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Who is the real Trump? . . . Is it the campaign Trump who praised Wikileaks or the rubber-stamp Trump who wants Julian Assange in prison? And does it even matter now?

The Commerce Clause . . . Prof. Brian Domitrovic of Learn Liberty explains why it came about in 1789 and how it’s been interpreted since.

Eminent Domain is coming to the big screen . . . The new film Little Pink House dramatizes the true story of Suzette Kelo, a retired nurse who was forced to give up her home to make way for a new Pfizer building. All for the public good, says SCOTUS.

Real tax reform . . . Trump’s proposed changes are a good start. Moving them from proposal to law will be the real challenge.

Fear the robots? . . . Never! says Donald Boudreaux of FEE. Robots may replace jobs, but they cannot replace human creativity, and it’s creativity that creates new jobs.

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Happy Tax Day! . . . Jeff Deist of Mises explores the effects taxation has on everyday normal human activity and the distortions in national economies that result.

Revolution! . . . We’re familiar with “taxation without representation!” but did you know that attacks on free trade also helped to push us to rebellion in 1776? [5:00]

Our inalienable rights . . . James Rogers of FEE looks at the actual definition, what Jefferson actually meant, and it may shock you.

Is Marxism on the rise? . . . No, says Prof. Brandon Turner of Learn Liberty, but Welfarism is, and that’s pretty scary too.

The happiest children . . . are Dutch, according to the World Happiness Report. Annie Holmquist of FEE explains the three reasons why.

 

 

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What happens in Vegas . . . will soon be broadcast live on Sunday afternoons. This week the NFL granted Mark Davis permission to move his Raiders to Sin City. There are a lot of losers (taxpayers, hotel guests, Oakland), but the winners are the players who will move from 13% to 0% state income.

Self censorship . . . in the age of jihad. Journalist Flemming Rose, publisher of the infamous Mohammed cartoons of 2005, shares his rationale for that decision.

3 questions . . . for SCOTUS nominee Gorsuch that he’s not likely to get from the current Senate.

The great liberal flip-flop . . . How left-leaning college students are the ones calling for less free speech and more censorship. Author Jonathon Haidt discusses this reversal with Reason’s Nick Gillespie.

A gov’t hard fork . . . Jeffrey Tucker of FEE explains how an old idea (c.1776) might look for a new and digital age.

 

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Thank you, Ray Kroc . . . He may have been a jerk, but he was also the perfect object lesson in consumer-centered entrepreneurship.

Combating bad ideas . . . is best done with good ideas. Criminalizing words just doesn’t work.

The loud elite . . . Apparently, the more expensive the college, the more likely its students are to go hysterical over “offensive” speech. And there’s a chart to prove it.

A new portrait in the Oval Office . . . Trump may want to rethink the Andrew Jackson portrait that went up shortly after his inauguration. Unless ethnic-cleansing, constitution-hating war monger was what he was going for.

Fake News . . . Remy style.

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Banks and Bitcoin . . . China appears to be embracing Bitcoin, but it’s all about control of the exchanges, not about a fondness for crypto-currency.

Don’t punch that Nazi . . . Danish journalist Fleming Rose argues that the same defense we might be tempted to use to silence voices like Richard Spencer’s can be turned on us.

Breaking the Libertarian clique . . . Nick Gillespie and Jeffrey Tucker talk about the movement, the dangers of huddling up, and getting the message out.

Head Start or handicap? . . . Two recent studies suggest that kids in Head Start or other pre-k programs don’t fair as well as though who stay home that extra year or two.

Star Wars and Middle Earth . . . Why do we love these stories so much? Because┬ámythos, says Stanton Skerjanic of FEE, and we can’t get enough of it.

 

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