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Trump Wages War Wherever and Whenever He Wants

The day before Donald Trump ordered a missile attack on three sites tied to chemical weapons production in Syria, House Speaker Paul Ryan made it clear that the president needn’t worry about getting permission from Congress. “He has the authority under the existing AUMF,” Ryan …

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When It Comes to Taxes, the Government Always Wants More

The cable bill was the last straw, says Kristin Tate. “That’s the one that really made me mad.” Comcast included $36 in charges for mysterious things like “utility tax” and “government access fee.” That motivated her to research obscure taxes and put what she learned …

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School Discipline: Don’t Make a Federal Case Out of It

School discipline policy has been in the news a lot lately. Education Secretary Betsy DeVos is being urged by many (including me) to withdraw the Obama Administration’s controversial “Dear Colleague” letter on the subject. There’s a lot wrong with that letter. Most important, it threatens …

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Live Debate: Nick Gillespie Argues Net Neutrality at Intelligence Squared!

At 7:30 P.M. ET/6:30 P.M. CT, I’ll be debating former FCC head Tom Wheeler and Mozilla’s Mitchell Baker about Net Neutrality in an Intelligence Squared program live from Chicago. My partner on the anti-Net Neutrality side is Michael Katz, a former FCC economist. Watch live …

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Neil Gorsuch and Clarence Thomas Clash Over Due Process and Immigration Law

A significant constitutional split has emerged between Supreme Court Justices Neil Gorsuch and Clarence Thomas over the meaning of the Due Process Clause. The division emerged in Tuesday’s Supreme Court ruling in Sessions v. Dimaya, in which the Court struck down a provision of the …

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IRS Website Crashes on Tax Day

On Tax Day of all days, key pages of the IRS’s website are down. Last-minute filers looking to view their tax information online, make a payment, or figure how much they owe are being greeted with an alert saying: “This service is currently unavailable. We …

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Michigan Requires More Training for Makeup Artists Than Car Mechanics

Donna Williams has worked as a makeup artist in California and on movie productions in her home state of Michigan. But when she looked into the possibility of opening her own salon, she found that doing it legally would require 400 hours of training in …

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Russia Bans Telegram, a Popular Encrypted Messaging App

A Russian court has banned Telegram, a popular encrypted messaging app, because of the company’s refusal to give its encryption keys to the state. The move has disrupted millions of users’ communications channels. The Federal Security Service (FSB) has been after Telegram’s user data, labeling …

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Massachusetts High Court Strikes Down Stun Gun Ban

In an earlier case, the Massachusetts high court concluded that stun guns just aren’t “arms” for Second Amendment purposes, because they didn’t exist at the time the Second Amendment was written, and because they aren’t usable in the military. In Caetano v. Massachusetts (2016), the …

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Fire, Earth, and Water Visit Apocalyptic Delays on Nation’s Rail Lines

Man’s hubris can be the catalyst for a little divine humbling, from King Nebuchadnezzar and the builders of the Tower of Babel to today’s overly ambitious urban transit agencies. On Monday a rain storm caused a flood of biblical proportions in New York City’s subway …

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