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It Took More Than 15 Years for a South Carolina Hospital To Get Permission To Be Built – Reason.com

Construction finally began in May on a new hospital in Fort Mill, South Carolina, more than a decade and a half after state regulators determined that the area was in need of more medical services. Without that long delay, residents of the fast-growing Charlotte suburb would have one less thing to worry about during the COVID-19 pandemic. The coronavirus has strained the capacity of hospitals across the country, but especially […]

todayOctober 9, 2021 6


Federal Court Rules Against Title 42 “Public Health” Expulsions of Migrants – Reason.com

On Thursday, federal district court judge Emmet Sullivan issued a decision ruling that the Biden administration's use of "Title 42" public health authority to expel migrants at the border (including those otherwise eligible for asylum) is illegal. While the ideological valence of the two cases is very different, the reasons why the Title 42 expulsions are illegal are very similar to those that recently led the Supreme Court to rule […]

todaySeptember 19, 2021 25


Biden’s Justice Department Goes After Police Misconduct – Reason.com

The deaths of George Floyd in Minneapolis and Breonna Taylor in Louisville, Kentucky, figured prominently in last year's nationwide protests against police abuse. In April, the Department of Justice (DOJ) announced investigations into the police departments of both cities. The announcements signaled that the Justice Department under President Joe Biden was revving up its Civil Rights Division to investigate systemic police misconduct. That effort represents a sharp turnaround from the […]

todayAugust 30, 2021 3


Lawsuit Says Conditions Inside Biden Administration’s Shelters for Migrant Teens Are ‘Inherently Unsafe’ – Reason.com

Following reports by Reason and other media outlets, and complaints from federal whistleblowers, lawyers representing minors in U.S. immigration custody say the Biden administration is housing migrant youths in "inherently unsafe and inappropriate" conditions. In a motion filed Monday asking a federal court to order the release of migrant youths from two of the Biden administration's so-called emergency intake sites (EIS), lawyers for the National Center for Youth Law argue […]

todayAugust 10, 2021 11


How to Reform the Olympics – Reason.com

Despite severe restrictions adopted as a result of the Covid pandemic, the Summer Olympics are now ongoing in Tokyo. Over the coming days, we will no doubt see many impressive athletic achievements. But as prominent British sports commentator David Goldblatt explains in a recent Guardian article, the Olympics also have a dark side, most of which long predates the current  pandemic: The empty seats in the stadiums of the Tokyo […]

todayJuly 26, 2021 5


Utah Woman Charged With Hate Crime for Stomping on ‘Back the Blue’ Sign – Reason.com

A 19-year-old Utah woman has been charged with a hate crime for allegedly stomping on a "Back the Blue" sign in front of a police officer, the Salt Lake Tribune reports. According to an affidavit obtained by the Tribune, a Garfield County Sheriff's deputy was conducting a traffic stop at a gas station in Panguitch, Utah, on Wednesday when he saw the woman "stomping on a 'Back the Blue' sign […]

todayJuly 11, 2021 15


Biden’s Nominee to Head the ATF, Who Wants Congress to Ban ‘Assault Weapons,’ Says He Can’t Define Them – Reason.com

President Joe Biden wants Congress to ban "assault weapons," and so does David Chipman, his nominee to run the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms, and Explosives (ATF). But neither Biden nor Chipman will say what that term means, and their obfuscation makes it impossible to take their proposal seriously. Chipman, who worked as an ATF special agent for 25 years and later served as a senior policy adviser to the […]

todayJune 21, 2021 10


On Memorial Day, Remember Skepticism Toward a Large, Standing Military – Reason.com

In recent years, it's become common to thank both retired and active-duty military personnel for their service – an expression met with various measures of appreciation or discomfort by recipients. The new custom is a step beyond the long-established sentiments embodied by Memorial Day, which acknowledges those who fell in combat in the ranks of a rare American institution that retains wide public confidence. While the thank-yous are well-intentioned, they […]

todayJune 1, 2021 19


Does This Elderly Veteran Have Any Recourse Against the Federal Cops Who Brutally Assaulted Him? – Reason.com

The three federal police officers who brutally assaulted Vietnam veteran José Oliva at a V.A. hospital in El Paso five years ago later claimed he tried to enter the building "without clearing security." But video of the incident shows that Oliva did nothing to justify the officers' violence, which caused shoulder injuries requiring two surgeries and left him with "persistent ear and throat issues." In a case the Supreme Court […]

todayMay 12, 2021 21