Broad Popular Support for Demilitarizing the Police

By: Friday August 22, 2014 10:07 am

The silver lining of the tragedy in Ferguson is it might actually push the country to adopt some real reforms. One area which is ripe for change is demilitarizing the police. The idea has recently gotten very public support from a diverse set of politicians ranging from Sen. Rand Paul (R-KY) to President Obama. It [...]

Down With the Traditional Wool Suit in D.C.

By: Thursday August 21, 2014 11:16 am

D.C. is a sub-tropical swamp but in an act of collective insanity the entire male professional class insists on pretending it has the climate of northern Scotland. That is why I’m glad to hear the traditional business suit has suffered at least a minor setback in Washington D.C. professional culture. In an attempt to recruit [...]

Four Ways to Make Law Enforcement Less Adversarial

By: Wednesday August 20, 2014 10:33 am

Law enforcement in America has often strayed from the role they should be playing in a fair and democratic society. We have seen police turn into warrior cops instead of keepers of the peace. There is no easy solution for a complex problem so long in the making. Undoing centuries of racism and decades of [...]

McConnell Plans for 2015 to Be Even More Confrontational

By: Wednesday August 20, 2014 7:25 am

If you thought the recent Congressional term just didn’t have enough showdowns, big political confrontations and government shutdowns then you should be really excited for 2015. In an interview with Politico Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-KY) promised very aggressive confrontations with President Obama if Republicans win control of the Senate, and possibly even another [...]

FDL’s Kevin Gosztola is on his way to Ferguson

By: Tuesday August 19, 2014 12:34 pm

Missouri cops in camouflage are tear-gassing, beating up and arresting protesters and journalists, threatening more if they don’t quiet down over the murder of unarmed black teenager Michael Brown But until the officer who killed Brown is brought to justice, the unrest is unlikely to subside. FDL reporter Kevin Gosztola is en-route to Ferguson right now [...]

Would Marijuana in Michael Brown’s System Make Him Act “Crazy”?

By: Tuesday August 19, 2014 8:49 am

The toxicology report hasn’t been released yet, and Baden says he got his information on marijuana in Brown’s system from the Washington Post. In the absence of a lot more evidence it’s pretty pie-in-the-sky to speculate on how anything in Brown’s system might have influenced his behavior. But as long as we’re going there, here is what former Seattle police chief Norm Stamper wrote about dealing with people who had smoked marijuana

Sick People Make for Poor Watchdogs

By: Tuesday August 19, 2014 7:23 am

Over at USA Today they have a helpful list of reasons why your insurance company may not be paying your medical bills and the remedy is basically that sick people should aggressively monitor, research, and follow up on every single health care interaction. You need to be very knowledgeable and diligent to not be screwed. [...]

Huge Price Differences in Blood Tests Is Another Reminder Our Health Care System Sucks

By: Friday August 15, 2014 10:46 am

  In a sane health care system the same basic services would cost about the same everywhere. Prices should be roughly identical across hospitals with only a modest variation based on issues like cost of land, number of personal, and volume. This is how it works in most of the world but now how it [...]

Bureau of Prisons Should Consider Ohio Inmate Protest Before Renewing Private Prison Contract

By: Thursday August 14, 2014 2:24 pm

140 prisoners at CCA’s private immigrant prison in Ohio protested this week against violence, abuse and substandard food at the facility. But with CCA’s contract up for renewal this spring, Warden Mike Pugh may have violated protocol to keep it under wraps. If CCA’s disgraceful track record in Youngstown isn’t enough to give the Bureau [...]

Will Republicans Eventually Try to Turn Everything Into a Lousy Version of Obamacare?

By: Thursday August 14, 2014 12:59 pm

Many Democrats and liberal commentators remain upset that the Republican party has refused to embrace the Affordable Care Act, but in some ways that is a good thing. If/when Conservatives embrace the law we could end up very unhappy with the ultimate outcome. This Politico column from Avik Roy from the Manhatten Institute is a [...]