Three years after inviting Iranian president Mahmoud Ahmadinejad to speak, Columbia University has invited Meles Zenawi, prime minister of Ethiopia, to speak at its “World Leaders Forum.” (A better title might be the “Demagoguery from Dictators” series.) Zenawi may wind up getting billed as a “controversial choice” but he’s yet another dictator to join Columbia’s anti-democ Read More
"There will be zero tolerance for this type of misinformation and unjustified rate increases."
That sounds like a stern headmistress dressing down some sophomores who have been misbehaving. But it's actually from a letter sent Thursday from Health and Human Services Secretary Kathleen Sebelius to Karen Ignagni, president of America's Health Insurance Plans -- the chief lobbyist for private health insurance companies. Read More
It may not be getting as much attention as the ruling on Proposition 8 but another California court (the famously liberal Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals) made some waves recently by deciding that there is a right to lie.
Pending an appeal to the U.S. Supreme Court, people in the jurisdiction of the Ninth Circuit now have the ability to make false statements under First Amendment grounds. Read More
It's probably best to deal with the snickering up front, so here goes. Read More
The DISCLOSE Act is the Democrats big legislative “fix” to pushback against the Supreme Court’s Citizens United decision that eliminated a number of campaign finance restrictions on first amendment grounds. It just passed the House this afternoon — even with 36 Democrats voting against it. Read More
Arizona’s “Clean Elections” act punished privately-funded candidates by rendering their fundraising moot — for every dollar a privately-funded candidate spent, taxpayers would be forced to kick in a dollar for the candidate who receives public funds. Read More
Over at Reason, Jacob Sullum is concerned: Read More
As heartening as was Justice Anthony Kennedy's opinion for the 5-4 majority in the Citizens United v Federal Election Commission case before the Supreme Court, there are aspects of Justice John Paul Stevens dissent that are anything but encouraging.
Stevens adopts a view that if adopted by the Court could do tremendous damage to freedom of political speech in this country, according to Mark Fitzgibbons, a Virginia attorney, writing on American Thinker. Read More
I've read more newspaper and magazine articles, court cases, and blog posts on various aspects of campaign finance reform than I care to remember, but none of them captured the essential points of what is at stake as well as this video produced by the Cato Institute: