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Trump Pope Pics Worth 1,000 Words, Fox Retracts Seth Rich Story, Congress Looks Into Sex Trafficking by U.S. Contractors: A.M. Links

President Trump’s Wednesday morning meeting with the Pope seems to have happened without major incident, though the photos are a treat. Fox News is backing down on allegations that former DNC staffer Seth Rich was murdered for leaking documents to Wikileaks, retracting a May 16 …

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Did Trump Know Enough to Obstruct Justice? New at Reason

For almost a year, Donald Trump has been complaining that FBI Director James Comey gave Hillary Clinton “a free pass for many bad deeds,” as the president recently put it on Twitter. Trump thinks his opponent in last year’s presidential election should have been prosecuted …

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16-Year-Old Commits Suicide After School Cop Threatens Him with Child Porn Charges

It took school and police officials just a few minutes to extinguish 16-year-old Corey Walgren’s promising future. All they did was utter two words: child pornography. Corey, a junior at Naperville North High School in Naperville, Illinois, was a perfectly normal, social, good-looking 16-year-old. He …

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From SoHo to Bushwick

The New Brooklyn: What It Takes To Bring a City Back, by Kay S. Hymowitz, Rowman & Littlefield, 198 pages, $27 Some decades ago, the great divide in New York City culture was between uptown and downtown. The former contained the prominent museums, the commercial …

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Brickbat: A Gala Day

Cincinnati Mayor John Cranley has apologized for his office accidentally issuing a proclamation honoring a man who ambushed and killed a city police officer two years ago. The mayor’s office said the request for a proclamation was made by the killer’s father and approved by …

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Did Trump Know Enough to Obstruct Justice?

For almost a year, Donald Trump has been complaining that FBI Director James Comey gave Hillary Clinton “a free pass for many bad deeds,” as the president recently put it on Twitter. Trump thinks his opponent in last year’s presidential election should have been prosecuted …

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The New York Times‘ Green Baloney

The New York Times’ hostility to industry gets worse every day. Last week, The Times ran a big picture of a bay in Alaska with the headline “In Reversal, EPA Eases Path for a Mine Near Alaska’s Bristol Bay.” While this was just another of …

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Suspect Statistics From Plastic-Surgeon Society Say ‘Gender Confirmation Surgeries’ Up 19 Percent Last Year

A host of U.S. media outlets are reporting that 2016 saw a 19 percent spike in “gender confirmation surgeries,” a term used by the American Society of Plastic Surgeons (ASPS) to describe an array of elective facial, chest, and genital procedures performed on transgender patients. …

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Trump: Uniquely Qualified for an Israeli-Palestinian Peace Deal?

For decades American presidents have tried, with varying degrees of effort and to varying degrees of success, to negotiate a peace between Israel and the Palestinians. Donald Trump, with his apparent lack of interest both in policy detail and in pretending the U.S. is a …

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Trump’s Budget Plan: The Good, the Bad, and The Ugly

As Ronald Bailey notes, Donald Trump’s first full budget plan is based on what Ronald Reagan’s budget director David Stockman denounced as “rosy scenarios.” Trump’s budget rests upon an assumption of 3 percent annual growth, which is in stark contrast to the 1.4 percent average …

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