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Crony Developments

“Are you on the take?” When I tried to get Edgewater, New Jersey, politicians to answer that question, the mayor wouldn’t discuss it, ultimately telling me, “You may sit down.” The town of Edgewater is right across the Hudson River from Manhattan. Anyone fortunate enough to live there gets a spectacular view of New York […]

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Against Higher Education

Today, all Americans are told, “Go to college!” President Obama said, “College graduation has never been more valuable.” But economist Bryan Caplan says that most people shouldn’t go. “How many thousands of hours did you spend in classes studying subjects that you never thought about again?” he asks. Lots, in my case. At Princeton, I […]

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The Innocence Project

On TV crime shows like “CSI,” “NCIS” and “Law & Order,” science gets the bad guys. In real life, “science” often ensnares the innocent. Former NYPD Detective Harry Houck gets annoyed when TV shows make forensic science look infallible. “You watch a detective get down and look at a body (and say), ‘He’s been dead […]

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Thank You, Mrs. Bush

My brother Matt died of AIDS 26 years ago today, passing away in his bed in my parents’ home in Houston. It was a benighted time for people with AIDS. There were no antiretrovirals then. There was nothing much you could do for an AIDS patient but hold his hand. And many people still thought […]

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Hidden Taxes

The cable bill was the last straw, says Kristin Tate. “That’s the one that really made me mad.” Comcast included $36 in charges for mysterious things like “utility tax” and “government access fee.” That motivated her to research obscure taxes and put what she learned in a new book, “How Do I Tax Thee? A […]

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War on Science

We’ve been told conservatives don’t believe in science and that there’s a “Republican war on science.” But John Tierney, who’s written about science for The New York Times for 25 years and now writes for the Manhattan Institute’s City Journal, told me in my latest online video, “The real war on science is the one […]

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Poisonous Taxes

Soda will cost you more in Philadelphia, Seattle, Boulder, Colorado, and a bunch of California cities because politicians in those places voted to tax it. The social engineers claim soda taxes will “reduce obesity,” “lower diabetes rates,” “reduce medical costs,” etc. But the politicians’ main goal is to bring in money. Philadelphia city council members […]

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The Red Pill

In the movie “The Matrix,” swallowing a red pill reveals the truth, while downing a blue pill leaves you trapped in illusion. Today, in the parlance of some political activists, “taking the red pill” means seeing the lies of mainstream media — and learning the truth. “People don’t care to watch CNN anymore: People pay […]

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Climate Exit

President Trump’s pick to be the new secretary of state, Mike Pompeo, is not a fan of the Paris climate agreement, the treaty that claims it will slow global warning by reducing the world’s carbon dioxide emissions. Politicians from most of the world’s nations signed the deal, and President Obama said “we may see this […]

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