The VP Debate, the Expectations Game, and Eight Questions for the Candidates

Everyone is playing the expectations game in advance of tomorrow night’s Biden-Palin debate.  Most of it is just self-serving blather, but Jed Lewison’s piece on the Huffington Post stood out to me as an exception because Lewison included video of Palin’s prior debates.  Anyone who is expecting a complete face-plant by Gov. Palin may be disappointed.  See for yourself.

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Justice and the Press

Reasonable Minds readers already know what I think about the proposals in Congress for a “reporter’s shield” law, but the Wall Street Journal was good enough to publish an op-ed I submitted on that subject.

Journal readers, if you found this blog for the first time as a result of today’s op-ed, welcome and please look around. You can find more on the various versions of the shield bill here, here, and here.


This is going to be an all too brief post about an issue that could literally take up tomes.  In a sense, that is the purpose of this post, has anybody written the tome looking at countermajoritarianism along these particular lines? Read the rest of this entry »

Due Process Where Art Thou?

Well someone had to do it, so I guess it will be me. Yesterday, the Supreme Court, in Gonzales v. Carhart upheld Congress’ 2003 ban on “partial birth abortions.” Text of the Opinion. No doubt, there will be reams of commentary on this decision from every possible angle. I would like to focus on one small part of the decision in this posting because I think it has broader implications regarding permissable legislative action in the area of privacy generally. Read the rest of this entry »

Posner, Parsimony, and Prudence on Judicial Salaries

For reasons that will appear below, I should have thought that the case for a federal judicial salary increase was so one-sided that it hardly justified a blog posting. But when a sitting federal judge — and a judge who enjoys some renown as an economist — takes issue with the argument for a judicial pay raise, it’s worth paying attention. And a few weeks ago, Judge Richard Posner did exactly that on a blog he shares with Nobel laureate Gary Becker. Read the rest of this entry »