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CDC, in Surveys It Never Bothered Making Public, Provides More Evidence that Plenty of Americans Innocently Defend Themselves with Guns

Many people who support gun control are angry that the federal Centers for Disease Control (CDC) are not legally allowed to use money from Congress to do research whose purpose is “to advocate or promote gun control.” (This is not the same as doing no …

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CUNY Law Fed Soc co-president: Disruption of Blackman can be a “learning moment”

As regular readers are aware, Professor (and occasional VC guest-blogger) Josh Blackman was invited to CUNY Law School by the law school’s Federalist Society to give a talk about free speech on campus. Before his talk, the CUNY administration sent out an email warning students …

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Southern Poverty Law Center Scraps Its Anti-Muslim Hate List

Last month, I wrote a piece calling out the Southern Poverty Law Center, the country’s self-appointed watchdog of hate groups, for putting Ayan Hirsi Ali, the Somali victim of genital mutilation, and Maajid Nawaz, a Muslim militant-turned-reformer, on its anti-Muslim hate list along with genuine …

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The Hidden Legacy of Columbine: Ignorance About School Violence

Today, on the 19th anniversary of the Columbine massacre, students around the country skipped classes as part of a National School Walkout to protest gun violence. This is the latest attempt by survivors of the recent mass shooting in Parkland, Florida, to keep the public …

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Some California Cities Are Making It Harder to Quit Smoking

In a rush to crack down on tobacco use, more than a dozen local governments across California have recently passed laws that will—if they work—nudge more people to use cigarettes instead of potentially less unhealthy alternatives. Led by San Francisco and Oakland, cities including Sonoma, …

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Short Circuit: A roundup of recent federal court decisions

Please enjoy the latest edition of Short Circuit, a weekly feature from the Institute for Justice. This week, the Wisconsin Supreme Court heard argument on whether there is a rational basis for a law that prohibits joint operation of both a cemetery and a funeral …

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Trump Suffers Yet Another Defeat in a Sanctuary Cities Case

As co-blogger Jonathan Adler notes, the US Court of Appeals for the Seventh Circuit just issued a ruling in City of Chicago v. Sessions upholding a lower court decision against the Trump administration’s plan to cut federal funds from “sanctuary cities” – jurisdictions that refuse …

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Cop Charged With Using Illegal Traffic Stops to Pick Up Women

For most people, the words “speed dating” refer to a matchmaking event where singles sit down with a large number of potential mates in rapid succession. For New Jersey State Trooper Eric Richardson, it reportedly involved threatening female motorists with tickets and arrest until they …

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Caniformia

I learned this from my brother Sasha some time ago, but I was reminded of it on our Galapagos trip, where the sea lions reminded my boys of our dog. The order Carnivora — which includes many but not all carnivorous (and some omnivorous) mammals …

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Republicans Could Face Political Consequences Over Trump’s Tariffs

Tariffs have economic consequences, both intended and unintended. They also have political consequences, as Republicans will likely learn in the months ahead. At the intersection of the economic and political fallout from a potential trade war with China lies the soybean. America is the world’s …

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