Will Barack Obama go down in history as our least merciful president? With less than two weeks to go in his first term, says Senior Editor Jacob Sullum, this reputedly progressive and enlightened man has a strong shot at winning that dubious distinction. Barring a last-minute flurry of pardons and commutations, Sullum writes, Obama's first-term clemency record looks weaker than those of all but a few previous presidents.
Let people join with the like-minded to reject officials and laws that don’t suit them and to construct systems that do.
The president's final batch of clemency actions includes commutations for dozens of nonviolent drug offenders.
The mom got the kid back, but not the car.