Author Archive | Matt Welch

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What Roy Moore’s Near-Miss Tells us About America’s Great Media Divide

Last night’s nail-biter of a special election in Alabama revealed several sharp splits in the American body politic—between evangelical whites and African Americans, between single-issue pro-lifers and the rough American consensus on abortion policy, between Bannonism and professional Republicanism, between #MeToo and she’s-lying. But as I contend in today’s L.A. Times, one of the biggest […]

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Ron Swanson Slams Fan Ajit Pai Over ‘Duplicitous Handling of the Net Neutrality Issue’

It all started with Michael C. Moynihan, fittingly enough. The former Reasoner and current Vice News correspondent (and Fifth Columnist!) went to the office of Federal Communications Commission Chair Ajit Pai this week to talk about the fallout over last month’s highly controversial announcement that the FCC would soon be voting on whether to rescind […]

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Abortion Is the Get-out-of-Jail-Free Card of Republican Politics

Sen. Ben Sasse (R-Nebraska), the telegenic bestselling author and near-Millennial darling of the Trump-averse conservative crowd, is no fan of accused sexual-abuser-of-minors Roy Moore. “This is a bad decision and very sad day,” Sasse tweeted Wednesday, in response to news that the Republican National Committee had reversed itself and decided to send money to Moore’s […]

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Who’s Ready for Some Trillion-Dollar Republican Deficits?

MemeGeneratorFrom 2009 to 2012, the federal government of the United States ran an annual deficit north of $1 trillion. The figure was shocking—Washington didn’t get around to spending $1 trillion in a year total (in 2009 dollars) until 1975. Coming on the heels of the debt-doubling during the presidency of George W. Bush, which candidate […]

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Thank You for a Record-Shattering Reason Webathon!

In a tumultuous political year of White House team-change, are-you-kidding-me headlines, and constant social media hysterics, you beautiful people have just voted with your hearts and wallets for more and better journalism and commentary tethered to the principles of “Free Minds and Free Markets.” Reason’s 10th annual webathon crushed all its predecessors like a bug […]

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When Ben Dreyfuss Discovered He Was Too Old to Seduce Kevin Spacey

Anthony FisherDuring Reason’s annual webathon, in which we ask our most loyal readers to make a tax-deductible gift to support our libertarian journalism and commentary, we have a tendency to showcase the serious stuff: the decade of pathbreaking video journalism, the development of a podcast line, the anti-hysterical political coverage, the reportage on far-flung libertarian […]

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