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Ajit Pai: ‘We Are Returning to the Original Classification of the Internet’

ReasonFederal Communications Commission (FCC) Chair Ajit Pai announced this morning that he is submitting a proposal to repeal what he characterized as the “heavy-handed, utility-style regulation” of Internet companies adopted by the Obama administration in 2015. Colloquially (if misleadingly) known as “net neutrality” (see Reason‘s special issue on the topic from 2015) the rules, which […]

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Is Donald Trump, of All Presidents, Devolving Power Back to the Legislative Branch?

C-SPANDonald Trump did not campaign for president as the guy who would reverse the mostly unbroken, century-old trend of the executive power assuming more and more power in the face of an increasingly self-marginalizing Congress. If anything, the imperial presidency looked set to increase given Trump’s braggadocious personality and cavalier approach to constitutional restraints. “Nobody […]

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Here’s What Happens When You Accuse Michael Moynihan of Being in Denial About NAMBLA Because Maybe He’s Gay

A Fifth Column shoutfest with former Daily Caller opinion editor Rob Mariani, who was recently bounced for publishing Milo Yiannopoulos Matt Welch|Nov. 17, 2017 2:17 pm By every account I’ve seen, including his own, Robert Mariani got a bum deal from the Daily Caller, the conservative website that relieved Mariani of his opinion-editor duties after […]

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Americans Keep Setting New Records for Renouncing Citizenship, and Tax Reform Threatens to Make it Worse

BloombergOne of the biggest arguments in favor of tax reform is that it’s an opportunity to get rid of bad laws and human-harming regulations that virtually no non-self-interested observer can defend with a straight face. A welcome fix in the House’s current tax-reform package, for example, is the removal of bonds for the construction of […]

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Libertarian Cliff Hyra Polling Near the Point-Spread in the Tight Virginia Governor’s Race

As Ed Gillespie pulls within three percentage points of Ralph Northam, attention turns toward the mild-mannered intellectual property lawyer looking to follow in Robert Sarvis’s footsteps. Matt Welch|Nov. 6, 2017 3:31 pm Cliff HyraThough there is officially Too Much News happening at once right now (did you hear the one about Bono using a Maltese […]

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Trump’s Deregulatory ‘Juggernaut’?

“While the Republican machine that emerged from the 2016 election may be sputtering on other fronts,” The Wall Street Journal‘s Gerald F. Seib wrote this week, “it is proving to be a juggernaut on deregulation.” But is that really true? Seib notes that a recent U.S. Chamber of Commerce survey shows (in his phrasing) “29 […]

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