Did Dennis Hastert really accuse George Soros
    of taking money from the drug cartels?

Is there anything the Republicans won’t say in an attempt to discredit Soros?

Eugene Volokh displays admirably restrained outrage at the latest nonsense from the Speaker of the House. Note that if the accusation were true, it would constitute the very serious crime of money laundering.

Resolution of censure, anyone?

Update: Josh Marshall says that Hastert is sticking by his silly story, and that Soros has demanded that he put up or shut up. Seriously, this is the kind of stuff the Senate finally censured McCarthy for.

Author: Mark Kleiman

Professor of Public Policy at the NYU Marron Institute for Urban Management and editor of the Journal of Drug Policy Analysis. Teaches about the methods of policy analysis about drug abuse control and crime control policy, working out the implications of two principles: that swift and certain sanctions don't have to be severe to be effective, and that well-designed threats usually don't have to be carried out. Books: Drugs and Drug Policy: What Everyone Needs to Know (with Jonathan Caulkins and Angela Hawken) When Brute Force Fails: How to Have Less Crime and Less Punishment (Princeton, 2009; named one of the "books of the year" by The Economist Against Excess: Drug Policy for Results (Basic, 1993) Marijuana: Costs of Abuse, Costs of Control (Greenwood, 1989) UCLA Homepage Curriculum Vitae Contact: Markarkleiman-at-gmail.com