Today in History: FDR and Congress Take U.S. off the Gold Standard

On April 5, 1933, President Franklin D. Roosevelt signed Executive Order 6102 “forbidding the Hoarding of gold coin, gold bullion, and gold certificates within the continental United States.” The effect of the order was to criminalize the possession of monetary gold by any individual, partnership, association or corporation. Two months later, on June 5, 1933,  Congress passed…

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States should not sue the Federal Government over Transgender Bathrooms

States should not sue the federal Government to obtain rights they already have under the Tenth Amendment of the Constitution because doing so undermines—potentially to oblivion—that Amendment.  It reads: “The powers not delegated to the United States by the Constitution, nor prohibited by it to the States, are reserved to the States respectively, or to the people.”

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Michigan House Votes 107-1 to Pass State Privacy Amendment With National Implications

LANSING, Mich. (Jun. 2, 2016) – The Michigan House overwhelmingly approved a resolution Thursday that would give voters an opportunity to put “electronic data and communications” on the same level as “persons, houses, papers and possessions” in the state constitution. If ultimately passed, it would also set the foundation to help block a small but intrusive practical effect of federal spying within the state.

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New York Police Departments Spend $550K On Stingrays; Rarely Obtain Court Orders for Use

ROCHESTER, N.Y. (June 2, 2016) – Two local New York law enforcement agencies spent over $550,000 purchasing and maintaining stingray devices to track the location of phones and sweep up electronic communications. Documents obtained by the ACLU reveal the departments went to great lengths to hide the existence of the devices and rarely obtain court orders for their use.

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