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Justin Amash on Government Spending: ‘It’s Looking as Bad as Any Time I’ve Seen Since I’ve Been in Congress’

Matt WelchIt’s been a gruesome month for those of us who believe the federal government should spend no more than it takes in. On Sept. 6, only three members of the House of Representatives—Justin Amash (R-Mich.), Andy Biggs (R-Ariz.), and Thomas Massie (R-Kentucky.)—voted against spending billions on hurricane victims without offsetting cuts, quite a turnaround […]

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‘So Far There Is No Particular Evidence That Says Harvey or Katrina or Sandy Were Exacerbated by Climate Change’

‘So Far There Is No Particular Evidence That Says Harvey or Katrina or Sandy Were Exacerbated by Climate Change’

After having pulverized islands such as St. Martin and Cuba, Hurricane Irma is now pummeling South Florida. As happens every time a large natural catastrophe hits the United States, the media is filled with assertions that the calamity’s magnitude is attributable to climate change: But as Reason Science Correspondent Ronald Bailey noted in a links-rich […]

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At Least Have the Basic Courage and Decency to Call an ‘Amnesty’ an ‘Amnesty’

Evasive language isn’t helping solve our dysfunctional immigration system. Matt Welch|Sep. 8, 2017 4:45 pm Whitehouse.govThis week, Katherine Mangu-Ward argued (in this space, on Tucker Carlson Tonight, and during our weekly Reason Podcast) that as policy goes, the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals, which President Donald Trump slapped a six-month expiration date on, is worthy […]

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Dumping DACA Will Likely Alter Census 2020 in Ways Favorable to Donald Trump

NBC NewsToday’s controversial announcement by Attorney General Jeff Sessions that the Trump administration in six months will rescind the Deferred Action on Childhood Arrivals (DACA) program comes with a government information-sharing follow-up that could have wide-ranging effects on immigrant communities’ cooperation (or lack thereof) with representatives from the state. According to Betsy Woodruff at The […]

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Were Anti-War Libertarians Gullible for Believing Trump Would Take on the War Party?

Were Anti-War Libertarians Gullible for Believing Trump Would Take on the War Party?

Matt Welch talks with MilLiberty about foreign policy, post-communist Europe, collectivist antipathies, and the apocalyptic style within libertarianism Matt Welch|Aug. 24, 2017 4:45 pm Yesterday I had the pleasure of conversing with Caleb Franz, podcast director for OUTSET magazine, who describes himself as “your neighborhood libertarian” and a media entrepreneur busy “finding new and unique […]

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Steve Bannon’s Once and Future Website Warns That Trump Could End up Like Schwarzenegger (UPDATED)

As the Twitter kids say, #ItBegins. First came news that controversial nationalist Steve Bannon was finally being shown the White House door. Next came widespread follow-up musing on how dangerous Bannon might become to President Donald Trump from the outside (including juicy quotes like, “If he leaves, it’s the French Revolution”). Then came this ominous […]

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Popehat: Internet Businesses Rejecting Racists Is an Exercise of Free Speech

There are so very many free speech/First Amendment controversies on in the wake of the Charlottesville unpleasantness, and in the run-up to planned alt-right demonstrations (and counter-demonstrations) that will make headlines the rest of summer. Can lefty politicians pre-emptively ban such demonstrations on grounds of incitement? Does the American Civil Liberties Union, in the words […]

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