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CFPB Funding Is Ruled Unconstitutional

Senator Elizabeth Warren Photo: Al Drago/Bloomberg News The originalist legal revolution continues to pay dividends, and the latest evidence is a bombshell appellate ruling on Wednesday that the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau’s (CFPB) funding scheme is unconstitutional. Congress’s attempt to end-run political accountability for financial regulators has suffered a direct hit. In 2010, before she […]

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L.A. City Council’s Scandal of the Ascendant

The first thing to say about the Los Angeles City Council scandal is that the secretly recorded conversation sounds like something from the HBO political satire “Veep,” beloved for its tasteless, crude and joyfully insensitive behind-the-scenes political badinage. The Los Angeles Times describes the mysteriously recorded conversation aptly: “Rollicking, profane and offensive. Few ethnic groups […]

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ENTERTAINMENT

Music and the Mob – WSJ

The most terrifying moment I know in Western music is the gathering of the mob in the third act of Benjamin Britten’s 1945 opera, “ Peter Grimes, ” set to open at the Metropolitan Opera on Oct. 16. More than any other, that scene shows how easily human anger and fear can triumph over truth. […]

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Leaked L.A. City Council Audio Exposes the Racial Underbelly of Local Politics

The ground shakes periodically in Southern California, but Los Angeles has rarely experienced a political earthquake as sudden and severe as the one that rocked City Hall this week. The release of a secret recording of top Latino officials making racially disparaging remarks has claimed the careers of at least two of the city’s most […]

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WORLD

California Tries to Regulate 50 States

Journal Editorial Report: The Justices hear cases on gerrymandering and the EPA’s powers. Image: Olivier Douliery/AFP/Getty Images As political polarization grows, states are increasingly seeking to regulate beyond their borders. On Tuesday the Supreme Court will consider where to draw the line in a challenge (National Pork Producers Council v. Ross) to California farm-animal regulations […]

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In D.C., the Bus Fare Is Merely a Polite Suggestion

Photo: Christopher Levy/Zuma Press Today’s sorry lesson about crime and impunity in America’s cities comes courtesy of Washington, D.C., where the farebox on the bus is more like an offering plate. More than a third of the bus trips now being taken involve fare evasion, but last week the Washington Metropolitan Area Transit Authority said […]

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ENTERTAINMENT

Two Cheers for Lizzo and James Madison’s Crystal Flute

Lizzo plays President James Madison’s crystal flute at the Library of Congress. Photo: Shawn Miller/Library of Congress. It finally happened, the skirmish in the culture war we all hoped to avoid: a popular music star shook her posterior while playing James Madison’s crystal flute. Last week, Lizzo—the Grammy-winning, multiplatinum, plus-sized, cursing, twerking pop star and […]

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