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Donald Trump vs. the Deep State: Matt Welch on Tonight’s Kennedy

On tonight’s Kennedy (Fox Business Network 8 p.m. ET, with a repeat at midnight), I am sitting on the Party Panel along with lefty raconteur Nomiki Konst and righty nightmare-fuel Gavin McInnes, talking mostly about controversies surrounding America’s new president-elect—his war of words with Rep. John Lewis (D-Ga.), his testy relationship with a hyperventilating press, […]

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Watch Matt Welch Debate Jonathan Chait About Obama’s Greatness in NY on Jan. 17

As Nick Gillespie pointed out previously in his post about interviewing the great Gene Epstein, I will be debating New York magazine political writer and frequent libertarian-baiter Jonathan Chait at the Epstein-moderated Soho Forum in Manhattan’s East Village on Tuesday, Jan. 17, at 6:30 p.m. (though you’ll want to be there when the bar opens […]

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Trump: ‘There will be a major border tax on these companies that are leaving and getting away with murder’

Taking seriously but not literally the trade-related comments that President-elect Donald Trump made at his long-overdue, frequently bizarre, and eminently watchable press conference today, a pro-trade observer might linger for a moment on the term Trump used to describe the act of moving a manufacturing facility from America to somewhere else. “There will be a […]

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The Business of Government Is Hysteria

Did watching today’s confirmation hearings for Attorney General-designate Jeff Sessions make you wanna go full anarchist? There’s a good reason why: Senate Judiciary Committee members, even while putatively cross-examining the next top law enforcement official in the land, kept on asking him to ratify their hysterical versions of reality in order to further aggrandize government […]

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Why Tuition Should Not Be Free and Stupid Policy Experiments Should Be Small, Local, and Temporary

Tonight’s Kennedy (Fox Business Network 8 p.m. ET, with a repeat at midnight) is a very funny and informative television program, full of side-lisps and brain holograms and policy experiments and celebrity ISIS poetry, not necessarily in that order (though pretty close). Reason will be represented in three segments. I’m on the Party Panel, along […]

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Did Russia Really ‘Hack the Election’?

Did Russia Really ‘Hack the Election’?

Matt Welch talks Trump, Putin, and electoral integrity on tonight’s Kennedy…and then later on Red Eye Matt Welch|Dec. 12, 2016 7:30 pm KennedyWhen it comes to Russia’s role in America’s presidential election this year, I am in a somewhat unusual position. Like Scott Shackford and scores of millions of Americans, I have no particular dog […]

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Donate to Reason! Because You Asked for Libertarian Party Coverage This Year, and We Delivered

Donate to Reason! Because You Asked for Libertarian Party Coverage This Year, and We Delivered

ReasonWe are on Day Five of Reason’s annual Webathon, in which we ask our page-refreshingest readers to help us extend and protect this gloriously unsafe space for libertarian journalism, commentary, and comments-section hijinks. We have already at this just-after-halftime point sailed through our giving levels of every year from 2008-2012, and when that orange box […]

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Trump’s Carrier Cronyism, Goldman Sachs’ Revolving Door, and Obama’s Late-Breaking Reefer Sanity

Trump’s Carrier Cronyism, Goldman Sachs’ Revolving Door, and Obama’s Late-Breaking Reefer Sanity

Matt Welch discusses these issues plus fake news and Thanksgiving poisonings on FBN’s Kennedy tonight at 9 pm ET Matt Welch|Dec. 1, 2016 6:11 pm On tonight’s Kennedy (Fox Business Network at the special time of 9 p.m. ET, with a repeat at midnight), I’m the meat in a babe sandwich between Party Panelists Julie […]

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‘Your Tears Are Delicious and Your Parties Will Die,’ says Libertarian Party Chair Nicholas Sarwark: New at Reason

‘Your Tears Are Delicious and Your Parties Will Die,’ says Libertarian Party Chair Nicholas Sarwark: New at Reason

“Stop wasting your breath. Start working on your own parties. Start working on your own issues,” says Libertarian Party national chair Nicholas Sarwark, responding to criticism that Libertarians played a spoiler role and handed Donald Trump the election. “See if you can take my votes in the actual arena of ideas instead of trying to […]

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