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J.D. Tuccille
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I'm a writer and editor with an unhealthy interest in politics and public policy.
I'm a writer and editor with an unhealthy interest in politics and public policy.

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Hillary Clinton, Barack Obama, and their friends need to explain to us why we should risk America's current success at reducing violent crime with an Australian policy that has succeeded most obviously at fueling the rise of a down-under Mafia awaiting only the obvious rise of an armaments Al Capone. We already lived through Prohibition once. Australia may not have learned from our experience, but we don't have to emulate that country's mistake.
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"Even with a net outflow of Mexicans nationals from the United States to Mexico, politicians continue to talk up fear of immigration and to tout restrictive policies. That’s because mass deportations, employment restrictions, and border fences are at least as profitable for office-seekers as they are for migrant-smuggling coyotes."
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What's behind the Oregon standoff? D.C.'s colonial-style dominance of the West--and the anger that breeds.
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Every time creatures like Clinton, Trump, Burr, Vance, and company open their mouths, they prod people to keep encryption and the exchange of ideas it protects beyond governments' reach.
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So, if you plan to build a house—up in the trees, or down on the ground—or just have a little work done, keep your hand on your wallet and your eye on local officials.
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Serial failed businessman Samuel Clemens might have a lesson or two to offer to his hometown of Hannibal, Missouri. Thwarted in his riverboat-piloting career, unsuccessful as a miner, and disappointed (to put it mildly) in his investments in an automated typesetting machine, "Mark Twain" could have told officials in his old stomping ground that making a living is hard enough without government officials demanding that entrepreneurs come checkbooks in hand to beg, "mother, may I?" for permission to do business.
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The threat of drones to aircraft is wildly overstated. Most serious incidents and every actual crash has been with military UAVs. So we're supposed to let the feds tag and track privately owned widgets?
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"Pundits and big-government-friendly economists may not like it, but cash is popular in Britain and the United States alike because it helps people hide their activities from the authorities. Those authorities can change the tax and regulatory policies that turn off so much of the population—or they can continue to watch the economy trickle away into the shadows."
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