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Which Brand of Taxi Do You Prefer?


If automated cars ever do become technically feasible — and that’s a long way off, despite the trendy imminence we read about every day — it will certainly mean the end of personal vehicle ownership, at least as far as new cars. Not because the government mandates it. Because — why bother with it? Take […]

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Devin Nunes: ‘I Don’t Read the New York Times’


Washington, D.C. “No, I don’t read the New York Times,” Devin Nunes confessed to The American Spectator Wednesday night. If only Nunes had read an op-ed posted hours earlier by the Times, then he would truly know not to read the newspaper. The heavy-breathing article accused the chairman of the House Permanent Select Committee on […]

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Here’s How the Democrats Plan to Impeach Trump


Recently, the Republicans on the House Intelligence Committee released a memo officially stating that there is no evidence of any collusion between Donald Trump and Russian intelligence during the 2016 presidential election. Of course, you might not have heard this news if you have been punishing yourself by watching or reading any of the mainstream […]

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Obamacare Bailout: Dumb Policy, Dumber Politics


The congressional leadership of the GOP seems determined to hand their congressional majorities back to the Democrats. Otherwise, why would they even consider including two Obamacare bailouts — the cost-sharing reduction (CSR) and risk mitigation programs — in the upcoming omnibus budget bill? These bailouts would allegedly reduce future increases in health insurance premiums and […]

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Researchers Finger Three Reasons for U.S. Healthcare Overspending


A new study in the Journal of the American Medical Association asks, “Why is health care spending in the United States so much greater than in other high-income countries?” The answer surprises and unleashes numerous ramifications for policymakers. The Harvard-affiliated authors — Irene Papanicolas, Liana Woskie, and Ashish Jha (the first two also hold positions […]

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Ruth Marcus and the Morality of the Ruling Class


Ruth Marcus, the Washington Post’s deputy editorial page editor who last week loudly defended eugenics against the disabled, often joins the chorus of ruling-class liberals disturbed by Trump’s salty talk. As NBC’s Chuck Todd recently put it, “When he uses vulgarity to talk about individuals, what are [parents] supposed to tell their kids?” Todd had been […]

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Here’s How to Mitigate Your Casino Risk


Given the bright lights and jingle-jangle of the slots, it can be easy to go financially haywire when in a casino, and, let’s face it, those palaces weren’t built on the backs of winning players. Still, it’s easy to mitigate risk and increase your chances of walking out of a casino a winner by sticking […]

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Don’t Buy Free Trade Myths


President Donald Trump’s new tariffs on steel and aluminum imports are facing an avalanche of false criticism. Naysayers argue tariffs will raise prices, spark a trade war, and do nothing to bolster America’s military preparedness — the official rationale for the move. But in wartime, aluminum, and steel are essential to make tanks, planes, and […]

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What Makes Larry Kudlow a Star


Monday When I read this afternoon that President Donald J. Trump had settled on Larry Kudlow to replace Gary Cohn as his chief economic advisor, I felt light headed and I recalled a bit of Ancient History. Caligula, the supposedly mad emperor of Rome for four short years from about 37 AD to about 41 […]

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The Churchill Marriage and Lady Castlerosse


It’s all over the Internet, so it must be true. Not only did Winston Churchill oppose women’s rights, gas tribesmen, starve Indians, firebomb Dresden, nurse anti-Semitism and wish to nuke Moscow. He even cheated on his wife in a four-year affair with Doris Delevingne, Viscountess Castlerosse. So declare the authors of “Sir John Colville, Churchillian […]

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