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Big tobacco is spending millions of dollars to inform Americans of the truth about their products — truth that those same companies spent decades denying and trying to litigate to death. News media companies spent millions defending themselves against Big Tobacco in court simply for having...
Even by government standards, it is a colossally dumb idea: revoking someone’s license to work as a way to get them to pay off their student loans. Yet many states do just that. Student loan debt has more than doubled since 2009 to $1.3 trillion today. The average borrower in the class of 2016...
This week the U.S. Supreme Court hears what will most likely be a landmark case concerning freedom. Masterpiece Cakeshop Ltd. v. the Colorado Human Rights Commission pits Denver-area baker Jack Phillips against the supposed guardians of human rights in Colorado. At issue is Phillips’ refusal in...
If you’re a victim of sexual harassment and you work for Congress, you can’t complain to the human resources department. You can’t file a lawsuit, either — at least not until you’ve gone through months of mandatory counseling and mediation designed to keep such complaints out of court. And out...
You can mess with Big Tobacco, Big Pharma and Big Oil. But don’t dare mess with Big Sugar. Those guys play hardball. Around the globe, nothing sells like soft drinks, which are loaded with sugar and have been linked to rising obesity and diabetes rates. The political battlefield is littered...
An unfortunately high number of Americans will allow party loyalty to guide their support or rejection of the GOP tax bill awaiting congressional approval. The 440-page House tax bill, approved Nov. 16, merits skepticism regardless of which party you support. Tom Barthold, the nonpartisan chief...
The Republican plan to rewrite the U.S. tax code is a massive document with dozens of complex provisions. Folks in eastern North Carolina, however, ought to pay attention to one point in particular: the federal historic preservation tax credits. As it is, when you repair and renovate a...
For years now, the perils of texting while walking have been alarmingly clear. Just check out all the videos of people falling into fountains, bumping into walls or getting clipped by turning cars while their eyes are riveted to the screen. Everyone is aware. Few change their behavior. OK, no...
The sudden prominence of the #MeToo movement against sexual harassment ought to be a gift to Democrats. With women making up a sizable majority of the Democratic base, with a Republican president who’s been accused by at least a dozen women of sexual misconduct and caught on tape admitting it, and...
“Net neutrality” is one of the phrases that makes the eyes glaze over. But for anyone who uses the internet for anything, from watching cat videos to deep-state surveillance, net neutrality could not be more important. And next month, it could be going away. The Federal Communications Commission...

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