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Jeffrey Scott Shapiro

Jeffrey Scott Shapiro

Jeffrey Scott Shapiro, a legal analyst for The Washington Times, can be reached at

Articles by Jeffrey Scott Shapiro

The SpaceX Falcon 9 rocket and Dragon spacecraft lifts off from Space Launch Complex 40 at the Cape Canaveral Air Force Station in Cape Canaveral, Fla., Sunday, June 28, 2015. The rocket carrying supplies to the International Space Station broke apart shortly after liftoff. (AP Photo/John Raoux)

McCain: SpaceX explosion no reason to ease Russian rocket ban

The recent Sunday explosion of a SpaceX Falcon 9 rocket high above the skies of Cape Canaveral should not reignite Washington's willingness to use Russian rocket engines, Senate Armed Services Committee John McCain said. Published June 30, 2015

Russian President Vladimir Putin, left, and Deputy Prime Minister Dmitry Rogozin attend a meeting of the Victory Day celebrations organizing committee in the Kremlin in Moscow, Russia, in this March 17, 2015, file photo. (Alexei Druzhinin/RIA Novosti, Kremlin Pool Photo via AP, File)

Russia launching new hypersonic missile to carry nuclear warheads

Russia is test-flying a new, hypersonic glide vehicle that follows the contrails of China's WU-14, a delivery vehicle reportedly capable of carrying nuclear warheads at Mach 10 and less susceptible to U.S. anti-ballistic countermeasures. Published June 26, 2015

Oregon Gov. John Kitzhaber raised suspicion during his re-election campaign when he shut down the state's health care exchange. (Associated Press)

Fiasco with Oregon's state Obamacare site piques interest of House oversight panel

A key House oversight panel is demanding that the Department of Health and Human Services turn over all documents related to the failed Cover Oregon health care information exchange, which was abandoned last year after the state spent an estimated $300 million of federal grant money to build it. Published June 25, 2015

Russian President Vladimir Putin, left, and Defense Minister Sergei Shoigu, right, arrive to attend the opening of the Army-2015 international military show featuring the latest Russian weapons in Kubinka, outside Moscow, Russia, Tuesday, June 16, 2015. Putin said Tuesday the Russian military will receive 40 new intercontinental ballistic missiles this year capable of piercing any missile defenses, a blunt reminder of the nation's nuclear might amid tensions with the West over Ukraine. (Maxim Shemetov/Pool photo via AP)

Russia warns U.S. not to store weapons near Ukraine

Moscow issued a stern warning to the Washington Monday that there could be "dangerous consequences" if the United States stationed military equipment to the Eastern border of Ukraine. Published June 16, 2015

Pentagon seeks repeal of Russian rocket ban

The Pentagon has officially said it would face "significant challenges" to ensuring military and intelligence access to space if Congress doesn't loosen restrictions on the use of Russian rocket engines, but top lawmakers aren't buying that and are accusing the military of slow-walking. Published June 15, 2015

Screen grab from Mark Dice's YouTube channel.

Californians sign sham petition supporting 'Obama's preemptive nuclear strike' against Russia

Media analyst and activist Mark Dice, known for "punking" Americans into signing bizarrely ridiculous petitions, reportedly convinced a number of Californians in San Diego to sign a fake petition supporting President Obama's "plan" to launch a "preemptive nuclear strike" on Russia as part of a strategy to "maintain America's superiority." Published June 11, 2015

This image provided by the U.S. Air Force shows a B-2 stealth bomber flying over the Pacific Ocean, before arriving at Andersen Air Force Base, Guam,  in 2006. A B-2 stealth bomber crashed Saturday Feb. 23, 2008 at Anderson Air Force Base in Guam. The two pilots aboard the bomber ejected before the crash and are safe the U.S. Air Force said. A board of Air Force officers will investigate what happened. Each B-2 bomber costs about $1.2 billion to build. All 21 stealth bombers are based at Whiteman Air Force Base in Missouri, but the Air Force has been rotating several of them through Guam since 2004, along with B-1 and B-52 bombers. (AP Photo/U.S. Air Force photo, Staff Sgt. Bennie J. Davis III)

Stealth B-2s buzz Europe as Russian bombers skirt U.S. airspace

A pair of B-2 Spirit stealth bombers have been dispatched by the Air Force to join three B-52s at the Royal Air Force Base Fairford, in the wake of Russia doubling its number of long range strategic bomber flights along the U.S. coastline and cruising over NATO ally airspace. Published June 9, 2015

Russian army bombers fly over Grand Kremlin Palace during a Victory Parade rehearsal in Moscow. (Associated Press)

Russian bomber flights buzzing U.S. airspace doubled last year

The number of long-range Russian strategic bomber flights that buzzed U.S. airspace doubled last year from their norm, forcing American jets to frequently scramble and capturing the attention of hawks in Congress who believe the Kremlin is sending a veiled warning to President Obama to keep out of its affairs in Ukraine. Published June 7, 2015

Martin Luther King III told The Washington Times he believes that Washington can combat poverty without creating a welfare state. The key, he said, is generating new opportunities for the poor, and the first step should be to appoint a "poverty czar" to focus on poverty-stricken Americans. (Associated Press)

MLK III, Rand Paul aim to fight poverty without creating welfare state

Martin Luther King III is on a mission to revive his late father's 1968 anti-poverty campaign in hopes to quell unrest in places like Baltimore and Ferguson, Missouri — and he's taking his message straight to the White House and all of the 2016 presidential contenders. Published May 24, 2015

Teamsters President James P. Hoffa let UPS withdraw from the Teamsters Central States Health and Welfare Pension Fund in exchange for organizing workers at a new subsidiary, a move unsupported by the fund's executive committee. (associated press)

Teamsters spend big on politics while preparing to cut pensions

The Teamsters have begun informing retirees and current workers that their pension benefits may soon be cut, the final ironic twist to a lobbying campaign that saw the union spend its own members' dollars to win the right to shrink their retirement pay. Published May 20, 2015

Oregon Gov. John Kitzhaber raised suspicion during his re-election campaign when he shut down the state's health care exchange. (Associated Press)

Kitzhaber scrapped workable Oregon health exchange for political benefit

Former Oregon Gov. John Kitzhaber was told in early 2014 that the Obamacare state health care exchange his administration spent $305 million building could be made operational. But his administration chose instead to scrap the project and seek a scapegoat to keep the fiasco from harming his re-election, according to evidence turned over to congressional investigators. Published May 18, 2015

legal experts say Marilyn Mosby is in danger of running afoul of the Maryland Bar standards barring prejudicial conduct by prosecutors, or at the very least traveling down a well-worn path of failed celebrity prosecutions like those involving O.J. Simpson, George Zimmerman or the Duke lacrosse players. (Associated Press)

Baltimore prosecutor Marilyn Mosby under fire for political, celebrity conduct

Marilyn Mosby, the Baltimore City State Attorney in charge of prosecuting six police officers for the death of Freddie Gray, Jr., is coming under increasing criticism from defense attorneys and legal scholars who think she is politicizing the case and using her prosecutorial power to create her own celebrity. Published May 11, 2015

China building runway on manmade South China Sea island

New satellite images reveal that China is building an airstrip for its military on a manmade island in a hotly contested maritime area, a move that raised alarm bells for U.S. officials and for U.S. allies in the region. Published April 17, 2015

Mariel Hemingway writes of painful family memories to help others cope with mental illness

Mariel Hemingway was only 6 years old when she learned how to mix cocktails and pour wine as a survival mechanism to keep her parents from arguing. In two new autobiographies, the California native and granddaughter of novelist Ernest Hemingway says she spent her childhood carefully navigating through a "minefield" of alcoholism, arguing, drug addiction, mental illness and suicide. Published April 13, 2015

An independent review by the Columbia University Graduate School of Journalism said Rolling Stone magazine was reckless in vetting its sources, including the purported victim, identified only as "Jackie," and neglected "basic, even routine journalistic practice."

No repercussions for Rolling Stone reporter, editors in U.Va. rape story

There will be no repercussions for the investigative reporter or editors responsible for a now-retracted Rolling Stone cover story in November that falsely accused Phi Kappa Psi fraternity members at the University of Virginia of gang-raping a freshman coed. Published April 5, 2015