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George Phillies Buys IPR

Long-time Libertarian activist George Phillies has purchased Independent Political Report. The purchase includes the current web site, the URLs,,, and, two Twitter sites, and two FaceBook groups. Changes in the appearance of IPR are already evident.

The story began with an email, from which we quote:

Hi George,
I’ve been considering putting the site on the market … Am I correct in recalling that, at one point, you were interested in acquiring IPR?Read more ...

Thomas Knapp: John Carney and Delaware’s Law Enforcement Lobby Versus ‘The Children’

On May 24, Delaware governor John Carney vetoed a bill — passed by super-majorities of both houses of the state’s legislature — which would have legalized possession of small quantities of marijuana by people over 21.

Carney’s justification: “I do not believe that promoting or expanding the use of recreational marijuana is in the best interests of the state of Delaware, especially our young people.”… Read more ...

Thomas Knapp: Think Words Aren’t Magic? Think Again

“Word choices by politicians and activists matter,” writes Matt Yglesias. “[S]wing voters tend to self-identify as moderate, and as a result, people who want to win should try to portray their ideas as moderate, common-sense reforms rather than sweeping vehicles for change.… Read more ...

Thomas Knapp: Crime Begets Crime, ICE Edition

On May 10, Georgetown Law’s Center on Privacy & Technology released a report — “American Dragnet: Data-Driven Deportation in the 21st Century” —  which you should find disturbing but shouldn’t find surprising.

The part you should find disturbing: “ICE [Immigration and Customs Enforcement]  has created a surveillance infrastructure that enables it to pull detailed dossiers on nearly anyone, seemingly at any time.… Read more ...