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Big money crops up in small elections in the United States

 Political groups that took advantage of loosened campaign-finance rules spent hundreds of millions of dollars in the 2012 U.S. presidential election. This year, they’re cropping up in state and local races as well. Wealthy individuals and interest groups of all stripes are increasingly setting up political committees that can steer unlimited sums to small-dollar contests […] Read More →

Another Reason Why Decent and Moral People Are Libertarians

Daniel J. Mitchell,  I don’t particularly care how people vote, but I do care whether they believe in freedom. That’s why I periodically share stories that should convince everyone to believe in the libertarian philosophy of small government, individual liberty, and personal responsibility. The stories that get me most agitated are the ones that involve […] Read More →

Restoration of the Senate’s dignity rides on “Mitch McConnell” ?

George Will,  Barack Obama lost Kentucky in 2012 by 23 points, yet the state remains closely divided about reelecting the man whose parliamentary skills uniquely qualify him to restrain Obama’s executive overreach. So Kentucky’s Senate contest is a constitutional moment that will determine whether the separation of powers will be reasserted by a Congress revitalized by restoration of the […] Read More →

Wastebook 2014: Synchronized swimming for sea monkeys

 When I wrote about the insane sums of taxpayer money paid to federal employees who weren’t even working yesterday, and noticed Senator Tom Coburn (R-OK) was on the case, I figured the paid administrative leave scandal would make it into his annual Wastebook – that indispensable chronicle of absurd government spending, the cudgel you should […] Read More →

What Minecraft is teaching your kids about money

 If your kids are chattering non-stop about things like emeralds, pickaxes and creepers, you may have a unique opportunity to turn a video game addiction into a life lesson about money. Minecraft, a video game phenomenon with over 100 million users, is such a hot property that Microsoft Corp recently forked out $2.5 billion for […] Read More →

Thomas Sowell: Predatory Journalism

 The New York Times is again on the warpath against what it calls “predatory lending.” Just what is predatory lending? It is lending that charges a higher interest rate than people like those at the New York Times approve of. According to such thinking — or lack of thinking — the answer is to have […] Read More →

Teddy Roosevelt v. Citizens United

 How is it possible that, given overwhelming public concern about the direction of the country, we could be facing historically low turnout in the midterm elections on Nov. 4? The question isn’t new. As trust in government has swung up and down in the past half century, turnout for midterm races, as in presidential years, […] Read More →