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Everything is a National Security Crisis!

 

Bad news: there’s another national security crisis. And no, it has nothing to do with cancelling the Iran deal or the Singapore summit. It’s cars. We don’t make enough cars. Or something like that. At least, that’s the rationale the Trump administration is presenting for its proposal to use (again!) Section 232 rules to implement […]

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Moses Farrow Depicts Mia Farrow, Not Woody Allen, as Abuser

 

Moses Farrow, adopted son of Mia Farrow and Woody Allen, portrays the former as the abuser in their household in a lengthy blog post. He paints his adoptive father as an innocent smeared as a result of embarking on a distasteful relationship with his lover’s adopted daughter. Present on the day Allen supposedly molested seven-year-old […]

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Another Ship Bound for China Turns Around Halfway, Then Turns Around Again

 

Business leaders truly really can’t stand uncertainty. Again and again, they say that their top concern with running their business is uncertainty, be it economic or geopolitical. And it makes sense—businesses survive by planning for the future. The ones that don’t aren’t around to see it. Taxes and regulations can harm businesses, but at least […]

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U.S. and European Taxpayers Are Funding Palestinian Violence

 

After the latest violence in Gaza, it is clear that the United Nations Relief and Works Agency’s continuous support of Palestinian terrorism is a major cause of instability in the Middle East and should be defunded. According to newly released footage inside Gaza, Palestinian children in UNRWA schools are being encouraged to take part in deadly […]

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Exploring S.A. Prüm Rieslings

 

His hand felt like an oven mitt — filled with stone. “My god,” I thought as I removed my paw, “those are hands that have worked the vines.” Which is true. Raimund Prüm is a mountain of a man, and he and his family having been making wine for a very long time. Some of […]

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We’ll Never Be Rid of Them: Obamas Sign a Deal With Netflix

 

Not that anyone expected them to go away quietly. Barack and Michelle Obama have just signed a Netflix deal, guaranteeing that your streaming habit will be even less safe from politics. From CNBC.com: The Obamas are headed to Netflix. The company announced Monday that the former first couple have signed a multiyear agreement to produce films […]

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D.C.: Good News on Tips, And a Few Tips for Its Dumpster Fire of a Metro

 

D.C. appears set to shoot down—barely—a proposal to replace the tip credit for restaurant servers with a standard minimum wage. Tipped wages allow restaurants to factor in tipped wages towards a server’s minimum wage, allowing them to hire more workers. Servers often make well above the minimum wage under a tip credit system, which is […]

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RIP Tom Wolfe

 

Tom Wolfe, who died Monday at 88 after an illness, would have been a first ballot member of the Writers’ Hall of Fame if he had only written Radical Chic and Mau-Mauing the Flak Catchers. Happily, I didn’t stop with this one. Over the decades I also read, enjoyed, and benefited from The Right Stuff, The Painted Word, […]

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Krugman on Drugs

 

When President Trump introduced the “American Patients First” blueprint for reducing drug prices, it was inevitable that the Democrats and their media enablers would immediately denounce the plan, the team that put it together, and the President himself. And, when it became clear that Trump wasn’t going to grant Medicare the power to impose price […]

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Michigan City Refuses to Grant Liquor License Because They Don’t Like the Restaurant

 

Taco Bell has been rolling out the idea of the “Taco Bell Cantina” recently, offering the typical fare of the fast food restaurant but also local craft beer and frozen margaritas. But officials in Royal Oak, Michigan, have poured cold water on the concept because, well, they don’t like Taco Bell. The Taco Bell Cantina […]

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