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They Keep Using That Phrase, “Net Neutrality.” I do Not Think it Means What They Think it Means. | The William Lloyd Garrison Center for Libertarian Advocacy Journalism

“Verizon Wireless was just caught in the act of what looks like a blatant violation net neutrality,” writes Kurt Walters of Demand Progress in a …

Internet

Don’t Trust Trump’s North Korea Bluff, Bluster, and Brinksmanship | The William Lloyd Garrison Center for Libertarian Advocacy Journalism

US president Donald Trump put much of the world atwitter and ajitter Tuesday with his comment to the press : “North Korea best not make any more …

North Korea

Mueller v. Trump: Ain’t Life Grand? | The William Lloyd Garrison Center for Libertarian Advocacy Journalism

<i>The Wall Street Journal</i> reports that “Special Counsel Robert Mueller has impaneled a grand jury to investigate Russia’s interference in the 2016 …

Robert Mueller

If You’ve Got Nothing to Hide, You’ve Got Nothing to Fear, JFK Assassination Edition | The William Lloyd Garrison Center for Libertarian Advocacy Journalism

As America marked the 50th anniversary of US president John F. Kennedy’s assassination four years ago, a clear majority of Americans (according to …

History

US Foreign Military Bases Aren’t “Defense” | The William Lloyd Garrison Center for Libertarian Advocacy Journalism

“U.S. foreign military bases are the principal instruments of imperial global domination and environmental damage through wars of aggression and …

War

Send in the Clown: Scaramucci versus the Leakers | The William Lloyd Garrison Center for Libertarian Advocacy Journalism

In Italian <i></i>comic theater, Scaramouche is a clown, the boastful poltroon whose antics frequently bring him to grief. Presumably new White House …

Healthcare: A House Divided Cannot Stand | The William Lloyd Garrison Center for Libertarian Advocacy Journalism

The latest healthcare initiative from the Trump administration and the Republican Party’s leaders in Congress seems set to sink just like the last …

Death Panels: Sarah Palin Was Right, Sort Of | The William Lloyd Garrison Center for Libertarian Advocacy Journalism

In 2009, former Alaska governor and vice-presidential candidate Sarah Palin raised the kind of ruckus she’s known for with her comment on the …

Circumcision: One Woman’s Piercing Commentary | The William Lloyd Garrison Center for Libertarian Advocacy Journalism

When Enedina Vance posted a photo of her smiling baby with a pierced cheek on Facebook, she expected — and wanted — a reaction. She probably didn’t …

Our Paranoid Society is Too Hard on Kids — and on Parents | The William Lloyd Garrison Center for Libertarian Advocacy Journalism

In the latest sign that America has gone stark-raving nuts at the expense of its parents and children, the Rochester, New York <i>Democrat & Chronicle</i> …

Who’s That You Called Dangerous, President Trump? | The William Lloyd Garrison Center for Libertarian Advocacy Journalism

On July 6, CNN reports, “President Donald Trump chided North Korea for its recent missile tests, saying it is ‘behaving in a very very dangerous …

Mourn on the Fourth of July, 2017 | The William Lloyd Garrison Center for Libertarian Advocacy Journalism

I visited Washington, DC for the first time in 1980. I was 13. Jimmy Carter was the president.<p>My family only had one day to see the sights. As I …

What The Deep State Is | The William Lloyd Garrison Center for Libertarian Advocacy Journalism

Buzzwords come and buzzwords go. Lately, a trending buzzword — or, I guess, buzz phrase — among the politically inclined is “Deep State.” Google News …

The Castile Doctrine: Cops Without Consequences | The William Lloyd Garrison Center for Libertarian Advocacy Journalism

On July 16, a jury acquitted St. Anthony, Minnesota police officer Jeronimo Yanez of all charges in the 2016 killing of motorist Philando Castile. …

Mere Anarchy: The Center Cannot Hold | The William Lloyd Garrison Center for Libertarian Advocacy Journalism

A spectre is haunting Earth — the spectre of freedom. All the powers of the existing order have entered into a holy alliance to exorcise this …

Federal Education Budget: Teapot, Meet Tempest | The William Lloyd Garrison Center for Libertarian Advocacy Journalism

The Budget and Accounting Act of 1921 requires the president of the United States to submit a budget proposal to Congress for each fiscal year. …

The Problem Isn’t Willie Pete. The Problem is War Crimes. | The William Lloyd Garrison Center for Libertarian Advocacy Journalism

The New York <i>Times</i> reports that US and/or US-allied forces in Syria may be using white phosphorous munitions in the assault on Raqqa, capital city of …

Bitcoin: Riding High, But in Crisis | The William Lloyd Garrison Center for Libertarian Advocacy Journalism

As I write this, the world’s most popular cryptocurrency sits at a near record price level — $2,800 US dollars buys one Bitcoin. While the price is …

Drug Overdose Deaths, 2016: Casualties of War | The William Lloyd Garrison Center for Libertarian Advocacy Journalism

Drug overdose is now the leading cause of death among Americans under 50, the New York <i>Times</i>‘s Josh Katz reports. In 2016, overdoses claimed somewhere …

CIA Torture Report: Where’s Our Next Heroic Whistleblower? | The William Lloyd Garrison Center for Libertarian Advocacy Journalism

In December of 2014, The US Senate’s Select Committee on Intelligence issued a report on the Central Intelligence Agency’s “inadequate and deeply …

The William Lloyd Garrison Center for Libertarian Advocacy Journalism

Ted Wheeler, the mayor of Portland, Oregon, wants to control who can say — and hear — what. He’s asked the federal government to cancel one permit …

The War on Drugs is Why We Can’t Have Nice Things, North Carolina Edition | The William Lloyd Garrison Center for Libertarian Advocacy Journalism

Apparently this month’s crop of stabbings, armed robberies, rapes/molestations and teacher/student sex scandals in Catawba County, North Carolina …

SCOTUS: Patent Trolls’ Loss is a Win for Honest Commerce | The William Lloyd Garrison Center for Libertarian Advocacy Journalism

On May 22, the US Supreme Court ruled unanimously — and correctly — on a fairly obscure case that nonetheless has huge implications in an area where …

Donald Trump and the Politics of Whine | The William Lloyd Garrison Center for Libertarian Advocacy Journalism

“No politician in history, and I say this with great surety,” US president Donald Trump told Coast Guard Academy graduates on May 17, “has been …

Donald Trump

Seth Rich, the DNC, and WikiLeaks: The Plot Thickens | The William Lloyd Garrison Center for Libertarian Advocacy Journalism

According to the District of Columbia’s Metropolitan Police Department, the nation’s capital reported 135 homicides last year. One of those …

Seth Rich

The US Postal Service is Dying. Let it. | The William Lloyd Garrison Center for Libertarian Advocacy Journalism

Like most monopolies, the US Postal Service isn’t interested in changing its business model. An enterprise hemorrhaging cash in a free market would …

Capitalism

Congress Should Just Say No to Trump’s Afghanistan Surge | The William Lloyd Garrison Center for Libertarian Advocacy Journalism

With the US occupation of Afghanistan well into its sixteenth year and the country no closer to becoming a stable democracy than it was in late 2001, …

Afghanistan

The Scandal Isn’t Post-Presidential Speaking Fees, It’s Political Pensions | The William Lloyd Garrison Center for Libertarian Advocacy Journalism

As former US president Barack Obama’s second term drew toward its close last July, he exercised his veto power for the eleventh of 12 times, shutting …

Government

Trump is Right: “Shutdowns” Are Good for America | The William Lloyd Garrison Center for Libertarian Advocacy Journalism

If he’s remembered for nothing else, Donald Trump will go down in history as the first president to think out his policies in public, 140 characters …

Government