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That Time a Professional Football Team Fact-Checked The New York Times

Ron Sachs/dpa/picture-alliance/NewscomIt says something about the state of the media today—and something about how certain elements of the media are determined to stir up controversies around President Donald Trump, even where none exist—that a major newspaper found itself on the receiving end of a fact check from a professional football team this week. Here’s how […]

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Minimum Wage Increases Make Restaurants More Likely to Fail

Rules that make it more expensive to employ workers will cause fewer workers to be employed. It’s a statement that’s as true in an economics textbook as it is in the real world—as more than a few places are currently discovering—and a new study from Harvard University economists takes a stab at explaining how that […]

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Can Public Workers Get Pension Benefits Without Actually Working? California Supreme Court Will Decide

Instead of working additional years to qualify for a higher pension, some public employees in California simply can buy those better benefits. It’s a pension spiking technique known as “airtime purchases,” and this week the California Supreme Court agreed to review a key ruling from last year that said the state was allowed to curtail […]

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Lawsuit Says Miami’s Airbnb Ban Violates Fundamental Rights

Controversial new rules that effectively ban homesharing services in Miami are being challenged in court by Airbnb and five city residents who say their fundamental rights have been violated. The lawsuit, filed Friday, is a response to Miami’s crackdown on Airbnb and the city’s decision to target enforcement actions against residents who spoke out against […]

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Mississippi Gov. Phil Bryant Signs Major Licensing Reform

Jeremy Woodhouse Blend Images/NewscomA major reform aimed at curbing the power of licensing boards was signed into law by Mississippi Gov. Phil Bryant this week, after clearing the state legislature last month. As Reason has previously detailed, the passage of this law makes Mississippi the first state to respond to a 2015 Supreme Court case […]

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