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You Don’t Have Listen to the Government. Eat the Foods You Like.

Most nutrition advice starts by telling you what not to do. Don’t consume salt, eggs, butter, or fish. Don’t drink. Avoid red meat. It’s not a fun way to eat. And according to Aaron Carroll, a doctor, columnist, and director of the Center for Health …

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The Good, the Bad, and the Unspeakably Ugly: A Reason Surveillance Reform Bill Primer

Before the year’s end Congress needs to decide what it’s going to do about Section 702 of the Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Act (FISA), which permits the federal government to engage in surveillance of foreign targets that are not on U.S. soil, secretly and without warrants. …

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A.M. Links: Trump and Putin to Discuss Syria, Charlie Rose Suspended Over Sexual Misconduct Allegations, Justice Department Seeks to Block AT&T Acquisition of Time Warner

“Russian President Vladimir Putin said he’ll hold phone talks with U.S. counterpart Donald Trump on Tuesday as the Kremlin mounts a diplomatic push to resolve the war in Syria following a surprise visit by Syrian leader Bashar al-Assad.” Charlie Rose has been suspended by CBS …

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A Holiday Guide … to Surveillance Reform Legislation: New at Reason

Before the year’s end Congress needs to decide what it’s going to do about an important regulation overseeing the authority of federal intelligence agencies to engage in surveillance. Section 702 of the Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Act (FISA) Amendments permits the federal government to engage in …

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Brickbat: Helping the Children

A Polk County, Florida, school bus attendant has been charged with child abuse after striking and violently shaking a special needs student. The sheriff’s office says video shows Brenda Nelson hitting the girl, who was strapped down by a harness, and grabbing her by the …

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Why Does Hawaii Hate American Workers?

In Hawaii, it takes an average of 988 days and $438 in fees to become licensed to perform one of many occupations under the thumbs of state regulators. Given that the average requirement across the United States to enter such fields as painting contractor, landscaper, …

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Tax Reform Fight Shows Why Subsidies Never Die

Chances are fading fast that tax reform will roll back a wasteful energy subsidy. The Tax Cuts and Jobs Act, passed by the House last week, promised to save about $12.3 billion over the next decade by scaling back a “production tax credit” mostly used …

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Trump to Designate North Korea State Sponsor of Terrorism, DOJ to Sue Over Proposed AT&T/Time Warner Merger, Della Reese Dead: P.M. Links

President Trump announced he would once again designate North Korea a state sponsor of terrorism. The Department of Justice will reportedly sue to keep AT&T from buying Time Warner. A woman has accused Sen. Al Franken (D-Minn.) of grabbing her buttocks while posing for a …

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L.A. Is Creating Traffic Jams to Push Commuters to Ride Bikes and Rail: New at Reason

In July of 2017, Los Angeles imposed a “road diet” in the quiet beach community of Playa del Rey, replacing car lanes with bike lanes and parking spaces. The roads were suddenly jammed with traffic. The community was livid. “Most of Playa Del Rey didn’t …

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Is Donald Trump, of All Presidents, Devolving Power Back to the Legislative Branch?

Donald Trump did not campaign for president as the guy who would reverse the mostly unbroken, century-old trend of the executive power assuming more and more power in the face of an increasingly self-marginalizing Congress. If anything, the imperial presidency looked set to increase given …

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