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Brickbat: Hold On

When Kansas City, Missouri, comic book store owner James Cavanaugh was knocked down by a shoplifter, friends called 911. And they say they were placed on hold for 17 minutes. Cavanaugh died. A police department spokesman says they are looking into the matter. Continue Reading....

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We All Scream for the Ice Cream Man’s Head

Paul DiMarco has been selling ice cream in Poughkeepsie, New York, for two decades. He owns a fleet of trucks. When one mom confided to him, “You gotta be careful because there’s a lot of pedophiles in this world,” he recalls replying, “That attitude falls …

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Trump Meets Pope, ISIS Claims Responsibility for Rampage in Philippines, Marilyn Monroe and UFOs: P.M. Links

President Trump met with the pope in the Vatican before arriving in Brussels for a NATO summit. ISIS has claimed responsibility for an assault by militants on Marawi City that led to thousands of civilians fleeing and the Philippines’ president declaring martial law on Mindanao, …

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Another Cuban Libertarian Disappeared; His Associates Fear He’s Been Secretly Arrested

Another libertarian activist in Cuba may have been taken into illegitimate custody by the Castro regime, his associates in the Partido Libertario Cubano – Jose Marti are reporting. Nelson Rodriguez Chartrand, who wrote an article in the PanAm Post which I reported on here last …

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New CBO Report Says House-Passed Health Care Plan Would Leave 23 Million More Uninsured, Cut $119 Billion Off Federal Deficit

The House-passed Republican health care plan would increase the number of Americans without health insurance by 23 million over 10 years, but would reduce premiums for those who maintain coverage, according to a new Congressional Budget Office analysis of the bill released Wednesday evening. If …

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Vermont’s Governor Vetoes Marijuana Legalization Bill Over Concerns About Driver Impairment

Earlier this month, the Vermont legislature became the first in the nation to pass a marijuana legalization measure. Today, Gov. Phil Scott became the first state executive to veto such a bill. According to Vermont alternative weekly Seven Days, Gov. Phil Scott “said he does …

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This Florida Prosecutor Campaigned on Reform and Fairness. Now She’s Ratcheting Up the Drug War.

When Melissa Nelson was elected as a state attorney in Florida last fall, unseating the controversial prosecutor Angela Corey, she spoke of bringing fairer outcomes to the justice system, developing diversion programs to keep juveniles out of jail, and creating a unit to go through …

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3 Ways We’re Reliving the Watergate Culture Wars

Whether or not we’re reliving the Watergate investigation, we sure do seem intent on reenacting the Watergate culture war. That isn’t just true of Donald Trump’s critics, who are understandable eager to compare the 37th and 45th presidents. It’s true of Trump and his team, …

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Bookstores Suffer Unintended Consequences From Mark Hamill’s Campaign Against Fake Autographs

In a galaxy far, far away, Luke Skywalker is the ultimate hero (or is he?), but here’s a note to state lawmakers in this galaxy: maybe don’t trust him to make policy for you. California is learning that the hard way, as a new law …

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From SoHo to Bushwick: New at Reason

Some decades ago, the great divide in New York City culture was between uptown and downtown. The former contained the prominent museums, the commercial publishers, and the WASP establishment. The latter held the less established artists and writers, the best galleries for selling recent art, …

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