An Oklahoma City cop was arrested for forcing eight different women to have sex with him. The officer, 27-year-old Daniel Holtzclaw, allegedly told his victims that he would arrest them if they did not engage in various sexual acts with him. The Detroit Free Press—which covered the case because Holtzclaw is a former Eastern Michigan University football player—reports: Officer Daniel Holtzclaw, 27, was charged with two counts of first-degree rape, four counts of sexual battery, four counts of forcible oral sodomy, four counts of indecent exposure, one count of first-degree burglary and one count of stalking. Holtzclaw — a former Eastern Michigan University football player — is accused of raping at least two women while on duty and forcing four
If there’s a day of the year to notice the paradox of organized labor, writes Ira Stoll, Labor Day is it. The paradox is this: even as private sector unionism has declined, public sector unionism is in some ways more influential than ever. Indeed, public sector unions are so important that it’s impossible to tell the story of the big city and state governments without accounting for their influence. View this article.
If there’s a day of the year to notice the paradox of organized labor, Labor Day is it. The paradox is this: even as private sector unionism has declined, public sector unionism is in some ways more influential than ever. The numbers tell the story. Among private sector employees — the ones who work for for-profit companies or non-profit organizations that are not part of the government — the percentage who belong to labor unions plummeted to a mere 7.5 percent last year, from 23.3 percent in 1977, according to UnionStats.com. By the federal Bureau of Labor Statistics’ more restrictive accounting, a mere 6.7 percent of private sector workers were in unions in 2013. Among government workers, it’s a whole
Seventy-five years ago today, Nazi Germany invaded Poland, kicking off World War II in Europe. Two weeks later, the Soviet Union would join and invade Poland too. In 1941, Adolf Hitler would turn on the Soviet Union, driving that country to the Allied powers. Today, Russia, the successor state to the Soviet Union, still uses its role in the latter part of World War II to frame its wider foreign policy. Putin once said World War II gave Russia a “great moral right” to a “security strengthening” foreign policy because of the Soviet Union’s role in defeating Nazi Germany. In the United States, meanwhile, politicians don’t tend to invoke World War II in the same way. Nevertheless, America’s role in
The New York Times reports that, “At Risk in Senate, Democrats Seek to Rally Blacks.” Specifically, the Times says Democrats are trying to mobilize African-Americans outraged by the shooting in Ferguson, Mo., to help them retain control of at least one chamber of Congress for President Obama’s final two years in office…. “Ferguson has made it crystal clear to the African-American community and others that we’ve got to go to the polls,” said Representative John Lewis, Democrat of Georgia and a civil-rights leader. “You participate and vote, and you can have some control over what happens to your child and your country.” Lewis might want to start with his colleagues in the Congressional Black Caucus, many of whom were blase about police
As we celebrate Labor Day, the annual holiday dedicated to the American labor movement, it’s worth considering how the sharing economy is changing the workforce and rebranding capitalism. Earlier this year, Reason TV’s Jim Epstein released a four-part series exploring various facets of this trend. The series, along with the companion article “All Hail the ‘Sharing Economy!’ A Mushy Phrase Gives Liberals Cover to Join the Fight Against Big Government,” were originally released on May 13, 2014. You can watch the full series above or click the the link below for text, links, and more. View this article.
Former Virginia Gov. Bob McDonnell is under fire for doing special favors on behalf of Jonnie Williams and his nutritional-supplement company Star Scientific. McDonnell’s defense essentially boils down to this: “So what? He did the same for lots of other companies, too.” But as A. Barton Hinkle observes, that defense is not only an indictment of the former governor, it’s an indictment of Virginia politics generally. View this article.
The terrible events in Iraq have revived calls for intervention even among those who opposed the 2003 war, and even among some with anti-interventionist sentiments generally. Here I simply wish to lay down, as briefly as a post allows, the status questions in the academic literature on humanitarian intervention and tentatively suggest how it may apply to the events in Iraq. I will not address issues of policy, statecraft, strategy, domestic law and politics, and the like (although these may turn out to be the most important.) The international law of intervention Because of the centrality of state sovereignty, military intervention is in principle banned by the UN Charter (art. 2 (4)). Yet the predominant view is that humanitarian
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