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Rubio Is a Yes on Tax Reform, Manafort’s Out of House Arrest, and the Feds Go After Instagram Models: P.M. Links

Sen. Marco Rubio (R – Fla.) has said that he will in fact vote for the Senate’s tax reform legislation. The Senator had previously said he’d vote over concerns the bill did not include a generous enough Child Tax Credit. Paul Manafort to be released …

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Roy Moore’s Trumpian Conspiracy Theorizing About Voter Fraud

Yesterday, White House Press Secretary Sarah Huckabee Sanders lamented that the concession speech from losing Alabama Republican senate candidate Roy Moore “should have already taken place.” This morning, President Donald Trump said that “I think he should” concede. This makes obvious sense, in light of …

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The Fourth Circle of Helvetica

Swiss newspaper Il Caffè writes about American private prisons: “Quando il carcere è un affare privato”, by Marta Valier. I’m quoted in it a couple of times. Check it out if you read Italian! Here are some quotes: Proprio nel 2014 però, grazie a politiche …

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The Original Rock ‘n’ Roll Guitar God Was Actually a Goddess

Rock ‘n’ roll was born and baptized in a smoky nightclub somewhere, but the baby was conceived in a church. Elvis Presley, Jerry Lee Lewis, and Little Richard were all raised Pentecostal, and their sounds were shaped by the raucous gospel music they grew up …

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Why Cards Against Humanity Won’t Stop the Border Wall: New at Reason

A games company won’t be able to stop the border wall. Steven Greenhut writes: What did you bring back from Mexico? There are no wrong answers, but “a zesty breakfast burrito,” “an endless stream of diarrhea” or “a cooler full of organs” might help you …

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Justices Alito and Gorsuch Clash Over Cell Phones, Privacy, and Property Rights

It’s common to think of the U.S. Supreme Court in terms of liberal vs. conservative decisions, liberal vs. conservative doctrines, and liberal vs. conservative justices. But in the recent oral arguments in Carpenter v. United States, one of the biggest disagreements occurred between two of …

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But What Does Star Wars *MEAN*?

Going to see the new Star Wars flick this weekend (read Kurt Loder’s review here)? Or do you hate the Star Wars universe and can’t figure out what the hell is wrong with all those people? Either way, you’ll want to watch this debate about …

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Los Angeles Wants to Make Housing Affordable by Making it More Expensive

A general rule of thumb is that you shouldn’t tax something if you desperately need more of it. This common sense wisdom has eluded the Los Angeles City Council. The council Wednesday voted to impose a linkage fee—so named because of a supposed link between …

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A.M. Links: Trump to Speak at FBI Graduation, Rubio ‘No’ Vote Casts Doubt on Fate of GOP Tax Bill, ABC Fires Mario Batali Over Sexual Misconduct Allegations

President Donald Trump will speak to the graduating class at the FBI’s National Academy today. Sen. Marco Rubio (R-Fl.) says he will vote “no” on the GOP tax bill. A Senate vote on the bill could come as early as Monday. Massive wildfires continue to …

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There Will Be No Viking Longboats Cruising the Mississippi, Thanks to Hard-Headed U.S. Protectionism

There are 2,000 ports across the world where cruise ships dock for passengers to embark on fabulous getaways. Only 30 of them are in North America. The market won’t likely be calling for more docks in the United States anytime soon. Switzerland-based Viking Cruises, which …

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