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Hooray for Congress!

When Congress behaves badly, I criticize. When it works well, I applaud. I’ve waited a long, long, long time to put my hands together in polite applause. It happened yesterday. The U.S. House of Representatives passed a Senate bill, largely along party lines, to give those facing a terminal illness

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What to Do

Another school shooting — more dead and injured, many more terrified by the violence. And, in its wake, more demands for gun control, schools as hardened targets, and mental health initiatives. Oh, and finger-pointing at video games, too. So what should we do? Stop publicizing the names of these school

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Working for Whom?

Two articles on Sen. Rand Paul appeared in my Reason feed the other day. Up top. So it was hard not to look. They were “John McCain: It ‘Wasn’t Incorrect’ to Say Rand Paul Was ‘Working for Vladimir Putin’” and “Rand Paul’s Plan to Balance the Budget by 2023 Will

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Simplistically Wrong

A clever “meme” made the rounds earlier this year showing, in two columns, what it would be like were guns regulated like cars. How reasonable that would be! “Title and tag at each point of sale”; “Driver training”/“Gun training”; Liability insurance on each vehicle/gun”; etc. It seems sound, no? No.

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Amazon’s Jeff Bezos Is …

A half a year ago, when trying to make sense of the much-publicized search for Amazon’s “HQ2” — a second headquarters city, away from Seattle — I concentrated on the subsidies that cities and metro areas were apparently throwing at Amazon. It all seemed desperate, indecent. But there was a story

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Reading, Writing & Racketeering

When I attended a public school — many decades ago, in a galaxy far, far away — teachers told students that cheating was unacceptable and would be punished. Harshly. Today, the idea has students laughing — all the way to graduation. Last year, after DC Public Schools officials breathlessly announced

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Grading Democracy on the Curve

Voters, we are told, are amazingly ignorant. So, what to do? “Ultimately, the ideal democracy is one in which as many citizens as possible vote,” writes Dambisa Moyo at The Guardian, “and the voters are armed with the most objective information. Yet today only a fraction of the electorate are

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A Sanctuary from Centralization

Defiance . . . nullification. It is a trend. I take it as a sign of our contentious times that we now witness states in open rebellion against centralized control from the Imperial City of Washington, D.C., while cities and counties are also rattling the chains set by their respective

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Low Bigotry Expectations

“Man, it just started snowing out of nowhere this morning, man. Y’all better pay attention to this climate control, man, this climate manipulation,” explained Washington, D.C. Councilman Trayon White back in March. White (who is black) went on to accuse “the Rothschilds” (who were Jewish financiers) of “controlling the climate

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Matter-of-After-the-Fact

“For some time now,” writes Sen. Rand Paul for The American Conservative, “Congress has abdicated its responsibility to declare war.” Kentucky’s junior senator knows how unconstitutional this is. “The Founders left the power to make war in the legislature on purpose and with good reason,” Rand Paul explains — correctly.

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The Studio System: The Sequel

Evermore virtue signaling, everless virtue — that pretty much encapsulates Oscars’ night. The industry that brought us Harvey Weinstein and the occasion for #MeToo made the 90th Academy Awards two months ago unwatchable for most of us. Now, as the Academy of Motion Pictures Arts and Sciences loses touch with

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Guilty of Innocence

If you are innocent of a crime, should you be punished as if guilty? Despite no arrest, no trial, no conviction? If you say “Yes,” raise your hand. I see no raised hands among my regular readers. But my readers don’t include the wicked Chicago officials who impounded the automobile

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