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John Brennan, Obama’s Head of the Innuendo Community

Last Saturday Samantha Power tweeted out that it is “not a good idea to piss off John Brennan.” By early this week, Brennan had already fulfilled her crass warning. He turned up on MSNBC to disseminate the smear that Russia holds compromising material over Trump. …

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Amazon Conquered Borders & Toys R Us — Aetna & Humana Next?

How does the richest man in the world become even richer? Jeff Bezos, whose net worth totals $132 billion—$40 billion more than nearest competitor Bill Gates — looks to expand into a healthcare. For those in the business of making money, and most in business …

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Washington Wonders Who Dropped the Dime on Trump’s Call to Putin

Washington President Donald Trump congratulated Russian President Vladimir Putin for winning re-election, even though national security aides had issued a warning beforehand stating “DO NOT CONGRATULATE.” Like so many other moments at the Trump White House, the story set off dueling narratives about what happened …

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Alabama Study Finds Occupational Licensing Education Costs $65 Billion

Occupational licensing remains one of the most effective methods of restricting employment in the country. Experts have estimated the economic costs of excessively strict occupational licensing around the country at $203 billion. Burdensome licensing rules function as a way for entrenched professionals to restrict competition …

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That’s ‘Sir Ringo’ to You

Prince William knighted Ringo Starr, who used the name his mother preferred—Richard Starkey—for Tuesday’s London ceremony. People who do not listen to The Beatles often dismiss Ringo as, at best, an ancillary ingredient of the group’s sound. Listen to “Ticket to Ride,” “Tomorrow Never Knows,” …

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Mysteries of the Tax Code

The Tax Cuts and Jobs Act is a relatively good piece of legislation. It frees up funds for industry and increases the amount of income that the average American worker takes home. However, because our tax code is a strange and byzantine creature, full of …

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The End of Scarcity

It is often posited that population growth must inevitably result in the exhaustion of natural resources, environmental destruction, and even mass starvation. Only last month, a much-discussed study in the journal Nature Sustainability insisted that “Humanity faces the challenge of how to achieve a high quality of …

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The Falsehoods and Truths About Libertarianism

Duke historian Nancy MacLean made waves in 2017 with her book Democracy in Chains, a fantastical conspiracy drama that recasts James Buchanan, winner of the 1986 Nobel Prize in economics, as a crypto-segregationist bent on undermining American democracy. The problem, of course, is that MacLean’s …

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After Cambridge Analytica, What Are The Regulatory Risks To Facebook?

Thanks to a combination of luck, as other major stories were few the past few days, and a still volatile attitude towards Big Tech in the political world, Facebook’s Cambridge Analytica scandal has gone from what could have been a seemingly relative minor incident to …

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What Qualifies as an Unqualified Lesbian?

Former New York City Council Speaker Christine Quinn labeled Cynthia Nixon an “unqualified lesbian” after the Sex and the City actress announced a primary challenge to Empire State governor Andrew Cuomo. What makes one an “unqualified lesbian”? Like sanction or cleave, “unqualified” works as its …

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