Author Archive | Elizabeth Nolan Brown

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Emergency Hearing to Address Fate of Pregnant Prisoners in California

An emergency hearing in federal court today will address allegations that some California jailers have been negligent in caring for pregnant prisoners and generally abusive toward female inmates at the Santa Rita Jail. Six women, all currently or formerly incarcerated at the jail, filed a lawsuit in January against the Alameda County Sheriff’s Office. In […]

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Billy Graham Dies, Newsweek Implodes, Sexual Harassment Scandal Hits USDA: A.M. Links

The “Russian troll farm” indictment is wild. The iconic and controversial evangelical preacher Billy Graham has died, at age 99. New excuse to avoid cleaning: it causes cancer? Newsweek is claiming that Al Franken’s downfall was orchestrated by Roger Stone and Russian bots. Meanwhile, Newsweek reporters are publishing damning exposes of their own publication. We’ve […]

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Banning Porn Is a Bad Idea. Half a Century of Science Shows It.

Is porn fueling a “public health crisis?” That’s the breathless and baseless worry spreading from Utah’s legislature to other statehouses (most recently, Florida and Kansas) and the pages of papers like The New York Times. These latest legislative freakouts are part of a rich history of government ignoring science and common sense in an emotional […]

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‘Family Values’ Republican Accused of Paying for Sex Also Voted to Raise Penalties for Paying for Sex

Utah state Rep. Jon Stanard (R–District 62) proficiently spouted the standard family-values Republican fare. The married father of three may have also been paying for sex. Stanard resigned “unexpectedly” on Tuesday, citing “personal and family concerns,” said Utah House Speaker Greg Hughes in a statement. Stanard told the AP he wanted to spend more time […]

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Government Shuts Down and Reopens Overnight, ICE Wants to Join Intelligence Community, Feds Seize $5 Million in Bitcoin: A.M. Links

The federal government “shut down” and then voted itself back into business while you were sleeping. “With hunger widespread amid a fifth year of painful economic implosion under President Nicolas Maduro, Venezuela has seen a frightening surge in attacks on increasingly lawless roads,” reports Reuters. “ICE doesn’t belong in the intelligence community,” argues former Reason […]

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Rep. Meehan Says Sexual Harassment Accuser Was ‘Soulmate,’ New York Sues Eight Drug Companies, Two Dead in Kentucky High-School Shooting: P.M. Links

U.S. Rep. Pat Meehan’s (R-Pennsylvania) defense to sexual harassment allegations from a former subordinate: They were “soulmates.” Unfortunately, she didn’t see it that way. Two 15-year-olds were killed and 17 other people were injured after another student, also 15, opened fire at a Benton, Kentucky, high school Tuesday afternoon. New York is suing eight pharmaceutical […]

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The Feds Are Just ‘Safeguarding’ Money Seized Through Asset Forfeiture and Civil Fines

A single U.S. Attorney’s Office collected nearly $136 million from civil and criminal cases last year, and it also helped seize more than $154 million in asset forfeiture actions. It’s framing its looting as a way to give back to U.S. taxpayers. In a Tuesday press release, the Northern District of Georgia office—one of 93 […]

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America Shrugs at Trump Paying Porn Star to Keep Quiet About Old Affair

Barry Brown / Splash News/NewscomAmericans have hardly seemed to care that the president probably had an affair with porn star Stormy Daniels and then paid her to keep quiet about it. Let’s hope that keeps. “You’re not crazy,” tweeted The Takeaway host Todd Zwillich on Wednesday evening. “The married president of the United States had […]

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