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September 19, 2013 10:25 AM Barack Obama: 'Unmerciful Drug Warrior'?

Jacob Sullum has penned a bizarre indictment of President Obama as “an unmerciful drug warrior” because Obama has pardoned or commuted the sentences of a historically small number of individuals who have been convicted of drug offenses. For example, Sullum...

By Keith Humphreys

September 10, 2013 11:50 AM Arguments for Intervening in Syria, With Rebuttals

The original rationale for the Iraq War was that the U.S. wasn’t safe so long as Saddam Hussein had weapons of mass destruction. It quickly became clear that wasn’t enough to justify an invasion. So other arguments were trotted out...

By Ezra Klein

September 09, 2013 9:26 AM White House Now Seeks Bush-Era Endorsements on Syria

For the first time in the unfolding Syria crisis (okay, maybe for the third time), I feel as if we’ve definitively slipped down the rabbit hole. Last night, Susan Rice, President Barack Obama’s national security adviser, tweeted the following: “Former...

By Jeffrey Goldberg

August 30, 2013 11:11 AM How the Department of Justice Is Going to Deal with Pot

The Justice Department has issued formal guidance to federal prosecutors on dealing with state-licensed cannabis businesses. [The link is to a .pdf. Full text below.] Instead of the formal contractual agreements I had been pushing for, DoJ decided on a...

By Mark Kleiman

August 29, 2013 10:55 AM Summers Pick Fits Obama’s Preference for Beaten Path

At this point, Larry Summers isn’t just the favorite for Federal Reserve chairman. He’s the overwhelming favorite. Unless something truly unexpected shows up in the vetting process (a paid toast at Bashar al-Assad’s birthday party, for example) or the administration...

By Ezra Klein