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What Nancy MacLean Gets Wrong About James Buchanan

The board of education in Brown v. Board of Education—the 1954 Supreme Court decision that desegregated American public schools—was located in Topeka, Kansas, a city that was overwhelmingly white. Brown overturned a policy set by a majority, and it was right to do so: School …

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What Nancy MacLean’s Democracy in Chains Gets Wrong in Her Zeal to Condemn James Buchanan: New at Reason

In Democracy in Chains, a new book about Nobel Prize–winning economist James Buchanan’s role in a sinister conspiracy to undermine democracy, Duke historian Nancy MacLean makes numerous controversial claims, often with little evidence to back them up. Many outlets, from Vox to The Washington Post, …

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“I Teach *How* To Think, Not *What* To Think.” Humans of FreedomFest, Part 3

Editor’s note: FreedomFest, held every July in Las Vegas, is the largest annual gathering of libertarians in the country. Today is the first day of the four-day long conference, which is being headlined in its 10th year by William Shatner, John Stossel, Greg Gutfeld, and …

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Sessions Problems, Real Medical Costs, LA 92 and O.J.’s Juice: The New Fifth Column

Last week on HBO’s Vice News, former Reasoner and current Vice person Michael C. Moynihan, one-third of the weekly podcast (and Sirius XM radio show) The Fifth Column, let a series of doctors probe his sensitive areas while he attempted to ask them questions about …

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Police Body Camera Appears to Catch Baltimore Officer Planting Drugs for a Search

Baltimore Police body camera footage publicly released this week that appears to show an officer planting drugs at a crime scene, offered not one but two important takeaways. Law enforcement officers should not determine whether body camera footage can be publicly released. This is exactly …

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Taking Care of a Friend’s Dog For The Weekend? Better Have a License, NYC Says

Even something as simple as having a friend watch your dog for the weekend isn’t immune from the scourge of government permission slips in New York City, it seems. The city’s Health Department is threatening users of a popular pet-sitting app with fines of $1,000 …

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Pennsylvania Supreme Court Recognizes Sex Offender Registration As Punitive

Yesterday the Pennsylvania Supreme Court ruled that the state’s registration requirements for sex offenders impose punishment in the guise of regulation and therefore cannot be applied retroactively to people who committed their crimes before the rules were established. Five of the six justices who heard …

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DOJ Claims Responsibility for Shutting Down Cryptomarkets AlphaBay and Hansa

Attorney General Jeff Sessions announced this morning that the Justice Department, in coordination with law enforcement agencies around the globe, was responsible for shutting down the cryptomarket AlphaBay on July 4 as part of Operation Bayonet. The Hansa Market, meanwhile, was secretly taken over by …

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Trump to Cut CIA Program That Arms Syrian Rebels. Good—Now Cut the Pentagon’s Program, Too.

The Trump administration is reportedly cutting a CIA program that has provided arms to Syrian rebels since 2013. This has provoked a heated reaction from a media obsessed with Russia, and from Russia hawks like Sen. Lindsey Graham (R-S.C.), who said such a decision would …

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Trump’s ‘Made In America Week’ Inadvertently Highlights Corporate Welfare

Even as a centerpiece of his policy agenda—the repeal and replace of Obamacare—was going down in flames in the Senate, President Donald Trump appeared to be having fun. He donned a white Stetson hat. He climbed into the cab of a bright red fire truck …

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