Documents: ICE Thugs Discussed Punishing Immigrant Advocates for Peaceful Protests

Source: The Intercept

“U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement monitored immigrant advocacy organizations engaged in First Amendment-protected activity around a highly contentious immigration detention center in Georgia, according to documents obtained by the advocacy groups and shared with The Intercept. The public records show that ICE kept track of the groups’ nonviolent protests and social media posts, at one point suggesting that the agency might retaliate by barring visitations by one organization. Internal ICE records and emails, as well as a deposition by an ICE officer in a court case, show the agency referring to an advocacy group as a ‘known adversary’ and closely surveilling the immigration and civil rights activists’ activities, both online and in person.” (06/17/21)

The Infrastructure Success Story in Chattanooga

Source: The American Prospect
by Andy Berke & Jonathan Gruber

“There exists a place where a government entity, bolstered by public funds, laid more than 600 miles of fiber-optic cable, connecting to every home and business in its service area. For more than a decade, this network has provided internet, voice, and video services to customers. It’s one of the fastest internet service providers in the world, with speeds up to 10 gigabits per second. It has enhanced local economic development, while offering no-cost service to families who need it most. At this point, you no doubt believe we are talking about some utopia far from our shores, in Korea or Scandinavia. But no, this place exists right here in the United States, in the heart of ‘red’ America: Chattanooga, Tennessee. And the service Chattanooga developed is incredibly popular. Consumer Reports has rated it the best in the country.” (06/17/21)

US jobless claims show surprise increase to highest level in a month

Source: CNBC

“Initial jobless claims unexpectedly rose last week despite an ongoing recovery in the U.S. employment market, the Labor Department reported Thursday. First-time filings for unemployment insurance for the week ended June 12 totaled 412,000, compared with the previous week’s 375,000. That was the highest number since May 15. Economists surveyed by Dow Jones had been expecting 360,000 new claims for last week. All of the increase essentially came from two states — Pennsylvania saw a gain of 21,590, while California rose 15,712, according to unadjusted data.” (06/17/21)

Friedman’s smashing success

Source: EconLog
by unknown

“In the late 1940s, Milton Friedman was considered an important economist who had made significant technical contributions. At the beginning of the 1950s, however, he moved away from Keynesian economics and as a result was increasingly viewed as a bit of a nut. Two decades later, however, Friedman had become far and away the most important macroeconomist in the world. Much of the ongoing macro debate revolved around economists addressing Friedman’s ideas, pro or con. How did this happen? Edward Nelson’s outstanding two volume study of Friedman provides the most complete answer that I have seen.” (06/17/21)

No More Traffic Cops

Source: Reason
by CJ Ciaramella

“In April, a Minnesota police officer fatally shot Daunte Wright, a 20-year-old black man, during a traffic stop, supposedly after mistaking her gun for a Taser. That same week, a Virginia police officer was fired after the release of body camera footage that showed him pepper-spraying and handcuffing a black Army lieutenant who had the temerity to ask why he was being pulled over. Incidents like those, along with the high-profile deaths of motorists such as Philando Castile and Sandra Bland, underline the dangers of asking armed police officers to enforce traffic laws. Many reformers argue that the task should instead be assigned to unarmed civilians. … A traffic ticket should be a mundane, mildly irritating experience for all parties involved, not a life-or-death moment. Returning traffic enforcement and criminal law enforcement to their proper spheres could put both police and drivers at ease.” (for publication 07/21)

What Does the Biden-Putin Summit Mean for Russian Relations Going Forward?

Source: Libertarian Institute
by Dave DeCamp

“President Biden and Russian President Vladimir Putin wrapped up talks in Geneva on Wednesday. Both leaders had positive things to say about the meeting, but the tensions between the U.S. and Russia were on display during press conferences that followed. World leaders typically hold joint press conferences after summits, but Biden and Putin spoke to the media on their own. Putin spoke with reporters first and described the meeting as ‘constructive.’ … During his press conference, Biden portrayed the meeting as a necessary step for the ‘self-interest’ of the U.S. … While Biden portrays Russia as the party that needs to take steps for better relations, the reality is, the US has been the aggressor. The question is if the U.S. will back off Russia and take steps towards arms control.” (06/17/21)

OR: Cops resign from en masse “crowd control” unit because one of them was charged with a crime

Source: Everett Herald

“Officers who serve on a specialized crowd control unit in Portland, Oregon, who have responded to the city’s ongoing, often violent protests have resigned en masse after criminal charges were filed against a team member. The Oregonian/OregonLive reports the officers on the Rapid Response Team voted to resign from the team during a meeting Wednesday night. The move by officers and sergeants to disband their own team came a day after a team member, Officer Cody Budworth, was indicted, accused of fourth-degree assault stemming from a baton strike against a protester last summer. A year ago, about 70 members were on the team.” (06/17/21)