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Chicago Public Schools Execs Lied, Altered Records to Cover Up Wrongdoing

A pay-to-play scandal at Chicago Public Schools (CPS) has prompted two top officials to resign. Yesterday General Counsel Ronald Marmer announced his departure after an ethics investigation revealed he was receiving a $1 million severance package from the law firm Jenner & Block while also supervising legal work the firm was doing for the school […]

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Roy Moore Rides a Horse (Poorly), Lots of Public Comments to Regulators are Fake, and Trump Accused of “Sexist Smear”: P.M. Links

Christian Britschgi|Dec. 12, 2017 4:30 pm Paul Hennessy/Polaris/NewscomRoy Moore rode to the polls on horseback today. Twitter took issue with his riding style. Lots of public comments made to regulators are fakes, according to a Wall Street Journal investigation. New York Senator Kristin Gillibrand accused President Trump of a “sexist smear” for saying over Twitter […]

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More Details in the Trent Franks Scandal Emerge, Trump’s Travel Ban Has Its Day in Court, and Tim Pawlenty Considers a Run for Senate: P.M. Links

More details in the Trent Franks scandal emerge. Trump’s travel ban had its day in court today. You can read Reason‘s latest coverage of the legal challenges against it here. Roy Moore accuser Beverly Young Nelson wrote part of the inscription left by the Senate candidate in her year book. Former Minnesota Gov. Tim Pawlenty […]

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8 States Let You Smoke Weed, But Massachusetts Might Be the First to Make it Easy

Eight states have now legalized recreational marijuana. But those same states often leave cannabis consumers with few options for where they can legally smoke. Oregon and Washington prohibit any public pot-smoking, even at dispensaries. California, whose recreational market is set to launch on January 1, lets cities regulate on-site marijuana consumption, but most towns have […]

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House Pisses Off Gun Control Advocates, Opponents With Concealed Carry Bill

Vlue/DreamstimeToday the House passed a major new gun bill that has managed to piss off both gun control advocates and champions of the Second Amendment. HR 38, known as the Concealed Carry Reciprocity Act, passed on a mostly partyline vote of 231-198. Described by the National Rifle Association as their “number-one legislative priority” for the […]

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John Conyers Resigns, Russia is Banned From the Winter Olympics, and More Trouble at the FBI: P.M. Links

Rep. John Conyers (D-Mich.) resigned his seat today amid mounting sexual harassment allegations, suggesting his son should inherit his seat. Russia is banned from the winter Olympics following a lengthy doping investigation. Oral arguments apparently went pretty well for the bakers in the Masterpiece Cakeshop, Ltd. v. Colorado Civil Rights Commission case. Opposition mounts to […]

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Will More Federal Spending Fix D.C.’s Metro System?

Rep. Barbara Comstock (R–Va.) on Monday unveiled the “METRO Accountability and Reform Act,” intended to set the troubled Washington Metro Area Transportation Authority (WMATA) system right. Her bill includes several sweeping, positive reforms to WMATA’s governing structure and labor relations. And a request for a $75 million annual boost in federal subsidies. Currently, WMATA receives […]

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Michael Flynn Flips, Tillerson Sticks Around, and Quebec Cracks Down on People Saying Hi: P.M. Links

Former National Security Advisor Michael Flynn has plead guilty to lying to the FBI, and has said that he will cooperate in the ongoing Russia inquiry. Read Reason‘s coverage of the news here. White House is apparently a roach motel. More Republicans get on board with DACA fix. Trump says Secretary of State Rex Tillerson […]

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Seattle’s Income Tax Ruled Illegal

Seattle’s illegal income tax has been ruled, well, illegal. King County Superior Court Judge John Ruhl, in a summary judgement, sided with many angry city residents who contended the local income tax violated state law. Ruhl rejected a wide range of arguments cooked up by Seattle to save its legally dubious levy. The ruling “is […]

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Trump’s Deregulation Drive Stops at the Border

The Trump administration is an increasingly mixed bag for free market types; deregulating the domestic economy with one hand, placing more barriers on international trade with the other. Yesterday, Trump’s FCC Chairman Ajit Pai announced a major rollback of heavy-handed Obama-era internet regulations; a decision greeted with applause here at Reason. Buried by that news, […]

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