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Can We Talk About Something Besides Trump?: New at Reason

At some point, maybe we should just take Trump’s antics as a given. A. Barton Hinkle writes: Can we get the 2020 presidential election underway, please? Like, right now? Yes, yes—American presidential elections already are endless affairs, especially compared to the five-second-long events the Brits …

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Ninth Circuit: Adultery Is Constitutionally Protected

In Friday’s Perez v. City of Roseville decision, the Ninth Circuit held that Lawrence v. Texas covers adulterous sex: Lawrence makes clear that the State may not stigmatize private sexual conduct simply because the majority has “traditionally viewed a particular practice,” such as extramarital sex, …

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Why Trump’s Words Matter

Relatively few defend Donald Trump’s awful statements and Tweets. But many – including some libertarians – tend to dismiss it as mere “talk.” In a world where there are many horrible and unjust government policies that undermine liberty and inflict great harm, why worry about …

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Why It’s a Good Thing We’re Fighting Over Coverage of Kim Jong Un’s Sister

“North Korea has emerged as the early favorite to grab one of the Winter Olympics’ most important medals: the diplomatic gold.” So declared Reuters after the Winter Olympics’ opening ceremony, during which Kim Yo Jong, the sister of North Korean dictator Kim Jong Un, waved …

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America’s Punishing Worldwide Tax Scheme

You know who’s really thrilled about American actress Meghan Markle’s engagement to Britain’s Prince Harry? Uncle Sam. Although Markle will live in the U.K., Washington will get a cut of her income, because Americans owe taxes on money earned abroad. Even if Markle becomes a …

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Brickbat: You Didn’t See That

The Oregon State Police SWAT Team normally wears body cameras, but they weren’t wearing them when Robert “Lavoy” Finicum’s truck was stopped in 2016. According to a motion filed by prosecutors, the FBI had told them not to. FBI agent W. Joseph Astarita shot and …

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“It’s Clash of Clans Everyday, First Thing in the Morning”: Bill Murray Talks Politics, P.C. Comedy

Comedian Bill Murray was on CNBC’s Squawk Box on Friday, discussing contemporary politics and comedy, portraying Steve Bannon on Saturday Night Live, and more. “It’s Clash of Clans everyday, first thing in the morning,” said Murray, who noted that politics and comedy suffer in similar …

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“All Sex Offender Registries Should Be Abolished”: Debate, 2/12

Do sex offender registries keep predators like serial child molester Larry Nassar, the former USA Gymnastics team doctor, from becoming abusers—or do the laws actually do more harm than good? “All the laws requiring those convicted of sex offenses to put their names in a …

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Whatever Happened to Michael Mann’s Defamation Suit (2018 edition)

[Herewith is another post wondering what has happened with Mann v. NR, et al., repeating (with a few updates) what I posted last fall.] In 2012, climate scientist Michael Mann filed a defamation suit against National Review, Mark Steyn, the Competitive Enterprise Institute and Rand …

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One Year of Needless White House Turmoil: New at Reason

President Trump has an assortment of grave flaws, writes Steve Chapman. But no characteristic dominates this administration more thoroughly than Trump’s fundamental incompetence. The case of staff secretary Robert Porter is damning not just because of Porter’s importance in the White House but because his …

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