Bryan Alexander describes one gothic remnant of the Cold War: a set of underground chambers that were supposed to serve as "an emergency shelter for the entire United States Congress, a hideout and bolt hole in case of nuclear war, hidden away beneath a benign-looking hotel." Built in 1958, the secret fortress is located in West Virginia, which apparently was a magnet for federal construction projects even then. Alexander notes that "no Representative nor Senator would be allowed their families," which suggests a terrifying world where you have no company for all eternity except a few hundred politicians and their aides. I think I'd take my chances on the surface.
"You have a situation where a person owed $8 and lost their house. I mean, how is that equitable?" asked Michigan Supreme Court Justice Richard Bernstein.
A Michigan Man Underpaid His Property Taxes By $8.41. The County Seized His Property, Sold It—and Kept the Profits.
A state law allows counties to effectively steal homes over unpaid taxes and keep the excess revenue for their own budgets.
The Eighth Amendment prohibition against excessive fines and fees applies to states as well, SCOTUS rules, opening a new way to challenge outlandish forfeitures.
A newspaper staffed by the country's most famous journalism school says it shouldn't have covered a Jeff Sessions event.