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How GOP Fiscal Sanity Died, in 7 Easy Steps

Rand Paul”I ran for office because I was very critical of President Obama’s trillion-dollar deficits,” a rightly outraged Sen. Rand Paul (R-Ky.) said Thursday. “Now we have Republicans hand in hand with Democrats offering us trillion-dollar deficits. I can’t in all honesty look the other way.” Now more than ever, Rand stands nearly alone. The […]

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Republicans Aren’t the Only Ones Prone to Russia-Investigation Conspiracy Theories

Democrats and journalists routinely accuse the Trump administration of being “compromised” by a Russian government that’s “attacking our Constitution” Matt Welch|Feb. 3, 2018 2:15 pm JOSHUA ROBERTS/REUTERS/NewscomIt has been a bad couple of days for those Republicans and conservative commentators who had warned pre-#ReleaseTheMemo that not only would the FBI malfeasance against President Donald Trump […]

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What Can Richard Nixon—and Warren Harding!—Teach Us About Donald Trump’s State of the Union Address?

A controversial Republican president, who had squeaked into office after a famously tumultuous campaign then kept fanning the flames of a hate-hate relationship with coastal elites despite being one himself, prepared to deliver his first official State of the Union address to a restive Congress. So what, in those divisive times, did Richard Nixon say? […]

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Both the Grammys and the State of the Union Worship at the Cult of the Presidency: Podcast

Working toward a de-presidentified future while trying to imagine an immigration deal that isn’t awful Matt Welch|Jan. 29, 2018 2:30 pm ReasonLast night’s Grammy Awards telecast included not just the headline-making reading by Hillary Clinton of Michael Wolff’s Trump-trashing bestseller Fire and Fury but also a set-up from host James Corden pointing out—as if it […]

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Bari Weiss: ‘It Was Heartbreaking for Me’ to See the Wall Street Journal Editorial Page Go Soft on Trump

Bari Weiss: ‘It Was Heartbreaking for Me’ to See the Wall Street Journal Editorial Page Go Soft on Trump

Did you see the Saturday Night Live skit this weekend about good New York liberal yuppies tiptoeing on eggshells about a NYT op-ed on Aziz Ansari and the #MeToo movement? Take a look: [embedded content] The piece in question was written by Bari Weiss, a staff editor and writer over at the Times’ opinion section […]

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Conservatism’s Not-So-‘Secret’ Society of Opportunistic Hacks

Fox NewsBefore we say our final goodbyes to the “secret society” that for a few terrifying moments was puppeteering the deep-state opposition to President Donald Trump, a brief recap of one of conservatism’s most embarrassing 41-hour stretches: * On Tuesday evening, Sen. Ron Johnson (R-Wisc.), chairman of the Senate Homeland Security Committee, made a startling […]

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Looking for Electoral Reform via Baseball’s Hall of Fame

Is Edgar Martinez the Gary Johnson of baseball? No, but his inevitable election to Cooperstown can teach us something useful about politics. Matt Welch|Jan. 12, 2018 2:45 pm Imagine if you will an election system in which your vote actually counted (at least, as 0.2 percent of the outcome); where early mail-in ballots were tabulated […]

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‘The War on Pot…Has Affected Millions of Lives in This Country Negatively’

Sticking up for pharmacological freedom on Fox Business Network Matt Welch|Jan. 4, 2018 10:25 pm Sipa USA/TNS/Newscom”Whenever this topic comes up,” Fox Business Network host Charles Payne said today, while kicking off a segment about the Attorney General Jeff Sessions’ new marijuana enforcement guidelines, “everyone says, ‘Let’s grab Matt!’” I am always happy to talk […]

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Stop Making Iran Protests About American Politics: Podcast

Instead of arguing about media coverage and posturing about partisan reactions, maybe focus on sanctions and refugee policy? Matt Welch|Jan. 2, 2018 3:15 pm Abaca Press/SalamPix/Abaca/Sipa USA/NewscomToday’s Reason Podcast, which features myself, Nick Gillespie, Katherine Mangu-Ward, and Peter Suderman, begins with a discussion about the dramatic protests in Iran: their significance, the context, the vast […]

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