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Debt Ceiling, Now More Than Ever

One hears junkie talk in the words of Washington. Whether jonesing for a fix of chemicals or tax dollars, addicts rarely make sense. President Trump describes the debt ceiling as “really not necessary.” Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell, who does not share the president’s view, …

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Unions Threaten State’s One Economic Bright Spot

Sacramento In a Meet the Press interview in March, Gov. Jerry Brown blasted the Trump administration’s threat to cut off funds to California if it becomes a “sanctuary state” for illegal immigrants. “We’re the innovation capital, high-tech, agriculture, $40 to $50 billion industry. You don’t …

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China’s Two Front IP War

President Donald Trump’s recent decision to investigate China’s theft of American intellectual property (IP) is as good a sign as any that “America First” was more than just a campaign slogan. And when it comes to intellectual property theft, the President is entirely correct that …

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A Case Study in Anti-Trumpian Selective Outrage

The largest donation Oxford University ever received in its 900-year history was $100 million from Leonard Blavatnik. The gift was to fund the creation of a department for the study of government, and today Oxford is home to the Blavatnik School of Government. Leonard Blavatnik …

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Amazon Doesn’t Need Another Tax Break

Amazon is building a new headquarters, and it wants you to pay for it. That’s the gist of Amazon’s solicitation of bids for its second HQ, which sets up a reverse auction encouraging cities to bid against each other with more significant targeted tax breaks …

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Pennsylvania’s Stealth Tax On Drinks

Oh, Pennsylvania. You are wonderful in so many ways. Philadelphia has architectural marvels. Pittsburgh has the endlessly victorious Steelers and Penguins. The Allegheny and Poconos offer gorgeous vistas, and parks like Nockamixon are beatific places to hike and fish. And where else can one find …

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The Alternate Nostril Breathing of Lady Macbeth

Hillary’s campaign memoir, What Happened, is as awful as expected, serving as yet another cracked window on her phoniness. She remains the baby-boomer feminist fraud, still pouting over alleged sexism even as she hurls herself upon various fainting couches. She writes about her defeat with …

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$20 Trillion Debt, 228 Years in the Making

As the national debt approached $20 trillion last week, the staggering number called for the brakes. Instead, Washington stepped on the gas. “For many years, people have been talking about getting rid of debt ceiling all together, and there are a lot of good reasons …

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Dire Straits? The Importance of U.S.-Malaysian Relations

Two of the greatest geopolitical challenges facing the United States today are the rising power of China and the ongoing threat of Islamist extremism. The nature of each challenge differs — Beijing is a more conventional strategic rival, competing with Washington for regional and global …

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Kaepernick Unemployed = Best NFL Opening Weekend Ever!

Well, the first weekend of the 2017 National Football League season is over and Colin Kaepernick still does not have a job. Hip, hip hooray!!! Kaepernick, the former (oh, that word is soooo lovely!) quarterback for the San Francisco 49ers spent all of last season dishonoring the …

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