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Trump Picks John Bolton to Be New National Security Advisor

President Donald Trump announced Thursday that former U.N. Ambassador John Bolton would replace H.R. McMaster as National Security Advisor. Bolton is a strident neoconservative who invariably takes the position that the U.S. military should intervene in more conflicts around the globe. He was a prominent …

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Rand Paul Reads the Omnibus Spending Bill (Because Someone Has To)

Sen. Rand Paul (R-Ky.), who might be thinking of holding up the Senate’s vote on the insane and mysterious omnibus spending bill, is publicly conducting some basic due diligence for a legislator: demonstrating that, unlike pretty much all his colleagues in House or Senate, he’s …

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9 Ridiculous Things About the Omnibus Budget Bill

Less than 24 hours after the 2,300-page bill was made public, the U.S. House of Representatives, by a vote of 256 to 167, approved a $1.3 trillion spending package that funds the federal government through the end of the fiscal year on September 30. The …

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The Two Parties Are Awful on Almost Everything Important

Today, as the Dow Jones Industrial Average was well on its way to a 700+-point drop, Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer (D-N.Y.) reached across the aisle in support of the very policy that was spooking investors: the Trump administration’s embrace of trade wars, particularly against …

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Steven Pinker Wants Enlightenment Now! New at Reason

In this wide-ranging interview with Reason’s Nick Gillespie, Steven Pinker explains why he thinks Pope Francis is a problem when it comes to capitalism, nuclear energy is a solution to climate change, and why libertarians need to lighten up when it comes to regulation. Click …

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Trump Lawyer Resigns, House Approves $1.3 Trillion Spending Bill, Trump Moves Forward with China Tariffs: P.M. Links

John Dowd resigned today as President Donald Trump’s lead lawyer in the investigation of Russia’s attempt to meddle with the 2016 election. The House Intelligence Committee officially voted to end its own investigation into the 2016 election and say there’s no evidence of any collusion …

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Detroit to Pay $225,000 After Cops Shoot Three Dogs in Marijuana Raid

The city of Detroit will pay $225,000 to settle a civil rights lawsuit stemming from a 2016 marijuana raid that left three dogs shot to death by police. The Detroit City Council approved the settlement this February to Kenneth Savage and Ashley Franklin, who filed …

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The Supreme Court on Broad Interpretations of Statutes and Prosecutorial Discretion

From yesterday’s Marinello v. U.S.: [T]o rely upon prosecutorial discretion to narrow the otherwise wide-ranging scope of a criminal statute’s highly abstract general statutory language places great power in the hands of the prosecutor. Doing so risks allowing “policemen, prosecutors, and juries to pursue their …

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She Was Caught Shoplifting When She Was 12. Why Is There a Warrant Out for Her Arrest 25 Years Later?

When Aundra Motsenbocker checked her mail one evening after work in early March, the 37-year-old resident of Lubbock, Texas, was in for something of a shock. She’d received a letter dated March 2, 2018, from the law firm McCreary, Veselka, Bragg, & Allen (MVBA) saying …

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Mark Zuckerberg Is Calling for Regulation of Social Media To Lock in Facebook’s Position

So now Mark Zuckerberg, the founder and head honcho at Facebook, is going all in on government regulation. “The question,” he told Wired’s Nicholas Thompson, “isn’t ‘Should there be regulation or shouldn’t there be?’ It’s ‘How do you do it?'” On CNN, he said, “I …

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