Public Safety

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    Doesn’t Fit the Narrative

    The National Academy of Sciences has just published a study–“Officer characteristics and racial disparities in fatal officer-involved shootings.” In their introductory remarks, authors state, “We find no evidence of anti-Black or anti-Hispanic disparities across shootings, and White officers are not more likely to shoot minority civilians than non-White officers.”…
    Jon Guze, July 23, 2019
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    Wall fight in the Supreme Court

    Kevin Daley of the Daily Caller writes about the U.S. Supreme Court’s involvement in the political battle over a southern border wall. Environmental groups and House Democrats urged the Supreme Court not to disturb a lower court order blocking the reallocation of military funds for border wall projects.
    Mitch Kokai, July 23, 2019
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    Antifa as domestic terrorist group

    Jen Kerns offers Daily Caller readers a case for designating the Antifa group as a terrorist organization. The Federal Bureau of Investigation defines domestic terrorism as violence perpetrated by groups with “extremist ideologies of a political, religious, social, racial, or environmental nature.” Antifa meets that definition. The group…
    Mitch Kokai, July 3, 2019
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    Unbelievable!

    The FBI is using puppies–PUPPIES!–to foster public support for its civil asset forfeiture program: At the John Locke Foundation, we take a more hard-headed view of the program, see here and here. H/T: Legal Insurrection.
    Jon Guze, June 27, 2019
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    Dems versus nukes

    Bill Gertz of the Washington Free Beacon reports on congressional Democrats’ opposition to nuclear weapons designed to deter Russia and China. Anti-nuclear Democrats on the House Armed Services Committee are attempting to kill the Trump administration’s use of small nuclear warheads on missiles in proposed legislative restrictions this…
    Mitch Kokai, June 5, 2019
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    Democrats’ silence on security

    David Drucker of the Washington Examiner questions Democratic presidential candidates’ interest in national security issues. Democratic insiders have concluded that Trump is unusually vulnerable on national security for a Republican, an assessment based on proprietary polling and focus groups. But they warn that the leading Democratic candidates, most…
    Mitch Kokai, May 31, 2019
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    New Carolina Journal Online features

    Kari Travis reports for Carolina Journal Online on the Senate budget’s response to the dispute between the UNC System and Vidant Health. The Daily Journal points out that a partisan fight over the Cooper administration’s hurricane recovery efforts could hurt efforts to highlight problems created by federal bureaucracy.
    Mitch Kokai, May 30, 2019
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    2019-21 Senate Budget Overview

    The Senate budget incorporates the surprisingly large revenues from the current fiscal year that ends June 30 and higher forecast revenue for FY2019-20, but appropriates no more for operating expenses than the House did (Figure 1). Senate budget writers devote $397 million the first year and $713 million the second…
    Joseph Coletti, May 29, 2019