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Scotland Levies New Taxes on Working-Class Drinkers

In an old joke, a little boy climbs onto his father’s knee. “Daddy,” he says, his wide eyes bright with optimism. “Now that alcohol is so expensive, does that mean you’ll drink less?” The father laughs. “No, my son,” he replies. “It means you’ll eat …

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Brickbat: Come and Knock on Our Door

The San Diego, California, City Council is considering a law that would ban landlords from rejecting tenants because they use federal Section 8 vouchers to pay their rent. Supporters say that more than 85 percent of San Diego residents who receive those vouchers are non-whites …

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Laws Are for the Little People

For aww-shucks acknowledgment of abuse of power, it’s hard to beat Arizona-style honesty. When informed by a sheriff’s deputy that doing 97 miles per hour in a 55 zone was a tad excessive, state Rep. Paul Mosley (R-District 5) answered, “Well, I was doing 120 …

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Federal Court Holds FHFA Unconstitutional

Today the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Fifth Circuit issued its opinion in Collins v. Mnuchin, in which a divided panel, in a per curiam opinion, concluded that the Federal Housing Finance Agency (FHFA) is unconstitutional. The panel consisted of Chief Judge Carl Stewart …

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Judge Kavanaugh and the Administrative State

Judge Brett Kavanaugh has spent the past welve years as a judge on the U.S. Court of Appeals for the D.C. Circuit, the federal appellate court that hears the lion’s share of legal challenges to major federal regulations. Of Judge Kavanaugh’s nearly 300 opinions, over …

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Preschoolers Told Not to Play on Preschool’s Playground Equipment

Tots in a pre-school program in Nova Scotia can look all they want at their playground’s equipment: they just can’t, you know, play on it. That’s because the play structures are labeled for use by children age 5-12, and the pre-schoolers are ages 3 and …

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FCC Chairman’s ‘Serious Concerns’ Could Spell Doom for Sinclair/Tribune Merger

Sinclair Broadcast Group’s proposed acquisition of Tribune Media might not happen after Federal Communications Commission (FCC) Chairman Ajit Pai said today he has “serious concerns” about the $3.9 billion deal. Sinclair, which owns or operates more than 190 local TV stations across the U.S., is …

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Cut Loose! Arkansans Can Get Footloose on Sundays

In a move to tighten city law, a town in Arkansas has dumped an ordinance often referred to as the Footloose law, which sought to prevent illicit dancing on Sundays. Until its recent revocation, Sec. 14-91 in Fort Smith’s municipal codebook made the operation of …

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Watch Georgia Cops Flip a Coin and Joke Before Arresting a Woman for Speeding

Body-cam footage from an April traffic stop appears to show two Georgia cops using a coin-toss phone app to decide whether they’d arrest a driver for speeding in the rain. The officers, Courtney Brown and Kristee Wilson of the Roswell Police Department, wound up ignoring …

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Local NIMBYs Hold Up Medal of Honor Museum Over Height Concerns

The Medal of Honor Foundation spent years planning a memorial for the recipients of the American military’s highest honor. The famed architect Moshe Sadfie—designer of such iconic structures as Jerusalem’s Holocaust memorial and Montreal’s Habitat 67—has been tapped to design the building, which the foundation …

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