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At CPAC, Trump’s Big Government Cult of Personality Body-Snatches Conservative Activists

Olivier Douliery/dpa/picture-alliance/NewscomA year ago, hundreds of conservative activists planned to protest Donald Trump’s appearance at the Conservative Political Action Conference by staging a walk-out in the middle of his speech. This year, when Trump addressed CPAC, the crowd got to its feet for a different reason. They were giving a standing ovation. Trump didn’t let […]

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CPAC: Fiorina Offers a Welcome Counterpoint to Trump’s View of Small Government Conservatism

It says a lot about the Republican Party that when their voters went looking for a political outsider presidential candidate, they picked Donald Trump over Carly Fiorina. Fiorina, the former head of software company HP who briefly sought the presidency last year (and even more briefly ran, weirdly, as Ted Cruz’ vice presidential nominee during […]

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Cosmetology Board’s Investigation of Free, Unlicensed Haircuts Is ‘Outrageous,’ Governor Says

Icss/ZUMA Press/NewscomArizona Gov. Doug Ducey slammed the state’s cosmetology board for investigating a student who gave free haircuts to homeless people in Tucson last month. As Reason detailed yesterday, the Arizona State Board of Cosmetology launched an investigation into Juan Carlos Montesdeoca after receiving complaints that he was cutting hair without a license. According to […]

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The QVC Presidency: KellyAnne Conway Hawking Ivanka’s Fashion Line Is the Craziest Example Yet of Trump’s Cronyism

Kellyanne Conway, a senior adviser to President Donald Trump, played the role of TV saleswoman during an appearance Thursday morning on Fox News, and may have broken federal ethics laws in the process. Asked by the hosts of Fox And Friends to comment on the recent spat between the president and Nordstrom’s—the department store decided […]

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Trump Says U.S. Murder Rate at Highest Level in 45 Years. That’s Not Even Close to Being True

Andrew Harrer/CNP/AdMedia/NewscomPresident Donald Trump on Tuesday claimed the murder rate in the United States is “the highest it’s been in, I guess, 45-47 years.” “I’d say that in a speech and everybody was surprised because the press doesn’t like to tell it like it is,” Trump said during a morning meeting with law enforcement officials […]

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Frankly, Trump’s Plan To Review and Reform Dodd-Frank Makes a Lot of Sense

Aude Guerrucci/CNP/AdMedia/NewscomPresident Donald Trump concluded his second week in office by signing an executive order on Friday setting new guidelines for financial regulations and promising to roll back aspects of the Dodd-Frank Act, which gave government vast new powers to regulate financial markets in the wake of the 2008 economic crisis. “Dodd-Frank is a disaster,” […]

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Trump’s Executive Order on Regulations Is Welcome, But More Is Needed

Andrew Harrer/SIPA/NewscomSurrounded by a group of business leaders on Monday morning, President Donald Trump paid off one of his campaign promises by signing an executive order telling federal agencies under the president’s control to cut two federal regulations for every new rule added to the books. “If there’s a new regulation, they have to knock […]

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Protectionism Was Costly in the Past, And The Future Won’t Be Any Different

In the name of putting “America First,” the Trump administration seems determined to pursue a course of economic protectionism. As one of his first actions in office, Trump on Monday issued an executive order pulling America out of negotiations for the Trans-Pacific Partnership, a 12-nation free trade deal left unfinished by the Obama administration. Later […]

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Listen to CIA Spooks Applaud Trump for Baselessly Accusing ‘The Media’ of Lying About Inauguration Crowds

Listen to CIA Spooks Applaud Trump for Baselessly Accusing ‘The Media’ of Lying About Inauguration Crowds

Newly inaugurated President Donald Trump continued his celebratory weekend by stopping by the Central Intelligence Agency on Saturday afternoon to give a stream-of-consciousness-style address praising the nation’s spies, regurgitating campaign moments, (once again) arguing that America should have seized Iraqi oil after the 2003 invasion, and bemoaning how America supposedly “never wins anything anymore.” The […]

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Sessions Offers Unclear, Useless Answers on Marijuana During Confirmation Hearing

Senators on both sides of the aisle pressed their colleague Jeff Sessions (R-Alabama) on Tuesday to flesh out his views on state-level marijuana laws, but president-elect Donald Trump’s pick to be the next attorney general downplayed his history of being a hardline drug warrior. Instead, we got vague and unconvincing answers about how Sessions views […]

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