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Posing As a Metro Rider on Twitter, D.C. Transit Union Attacks Critics As Paid Plants

The union representing workers for Washington, D.C.’s notoriously dangerous and dysfunctional Metro rail system seems to have been running a Twitter account that purported to express the views of an ordinary, Metro-loving rider. For months now, @DCMetroTruth has claimed to be a Washington-area commuter telling …

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U.K. Goes Full Nanny State With Proposed Nationwide Plastic Straw Ban

The United Kingdom has been on a nanny-state bender lately. Already this year, British authorities have cracked down on Nazi dog videos, pocket knives, and sectarian songs. And now the current Conservative government has announced plans to ban plastic straws and stirrers. “Plastic waste is …

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As Opioid Prescriptions Fall, Opioid Deaths Rise

The decline in opioid prescriptions that began in 2011 accelerated last year, according to the latest data. Meanwhile, opioid-related deaths continue to rise. The opposing trends show the folly of tackling the “opioid crisis” by restricting access to pain medication. A report published yesterday by …

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Fatwa Against … Buying Facebook “Likes”

AP reports: Egypt’s top mufti has issued a fatwa, or a religious decree, saying that buying Facebook “likes” is prohibited under Islam because it’s a form of fraud and deception. Grand Mufti Shawki Allam regularly issues all sorts of fatwas, usually in response to questions …

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Mike Pompeo’s Reckless Approach to North Korea Shows Why He Shouldn’t Be Secretary of State

There are many reasons CIA Director Mike Pompeo should not be secretary of state, but the biggest may be his reckless, dishonest, and incoherent remarks about North Korea to the Senate last week. This becomes all the more troubling given President Trump’s Wednesday announcement that …

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Will El Chapo’s Arrest Make the Drug Trade More Deadly?

Mexico’s most notorious drug kingpin, Joaquín “El Chapo” Guzmán, has been awaiting trial in the United States since his dramatic capture in 2016. Federal prosecutors have filed charges of drug trafficking, murder, money laundering, and kidnapping against Guzmán, who ran the notorious Sinaloa cartel for …

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Mike Pompeo’s Reckless Approach to North Korea Shows Why He Shouldn’t Be Secretary of State: New at Reason

There are many reasons CIA Director Mike Pompeo should not be secretary of state, but his reckless, dishonest, and incoherent remarks about North Korea policy before the Senate last week may be chief among them. This becomes all the more troubling given President Trump’s Wednesday …

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College Republicans Get In Huge Trouble for Posting ‘I.C.E. I.C.E. Baby’ Signs

The College Republicans at the University of California, Merced advertised their club last month with signs that read “I.C.E. I.C.E. Baby” and provided the phone number for Immigration and Customs Enforcement. Now the student government is considering defunding them and similar organizations, in part because …

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The Supreme Court Eyes Online Sales Taxes: New at Reason

If you think internet companies aren’t paying any taxes for online sales and that’s killing bricks-and-mortar retailers and states’ budgets, you, my friend, have been duped, writes Veronique de Rugy. In reality, the internet isn’t a tax-free zone, nor is the lack of revenue the …

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College Republicans Get In Huge Trouble for Posting ‘I.C.E. I.C.E. Baby’ Signs: New at Reason

The College Republicans at the University of California, Merced advertised their club last month with signs that read “I.C.E. I.C.E. Baby” and provided the phone number for Immigration and Customs Enforcement. Now the student government is considering defunding them and similar organizations, in part because …

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