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Neither Major Party Gubernatorial Candidate Has a Serious Plan to Fix New Jersey’s Pension Crisis

Kyle Mazza/newzulu/NewscomNew Jersey, depending on how you count, has the nation’s worst public pension debt or it ranks in the top three along with Illinois and California. The Garden State’s estimated $135 billion pension debt—that’s a tab of $15,000 for every man, woman, and child living in the state—is a serious problem for its long-term […]

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Absurd State Law Mandates High School Diploma to Put Shoes on Horses

Image courtesy Institute for JusticeThere’s nothing in the curriculum of California high schools—or any other high schools, for that matter—regarding the centuries-old practice of making horseshoes and putting them on horses. That’s why Bob Smith, owner of the Pacific Coast Horsehoeing School, used to train students to be farriers—the technical term for someone who makes […]

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Former NFL Players Say League Should Allow Players to Use Marijuana to Treat Pain, Injuries

Duncan Williams/Cal Sport Media/NewscomMedical marijuana has been legalized in 29 states, but it remains illegal for professional football players to use as a treatment for injuries and chronic pain. That doesn’t mean players in the National Football League aren’t using the drug. Quite the opposite. Eben Britton, who retired in 2014 after seven years in […]

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Trump Proposes Awful-Sounding ‘Economic Development Bill’ That Might Not Actually Exist

J Gerard Seguia / Pacific Press/NewscomPresident Donald Trump says he has a secret plan for economic development. He wants to throw money at American businesses and punish—somehow—companies that don’t do what he wants. The president floated the idea of what he called an “economic development bill” during an exclusive interview with Forbes, published today. The […]

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Congress Could Let All Patients Have the ‘Right to Try’ Without Going Through the FDA’s Complicated Application Process

BSIP/NewscomIt is a rare thing to see Congress pass a law that increases personal freedom. Yet that is exactly what it could do later this fall if the House follows the Senate’s lead on a so-called “Right to Try” bill. The law would allow individuals with terminal illnesses, without having to first get permission from […]

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Las Vegas Shooter Stephen Paddock: What We Know So Far (Update: Explosives Found At Shooter’s Home)

Everett Collection/NewscomUpdate: During a press conference Monday afternoon, Las Vegas Metropolitan Police Department Sheriff Joseph Lombardo said police searching the Mesquite, Nev., home of Stephen Paddock found 18 more guns, explosives, thousands of rounds of ammo, and “some electronic devices.” Police found 18 more guns, explosives and several thousand rounds of ammo in killer’s home […]

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