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For $10.7 billion, we can dramatically reduce the threat of school shootings


$10.7 billion. It's no small amount, but it would add up to a very worthy investment. via Just as with DACA, neither party wants to solve this problem, really. If we wanted to, it would be solved. You can...

Idaho defies Obamacare -- but will feds intervene?


Republicans didn’t get a chance to repeal ObamaCare in 2017, but at least one state has decided to test how far the Trump administration will go in enforcing it. After HHS signaled that states might be able to allow the...

Steven Pinker: Identity Politics Is 'An Enemy of Reason and Enlightenment Values' | The Weekly Standard


Adam Rubenstein: If “reason” is to be “the currency of our discourse,” what’s the future of identity politics? Is identity politics based in reason? Your new book touches on the issue, but cursorily. Could you provide more of an explanation...

Why Silicon Valley billionaires are prepping for the apocalypse in New Zealand


Thiel is in one sense a caricature of outsized villainy: he was the only major Silicon Valley figure to put his weight behind the Trump presidential campaign; he vengefully bankrupted a website because he didn’t like how they wrote about...

The Russian Indictments - WSJ


The Justice Department on Friday indicted three Russian companies and 13 individuals for interfering in the 2016 U.S. presidential election, and the man who should be most upset is Donald J. Trump. The 37-page indictment contains no evidence of collusion...

17-Year-Old Girl Taken From Christian Parents Because They Won’t Let Her Take Transgender Hormones


"We think the grandparents are the ones who have an open mind and will ... make this sort of decision best for the child," Paul Hunt, an attorney for Hamilton County Job and Family Services, testified, according to court records...

China will soon have air power rivalling the West’s - No longer just catch-up


THERE is no question which country gets the starring role in “The Military Balance”, the latest annual review of the world’s armed forces by the International Institute for Strategic Studies (IISS), a London-based think-tank. Amid renewed jostling between the world’s...

Al Capone’s Vault


When people embarrass themselves, I tend to cringe and look away. I turn off talk radio when callers make a stupid point. I feel queasy when a colleague misspeaks in a public forum. And when reading Nancy MacLean’s Democracy in...

The Judiciary Learns To Equilibrate Between the President and the Legal Resistance | Josh Blackman's Blog


On Tuesday, Judge Nicholas G. Garaufis of the eastern district of New York issued another nationwide injunction halting the rescission of DACA, but he did so in a sober fashion—similar to the Ninth Circuit’s ruling on the travel ban—that will...

ICE launches new immigration sweep in L.A. area; at least 100 detained so far


But "uncooperative jurisdictions" such as Los Angeles, she said, have forced ICE agents to "conduct at-large arrests in the community, putting officers, the general public and the aliens at greater risk, and increasing the incidence of collateral arrests." via

Senate rejects immigration bills, leaves Dreamers in limbo


The Senate failed to get the 60 votes needed to move forward on four separate proposals, including one backed by President Donald Trump and a separate bipartisan bill that had been the most likely to win approval in the deeply...

Teen with cancer dies on Valentine’s Day after getting married two days earlier | New York Post


A teen battling kidney cancer died on Valentine’s Day in her husband’s arms — just two days after the young couple fulfilled her dying wish by tying the knot, according to hospital officials. via Lucky girl.

Some women don't want reproductive rights. I'm one of them.


Virtually everyone appreciates that pregnant women have needs that must be considered when we're crafting policy on abortion. There are significant differences, however, between a stance that looks to balance those needs against the interests of the developing child, and...

Russians charged over US 2016 election tampering - BBC News


Thirteen Russians have been charged with interfering in the US 2016 election, in a major development in the FBI investigation. Three of those named have been accused of conspiracy to commit wire fraud and five have been accused of aggravated...

Trump's Florida Shooting Speech Was Good, But Can He Stick to It? | Thomas Jefferson Street | US News


President Donald Trump displayed an important flash of leadership on Thursday in his address to the nation after the school massacre in Florida. His words were thoughtful, comforting and even inspiring. But playing comforter in chief for the length of...

"The small ones will know terror": FBI, NYPD uncover terror plot from a statutory-rape case


The teacher had decided to build a bomb for “terror,” but rather than keep things quiet, he had teenage students emptying out fireworks for the powder in large quantities. He then started having sex with one of them, and then...

Let's not ban porn


It should be pointed out neither Olson nor Kosar suggested pornography was some sort of noble endeavor. There are certainly questions about whether it can cause men and women to view the opposite sex as some sort of object to...