-Americans, as well as how the stigma of a criminal record ends up attaching [...]

Exoneration Registry Shows Incidents of Wrongful Convictions

By: Monday May 21, 2012 2:15 pm

A remarkable new registry of exonerations of convicted criminals shows that since 1989, over 2,000 Americans were convicted of crimes they did not commit, and were eventually set free. The National Registry of Exonerations, a joint project of the University of Michigan and Northwestern University, tracks these incidents and uses the data to study how [...]

On Ron Paul and Progressivism

By: Tuesday December 27, 2011 9:45 am

I wrote previously about Ron Paul’s newsletters, and I still think there’s reason to condemn not only the writings but the worldview they espouse, one which Paul embraces even as he disavows some of the finer points of the newsletters. But I think there’s more to say about this incident and what it means about [...]

Ron Paul’s Newsletter Problem Re-Emerges

By: Thursday December 22, 2011 8:15 am

I think it’s fair to say that Ron Paul doesn’t like to take questions about the newsletters that bore his name in the 1990s. He walked out of an interview with Gloria Borger when she peppered him with questions about it. Paul’s argument is that this came up in the 2008 campaign, and therefore it [...]

The Militarization of Local Police Forces

By: Tuesday December 6, 2011 10:08 am

While I do believe that the repression of public Occupy protests has historical underpinnings, that doesn’t mean that what has happened in the streets should cause no concern. In fact, technology has advanced beyond the billy clubs and paddy wagons of the past, to include LRAD sound cannons, pepper spray, bean-bag projectiles, stun guns, and [...]

Iran/Mexican Drug Cartel Terror Plot Disrupted

By: Tuesday October 11, 2011 12:18 pm

As Marcy Wheeler says, this plot has it all – Mexican drug cartels, Iran, assassinations, attacks on the Saudi AND Israeli embassies. You name it, it’s in there. FBI and DEA agents have disrupted a plot to commit a “significant terrorist act in the United States” tied to Iran, federal officials told ABC News today. [...]

Corey Maye Will Be Released

By: Friday July 1, 2011 2:40 pm

Just after Christmas in 2001, Corey Maye was sleeping in his home when armed men attempted to break into his home. To protect his family from what he took to be burglars, Maye fired three bullets from a gun at his bedside, and inadvertently shot a cop. The police were breaking into the wrong house [...]

Global Panel: War on Drugs Is a Failure

By: Thursday June 2, 2011 9:52 am

The Global Commission on Drug Policy, a panel of luminaries from around the world, including former Republican Secretary of State George Schultz and former Fed Chairman Paul Volcker, has concluded that the war on drugs has failed, and that countries should change their regulatory policies to reflect this reality. “The global war on drugs has [...]

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