Author Archive | Brian Doherty


Admitting You Smoked Pot Can Get You Bounced From White House Job

The status of White House security clearances regarding such luminaries as former presidential assistant Rob Porter and even presidential son-in-law Jared Kushner (who on his merely temporary clearance requests more intelligence information than any staffer not on the National Security Council) has earned that coveted social networking age description “bonkers” from Slate. The publication notes […]

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Mitt Romney Now Wants to Make Being Welcoming on Immigration a Key Part of His Campaign

He’s not the most natural standardbearer for the cause of turning around the Trump GOP’s animus toward immigration. Brian Doherty|Feb. 16, 2018 8:15 pm Mitt Romney, former failed Republican presidential candidate and former governor of Massachusetts, is officially running for Senate from Utah. His announcement video (see bottom of post) has a lot of rah-rah […]

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More Charges Dropped in Multi-Year Prosecution of Bikers Indiscriminately Arrested in the Waco Mass Shooting Case

It has been nearly three years since a violent brouhaha between rival biker gangs and then waiting police broke out outside the Twin Peaks restaurant in Waco, Texas, an incident that left nine dead, 18 wounded, and 177 initially arrested. This week, the Waco Tribune reports, charges against 13 of the men were dismissed. ABC […]

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John Perry Barlow, The Thomas Jefferson of Cyberspace, R.I.P.

John Perry Barlow, a co-founder of the Electronic Frontier Foundation (EFF), has died. EFF compactly but effectively eulogized him here. EFF His most prominent contribution to American political culture is his barnburning 1996 manifesto, “A Declaration of the Independence of Cyberspace,” which was a central document helping establish a generic libertarian sensibility in the rising […]

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America’s Border Patrol Behave Like Monsters: Activist with Immigrant Aid Group Arrested Hours After Group Released Video Showing Border Patrol Dumping Life-Saving Water

Scott Daniel Warren, an instructor at Arizona State University and a volunteer with an immigrant-aid group No More Deaths, was arrested last week on federal charges for harboring undocumented immigrants. The arrest came mere hours after No More Deaths released videos that should have produced mass public disgrace and obloquy against the Border Patrol, showing […]

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Doctor With Permanent Residency and American Wife, Daughter Who Immigrated From Poland as a Kid Faces Deportation for 26-Year-Old Misdemeanors

Lukasz Niec was brought to the U.S. as a three-year-old, a refugee from Poland’s oppressive then-communist government. Now 43, Niec’s a permanent resident with a green card and an American wife, daughter, and stepdaughter. He works as a doctor specializing in internal medicine for Bronson HeathCare in Michigan. But the Immigration and Control Enforcement (ICE) […]

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