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In the One-sided Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Court, It's Hard to Get The Whole Story

While most courts in the United States are adversarial—each party presents its side and a jury, or occasionally a judge, makes a decision—in the Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Court (FISC), only the government presents its case to a judge. While typically two opposing sides work under public review to make sure all the facts are brought […]


Tonight on <em>The Independents</em>: Red Meat Wednesday, With Ron Paul, Nick Gillespie, Dave Barry, Andy Levy, and…John Bolton!

The Welch reign of error in the hosting chair ends on tonight’s The Independents (9 p.m. ET, 6 p.m. PT, on Fox Business Network, with repeats three hours later). But that’s not why you want to watch this program. You want to watch this program because it’s Red Meat Wednesday, and that means hulking slabs […]

The Rule of Nobody: Saving America from Dead Laws and Broken Government

“All of life works on responsibility,” says Philip K. Howard. “Everybody listening to this…has achieved what they’ve achieved in life because they took responsibility to make it happen. Government is no different than that.” In 1995, Howard wrote The Death of Common Sense: How Law is Suffocating America, kicking off a national conversation about bureaucratic overreach and […]

With Anti-Personhood Measure, Democrats Prove They Can Pass Pointless Abortion Bills, Too

For years, Republican state legislators have been proposing and pushing pointless abortion measures. I say “pointless” because the bulk of these are rooted not in medical or legal necessity but in some combination of desires to prevent women from getting abortions, to incite culture-war ire, and to force challenges in court. But why should GOP […]

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