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    What Will President Biden Do to Us?

    Did you notice at last week’s final presidential debate that the candidates actually talked about concrete coronavirus-related policies for more than a half-minute there? The discussion was not without its head-scratchers, but at least the most pressing issue facing 2020 America got chewed on a bit.   More

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    Democrats Have a Massive To-Do List If Joe Biden Wins

    Last week featured a surprisingly taciturn Vice Presidential debate that was notable more for what the candidates didn’t say than what they did. But make no mistake: Health care, the federal budget, infrastructure and energy are all going to be subjects of intense legislative wrangling over the next four years, no matter who wins in November.   More

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    Our SCOTUS Wars Were a Long Time Coming

    “We have the Senate,” President Donald Trump said Monday morning, with we meaning the GOP. And that means, in contrast with Barack Obama’s stymied 2016 attempt to fill a Supreme Court vacancy during a presidential election year, Republicans ready to replace the late Ruth Bader Ginsburg “can sort of do what you want.”   More

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    Donald Trump, Bob Woodward, and the Noble Lie

    What did Donald Trump know, and when did he know it? According to Bob Woodward’s new book, Rage, and the interview tapes the veteran reporter released last week, the president acknowledged the seriousness of the coronavirus in private interviews much earlier than he did public.   More

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    Trump's Struggle To Win the Gary Johnson Vote

    President Donald Trump has been making some libertarian noises lately, and also some noises about libertarians. In the latter category, POTUS declared himself in an interview last week to be “somewhat libertarian,” and a likely recipient of ex-Libertarian votes.   More

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    Political Conventions Should Be NC-17

    It’s the first day of the Republican National Convention, which means that things are already getting pear-shaped. In other words, it’s a fitting follow-up to what the Democrats did (and didn’t) do last week.   More

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    Conventions and Conspiracy Theories

    On the latest episode of the Reason Roundtable: conventions and conspiracy theories.  Less than a week after announcing that Sen. Kamala Harris (D–Calif.) would be Joe Biden’s running mate, Democrats are about to hold their first fully virtual political convention—a party-run Zoom conference direct from their living rooms to yours.   More

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    Trump's Executive Disorder

    What do you call a 21st century president who uses executive orders to work around a stalled Congress and wants to suspend payroll taxes in the face of an economic calamity?   More

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    Coronavirus, Protests, and Policing Expose Government Failure at Every Level

    Garrett Foster, an AK-47-carrying libertarian who joined Black Lives Matter protesters against police abuse, was shot and killed in Austin, Texas, Saturday night after an altercation with a motorist. The facts of the case are murky and disputed, but one overall snapshot of America is clear: Just past the midpoint of this annus horribilis, summer in too many cities is devolving into riots, police crackdowns, and the politics of violence.   More

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    Sending Secret Police To Do Protester Snatch-n-Grabs Is Bad, Mmmkay?

    “It’s nice,” Elizabeth Nolan Brown wrote this morning in a long piece about the federal police crackdown in Portland, Oregon, “to see some lawmakers actually attempting to use their power to stop this, instead of simply trying to score Twitter points with spurious allegations that libertarians aren’t freaking out enough.”   More

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    Should Schools Be Fully Reopened in the Fall?

    Education Secretary Betsy DeVos made the chat-show circuit on Sunday to argue that the federal government should withhold money from public K–12 schools that don’t fully reopen in the fall. “There’s nothing in the data that suggests that kids being in school is in any way dangerous,” DeVos told Fox News host Chris Wallace.   More

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    Revenge of the Coronavirus

    America might want to be done with the coronavirus, but the coronavirus isn’t done with us. Despite promises from Vice President Mike Pence that new cases had stabilized around 20,000 daily, new case numbers surged nationally last week, with 45,255 new cases on Friday, beating daily case counts from April, which hovered around 30,000.    More

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    What Will You Do During the Statue Wars, Daddy?

    Let’s see: Nathan Bedford Forrest, Robert E. Lee, Teddy Roosevelt, (checks notes), uh, George Washington? Ulysses Grant? Francis Greenleaf freakin’ Whittier? Sometimes it’s protesters, sometimes it’s the museum, sometimes it’s a tagger, sometimes it’s a Twitter troll—by whatever form, America in monthus bizzarus of June 2020 is suddenly having a convulsive conversation about iconography.   More