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    IRS’s Lois Lerner Finally Loses Her Taxpayer-Funded Paycheck

    The IRS has announced the retirement of Lois Lerner, one of the key officials at the center of the scandal over the agency’s targeting of Tea Party and other conservative groups that had applied for tax-exempt status. Lerner, the former head of the IRS’s tax-exempt organizations office, had been on … More

    Did the IRS's Lois Lerner Waive Her Fifth Amendment Rights?

    It is not clear that Lois Lerner, the embattled head of the IRS’s tax-exempt organizations office, waived her Fifth Amendment right against self-incrimination, as has been suggested by commentators including Harvard Law Professor Alan Dershowitz, when she briefly appeared before the House Oversight Committee investigating the targeting of conservative organizations. … More

    Solyndra Execs Renege, Will Take the Fifth at Oversight Hearing

    Two Solyndra executives slated to testify before a House committee Friday have announced they will invoke their Fifth Amendment rights against self-incrimination and refuse to answer any of the committee’s questions. The two had previously told the committee they would not plead the Fifth if they could push back the … More

    Fighting Terror Through Courts: Not Good for Courts, Not Good for Safety

    Since coming into office the Obama administration has insisted on approaching all terrorist attacks as a law-enforcement-only problem. For purely ideological reasons, Attorney General Eric Holder has refused to learn what the rest of the country already learned from the 1990s and 9/11: that this unconventional enemy requires the government … More

    The Public Uselessness of Crony Capitalism

    The Washington Examiner‘s Tim Carney points to news from The Hartford Courant that the development project at the center of the Fifth Amendment takings clause case Kelo v. City of New London has just been abandoned by Pfizer. Watch The CATO Institute’s recitation of the case: [youtube]http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=4N1svadJQ40[/youtube]