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Seattle Bans Landlords from Running Criminal Background Checks

Good intentions often lead to bad policy. Consider a new Seattle law that bars landlords from screening prospective tenants for any criminal history. Passed Monday, the Fair Chance Housing ordinance prohibits landlords from excluding prospective tenants because of their criminal history, from requiring or conducting …

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CNN Looks Back at Elian Gonzalez Saga

Elian. CNN. Thursday, August 24, 9 p.m. The night after Thanksgiving of 2016, the phone in my vacation hotel room in Orlando rang. The death of Fidel Castro had just been announced, and the obituary that I’d been regularly updating for 15 years for the …

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Whatever Happened to Elian Gonzalez? New at Reason

Television critic Glenn Garvin, who also happened to be responsible for Fidel Castro’s obituary for the Miami Herald, takes a look at a CNN documentary about the custody fight over one famous Cuban boy by the name of Elian Gonzalez: Elian offers, in painful detail, …

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Taxpayers Pay Steep Price For Coddling Bad Cops: New at Reason

After a large jury verdict award over a rapist cop, the Orange County Sheriff’s Department says it’s looking into changing its policies. Steven Greenhut writes: If the Orange County, Calif., Board of Supervisors votes to appeal the $2.25 million jury verdict recently assessed against the …

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Donald Trump and the Sad Triumph of Right-Wing Political Correctness

Back at the 2015 event at which Donald Trump announced his bid for the presidency, his daughter Ivanka introduced her father as, first and foremost, an implacable foe of political correctness. “My father is the opposite of politically correct. He says what he means and …

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In Defense of Lenin Statues and Canyon of Heroes Plaques

Seattle Mayor Ed Murray has called for the removal of the Vladimir Lenin statue in the neighborhood of Fremont. In New York City, Mayor Bill de Blasio has launched a 90-day review of “all symbols of hate on city property”; his eyes seem to have …

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A Free Country Can Do Without a Conscience-in-Chief

The Founders were worried about “progressive” presidents like Teddy Roosevelt, Woodrow Wilson and, more recently, Barak Obama using their perch to play moral hero. Obama, in particular, wanted to be a transformative president looking for great causes to reshape the country’s moral landscape like Martin …

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Republicans Want to Talk Tax Reform. Trump’s Outbursts Mean They’re Talking About Nazis.

Typically, the president of a party that controls the White House and both chambers of Congress is the leader of any major legislative push. But with Donald Trump, the opposite is true. Rather than guiding the legislative process, he is its chief impediment. To understand …

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How to Safely Watch the Eclipse or CNN

Remy has a few helpful tips for safely watching large orange balls of gas. Written by Remy. Produced by Austin Bragg. Subscribe at YouTube. Like us on Facebook.Follow us on Twitter.Subscribe to our podcast at iTunes. Continue Reading....

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Popehat: Internet Businesses Rejecting Racists Is an Exercise of Free Speech

There are so very many free speech/First Amendment controversies on in the wake of the Charlottesville unpleasantness, and in the run-up to planned alt-right demonstrations (and counter-demonstrations) that will make headlines the rest of summer. Can lefty politicians pre-emptively ban such demonstrations on grounds of …

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