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Legislator Admits Voting While Under Influence of Facebook

No California Republican has voted in favor of a state budget proposal in years, so it was a little startling when one did on Monday. He may have been the most startled of all, because he wasn't really paying attention,…


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Followup to the Camera-Comment Controversy

Here's an update to yesterday's item on the Idaho legislator who asked whether a swallowed camera could be used for a gynecological exam. This clip from a local news report (thanks, J) includes some video from the hearing in question,…


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Tenth Circuit Forced to Diagram Congressional Sentence

"Few statutes have proven as enigmatic as 18 U.S.C. § 924(c)," says the Tenth Circuit to kick off its opinion in United States v. Rentz. Hard to see what it's complaining about: (c) (1) (A) Except to the extent that a…


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Pet Piercing Will Soon Be Illegal in New York

At first I hesitated to post this, out of concern that it might prompt people to run out and get their pets pierced while they still can. But then I decided that anybody who would do that probably has either…


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Texas Bill Would Ban “Affluenza” Defense

If you committed a crime in Texas and are planning to ask for leniency because you were raised in a wealthy and privileged household, you might want to hurry. This is assuming you actually need to ask, which in most…


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House Unanimously Agrees Nazis Are Bad

Surprisingly, not a single representative voted against H.R. 5739, the "No Social Security for Nazis Act," which passed the House 420-0 yesterday. Fourteen representatives did not vote on the measure, but probably only because their short bus got stuck in…


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Montana’s Roadkill-Harvest Law Getting Lots of Use

The Billings Gazette reported last week that more than 800 roadkill-eating licenses—sorry, I mean "vehicle-killed wildlife salvage permits"—have been issued during the first year of availability. Most of the wildlife salvaged were whitetail deer, but 33 lucky drivers bagged themselves a…