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Brooklyn Man Killed By Police Officer, For No Actual Reason at All; An "Accident" Says NYPD — As the nation awaits the result of the grand jury investigation into the police shooting and killing of Michael Brown in Ferguson, Missouri, last night a rookie officer in Brooklyn shot and killed 28-year-old Akai Gurley (a black man), just because the officer was nervous and already had his gun drawn.
Nov 21, 2014

RT @conor64: Policeman draws gun in response to *darkness,* shoots & kills unarmed, nonthreatening innocent because he was scared http://t.…

Nov 21, 2014

Policeman draws gun in response to *darkness,* shoots & kills unarmed, nonthreatening innocent because he was scared…

The Hidden History of Queer Country Music — Pop-country star Ty Herndon, long rumored to be gay, finally came out of the closet this week. Another country singer, Billy Gilman, almost immediately followed suit. The double revelation is being hailed as big pop-culture news, and I suppose it is: There just aren't many openly gay musicians in mainstream country music.

If You Like Your Obamacare Health Plan, You Can Keep It, If HHS Doesn't Pick a New One For You — Here's a Friday Obamacare news-dump for you: In a 300-page regulatory proposal released late this afternoon, the Department of Health and Human Services announced that it is considering changing Obamacare's auto-renewal rules so that, instead of being automatically renewed into your current health plan, you'd be moved into the lowest cost plan from the same service tier.

A Different Way for Libertarians to Look at 'Rape Culture' — A few days ago, my colleague Robby Soave blogged about a talk on Brown University's campus between Guardian columnist Jessica Valenti and Canadian author Wendy McElroy. Robby was sympathetic to McElroy's view about "rape culture", which seems to be that the term should be reserved for cultures where rape is used liberally and systematically as a tool of terror, subjugation, or war.

Tonight on The Independents: Obama’s Immigration, Thad McCotter on Libertarians Rising, Ecstasy for PTSD, FCC for the Internet, Jeb’s Common Core, Webb’s Uncommon Appeal, Obamacare Closing Hospitals, Plus Citizenship Quiz! - Hit & Run : — Here is what you get on tonight's episode of The Independents (Fox Business Network, 9 p.m. ET, 6 p.m. PT, repeats three and five hours later): * Party Panelists Michael Malice (spritely co-authorist) and Carrie Sheffield (Forbes contributor) on President Barack Obama's executive immigration orders, on Jim Webb's presidential candidacy, and on Jeb Bush's fatal attraction to Common Core.

Six Lousy Responses to Obama’s Immigration Announcement — Last night President Obama announced what kind of executive action he would take on immigration policy-so-called "deferred action" for parents of children who are U.S. citizens or legal residents as well as deporting only illegal aliens who present "threats to national security, public safety, or border security."

Federal Judge Orders Police Not to Interfere with Recording in Ferguson — The police's poor handling of media and the public recording their behavior in Ferguson, Missouri, became as much part of the news as its militarized response when faced with protesters upset with Michael Brown's shooting. Journalists were detained. Folks were ordered to stop recording police.
Nov 21, 2014

RT @reason: Federal Judge Orders Police Not to Interfere with Recording in Ferguson

USA FREEDOM and Rand Paul — In June 2013, Sen. Rand Paul (R-Ky.) introduced the Fourth Amendment Restoration Act, a bill declaring that "the Fourth Amendment to the Constitution shall not be construed to allow any U.S. government agency to search the phone records of Americans without a warrant based on probable cause."
Nov 21, 2014

Ron Bailey chews on the fate of NSA reform post-USA Freedom, and @SenRandPaul's choices.… (w/ @normative & others).

GamerGate: How Consumers Are Influencing the Culture Battle — There has been more text written about the controversy known as "GamerGate" than lines of dialogue in the newly released fantasy role-playing game Dragon Age: Inquisition. In fact, whether GamerGate is actually a controversy and not just certain people acting out and harassing others through social media is itself a focus of controversy.

Obama Waterboards the Definition of Amnesty in Immigration Speech — In his immigration speech last night, President Barack Obama said "We need reasoned, thoughtful, compassionate debate that focuses on our hopes, not our fears." If only we had a president who could meet this pressing need. Consider this passage, on the emotionally loaded word "amnesty": I know some of the critics of the action call it amnesty.
Nov 21, 2014

Regardless of where you stand on the issue, can we at least agree that Obama tortured the word "amnesty" last night?…

The Hunger Games: Mockingjay - Part 1 and A Girl Walks Home Alone at Night — The new Hunger Games film might have been a pretty good war movie, if there were an actual war in it. But there's not. Suzanne Collins' Mockingjay, the concluding novel in her Hunger Games trilogy, tells the story of an uprising by the citizens of Panem against the tyrannical President Snow.

Little Boy Suspended for Pointing Finger Like a Laser Gun — Stacy Middle School in Milford, Massachusetts, took steps to neutralize a dangerous public nuisance: 10-year-old Nickolas Taylor, who had threatened some of his classmates with his weapon of choice while cutting in line. That weapon is an imaginary laser gun, which he conjured into existence by pointing his finger and uttering laser noises.
Nov 20, 2014

Little Boy Suspended for Pointing Finger Like a Laser Gun… via @reason

Nov 20, 2014

RT @FreeRangeKids: School suspends boy, 10, for bringing gun to school. Oh wait. It was his fingers.

Nov 20, 2014

RT @reason: Little Boy Suspended for Pointing His Hand Like a Laser Gun

Watch Matt Welch and Kmele Foster React to Obama’s Immigration Speech on Tonight’s Stossel — On Fox Business Network, at the familiar time-slot of 9 p.m. ET, 6 p.m. PT, two of your three co-hosts on The Independents will be helping iconic TV personality John Stossel interpret today's immigration speechifying from the Oval Office.
Nov 20, 2014

RT @MattWelch: Watch @kmele and I react to Obama's immigration speech on tonight's @FBNStossel, at 9 pm ET!…

Nov 20, 2014

Watch @kmele and I react to Obama's immigration speech on tonight's @FBNStossel, at 9 pm ET!…

Darren Wilson in Negotiations to Resign from Ferguson Police Department — Officer Darren Wilson, who shot an unarmed Michael Brown in August, leading to months of protest, is reportedly "negotiating" a resignation from the Ferguson Police Department with city officials, according to CNN, which reports that the talks are dependent on the grand jury decision expected tomorrow but now how.
Nov 20, 2014

RT @reason: Darren Wilson in Negotiations to Resign from Ferguson Police Department

Obama’s Immigration Action: Probably Legal but Also Unprecedented, Productive Policy but Troublesome Politics — In a primetime announcement this evening, President Obama will explains and defend the details of a sweeping executive action designed to keep roughly 4 million unauthorized immigrants from deportation and provide them with legal status to work.
Nov 21, 2014

Obama’s Immigration Action: Probably Legal but Also Unprecedented, Productive Policy but Troublesome Politics… poison.

Are Defense Hawks Reconsolidating Power in the House GOP? — Washington Free Beacon put a depressingly pro-defense-spending spin on the results of this week's Republican Study Committee chair elections: Defense-oriented conservatives won out in races for the chairmanships of key House panels, and in at least one case, a member's perceived weakness on defense issues may have scuttled his bid to lead an influential bloc of House conservatives.
Nov 21, 2014

Between NSA vote & this, clear that GOP is the same banal, 9/11-exploiting, war-cheering faction as they were in 2003…

Q and A With Andrew W.K.: "A Role Model for Fun" — " I never thought I would be a role model for anything. But a role model for fun, I can do that, " says m usician Andrew W.K., who has been called " the great unwashed rock star " and " the great god of partying " since he first hit the charts with the release of his 2001 album " I Get Wet.

'Sex Purchasers' to Be Branded Online Indefinitely in Orange County — In Anaheim, California, anyone convicted of buying sexual services will have their names and mug shots indefinitely posted to a city web page listing "Sex Purchasers". The Anaheim district attorney's office says the scarlet HTML is meant to deter sex traffickers, which makes about as much sense as posting jaywalker mugshots in order to deter car theives.

Legal Immigration Explained in One Simple Chart — Editor's Note: We invite comments and request that they be civil and on-topic. We do not moderate or assume any responsibility for comments, which are owned by the readers who post them. Comments do not represent the views of or Reason Foundation. We reserve the right to delete any comment for any reason at any time.
Nov 20, 2014

The very complicated bureaucratic gauntlet that is our legal immigration system in one chart: