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The Coward’s Veto: New at Reason

Feelings aren’t facts, and shouldn’t be treated a such. A. Barton Hinkle writes: You might not think lesbian activists and supporters of Donald Trump’s travel ban have anything in common. But that’s where you would be wrong, my friend. Over the weekend, cities around the …

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You Don’t Need a Bread Czar to Know that the Bakery Will Be Stocked Every Morning

Russ Roberts, no stranger to these pages, has long been one of the great explainers of markets and economics. So it comes as no surprise that an animated poem about the wonders of bottom-up bread markets—in contrast to the errors of top-down wheat planning—has Roberts’ …

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Attempted Coup in Venezuela, Sarah Palin Suing the Times, Facebook Hiring Thousands of Hate-Speech Monitors: A.M. Links

An attempted coup in Venezuela? That’s what President Nicolas Maduro is calling an air attack on government buildings by a rogue police pilot. Sarah Palin is suing The New York Times for defamation. Facebook says it’s ramping up its hate-speech detection staff. European antitrust regulators …

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Plastic Bag Bans Are in Retreat Across the Country

Last week, little Kermit, near the New Mexico border in West Texas, became the last city in the state to repeal its sales tax on carryout shopping bags. “I commend the Kermit City Council for its action to comply with state law,” wrote Attorney General …

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Why Government Schools Fail: New at Reason

How can schooling in America be improved? John Stossel writes: We get more choices—usually better choices, for less money. “But of all the products we make and the services we provide, there’s one that stands out as an exception,” according to the Cato Institute’s Andrew …

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Trump’s Travel Ban Is Legal but Dumb: New at Reason

This week the Supreme Court unblocked most aspects of President Trump’s executive order limiting entry into the United States, signaling that the restrictions are likely to be upheld. That makes sense, writes Jacob Sullum, because the reasons that two federal appeals court offered for upholding …

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Brickbat: For Your Protection

A Transportation Security Administration screener at Orlando International Airport has been charged with third-degree felony theft after taking cash from a woman’s purse. The woman was undergoing a pat-down search when she noticed Alexander Shae Johnson standing near her purse. When she retrieved her purse, …

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Why Government Schools Fail

Every year, almost every industry improves. We get more choices—usually better choices, for less money. “But of all the products we make and the services we provide, there’s one that stands out as an exception,” according to the Cato Institute’s Andrew Coulson. “One activity in …

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Trump’s Travel Ban Is Legal but Dumb

This week the Supreme Court unblocked most aspects of President Trump’s executive order limiting entry into the United States, signaling that the restrictions are likely to be upheld. That makes sense, because the reasons that two federal appeals court offered for upholding injunctions against Trump’s …

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Illinois Legislature Passes Asset Forfeiture Reform

The Illinois legislature overwhelmingly passed a bill Friday tightening the state’s civil asset forfeiture laws and shifting the burden of proof onto the government to show why it should be allowed to keep seized seized property. The vote came on the heels of an investigative …

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