Author Archive | Matt Welch

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Are We Headed for a Government Shutdown over DACA?

Matt Welch talks with Slate Capitol Hill reporter Jim Newell, as well as Michael Shermer and Erin Gloria Ryan, on SiriusXM Insight at 2 pm ET Matt Welch|Jan. 18, 2018 1:40 pm Ron Sachs/CNP / Polaris/NewscomToday from 2-3:30 p.m. ET I will be guest-hosting on SiriusXM Insight channel 121’s Tell Me Everything With John Fugelsang. […]

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Looking for Electoral Reform via Baseball’s Hall of Fame

Is Edgar Martinez the Gary Johnson of baseball? No, but his inevitable election to Cooperstown can teach us something useful about politics. Matt Welch|Jan. 12, 2018 2:45 pm Imagine if you will an election system in which your vote actually counted (at least, as 0.2 percent of the outcome); where early mail-in ballots were tabulated […]

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Why on Earth Are We Talking About ‘Oprah 2020’?: Podcast

What the Golden Globes #MeToo protests and Dave Chappelle’s latest specials tell us about the current political moment. Matt Welch|Jan. 8, 2018 3:45 pm FMB/Regina Wagner/Future Image/WENN/NewscomToday’s Reason Podcast, featuring Nick Gillespie, Katherine Mangu-Ward, Peter Suderman, and Matt Welch, kicks off with the media’s biggest takeaway from last night’s Golden Globes awards in Hollywood—whether Oprah […]

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‘The War on Pot…Has Affected Millions of Lives in This Country Negatively’

Sticking up for pharmacological freedom on Fox Business Network Matt Welch|Jan. 4, 2018 10:25 pm Sipa USA/TNS/Newscom”Whenever this topic comes up,” Fox Business Network host Charles Payne said today, while kicking off a segment about the Attorney General Jeff Sessions’ new marijuana enforcement guidelines, “everyone says, ‘Let’s grab Matt!’” I am always happy to talk […]

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Mitt Romney Is Nobody’s Wise Man on Sanctuary Cities and Proto-Trumpian Immigration Politics

There were two separate stories crisscrossing my Twitter feed this morning that deserve to be knitted together. One is the news, greeted with audible sighs of relief by #NeverTrump conservatives and conflict-seeking media alike, that Mitt Romney stands at the ready to occupy the Utah Senate seat being vacated by the retiring Orrin Hatch. The […]

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Stop Making Iran Protests About American Politics: Podcast

Instead of arguing about media coverage and posturing about partisan reactions, maybe focus on sanctions and refugee policy? Matt Welch|Jan. 2, 2018 3:15 pm Abaca Press/SalamPix/Abaca/Sipa USA/NewscomToday’s Reason Podcast, which features myself, Nick Gillespie, Katherine Mangu-Ward, and Peter Suderman, begins with a discussion about the dramatic protests in Iran: their significance, the context, the vast […]

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#MeToo + Trump-centric Partisanship = Smear Job

Take a close look at this Daily Caller tweet, particularly the stock photo used to illustrate the article: Editor Who Bashed The GOP Just Got Fired For Alleged Sexual Harassment https://t.co/51OHNgj48u pic.twitter.com/Xb5UMz1NUC — The Daily Caller (@DailyCaller) December 20, 2017 The casual reader can be forgiven for inferring that the editor in question put his […]

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Tax Reform, Paul Ryan, and a New Death of Hope: Podcast

Reason editors point to the good stuff in tax reform, and the bad everything else Matt Welch|Dec. 18, 2017 2:15 pm Reason”The tree of hope has to be watered with the blood of young journalists,” Katherine Mangu-Ward says on today’s Reason Podcast. Was Reason’s editor in chief talking about entitlement reform? The new Star Wars […]

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