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Five Lessons from the Hansa and AlphaBay Busts

It’s been less than a week since a coalition of international law enforcement groups announced the successful takedown of the dark web’s two largest drug markets, Hansa and AlphaBay. We won’t know for months—maybe longer—how many vendors and buyers around the globe will be raided, …

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Can Ethereum Overcome Its Immense Technical Problems? [Podcast]

Ethereum is an “unstoppable computational machine” that puts “a lot more power and sovereignty in the individual.” That’s how ethereum co-founder Joseph Lubin described this decentralized global computing network in an interview with Reason last year. Centralized institutions, Lubin says, will gradually be replaced by …

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Mineral Exploitation Latest Excuse for U.S. to Stay in Afghanistan

The Afghan war is approaching its 17th year with no end in sight. Now The New York Times reports that the Trump administration is looking into a new reason to stay in Afghanistan: the exploitation of the country’s mineral resources. Last month President Donald Trump …

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Trump Tweets Return to Ban on Transgender Military Service ‘In Any Capacity’

In a trio of tweets sent out of the blue this morning, President Donald Trump announced a complete reversal of policy changes launched under President Barack Obama to allow transgender troops to serve openly in the military: After consultation with my Generals and military experts, …

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Good Intentions, Bad Outcomes: New at Reason

Government programs that don’t work as intended ought to be cut. A. Barton Hinkle writes: If we judged everything by intentions rather than results, the world would be a strange place indeed. Steve never calls his mother on her birthday, but he always means to, …

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Good Intentions, Bad Outcomes: The Story of Government

If we judged everything by intentions rather than results, the world would be a strange place indeed. Steve never calls his mother on her birthday, but he always means to, so isn’t he a wonderful son? That goes for government as well: If we judged …

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U.S. Muslims See More Discrimination and Support, U.S. May Arm Ukraine, Health Care Vote Update: A.M. Links

A national survey of American Muslims found perceptions of anti-Muslim discrimination are on the rise, but so is the sense that Americans are supportive of Muslims. Which health-care plan is the Senate voting on today? A handy guide to the GOP’s current legislative antics. Philippine …

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$2 Million Park Bathroom: New at Reason

Overspending is what government does. John Stossel writes: Did you see the $2 million dollar bathroom? That’s what New York City government spent to build a “comfort station” in a park. I went to look at it. There were no gold-plated fixtures. It’s just a …

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Jeff Sessions Lets Cops Be Robbers: New at Reason

Donald Trump made two things abundantly clear during a meeting with county sheriffs last February: He did not know what civil asset forfeiture was, and he wanted to see more of it. As Jacob Sullum notes, the president will get his wish thanks to a …

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Brickbat: Wasn’t This Banned by the Magna Carta?

Andre Spicer’s daughter set up a lemonade stand near their home in London, England. A festival was taking place nearby, so her business was brisk. But about 30 minutes after she set the stand up, four code enforcement officers confronted her and handed her a …

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