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The Hidden $700 Billion Debt Owed to Public Workers

States collectively owe more than $1 trillion in pension benefits to current public workers and retirees, but that oft-cited figure does not include the cost of other retirement benefits for government workers and public school employees. That’s largely because states don’t bother accounting for their …

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D.C. Threatens to Punish Manufacturers for Failing ‘Flushability’ Standards It Won’t Define

To flush or not to flush? The Kimberly-Clark Corporation is suing D.C. over the question, after a law the city passed last year tried to keep the company from labeling its disposable wipes “flushable.” The whole matter might seem a little silly for those outside …

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The Return of Criminal Justice Reform

Two senators announced today that they will reintroduce a bipartisan bill to overhaul federal sentencing guidelines. The legislation failed to pass Congress last year, much to the disappointment of criminal justice reform groups. The Sentencing Reform and Corrections Act, originally introduced by Sens. Chuck Grassley …

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Congress Does Not Want Its War Power: New at Reason

The short-lived CBS series Brain Dead, now available on Netflix, is a science-fiction satire about an invasion of Washington, D.C., by extraterrestrial bugs that crawl into people’s ears and hijack their minds as part of a plot to conquer the world. But the most implausible …

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Trump to Ease Gun-Export Rules, Cops Kill Man Over a Stick, Dems Move to Censor Social Media: A.M. Links

President Trump will reportedly ease restrictions on exporting American guns. Police in Oklahoma have fatally shot a man for holding a stick. Another former Fox News commentator, Scottie Nell Hughes, is suing the company over allegations of sexual harassment and sex-based discrimination. Another cop was …

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No, Donald Trump, America’s Trade Deal With South Korea Isn’t Costing U.S. Jobs

“Rocket man” isn’t President Donald Trump’s only concern on the Korean Peninsula. The Korea-U.S. Trade agreement, or KORUS, is a target for the rank-and-file protectionists who occupy the White house. Trump himself threatened this past April to terminate the free trade deal if he couldn’t …

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Unlicensed Tour Guides Not Allowed in Savannah: New at Reason

Would you trust a tour guide who wasn’t licensed? John Stossel writes: Michelle Freenor’s business almost failed before it began. That would have been a loss, since her Savannah, Georgia, walking tour gets only good reviews from customers. “Top notch tour guide giving us a …

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Brickbat: Constitutional Scholar

“There is a fine line between freedom of speech and hate speech,” said Lori Stettler, vice chancellor of student affairs at Southern Illinois University. “Once that line is crossed, there is zero tolerance.” Stettler tells the student newspaper that any student taking part in a …

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Congress Does Not Want Its War Power

The short-lived CBS series Brain Dead, now available on Netflix, is a science-fiction satire about an invasion of Washington, D.C., by extraterrestrial bugs that crawl into people’s ears and hijack their minds as part of a plot to conquer the world. But the most implausible …

Read More »

Unlicensed Tour Guides Not Allowed in Savannah

Michelle Freenor’s business almost failed before it began. That would have been a loss, since her Savannah, Georgia, walking tour gets only good reviews from customers. “Top notch tour guide giving us a lot of history of Savannah’s Historic District,” said one five-star Yelp review. …

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