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CFPB’s Arbitration Rule No Favor for Consumers

When it comes to identifying the worst government agency, it’s hard to pick just one. It’s equally hard not to immediately think of the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau. There’s just something particularly off-putting about an agency that is so self-righteous in trumpeting its virtuous defense …

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Six Republicans Who Voted for Obamacare Repeal in 2015 Sank the ‘Clean Repeal’ Bill Today

In 2015, when presented with a bill that would have repealed much of Obamacare’s taxes and regulations, Senate Republicans were eager to send a political message. Though the bill would be vetoed by then-President Barack Obama, 52 Republicans voted “aye.” With 48 of those 52 …

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Spermpocalypse Now?

The BBC headline blares, “Sperm count drop ‘could make humans extinct’.” The story is based on a new systematic review and meta-regression analysis of recent trends in both sperm concentration and total sperm count. The study, published in Human Reproduction Update, reports “a significant decline …

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Trump Transgender Ban Tweets, Senate Rejects Obamacare Replacements/Repeals, Philly Cat Rescues Couple From Collapsed Home: P.M. Links

President Trump’s transgender military ban tweets may have been triggered by Republicans in the House, who asked him to help with a dispute over prohibiting the funding of gender reassignment surgery. The White House says it had no plan yet to implement a ban. Votes …

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Philadelphia Offers to Stop Using Seized Property to Fund Police

In an attempt to settle a federal class-action civil rights lawsuit challenging its asset forfeiture program, the city of Philadelphia is asking a judge to ban its use of forfeiture revenues to fund police and prosecutors. Civil asset forfeiture is the process that allows police …

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California Wants to Stop Pot Dispensaries from Branding Merchandise

The terrible scourge of marijuana advertising restrictions continues to sweep down the West Coast. First it was Washington cracking down on dispensaries’ beloved inflatable tube man mascots. Next came Oregon, where a town said no to pot-promoting roadside mannequins. Now California has joined the fray, …

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Five Lessons from the Hansa and AlphaBay Busts

It’s been less than a week since a coalition of international law enforcement groups announced the successful takedown of the dark web’s two largest drug markets, Hansa and AlphaBay. We won’t know for months—maybe longer—how many vendors and buyers around the globe will be raided, …

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Can Ethereum Overcome Its Immense Technical Problems? [Podcast]

Ethereum is an “unstoppable computational machine” that puts “a lot more power and sovereignty in the individual.” That’s how ethereum co-founder Joseph Lubin described this decentralized global computing network in an interview with Reason last year. Centralized institutions, Lubin says, will gradually be replaced by …

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Mineral Exploitation Latest Excuse for U.S. to Stay in Afghanistan

The Afghan war is approaching its 17th year with no end in sight. Now The New York Times reports that the Trump administration is looking into a new reason to stay in Afghanistan: the exploitation of the country’s mineral resources. Last month President Donald Trump …

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Trump Tweets Return to Ban on Transgender Military Service ‘In Any Capacity’

In a trio of tweets sent out of the blue this morning, President Donald Trump announced a complete reversal of policy changes launched under President Barack Obama to allow transgender troops to serve openly in the military: After consultation with my Generals and military experts, …

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