Rage against the social media machine: How did it get to this?

Christopher Hoofnagle quoted by The Mercury News, April 8, 2018

Other regulatory action could focus on antitrust issues and the social media giants’ content-moderation practices, said UC Berkeley law professor Chris Hoofnagle. … “You could see the left and right begin to unify around a competition agenda to deal with the censorship issues.”

Police are furious California lawmakers are trying to limit their use of deadly force

Franklin Zimring quoted by VICE News, April 5, 2018

“We have a history of an overwhelming tendency, whenever there’s any ambiguity, of giving the officer the benefit of the doubt,” said Franklin Zimring. … “But the much more specific ‘imminent threat of life or great bodily harm’ standard is a clear message of what the currency should be. You don’t kill people unless lives are at stake.”

EPA wants to make your cars dirtier and more expensive to drive

Ethan Elkind writes for ColoradoBoulevard.net, April 3, 2018

If EPA is successful in rolling back these standards, the agency will undermine the fight against climate change, increase toxic air pollution and attendant public health impacts, cost drivers money in terms of having to buy more gasoline for the same amount of driving, and diminish U.S. automaker competitiveness with international rivals who fully embrace more fuel-efficient and zero-emission vehicles.

Supreme Court shields a police officer from being sued for shooting a woman in her front yard

Erwin Chemerinsky quoted by Los Angeles Times, April 2, 2018

Erwin Chemerinsky … said Monday’s decision is part of a trend. “In case after case involving excessive police force, the Supreme Court is finding for the police and keeping juries from ever being able to decide if the police acted impermissibly. This contributes significantly to the difficulties in holding police accountable,” he said.

Did Shulkin get fired or resign? This is why it matters.

Anne Joseph O’Connell quoted by Politico, March 31, 2018

O’Connell said she believes the law does in fact apply to firings and she listed several potential hurdles to mounting a serious legal challenge. Among them: finding somebody who has been injured by a decision made by the acting secretary and convincing a court that the law intended to stop presidents from picking acting secretaries after a firing. Another potential difficulty: figuring out a way to differentiate between a firing and a forced resignation.