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Brickbat: You Can Never Leave

The Spanish government has seized more than 1.3 million leaflets and other materials promoting a referendum on independence for Catalonia. Meanwhile, prosecutors are threatening to charge elected officials with civil disobedience, abuse of office and misuse of government funds if the vote takes place. Continue …

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3 Priorities to Guide Tax Reform

Congress is finally tackling the tax code, which is good news because reform is badly needed. Our outdated code is complicated by thousands of credits, deductions and exemptions to individual and corporate interests—and it imposes high rates that inhibit economic growth. However, as we’ve seen …

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The Vietnam Syndrome: How We Lost It and Why We Need It Back

In Kabul, Afghanistan, American Embassy personnel who want to meet with their counterparts at the nearby U.S. military base have to travel a mere 100 yards. But they don’t make a practice of walking or driving. They go by military helicopter, reports The New York …

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The Politician Behind California High Speed Rail Now Says It’s ‘Almost a Crime’: New at Reason

High-speed rail lines began popping up in Europe and Asia in the early 1980s. Passengers were exhilarated by the futuristic trains rocketing between cities on glass-smooth rails at upwards of 200 miles per hour. With high-profile roll-outs in France and Japan, bullet train mania was …

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Trump Says He’s Made Decision on Iran Deal, All of Puerto Rico Without Power, German Researchers Accuse U.S. Right Wing of Meddling in Election: P.M. Links

President Trump said he has come to a decision on the Iran nuclear deal. The Iranian president called Trump a “rogue newcomer” in his United Nations speech. Hurricane Maria has knocked out power in all of Puerto Rico. A federal lawsuit accuses police in Columbus …

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The Politician Behind California High Speed Rail Now Says It’s ‘Almost a Crime’

High-speed rail lines began popping up in Europe and Asia in the early 1980s. Passengers were exhilarated by the futuristic trains rocketing between cities on glass-smooth rails at upwards of 200 miles per hour. With high-profile roll-outs in France and Japan, bullet train mania was …

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Canadian School Bans Cartwheeling, Because We Can’t Be Too Careful

Yes, a school in Canada banned cartwheels. What’s worst about this is the school’s reasoning: Cartwheels have been banned at M.T. Davidson Public School in Callander. Cartwheels are not permitted on school property in the playground rules section of the school’s draft handbook for 2017-18. …

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The Libertarian Lawyer Who Battled Jim Crow

At Marginal Revolution, George Mason University economist Alex Tabarrok offers some interesting thoughts on Richard Rothstein’s new book The Color of Law: A Forgotten History of How Our Government Segregated America. “Rothstein is no libertarian,” Tabarrok writes, “but to his credit he does acknowledge that …

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Show Business Patter Aside, Trump’s a Fairly Conventional Militarist

In his first address to the United Nations, President Trump displayed both his show business chops and the contradictions inherent in his foreign policy choices. Many of those choices are far more mainstream than Trump’s rhetoric, or the commentary on it, suggests. Trump says he …

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Fentanyl Importation Reaches ‘Shocking’ Levels, Says Prosecutor

Law enforcement in New York confiscated a record $30 million worth of illicit fentanyl, 195 pounds of it , in two combined seizures from four defendants over the past two months. The haul dwarfs the previous record of 97 pounds, set in June of this …

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