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Congress Reaches Spending Deal; ‘Skinny Budget’ Goes Out the Window

Take Big Bird off the altar; they’re not going to sacrifice him after all. (*) Congress has reached a deal to keep the government funded til September and, as usual, the GOP’s talk about defunding public radio and TV has turned out to be an …

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Why Is Everyone So Willing to Believe ‘Fake News’ About Sex Trafficking?

On the latest Libertarianism.org “Free Thoughts” podcast, I talk with hosts Aaron Ross Powell and Trevor Burrus about the conflation of consensual prostitution and sex trafficking in American culture and courtrooms, both in general and in terms of recent high-profile cases (such as The Review …

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Trump Embraces Murderous Drug Warrior, Inviting Him to the White House

Over the weekend, President Trump had what the White House called “a very friendly conversation” with Philippine President Rodrigo Duterte, whose bloody war on drugs has killed thousands of people since he took office last summer. Trump praised Duterte, a tough-talking populist whose style resembles …

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Reason Wins 3 Maggie Awards From the Western Publishing Association!

For 66 years, the Western Publishing Association has issued annual magazine awards, known as “Maggies,” to publications west of the Mississippi River, including as far westward as Hawaii. Reason has won a handful over the years, including one for Best Magazine in the “politics and …

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Pentagon Claims 352 Civilians Killed in Strikes on ISIS Since Start of Campaign, Trump Invites Duterte to White House, Congress Agrees to Fund Government: A.M. Links

According to the Pentagon, U.S.-led strikes against ISIS have killed 352 civilians in the last three years. President Trump invited Philippines President Rodrigo Duterte, who has boasted of killing drug suspects, to the White House during a “very friendly” conversation. Leaders from both parties in …

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Brickbat: What Are You Smiling About?

Rhode Island’s Division of Motor Vehicles says that drivers will no longer be allowed to smile in their driver’s license photos. They will be required to maintain a neutral facial expression. They say this is necessary to comply with federal security standards. Continue Reading....

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Public Toilets and Private Burdens

If there is anything more rewarding than making a personal sacrifice for a good cause, it’s getting other people to do it for you. That’s the thinking behind a lot of legislation at all levels of government that imposes costly mandates on private parties. The …

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The White House Correspondents’ Dinner is Just Nerds Again, as it Should Be.

It’s a good sign that I didn’t recognize anyone during the White House Correspondents’ Dinner broadcast until halfway through. In the previous eight years Hollywood celebrities parachuted into the nation’s capital to strut up a red carpet and mingle with various tuxedo-clad political barnacles. That …

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Talk to, Don’t Provoke, North Korea: New at Reason

A year ago, Donald Trump said he “would have no problem speaking to” North Korean leader Kim Jong-un. Where is that Donald Trump now? Instead we have sabre-rattling Trump, along with Vice President Pence and others on the national-security squad. Yes, Kim—like his father and …

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Talk to, Don’t Provoke, North Korea

There’s little more we can do than hope that some cool heads around Donald Trump are telling him he’d be nuts to attack North Korea. I don’t know who they might be. Still, we must hope. It doesn’t take a lifetime of study to know …

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