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Hillary Futures

Trust must be earned; Hillary Rodham Clinton hasn’t earned it. And yet, if the polls hold, Mrs. Clinton will be elected the next president of these United States — the first-ever female commander-in-chief, sure, but viewed by a clear majority of Americans as untrustworthy. Part of the problem is her

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Question 5 Fixes Flaw

This week, Krist Novoselic, rock-n-roll bassist of Nirvana fame and fellow board member of, appeared on Fox Business’s Kennedy to explain ranked choice voting. Krist compared a single ranked ballot under the proposed system to two ballots under the current method. Often, a voter will mark the ballot for

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Successful Strategy Fails

A dark cloud hangs over tonight’s debate. Not the sex assault scandals. Not the WikiLeaks email apocalypse. Not even the banning of Gov. Gary Johnson from the debate stage. I refer, instead, to the obvious failure of American foreign policy. Last week, U.S. warships in the Red Sea received missile

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Report from the Lab

The State of Idaho does something the federal government should emulate. The only state I can think of that has a popular candy bar named after it has a legislature that regularly nixes regulations made by the state’s executive branch. Think of it as a line-item veto for the legislature.

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What Me Vote?

The people, without permission, The New York Times recently explained, in Colombia, rejected a peace deal deemed too soft on the communist FARC guerrillas; in Britain, decided to leave the European Union; in Thailand, ratified a new constitution; and in Hungary, rejected the European Union refugee resettlement plan. I’ve not

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Half a Sawbuck for Civilization

Just gave a fiver to a sixth grader . . . to help the public schools. He was going door to door, which I’ve had occasion to do, and he was nice and well-spoken. Glad to give. And it was only five bucks — that’s what I had in my

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America After November

Yesterday, I bemoaned the disaster that is this year’s presidential race. But big whup. As the LifeLock commercial rightly asks, “Why monitor a problem if you don’t fix it?” Hillary Clinton or Donald Trump will be the next president. That means we have our work cut out for us. And

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We Take the Bullet

“[I]f someone puts a gun to your head,” argues David Boaz of the Cato Institute, “and says you have to choose between Clinton and Trump, the correct answer is, take the bullet.” Then, proving the axiom “it can always get worse,” came Friday’s twin revelations: the Washington Post broke the

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Trump’s Road Rage

There is no reason why the states shouldn’t handle their own infrastructure. Not only in funding, but in direction and method of production and “distribution.” But politicians aiming for the presidency tend not to even consider that heresy. And journalists, of course, tend to rah-rah for the nationalist planning notion,

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How Insidious the Plot?

The story of the Wisconsin John Doe raids against conservatives, covered yesterday and the day before, is a big one. Huge. So I now continue. The rest of the story? Recently, materials that police seized from the subjects of those dawn raids were leaked, illegally, to the Guardian newspaper —

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A Morning After

Yesterday we celebrated the end to “a disgraceful episode in Wisconsin history” — the dawn police raids of the so-called John Doe investigations against conservatives alleged to have violated campaign finance regulations. State and federal courts ruled that no laws were broken and some laws were unconstitutional — certainly Milwaukee

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It’s Morning in Wisconsin

Regarding mornings, put me in Sheriff Hopper’s camp. He’s the Stranger Things character, repeatedly informing folks: “Mornings are for coffee and contemplation.” Speaking of stranger things, who expects an early morning SWAT-like police raid on their home? Three years ago, yesterday, that happened to Cindy Archer, and other conservatives in

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