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Good Intentions, Bad Outcomes: New at Reason

Government programs that don’t work as intended ought to be cut. A. Barton Hinkle writes: If we judged everything by intentions rather than results, the world would be a strange place indeed. Steve never calls his mother on her birthday, but he always means to, …

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Good Intentions, Bad Outcomes: The Story of Government

If we judged everything by intentions rather than results, the world would be a strange place indeed. Steve never calls his mother on her birthday, but he always means to, so isn’t he a wonderful son? That goes for government as well: If we judged …

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$2 Million Park Bathroom: New at Reason

Overspending is what government does. John Stossel writes: Did you see the $2 million dollar bathroom? That’s what New York City government spent to build a “comfort station” in a park. I went to look at it. There were no gold-plated fixtures. It’s just a …

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U.S. Muslims See More Discrimination and Support, U.S. May Arm Ukraine, Health Care Vote Update: A.M. Links

A national survey of American Muslims found perceptions of anti-Muslim discrimination are on the rise, but so is the sense that Americans are supportive of Muslims. Which health-care plan is the Senate voting on today? A handy guide to the GOP’s current legislative antics. Philippine …

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Jeff Sessions Lets Cops Be Robbers: New at Reason

Donald Trump made two things abundantly clear during a meeting with county sheriffs last February: He did not know what civil asset forfeiture was, and he wanted to see more of it. As Jacob Sullum notes, the president will get his wish thanks to a …

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Brickbat: Wasn’t This Banned by the Magna Carta?

Andre Spicer’s daughter set up a lemonade stand near their home in London, England. A festival was taking place nearby, so her business was brisk. But about 30 minutes after she set the stand up, four code enforcement officers confronted her and handed her a …

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Jeff Sessions Lets Cops Be Robbers

Donald Trump made two things abundantly clear during a meeting with county sheriffs last February: He did not know what civil asset forfeiture was, and he wanted to see more of it. The president will get his wish thanks to a directive issued last week …

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NYC Government Spends $2 Million on a Park Bathroom

Did you see the $2 million dollar bathroom? That’s what New York City government spent to build a “comfort station” in a park. I went to look at it. There were no gold-plated fixtures. It’s just a little building with four toilets and four sinks. …

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Federal Appeals Court Castigates Kansas Cops for Pot Raid Triggered by Tea

Today a federal appeals court revived a lawsuit filed by Robert and Adlynn Harte, the Kansas couple whose Leawood home was raided in 2012 based on a visit to a garden store and discarded tea leaves that police claimed tested positive for marijuana. While all …

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With Rand Paul’s Support (For Now), Republican Health Care Bill Survives First Senate Vote

After weeks of will-they-or-won’t-they tension, the Senate pulled together 50 votes (plus a tie-breaking vote from Vice President Mike Pence) on Tuesday afternoon to proceed to debate on the Republican health care bill. Whether the bill—technically known as the Better Care Reconciliation Act—will pass, or …

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