She re-tweeted it and that was a no-no.
Wonder what will happen to me?
I haven't listened to it all yet, and I am hoping it gets funnier.
I don't think TokenLibertarianGirl should feel threatened yet,
|Criminal Justice and Policing Reform:|
David Post. “Constitutional Right to Obtain Exculpatory Evidence From Prosecutors Extends to Plea-Bargaining Phase.” The Washington Post.
In this article Post provides an update on a recent decision made by the West Virginia Supreme Court, which ruled that “prosecutors violate a criminal defendant’s due process rights if they withhold potentially exculpatory evidence from the defendant while negotiating a plea bargain.” Prosecutors must turn over this evidence during a trial, but the requirement during plea bargaining has been less clear. Some states already have this requirement, though for different legal reasons. Post considers this decision significant because “more than 90 percent of criminal convictions are the result of plea bargains.” At the Charles Koch Institute’s recent Advancing Justice Summit in New Orleans, the need to reform procedures surrounding plea bargaining was discussed in the context of overcriminalization and prosecutorial discretion, and panelists noted the need for reform to the procedures surrounding plea bargaining. Post notes that this issue is ripe for consideration by the Supreme Court.
|Cronyism and Corporate Welfare:|
Andrew Langer. “When Cronyism Strikes, It’s the Most Vulnerable Who Lose.” Townhall Finance.
Langer reports that the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau (CFPB), which is supposed to protect consumers from fraud, has in effect been acting to reduce choices for “those who have the riskiest credit and the least amount of access to banking products.” He explains that recent regulations targeting payday lending have also dealt a blow to check cashing and auto loan businesses. Now the agency is focusing on prepaid credit and debit cards, which are used by millions of Americans who don't have access to traditional credit cards. The author cites a U.S. House report on the CFPB which concluded that “the agency operates with a ‘personal animus’ against the entities it regulates” and a Politico article which reported problematic relationships between the CFPB and the non-profit “The Center for Responsible Lending” (CRL) and its “SelfHelp Credit Union.” CRL has seemingly utilized its relationship with CFPB to help craft rules which provide it an advantage over competitors. Langer notes those without strong credit need the most credit choice and that government shouldn’t paternalistically decide which choices they can make. He concludes that “It’s even worse when government is cozy with those who want to limit those choices for their own benefit.”
|U.S. Foreign and Defense Policy:|
Kamel Daoud. "Saudi Arabia, an ISIS That Has Made It." The New York Times.
Daoud exposes the influence of Saudi funded cultural, religious, and media outreach in spreading a radical version of Islam that contributes to terrorism. According to Daoud, the terrorist group ISIS, also known as Daesh, is an outgrowth of a culture that has had a long-standing and pernicious influence in the Islamic world. As the key proponent of "Wahhabism, the ultra-puritanical form of Islam that Daesh feeds on," Saudi clerics help drive a narrative throughout the Muslim world that paints the West as the enemy of Muslims. "Such talk spreads in the social spaces below, while up above, political leaders send their condolences to France and denounce a crime against humanity." The Kingdom’s leadership finds itself in a political bind, with the ruling family’s longstanding ties to Wahhabist clerics providing legitimacy domestically while simultaneously spreading an ideology that could threaten the Saudi government itself. The author notes the irony that the West has taken a firm stance against the terrorist group ISIS, which he calls "black Daesh," while embracing Saudi Arabia, or "white Daesh," as an ally. Without recognizing the cultural, media, and legal apparatus that allowed ISIS to grow and continue to spread, the United States is unlikely to make any real progress in stopping global terrorism.
|Technology and Innovation:|
Steve Morgan. “Apple’s CEO on Encryption: “You Can’t Have a Back Door that’s only For the Good Guys.” Forbes.
In this article, Morgan outlines recent debates over encryption of devices like computers and smart phones. Speaking out against the U.S. government’s moves against encryption, the president of the Information Technology Industry Council (ITI) argued that placing government-accessible “backdoors” on encrypted devices weakens protections for consumers. These comments echo similar remarks made by Apple CEO Tim Cook who said that weakening protections to give government access also makes devices vulnerable to hackers and cyber criminals. Beyond security concerns, Morgan argues that U.S. citizens have the right to share privately with one another and that allowing the government, and subsequently criminals, to listen in on these conversations creates a chilling effect on free speech. Encryption is an important aspect of protecting the privacy of individuals. By inhibiting the ability of companies to offer comprehensive protections, the government risks not only reduced innovation in the tech industry but also limits on free speech and privacy.
Robby Soave. “Millennials More Likely to Support Censorship of Offensive Speech Than Older Americans.” Reason.
In a disappointing study from the Pew Research Center, 40 percent of Millennials favor allowing censorship of speech that might offend minorities. The number of Millennials that support restrictions on speech is significantly higher than previous generations with only 27 percent of Gen-Xers, 24 percent of Boomers, and only 12 percent of the Silent Generation supporting the government’s ability to prevent such speech. These numbers strongly align with a recent study at Yale University showing that the majority of college students favor censorship of offensive speakers. Soave argues that everyone “who values free andopen discourse must do a better job to persuade young people” of the importance of free speech in civil society.
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