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Federal Government

ATF gets off easy

Moore said in her statement: “I was surprised to learn of the seemingly light nature of the disciplinary action taken against those ATF special agents involved in Operation Fearless. I am not privy to the internal personnel matters of the Bureau, but I do think it is important to ensure that those responsible for any…

Disabled man free of ATF snare

In the wake of Milwaukee Journal Sentinel reports exposing the agency’s use of people with disabilities in such operations, the attorney for one defendant went to trial and made the difficult-to-prove argument that her client was entrapped by agents. The jury agreed. Alexis Davis — who has an IQ of 59 and reads at a…

Residents’ heavy burden

[Washington, D.C.] Federal regulations cost Wisconsin $2.4 billion in just the first half of 2014 according to a study by American Action Forum (AAF), a national public policy institute. Wisconsin faced the largest per capita regulatory cost in the Midwest, costing every person in the state $415 from January to June of 2014. Minnesota ranked…

ATF as Gov’t Failure

A proposal to eliminate the U.S. Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives is drawing opposition from groups that typically sit on opposite sides of the gun debate. The idea, advanced last week by Rep. Jim Sensenbrenner (R-Wis.) and a left-leaning think tank, also is drawing support from powerful Republicans, and some Democrats are indicating…

Time to End the ATF

The U.S. Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives would be eliminated under a bill in the works from U.S. Rep. Jim Sensenbrenner (R-Wis.). Citing ATF’s recent operational failures and its overlap with other federal law enforcement, Sensenbrenner is preparing a bill to dissolve the agency and have existing agencies in the U.S. Justice Department take on its duties.…

America’s finest travel service

….Since 2008, the eight current members of the U.S. House and their aides have taken at least 125 privately funded trips at a cost of more than $400,000, according to a Milwaukee Journal Sentinel analysis of travel records. Some are relatively cheap jumps to Maryland or Virginia to speak at conferences. Others are all-expenses-paid trips…

Judge Crabb ends gay marriage ban, but stops weddings pending state’s appeal

Madison — Ending a week of uncertainty, a federal judge Friday ordered Wisconsin officials to stop enforcing the states gay marriage ban but then immediately put that order on hold while the historic case winds through months of appeals. The 14-page order from U.S. District Judge Barbara Crabb in Madison halted the same-sex weddings taking…

John Kerry talks tough

The Secretary of State did not hold back. Snowden is a traitor and a bum. He was probably a mean and nasty bully as a child. Anything else Mr. Secretary? While most people have mixed feelings about Snowden’decision to unmask the outrageous conduct of NSA and CIA,there is no hesitation in the White House–Obama should…

50 expensive years

Shouldn’t we be applying some cost/benefit analysis to Big Government itself? This year marks the 50th anniversary of LBJ’s Great Society. Lyndon Johnson rode the nation’s grief over the assassination of JFK to double down on his hero FDR’s New Deal. (Three acronyms in one sentence!) An activist government remains the template for most of…

PR

….Frankly, it’s time for the president to face the music on this issue. Dancing around it is awkward, it is insulting, and it is even dangerous. Here’s footage of that walk. Apparently any footage of people confronting him will not be seen by you and I. If I had my chance to say something face…

Unannounced

This prominent article should force the Supreme Court to make these “change pages” publicly available. To privilege a few commercial publishers is especially shameful. It’s interesting that the Court feels free to change opinions in significant ways. Perhaps those of us who comment on new cases should focus quite intensely on getting particular sentences or…

The NSA gets what it wants

….Justin Amash, who had originally co-sponsored the act, voted against it.  Why? “This morning’s bill maintains and codifies a large-scale, unconstitutional domestic spying program,” Amash wrote on his Facebook page. “It claims to end ‘bulk collection’ of Americans’ data only in a very technical sense: The bill prohibits the government from, for example, ordering a…