This is part of why we’re so annoyed about the liberal news media.  (Listen up, those of you who still don’t believe there is such a thing—I know you’re out there.)  This one isn’t just a little biased; this is either gross incompetence (difficult for NPR to plead—they’re not idiots, and they can do very good journalism when they want to) or infuriating, brazen dishonesty in the service of an agenda.

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college-experienceIf you live near a college campus—especially if you have occasion to drive by at midnight on a weekend—it’s clear that there’s a lot of eating out, a lot of drinking, and a lot of whatever else goes along with those things. There is no good reason to force us to subsidize this.

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There’s still good news sometimes, even among the crummy politics of 2016.  Sometimes the good guys win:

. . . many are beginning to write off a race once expected to be one of the most competitive in the country as a lock for the GOP. . . . The Democratic Senatorial Campaign Committee and a super PAC run by associates of Senate minority leader Harry Reid recently canceled millions of dollars worth of ad buys on Strickland’s behalf . . . .

How did Portman do it?  Among other things:

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From Donald Trump’s big speech yesterday:

A Trump Administration will establish a clear principle that will govern all decisions pertaining to immigration: we should only admit into this country those who share our values and respect our people.

In the Cold War, we had an ideological screening test. The time is overdue to develop a new screening test for the threats we face today.

In addition to screening out all members or sympathizers of terrorist groups, we must also screen out any who have hostile attitudes towards our country or its principles – or who believe that Sharia law should supplant American law.

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Minimum-wage laws makes some jobs illegal—by definition, that’s what they do.  Every time you raise the forced minimum wage, you make more jobs illegal.

Given that so many people in the “Millenial” generation are basically permanently searching for work, I have a simple proposal:  Let’s stop making more jobs illegal.

What I heard from the Democrats in their convention speeches tonight:

  • Global warming is an urgent problem because it will put us under water in a hundred years, but we don’t care that Social Security and Medicare will be bankrupt within a couple of decades.

(According to the programs’ trustees’ own numbers, Social Security will be bankrupt by 2019 or 2034, depending on how you count it; Medicare by 2028, “two years earlier than projected in last year’s report”.)

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BlackoutHeartbreaking.  A memoir for our time.

On NPR’s Fresh Air, Terry Gross interviews Sarah Hepola about her book, Blackout: Remembering the Things I Drank to Forget.  The world convinced her that she should drink as much as men, and sleep around as much—and consider it as casual and meaningless—as men.  As the publisher’s summary on Amazon puts it,

For Sarah Hepola, alcohol was “the gasoline of all adventure.” She spent her evenings at cocktail parties and dark bars where she proudly stayed till last call. Drinking felt like freedom, part of her birthright as a strong, enlightened twenty-first-century woman.

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