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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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Cops Raid Wrong House, Arrest Family, Post Pictures on Snapchat

Cops Raid Wrong House, Arrest Family, Post Pictures on Snapchat

Officers from the New York Police Department raided a Brooklyn home on Thursday, arrested the family living there, and then posted pictures to Snapchat—yes, really—with the caption “Merry Christmas Its [sic] NYPD.” It wasn’t until later that the cops realized they had raided the wrong house, and arrested and publicly humiliated the wrong people. The […]

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For Trump And Icahn, Experts Say Regulatory Reform Should Be More Than a Numbers Game

For Trump And Icahn, Experts Say Regulatory Reform Should Be More Than a Numbers Game

RICHARD B. LEVINE/NewscomPresident-elect Donald Trump has promised to tackle the federal regulatory state and on Thursday appointed billionaire investor Carl Icahn as a sort of anti-regulation czar who will lead the incoming administration’s efforts. On the campaign trail, Trump promised to repeal two federal regulations for every new one added to the books. Icahn, who […]

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IRS Agents Rented Million-Dollar Townhomes, Spent Hundreds of Nights in Luxury Hotels Last Year

Kris Tripplaar/Sipa USA/NewscomTaxpayers paid for IRS employees to rent million-dollar townhomes and luxury apartments, and covered hundreds of nights at the Ritz Carlton and other five star hotels during 2015. A Senate Finance Committee report on long-term IRS travel released Thursday found that the 27 agents who traveled for more than half the year cost […]

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Little Rock’s Taxi Monopoly Ruled Unconstitutional

The government of Little Rock, Arkansas, can no longer enforce a taxi monopoly. Judge David Laser of the Pulaski County Circuit Court on Thursday struck down a provision of Little Rock’s city law that effectively prohibited anyone except Yellow Cab from operating a taxi in Arkansas’ capital city. Under the city law ruled unconstitutional on […]

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Is Your State Part of the War on Vaping?

Is Your State Part of the War on Vaping?

A new report from Surgeon General Vivek Murthy released this week called for the federal government to hit electronic cigarettes with high taxes, regulatory restrictions, limits on advertising for vaping products, and bans on the sale of some vaping products. The alarmist report could pave the way for the U.S. Department of Health and Human […]

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Eminent Domain Critic, Ayn Rand Superfan, Former Cato CEO John Allison Could Run Trump’s Treasury

Cato InstituteThe Trump administration is slowly coming together and a libertarian is reportedly among those being considered to run the Treasury Department. Bloomberg reports that John Allison, a former president and CEO of the Cato Institute, is on Trump’s short-list for Treasury Secretary. Allison ran the Washington, D.C., based libertarian think tank from October 2012 […]

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Sign Language Interpreter Licenses and Wisconsin’s Other Costly, Pointless Permission Slips

Sign Language Interpreter Licenses and Wisconsin’s Other Costly, Pointless Permission Slips

DIABILITYIMAGES/SCIENCE PHOTO LIBRARY/Science Photo Library/NewscomIf you want to help a deaf person communicate in Wisconsin, you’ll have to get permission from the state government first. Wisconsin is one of a handful of states to require a license for sign language interpreters, and the state also issues licenses for interior designers, bartenders, and dieticians despite no […]

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Five Horrifically Bad Foreign Policy Ideas That Should Disqualify John Bolton From Being Secretary of State

Five Horrifically Bad Foreign Policy Ideas That Should Disqualify John Bolton From Being Secretary of State

Former U.S. Ambassador John Bolton is reportedly on the Trump administration’s short list for secretary of state. Even though no official announcement has been made, Bolton’s consideration is already drawing rebukes from libertarian-minded Republicans like U.S. Sen. Rand Paul, who on Tuesday called Bolton’s foreign policy views “unhinged.” Paul’s spot on the Senate Foreign Relations […]

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Most Voters Expect Trump to be a Terrible President, But Thought Clinton Would Have Been Worse

Most Voters Expect Trump to be a Terrible President, But Thought Clinton Would Have Been Worse

New polling data collected over the final two weeks of the presidential campaign paints the picture of a weary, pessimistic electorate and makes a strong case for de-escalating the power of the presidency. The Pew Research Center surveyed more than 3,700 voters (respondents had either voted already or said they planned to vote) between October […]

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