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“é imagine winning $50,000 at a casino and driving away, happy about your winnings, only to be pulled over and having the large sum of cash seized é?”

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This did happen and no one was charged with a crime. The action was part of what is known as “civil asset forfeiture” by law enforcement, and it is happening more and more frequently. Police seize property, and usually citizens are unable to afford the expense of taking it to court to fight the illegal seizure.

In the case of Tan Nguyen losing his $50,000 winnings, he did go to court and he won. I don’t know how much it cost him in the process, but there is too much room for abuse with the current system.

Nebraska is trying to lessen the potential for abuse. Gov. Pete Ricketts has signed a bill that would restrict how asset forfeiture works. Under this bill, law enforcement cannot simply go on a “fishing expedition” in hopes of finding something worth confiscating. With that bill, a person would have to be charged and convicted of a crime before assets are seized.

That makes sense.

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“Leaders from the labor, healthcare, Latino, environmental and progressive movements will é tell their senators to stop playing politics with the Supreme Court.”

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One major point of contention in this year’s presidential election is the appointment of the next Supreme Court Justice. These leaders are demanding an up-and-down vote on Merrick Garland’s nomination.

Obama had presented Garland as his pick to fill the vacancy left by Antonin Scalia’s death earlier this year.

This news conference wants “working families” to contact their senators and encourage them to allow a vote on Garland’s nomination, and to end what they call “unprecedented obstruction.”

Among the speakers at this press conference are Cecile Richards, president of Planned Parenthood; Brad Woodhouse, president of Americans United for Change, the progressive organization that closely mirrors Obama’s political views; and Michael Brune, executive director of the Sierra Club.

I guess that tells you which way this one will go.

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“The study conducted by Harvard University was a shocker for many Americans, showing that capitalism is dying in the United States.”

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This explains why young Americans are among the most ardent supporters of self-proclaimed socialist Bernie Sanders. The report said that more than half of all Americans under age 30 reject capitalism.

I question how this is “shocking,” considering the bent of most liberal colleges in the United States.

Most young people aged 18 to 29 do not support capitalism, according to a Washington Post report. Considering the state of today’s educational institutions, the popular media, and the raunchy entertainment industry, this statistic should not be shocking at all.

What schools should be teaching is history, and history easily shows that socialism has never succeeded.

Instead, history would show the exceptional success of capitalism in America.

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