This Wednesday, the city council of Elk Grove, California, will consider a bill to ban smoking in all apartment buildings, publicly or privately owned. You might see this as an effort to "harass the people and eat out their substance." Others prefer to call it "public health policy." From Elk Grove to Westminster, writes Gene Healy, we seem to have forgotten what governments are for: to secure us in our basic rights and otherwise mind their own business.
Jonathan Vanderhagen believes a judge doomed his son to an early death. The judge says Vanderhagen's Facebook posts were intimidating.
It took a jury 26 minutes to decide that Jonathan Vanderhagen wasn't guilty.
A court ruled that officers did not have enough information to know whether or not stealing violates the Constitution.
Many arms of government are unpopular with large swathes of the American population.
Conservatives deploy state power to go after speech they don't like.