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Trump Team Stymies Diplomacy in Yemen

The Trump Administration has declared Houthis a terror group. In doing so, the road to a diplomatic resolution of the Saudi-led war in Yemen is that much more difficult. John Glaser comments.


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Social Media Reacts to the Attack at the Capitol

Twitter banned President Trump after he used the platform to help spin up a crowd just before last week’s deadly Capitol attack. That should seem like an easy call. But what about similar bans on some Trump supporters? The removal of accounts on various platforms appeared to be fairly widespread. Will Duffield and Matthew Feeney comment.


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Social Media Reacts to the Attack at the Capitol

Twitter banned President Trump after he used the platform to help spin up a crowd just before last week’s deadly Capitol attack. That should seem like an easy call. But what about similar bans on some Trump supporters? The removal of accounts on various platforms appeared to be fairly widespread. Will Duffield and Matthew Feeney comment.


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Trump Impeached (Again)

Donald Trump’s latest impeachment in the U.S. House now triggers a Senate trial. An impeachment trial isn’t a criminal proceeding, so how will the Senate weigh evidence? And why did some in GOP leadership push instead for “censure” just days after running for their lives from a Trump-inspired mob that killed at least four people? Gene Healy comments.


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Myths of American Exceptionalism Left and Right

Does the ideal of American exceptionalism demand anything? That is, how can the U.S. be exceptional without people working to make it that way? Historian Anthony Comegna talks about the myths that surround the notion of American exceptionalism.


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In the Wake of the Pro-Trump Attack on the Capitol, Let’s Clarify What ‘Sedition’ and ‘Incitement’ Mean

Donald Trump urged his followers to go directly to Congress on Wednesday. Was he inciting them to riot? The pro-Trump mob that shortly thereafter invaded the Capitol engaged in criminal behavior. Was it sedition? Was it treason? Walter Olson says we should define our terms clearly.


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Impeachment, the 25th Amendment, or Don’t Bother?

As the U.S. enters the final two weeks of the presidency of Donald Trump, the pro-Trump mob attack on the Capitol is spurring lawmakers to renew calls to remove the President by either impeachment and removal or invoking the 25th Amendment. Gene Healy explains how those Constitutional processes would work.


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Pro-Trump Rioters Storm the Capitol

Pro-Trump forces hoping to overturn the 2020 presidential election broke police barricades, broke windows to enter the Capitol, entered members offices, and looted. David Boaz comments on how the conservative movement ended up here.


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Markets versus Central Planners on Vaccine Distribution

The heavy hand of government is getting heavier during the slow rollout of COVID-19 vaccine doses. Jeff Singer comments.


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“Biden’s Pick for Secretary of Education

Joe Biden’s pick for Secretary of Education will face pressure for the department to hand down “guidance” to tell schools when and how to open or close as the pandemic continues. Neal McCluskey explains why the feds need to stay out of it.


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Campaign Finance and American Democracy: What the Public Really Thinks and Why It Matters

How has the Citizens United decision changed the competitiveness of politics? Do voters have a basically fair understanding of how campaign spending functions? David M. Primo and Jeffrey D. Milyo are authors of Campaign Finance and American Democracy: What the Public Really Thinks and Why It Matters.


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Open: The Story of Human Progress

Despite the backlash against openness in much of the world, Johan Norberg says it’s a source of strength. His new book is Open: The Story of Human Progress.


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Biden Shouldn’t Back Down on Immigration Reform

Joe Biden has no reason to back away from his ambitious immigration reform plans. David Bier explains why.


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Ever-Expanding Hopes for A Student Loan Bailout

It wasn’t a big piece of the presidential campaign, but since the election, proposals to bail out student loan borrowers have become dramatically more ambitious. Neal McCluskey explains the folly of more freebies for the well-off.


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How Do Immigrants Vote?

Immigrants make up a valuable group of voters in American elections. How did they vote in 2016 and 2020? Alex Nowrasteh explains.


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Regulating Cannabis in 2021

Cannabis descheduling at the federal level had a brief moment this year, but ultimately it didn’t happen. What does next year hold for continuing the trend toward decriminalizing or legalizing cannabis? Trevor Burrus explains.


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Salaam Alaikum and Merry Christmas

Understanding the role of Jesus in Islam may be a key to expanding mutual religious toleration. Mustafa Akyol explains why.


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Religious Persecution Across the Globe

Religious persecution around the globe continues. How would a Biden Administration differ in foreign policy relating to religion?


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How COVID-19 Changed the Federal Reserve

The Federal Reserve’s expansion into credit allocation during the COVID-19 pandemic will be difficult to roll back. Jim Dorn comments.


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Team Biden and the Means to “Full Employment”

What new government programs would be justified in pursuit of a target of “full employment” in the economy? Ryan Bourne discusses what the Biden economic team might be planning.


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Sizing Up the SolarWinds Hack

The devastation and expense of the attack on customers of SolarWinds, including many secretive government agencies, won’t be known for some time. Julian Sanchez details some of what we know now.


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Trump, Biden, and Reviving the Iran Nuclear Deal

Team Trump pulled out of the Iran Nuclear Deal, and that appears to have placed Iran closer to achieving nuclear weapons. John Glaser discusses what it would mean for the U.S. to try to revive the deal in a Biden Administration.


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Vaccine Distribution When Demand Far Exceeds Supply

What’s the libertarian answer to distributing a vaccine against a deadly disease when supply is so low relative to the demand? Michael Cannon makes his case.


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Are Facebook’s Newer Properties Evidence of Monopoly?

Was Facebook’s purchase of Instagram and other properties evidence of monopolistic practices? Will Duffield and Ryan Bourne are skeptical.


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