Short Circuit 260 | Unlimited Tariff Power

For the first time Short Circuit welcomes the Jones-Act-hating, free-trade-loving, tariff-busting, T-shirt-writing, and top-5-ranking Scott Lincicome of the Cato Institute. Scott introduces us to a rare breed at Short Circuit, the Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit. That’s because the court just issued (another) opinion upholding some of the dumbest steel tariffs of recent years (and that’s saying a lot). Scott walks us through the supposed national security issues, how tariff sausage gets made, and where the courts might go from here. After a somewhat difficult segue we then move to Andrew Ward of IJ, who tells a wild story from the Sixth Circuit of a shed that catches on fire, a sketchy warrant, security cameras, noises that sound like someone is ripping down a roof, and several kilos of a mysterious white substance in the sink. But none of it ever happened because of the fruit-of-the-poisonous-tree doctrine. Finally, we end with a top-5 list from Scott.

Primesource Building Products, Inc. v. U.S.

U.S. v. Waide

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