Author Archive | Matt Welch

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Is Donald Trump, of All Presidents, Devolving Power Back to the Legislative Branch?

C-SPANDonald Trump did not campaign for president as the guy who would reverse the mostly unbroken, century-old trend of the executive power assuming more and more power in the face of an increasingly self-marginalizing Congress. If anything, the imperial presidency looked set to increase given Trump’s braggadocious personality and cavalier approach to constitutional restraints. “Nobody […]

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Here’s What Happens When You Accuse Michael Moynihan of Being in Denial About NAMBLA Because Maybe He’s Gay

Here’s What Happens When You Accuse Michael Moynihan of Being in Denial About NAMBLA Because Maybe He’s Gay

A Fifth Column shoutfest with former Daily Caller opinion editor Rob Mariani, who was recently bounced for publishing Milo Yiannopoulos Matt Welch|Nov. 17, 2017 2:17 pm By every account I’ve seen, including his own, Robert Mariani got a bum deal from the Daily Caller, the conservative website that relieved Mariani of his opinion-editor duties after […]

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Libertarian Cliff Hyra Polling Near the Point-Spread in the Tight Virginia Governor’s Race

As Ed Gillespie pulls within three percentage points of Ralph Northam, attention turns toward the mild-mannered intellectual property lawyer looking to follow in Robert Sarvis’s footsteps. Matt Welch|Nov. 6, 2017 3:31 pm Cliff HyraThough there is officially Too Much News happening at once right now (did you hear the one about Bono using a Maltese […]

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Bill Weld: ‘I’m going to stay L.P.’

William Weld, the blue-blooded former two-term governor of Massachusetts, was controversial among Libertarians a good decade before becoming the most high-profile and numerically successful vice presidential nominee in the party’s 45-year history. (The reticence is a long story; start here.) Then came a highly contentious, razor-thin victory on the second ballot of the Libertarian Party […]

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A Week in the Life of Political News Commentary

A Week in the Life of Political News Commentary

Conversations with Morgan Spurlock, Al Sharpton, Bill Schulz, and more Matt Welch|Oct. 29, 2017 10:44 pm Morgan Spurlock, the documentarian first made famous by his 2004 film Super Size Me, has a new podcast called Week in the Knees, in which he and his guests speed through the previous week’s news day by day, while […]

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Jeff Flake Is a Casualty of Collectivist Conflict

Stop what you’re doing right now, and look at the political chatter in your Twitter feed. I would put chances near 100 percent that you will soon see examples of both right-of-center trolling, which I’ll loosely define here as saying something designed specifically to irritate and/or outrage the sensibilities of the dominant media/entertainment/Democratic culture; and […]

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Trump Calls the Congressional GOP’s Bluff

From Iran to Obamacare to DACA, the president is acting on what Republicans have long promised, in a way that rightly devolves power to the legislative branch. Matt Welch|Oct. 18, 2017 5:45 pm CNNIn September 2015, House Foreign Affairs Committee Chair Ed Royce (R-Calif.) said, while voting against then-President Barack Obama’s agreement with Iran to […]

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Kmele Foster Gets Shouted Down by Black Lives Matter Activists After Pointing out That MLK Used Free Speech Protections—Wait, What?

The Daily TargumSo the “Unsafe Space” campus speaking tour sponsored by Spiked (and hosted at least once so far in an emergency backup way by Reason) continues to generate interesting collisions between libertarian commentators and the angry campus progressives who seek to shout them down. One recent incident, while not coming close to a Berkeley-style […]

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