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How Do Police View The Neo-Nazi/White Supremacist Threat?

Two years ago, researchers at Duke University, drawing on a survey they conducted with police departments around the country through the Police Executive Research Forum, published a study on police perceptions of the domestic terrorist threat. It’s worth recounting the key findings: Law enforcement agencies …

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Antitrust for Fun and Profit: The Democrats’ Better Deal (Part 1)

“Is Amazon getting too big?” asks Washington Post columnist Steven Pearlstein, in a 4000-word column seeking justification for the Democrat Party’s quixotic pledge to “break up big companies” in its recent “Better Deal.” “Just this week,” notes Pearlstein, “Democrats cited stepped-up antitrust enforcement as a …

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The Overcriminalization of Impeachment

Trying to tamp down impeachment talk earlier this year, House minority leader Nancy Pelosi (D-CA) insisted that President Donald Trump’s erratic behavior didn’t justify that remedy: “When and if he breaks the law, that is when something like that would come up.”  Normally, there isn’t …

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Vox on ObamaCare's Many Near-Death Experiences

Vox’s Dylan Scott offers “An oral history of Obamacare’s 7 near-death experiences.” It’s a well-balanced take on how close the Affordable Care Act and ObamaCare—they are different animals—have come to oblivion. Scott includes an excerpt of an email I sent him on his original, planned …

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How Regulations Impede Economic Mobility

Why are Americans less likely to move to better opportunities than they used to be? The Wall Street Journal reports: When opportunity dwindles, a natural response—the traditional American instinct—is to strike out for greener pastures. Migrations of the young, ambitious and able-bodied prompted the Dust …

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Apple, China, and the Wages Of Tyranny

This week, Apple announced it had pulled several apps from its iOS App Store that offer virtual private network (VPN) services in China. As quoted by tech blog TechCrunch, Apple stated: Earlier this year China’s [Ministry of Industry and Information Technology] MIIT announced that all …

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More on Nancy MacLean

I realize that I am a bit late to this party and that many of Nancy MacLean’s strange claims and factual errors have already been exposed and debunked by people much more familiar with her work, the intellectual history of libertarianism and the Nobel Prize-winning …

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Our National Security Whistleblower Crisis

Is the Trump-run Pentagon a hostile workplace for Defense Department whistleblowers? Or is there simply an anti-whistleblower organizational tradition at the Pentagon that stretches back decades? An examination of recent events and the historical record suggests it’s both, and the implications for taxpayers and American …

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I Beg My Pardon?

If you’re looking for an upside to the Trump presidency, there’s this at least: it promises to be endless fun for executive-power geeks. That “this is not normal” means there’s plenty of opportunity to consider constitutional questions that rarely come up in periods of relative normalcy. Case …

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FY18 Intelligence Authorization Bill Calls For New Russian Meddling Assessments

On Monday, July 24, the House will consider the Fiscal Year 2018 Intelligence Authorization Act under suspension of the rules in an attempt to fast-track the legislation, which contains some significant “Russiagate”-related provisions.  Section 501 calls for a new Intelligence Community assessment “of the most …

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