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State Senator Wants to Stop Incarcerated Sex Offenders from Seeing Pictures of Children

New York State Senator Chris Jacobs has proposed a law that would prohibit any person serving time for a sex offense against a minor from “possessing a depiction of any minor.” Taken literally, the text of the bill makes it a crime for such a …

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Trump’s Half-Baked Budget: New at Reason

Donald Trump’s first budget proposal is a brazen mix of ideology and dishonesty, seasoned with irresponsibility and pulled out of the oven as soon as it was half-baked, writes Steve Chapman. Those qualities make it surprisingly similar to the budgets of Barack Obama and George …

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San Diego D.A. Files Charges Against Marijuana Entrepreneur 16 Months After Seizing His Money

The San Diego District Attorney’s Office filed criminal charges against marijuana business owner James Slatic on Wednesday, two weeks after a judge ordered it to return more than $100,000 it had seized from Slatic and his family. In a criminal complaint filed in San Diego …

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The CBO’s Health Care Score Shows Economists Shouldn’t Make Political Predictions

Spend enough time reading Congressional Budget Office reports, and you start to notice something: Although the nonpartisan congressional scorekeeper puts a lot of effort into carefully relaying their estimates, they are more cautious when it comes to explaining how those projections were obtained, noting the …

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A.M. Links: Montana Republican Charged With Assault for Body-Slamming Journalist, Trump in Brussels, Philippines May Extend Martial Law ‘Throughout the Country’

President Donald Trump is in Brussels for meetings with NATO leaders and EU officials. New poll: 54 percent of voters “say Trump is abusing the powers of his office.” Greg Gianforte, Republican candidate in today’s special congressional election in Montana, has been charged with assault …

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Cory Doctorow on Cyber Warfare, Lawbreaking, and His New Novel ‘Walkaway’

Cory Doctorow, author of Down and Out in the Magic Kingdom, Little Brother, and Makers, is a three-time Prometheus Award winner, an honor bestowed on the best works of libertarian science fiction. In his most recent book, Walkaway, the super rich engineer their own immortality, …

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Don’t Be Afraid of the Ice Cream Man: New at Reason

In the June issue of Reason magazine, Lenore Skenazy addresses another round of fear-based legislation, this one overstating the risks and dangers emanating from the ice cream truck circling your neighborhood: Paul DiMarco has been selling ice cream in Poughkeepsie, New York, for two decades. …

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South Dakota Jury Acquits Tribal Cannabis Consultant of All Charges

Two years ago, the Flandreau Santee Sioux had high hopes of capitalizing on the collapse of mariuana prohibition by opening a resort where cannabis could be purchased and consumed on their reservation in South Dakota. It all ended in fire and tears as the tribe …

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Alaska Cops Fight for the Right to Sexually Exploit Prostitution Suspects

Once again, cops are arguing that they need to be allowed to have sex with suspects in order to investigate prostitution allegations. And once again, lawmakers and journalists are acting like exploitation and assault of sex workers by law enforcement is a rare occurrence, rather …

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Alaska Cops Fight for the Right to Sexually Exploit Prostitution Suspects (New at Reason)

Around the country, law enforcement routinely argues that officers should be allowed to have sexual contact with suspects in prostitution cases. The power differential, and the subsequent arrest of sex workers make such contact utterly unacceptable, argues author and Seattle-based escort Maggie McNeill. This month …

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