• Ferguson, Mo.’s “culture of petty fines”

    Race is one reason for constant police hassle in towns like Ferguson. Revenue is another. In a Cato post yesterday, I note that court fees are the second biggest source of revenue for the small city, and that the Ferguson municipal court last year issued three arrest warrants and presided over 1.5 cases per household ...

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  • August 21 roundup

    “Brady Campaign loses lawsuit against Armslist (a gun classified ad site)” [Volokh] Train for your bright future in federal employment as a FOIA Denial Officer [Katherine Mangu-Ward] Chamber of Commerce alarmed at rise of class actions in Latin America [Kevin LaCroix/D & O Diary, Chamber report and Brazil sidebar] Dear CBS Los Angeles: it’s okay to show a little skepticism regarding creationi.

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  • Police and civil disorder roundup

    All-Ferguson edition, including my CNBC exchange last Friday, above: Typically good John Stossel column [Washington Examiner, syndicated, and thanks for mention] Disturbing innovations coming our way in the world of crowd/protest control include “puke cannons,” “pain rays” [Gene Healy, Washington Examiner, ditto] Cause of death: failure to comply with police orders [David M.

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  • Labor and employment roundup

    After Harris v. Quinn, states and unions begin dropping mandatory dues collection for home health carers [Michigan Capitol Confidential, Fox; my two cents at Free State Notes on Maryland's heel-dragging] Macy’s in suburban Boston is opening target for NLRB bid to install gerrymandered “micro-unions” [The Hill, earlier here, etc.

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  • Feds to put monitors inside two banks

    New York's banking regulator is pushing to install government monitors inside the U.S. offices of Deutsche Bank and Barclays ... as part of an intensifying investigation into possible manipulation in the foreign-exchange market ...

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  • Let’s demilitarize the regulatory agencies too

    Many of the raids [federal paramilitary enforcers] conduct are against harmless, often innocent, Americans who typically are accused of non-violent civil or administrative violations. Take the case of Kenneth Wright of Stockton, Calif., who was "visited" by a SWAT team from the U.S. Department of Education in June 2011. Agents battered down the door of his home at 6 a.m.

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