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I’m not that old. I’ll be 34 in a little more than 5 months. The pace of technological change and innovation in my own lifetime has been staggering. My childhood was dominated by rotary phones, CB radios and a TV with an actual dial. It the last 15 years it has only accelerated. And we […]

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Bush, the son of former President George H.W. Bush and brother of former President George W. Bush, said he would need at least another year to decide whether to seek the White House in 2016. But he said regardless of whom the GOP chooses as its standard-bearer, its success will depend partly on taking a […]

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It’s no fun being the third daughter. When my each of my two older daughters approached their final high school year, elaborate plans were made to visit elite schools back east. William, Amherst, Dartmouth, Harvard, Swarthmore, Boston University, Penn, Richmond, Boston College – we visited them all, some twice. Now, as the youngest approaches college, […]

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Contributor Post Created with Sketch. Should Taxpayers Foot the Bill for IRS Lawyers?

 

Over on the Member Feed, Hartmann von Aue raises an interesting question: should taxpayers foot the bill for the lawyers provided to IRS agents who are being sued over the harassment of conservative groups?

I don’t think it is wrong for the federal government to pay for lawyers to represent federal officials who are sued for actions that they undertook in office. Think about how many times the President, the Attorney General, and cabinet officers are sued every year. To require them to pay for their own defense would make government service prohibitively expensive.

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Jonah Goldberg and Kevin Williamson are my two favorite writers for National Review. Both display insight and style worthy of envy. So, when I saw Jonah’s review of Kevin’s new book today, I was excited to read it. I found this bit particularly interesting: I [Jonah] think he’s [Kevin] slightly wrong, or not entirely right, when […]

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….and the woman in his life with PMS is not around to hear him, is he still wrong?  I counseled a man whose wife has severe Premenstrual Dysphoric Disorder and made the amazing life choice to stop her medications. Crying, screaming, homicidal, suicidal, and pesticidal, we ran the gamut. The wife was upset at some […]

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Senator Ted Cruz on America Live (FOX NEWS) calls for Attorney General Holder to resign. Nice to know Republicans have someone willing to lead from the front. http://www.foxnews.com/on-air/america-live/index.html#http://video.foxnews.com/v/2421501303001/sen-cruz-administration-not-respecting-bill-of-rights/?playlist_id=87651 More

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Contributor Post Created with Sketch. Half Your Income Saves A Lot Of Lives

 

This Wonkblog article was posted on Twitter via @pegobry. It chronicles a new generation of altruistically-minded individuals who, rather than doing non-profit work or volunteering, are pursuing the most lucrative work possible and then donating (in the case of some of the individuals profiled here, anyway) half of the money to charity.

I think giving away half your income to help save lives is wonderful, but I have serious reservations about hitching it to a Peter Singer thought experiment, as one of the subjects of the piece does. Singer’s formulation goes like this: 

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Contributor Post Created with Sketch. For the Last Time: Nothing is Ever Cheaper in California

 

Earlier this week, Pejman noted the self-congratulation going around liberal circles over claims that California would actually see premiums go down upon implementing Obamacare’s insurance exchanges (Paul Krugman could barely keep his pants on). Writing at Forbes today, the perpetually stellar Avik Roy looks to shake the left from their golden slumbers:

Here’s what happened. Last week, Covered California—the name for the state’s Obamacare-compatible insurance exchange—released the rates that Californians will have to pay to enroll in the exchange.

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Thanks to my spanking new Ford Escape and its Sirius subscription, I caught Howard for the first time in a long time this morning. I used to listen quite a bit, though once Stern hit satellite I never bothered to get Sirius specifically on an auto or home radio. He and the gang were pretty […]

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We have had many new members join Ricochet since the start of 2013, and yet relatively few contribute to our conversations here. I understand—it can be intimidating to add your own remarks to those from scholars such as Richard Epstein, Timothy Groseclose, Pejman Yousefzadeh, or even those contributors whose names are as easy to spell […]

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I just read a short story on an excellent genre fiction website I’d prefer not to link to. The story was clever and full of black humor. Its characters represented a variety of religions, and they were grappling with an apocalypse. The characters were generally neurotic. All were struggling to make sense of the disaster […]

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Excuse the melodramatic title of the post, but I have grown genuinely alarmed about the future of the Union. A couple of days ago I stumbled into a political conversation with a left-leaning friend of mine. I say “stumbled” because I generally eschew political discussions with good friends out of a belief that our friendship […]

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Are you travelling this summer? If so, where are you going? With whom? How are you getting there? Might I suggest travel by RV? More

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They got me. On May 1, 2013 WikiLeaks exposed my outrageous political contributions to a right-wing candidate. Yes, they’ve published an Excel spreadsheet of secret contributors to Norm Coleman’s campaign for the Senate. You see the FEC requires that the name and address, of any contributor that exceeds $200 to a campaign, must be made […]

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Wickedly funny video from reason.tv: More

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I’m only one AMU posting behind (now that this is posted). I completely had a brain-fart when this one was recorded. So I completely missed the opportunity to pick up the phone and chat with Red, as well as from keeping Ed’s movie and TV interjections to a minimum. Our favorite cat from the great […]

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Contributor Post Created with Sketch. Our Latest China Blunder

 

Well, they’ve done it again. Chinese hackers have been raiding the Pentagon cookie jar, the Department of Defense announced this week, stealing classified data about some of our most sensitive defense weapons systems.

The list of “systems designs and technologies compromised via cyber exploitation” is staggering. It includes the F-35 Joint Strike Fighter (maybe the Chinese engineers who will get this information can let us know how to finally get it up and flying), the V-22 Osprey helicopter, the Aegis Ballistic Missile Defense System, AMRAAM or Advanced Medium Range Air to Air Missile system, the unmanned reconnaissance drone Global Hawk, the Littoral Combat Ship, the Navy’s Standard Missile and its Mk 54 Light Weight Torpedo, plus Electronic Warfare systems and Advanced Signal Processing technologies for radars–it goes on and on. 

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