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Asset Forfeiture Reform Redux

(7) Comments | Posted December 16, 2014 | 9:25 AM

To much fanfare in 2000, seminal legislation was passed by a Republican-controlled Congress and signed by a Democratic president that actually limited the power of the federal government. By increasing the burden on the government when seizing and retaining assets belonging to individuals, the Civil Asset Forfeiture Reform Act (CAFRA)...

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Strauss-Kahn Case Becomes a Circus

(147) Comments | Posted July 28, 2011 | 5:07 PM

Prosecutors -- whether federal or state -- operate under strict rules of disclosure about what they ethically are permitted to discuss publicly about a pending case. And all lawyers, including those in private practice, are bound to constraints in what they can discuss about a case. The American Bar Association's...

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Pulling DSK Case Back From Wonderland

(48) Comments | Posted July 12, 2011 | 3:55 PM

The case against former International Monetary Fund Director Dominique Strauss-Kahn appears to be rapidly unraveling; as perhaps it should given what we have learned in the two months since the case first broke. Still, the collapse of an initially-promising, high profile prosecution should be no more a catalyst leading to...

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Extending Ethanol Tax Credit Makes Sense

(192) Comments | Posted September 23, 2010 | 4:25 PM

The ethanol tax credit, known commonly by its congressionally-bestowed acronym, "VEETC" (the "Volumetric Ethanol Excise Tax Credit" for those who delight in impressing cocktail-party acquaintances with their knowledge of trivia), is the tax credit many conservatives and liberals alike love to hate. Both sides, however, would be well-advised to push...

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It's Time to Turn Up the Heat on NAT GAS

(55) Comments | Posted February 28, 2010 | 7:50 PM

Right now in Washington, our elected officials are ignoring an important solution to many of this country's most pressing problems, and it's one that has been staring Congress straight in the eye for almost a year. I'm talking about the NAT GAS Act.

Pull up the House and the Senate...

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The Liberal Case for Bob Barr and the Libertarian Party

(115) Comments | Posted October 29, 2008 | 7:16 PM

Barack Obama is going to win the presidency. While the end of the current era of Republican mismanagement may be good news in many respects, this is no cause for complacency for anyone concerned about American liberty and America's place in the world. Senator Obama, despite his eloquent call for...

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We Told You So: Government Spying Has Been Targeting Innocent Citizens, not Terrorists

(3) Comments | Posted October 10, 2008 | 7:59 AM

The Bush administration told us that the government had to engage in warrantless surveillance to stop terrorists from attacking America. Administration officials attacked and belittled critics of its expansive, warrantless surveillance for "crying wolf" and thereby endangering Americans. Congress went along with the administration's violation of both the Constitution and...

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Alternative Voice Needed in Final Debate

(2) Comments | Posted October 9, 2008 | 11:02 AM

The presidential and vice-presidential "debates" are awful. The bloviating is excessive; the substance is minimal; and the moderating is bush league.

Virtually no one has been satisfied with the debates so far -- except perhaps Barack Obama's campaign staff. The less substantive and contentious the debate is, and the less...

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Economic Chaos Increases After Congress Passes Bailout

(33) Comments | Posted October 6, 2008 | 10:19 AM

Will Sens. Obama and McCain Claim a Piece of this Rotten Fish They Helped Produce?

Congress passed the $700 billion Wall Street bailout on Friday, supported by both Senators John McCain and Barack Obama. The U.S. stock market promptly dropped. Over the weekend the financial crisis threatened European banks, and...

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Congress Must Address Overall Broader Budget Crisis

(11) Comments | Posted October 1, 2008 | 4:59 PM

Congress is currently debating the Bush administration's proposal for a $700 billion to $1 trillion bailout of Wall Street. It is a bad bill and would waste an enormous amount of money, but it represents just the tip of the proverbial iceberg of fiscal irresponsibility in Washington. Indeed, the national...

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The Debate That Wasn't

(105) Comments | Posted September 27, 2008 | 1:28 AM

There's not a dime's worth of difference between Senator McCain and Senator Obama. The viewers of this first presidential "debate" missed the opportunity for a true debate because the viewpoints I represent were not raised.

This was clearly a debate between big government and...

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The 'Bailout From Hell' Must be Rejected

(35) Comments | Posted September 25, 2008 | 9:50 AM

In the name of restoring economic confidence, the Bush administration is demanding unlimited authority to implement a massive financial bailout. The Secretary of the Treasury would become an economic dictator, empowered to re-engineer the economy as he sees fit. These powers fit Kim Jong-il's North Korea, not the American republic.

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McCain-Obama-Backed Bailout of Fannie and Freddie is Bad Policy

(17) Comments | Posted September 17, 2008 | 9:40 AM

While both the Republican presidential nominee, Sen. John McCain, and his Democratic counterpart, Sen. Barack Obama, proclaim themselves "agents of change" as a primary reason for the American people to elect them to the nation's highest office on November 4th, the fact is, neither of these candidates -- or their...

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Competition is Central to Genuine Democracy

(3) Comments | Posted September 15, 2008 | 12:44 PM

The hardest battles in Washington tend not to be fought over great issues, such as war and peace. The most bitter struggles are over exercising power, and especially getting reelected. That's why it took so long for Congress to pass campaign finance "reform," and why this "reform" protected incumbent politicians...

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Federal Drug War Rethought

(111) Comments | Posted September 10, 2008 | 4:12 PM

As both a U.S. Attorney and Member of Congress, I defended drug prohibition. But it has become increasingly clear to me, after much study, that our current strategy has not worked and will not work. The other candidates for president prefer not to address this issue, but ignoring the failure...

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Congress Abandons the Fight for Liberty and Privacy

(16) Comments | Posted June 25, 2008 | 4:11 PM

Finding the right balance between liberty and security has never been easy. But America's leaders must always remember that they are defending a free society. The people's liberties are not to be traded away for a mess of pottage.

Unfortunately, 9/11 provided the executive branch with an opportunity to cloak...

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I Was Wrong About The War On Drugs -- It's A Failure

(322) Comments | Posted June 10, 2008 | 10:59 AM

I'll admit it, just five years ago I was "Public Enemy Number 1" in the eyes of the Libertarian Party. In my 2002 congressional race for Georgia's Seventh District, the Libertarian Party ran scathing attack ads against my stand on Medical Marijuana.

Today, I am their presidential nominee and...

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SOTU's High-Minded Rhetoric Falls Short of Reality

(19) Comments | Posted January 31, 2006 | 9:20 PM

Tonight's State of the Union address served up some high-minded rhetoric that falls far short of the reality that has been created by the President's actions. Neither the President's call to renew the Patriot Act in its current form nor his aggressive defense of warrantless, illegal eavesdropping by the National...

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Expanding the Patriot Act: Foolish... And Certainly Not Conservative

(3) Comments | Posted June 28, 2005 | 7:37 PM

Am I the only one who remembers the Fourth Amendment? It's the one right between not being forced to house soldiers in peacetime and the one that protects your property rights.

To refresh our memories here it is:

The right of the people to be secure in their persons, houses,...

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