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Do Ordinary Speakers Have Lesser First Amendment Rights Than Newspapers Do?

I have long argued that the answer is “no” — that the “freedom of the press” is the freedom of all to use mass communication technology (the printing press and its heirs) and not just the freedom of a particular industry (the institutional media). The …

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District Judge Generally Rejects Plea Bargaining

From U.S. v. Stevenson, decided earlier this month by Judge Joseph R. Goodwin of the federal district court for the southern district of West Virginia: On June 26, 2017, I rejected the proffered plea agreement in United States v. Charles York Walker, Jr. after determining …

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Hate Traffic? Learn to Love Congestion Pricing: New at Reason

Americans waste a lot of their lives in traffic, with the average urban auto commuter spending 35 hours a year idling on highways during rush hour. The problem is getting so bad that some cities are beginning to consider a radical market-based solution. Congestion pricing …

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Barbie Documentary Shows How She Still Angers Some Feminists: New at Reason

Television critic Glenn Garvin checks out Tiny Shoulders: Rethinking Barbie, which explores the doll’s history and possibly doomed efforts to make her more appealing to her adult critics: “Feminism, and how a girl sees herself, and self-esteem for girls, to put all that on the …

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After All This Time, Barbie Still Draws Some Feminists’ Ire

Tiny Shoulders: Rethinking Barbie. Hulu. Available Friday, April 27. At the rate millennials discover previously unknown anatomical flashpoints like thigh gaps and sideboobs, you may well wonder if the tiny shoulders in the title of Andrea Blaugrund Nevins’ new Hulu documentary on the Barbie doll …

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Your Right to Eat Foie Gras

Last week, Reason Foundation (the nonprofit that publishes Reason) partnered with the Cato Institute to file an amicus curiae brief with the U.S. Supreme Court in support of the foie gras producers and sellers who are challenging California’s awful foie gras ban. In March, the …

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Hate Traffic? Learn to Love Congestion Pricing.

Americans waste a lot of their lives in traffic, with the average urban auto commuter spending 35 hours a year idling on highways during rush hour. The problem is getting so bad that some cities are beginning to consider a radical market-based solution. Congestion pricing …

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#IlyaConfusion – A Guide for the Perplexed

Earlier today, I was on a Federalist Society-organized press call on the travel ban case currently before the Supreme Court. The moderator introduced me as “Ilya Shapiro of the Cato Institute.” This is very, very far from the first time I have been confused with …

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North Korea Claims It Will Suspend Its Nuclear Weapon and Missile Tests

In advance of planned summit meetings where North Korean dictator Kim Jong Un would talk with South Korean leaders and then President Trump, North Korean state media drops a Friday afternoon news dump surprise: they claim they are going to suspend any further nuclear weapon …

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Pure Foolishness

On October 19, 2010, our fearless leader Eugene Volokh posted a piece entitled “When I Hear ‘Pure Vermont,’ Racial Purity Is the First Thing that Comes to Mind.” In it, he brought attention to an utterly silly statement made by Curtis Reed Jr., the Chair …

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