Hermes Birkin Handbags, NFTs, Trademark Law, and Rothschild (but not Controlling the Weather)

From Hermes Int’l v. Rothschildan opinion issued today by Judge Jed Rakoff (SDNY): Around December 2021, defendant Mason Rothschild created digital images of faux-fur-covered versions of the luxury Birkin handbags of plaintiffs Hermes International and Hermes of Paris, Inc. (collectively, “Hermes”). Rothschild titled these images “MetaBirkins” and sold them using so-called “NFTs” (non-fungible tokens), explained … Read more

Isaac Chotiner Interviews Professor Laurence Tribe

The New Yorker‘s Isaac Chotiner interviews noted Harvard law professor Laurence Tribe for the latest issue. The brief-yet-broad interview covers a range of topics, and includes some of the “gotcha” questions for which Chotiner is known. In the interview, Professor Tribe describes how he embraced the Supreme Court’s ideological direction during the Warren and Burger … Read more

Bryan Caplan on “Misinformation About Misinformation”

Economist Bryan Caplan is one of the world’s leading experts on political ignorance and irrationality, author of the much-cited book, The Myth of the Rational Voter. In that work, he argues that misinformed than voters are likely to be far worse ones that are merely ignorant. Caplan takes the problem of political misinformation very seriously. … Read more

Continuous Protests Spread Across Iran Following a Massive Price Hike in Food and Other Basic Goods

This information is given to The Gateway Pundit by the National Council of Resistance of Iran (NCRI) On Tuesday, May 17, people in several Iranian cities took to the streets for the fifth consecutive day of anti-regime protests. These protests are ongoing despite intense security measures and limited internet connectivity. Protests began over the sudden … Read more

Biden’s Plan To Link Federal Transportation Spending to Zoning Reform Could Make the Housing Shortage Worse

President Joe Biden has a new idea for reducing regulatory barriers to new housing construction. Contained within the White House’s expansive new Housing Supply Action Plan is a proposal to tie federal transportation grants to state and local governments reforming their zoning codes. Proponents of this approach argue that the massive amounts of money that … Read more

Victories for Rand Paul, Pot, and Some MAGA Candidates in Primary Elections

Five states held primary elections on Tuesday: Idaho, Kentucky, North Carolina, Oregon, and Pennsylvania. One of the big questions going in was how Trump-endorsed candidates would fare (which many see as a proxy for measuring the former president’s influence within the party). The results on that front were a mixed bag. For instance: Trump-endorsed candidate … Read more

Medicare for All Would Be a Terrible Trade

If you ask, Americans tell you that health care costs too much. That opens a door, or so many politicians think, to dramatic “reforms” that would transform the provision of medicine in this country by putting the government in complete control. The catch, though, is that Americans want top-notch care, and for as close to … Read more

Some Unsolicited Advice on Abortion and the Religion Clauses

Today Politico explored various strategies that abortion-rights groups will pursue if Roe is overruled. Most of these approaches do not begin in the courts. These groups will lobby Congress and state houses for protections, and promote state constitutional amendments. Democracy in America! Moreover, we should expect some creative executive actions from the Biden administration, which … Read more

‘What An A**hole’: Dean Cain Flattens Democrat Rep. Eric Swalwell For Falsely Claiming California Church Shooter GOP’s ‘Boy’

Democrat Eric Swalwell tangled with the wrong guy (Superman) and was on the receiving end of some well-earned criticism after falsely tying the church shooting in Laguna Woods, California to Republicans. On Sunday, a 68-year-old Chinese man from Las Vegas opened fire at the church, deliberately targeting Taiwanese churchgoers, killing one person and wounding five … Read more