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Fake News: Finally Somebody Is Doing Something About It!

Vladimir Putin’s Foreign Ministry Ronald Bailey|Feb. 23, 2017 6:00 pm Screenshot Russian Foreign MinistryThe world is awash in disinformation being peddling by the “opposition” – uh, journalists. Surely it is past time for a steady hand to dispassionately evaluate “stories” appearing on websites, in newspapers and broadcasts. Fortunately, under the gloriously firm leadership of Russian […]

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Scott Pruitt Emails Reveal He Consulted with Industry About Regulations

Scott Pruitt, the former attorney general of Oklahoma, was confirmed last week as the head of the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency. Activist groups and Congressional Democrats urged that the vote on his confirmation be delayed until emails detailing his communications with folks in industry were released under court order this week. The evident hope was […]

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Mississippi Is the Most Religious and Vermont the Least Religious of the States

WikimediaThe folks over at Gallup have just released their data comparing the religiosity of Americans by state. Mississippi wins with 59 percent of the Magnolia State’s residents describing themselves as “very religious.” In comparison, only 21 percent of the flinty inhabitants of the Green Mountain State would so describe their religious convictions. But does the […]

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Dakota Access Pipeline Easement Will Be Granted By Army

Regulation by presidential whim versus the rule of law Ronald Bailey|Feb. 7, 2017 5:15 pm Pacific News/Sipa USA/NewscomWell that was fast. According to Reuters, the Army Corps of Engineers has filed court papers stating that the agency plans to grant an easement that will enable Energy Transfer Partners to complete the Dakota Access Pipeline by […]

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Trump Makes Government Leaks Great Again!

First, let’s acknowledge the Obama administration was obsessive about controlling the flow of information from the executive branch. The “most transparent administration in history” simply wasn’t. In 2015, 40 journalism and government accountability organizations under the auspices of the Society of Professional Journalists sent an open letter to President Obama complaining about the lack of […]

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Trump Selects Anti-Vaccination Kook Robert Kennedy Jr. to Head Vaccination Safety Commission – Update: Not So Fast?

Sadly, the selection of Robert Kennedy Jr. by Donald Trump to head some kind of vaccination commission should not be a suprise. After all, Trump evidently met with prominent anti-vax leaders back in August; one whom described Trump as being “extremely educated on our issues.” (In contrast, I have explained that Trump is an “idiotarian” […]

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An Epidemic of Bad Epidemiology: New at Reason

Getting Risk Right reviewed by Ronald Bailey Ronald Bailey|Dec. 23, 2016 1:30 pm Sukmaraga/DreamstimeEating bacon and ham four times a week could make asthma symptoms worse. Drinking hot coffee and tea may cause cancer of the esophagus. South Africa’s minister of health warns that doggy-style sex is a major cause of stroke and cancer in […]

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