Public Safety (page 12)

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    Questioning the ‘deaths of despair’ argument

    A new paper challenges the notion that the rise in overdose deaths is tied to economic conditions. The authors conclude, “the fatal overdose epidemic is likely to primarily reflect drug problems rather than deaths of despair.” I’m not sure if that’s reassuring, but it does suggest caution when examining…
    Joseph Coletti, January 8, 2018
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    Gun background checks up

    Stephen Gutowski of the Washington Free Beacon delivers bad news to anti-gun activists. 2017 saw the second-most gun-related FBI background checks on record, a report released on Wednesday showed. The National Instant Criminal Background Check System (NICS) conducted 25,235,215 checks last year. That’s nearly 2.3 million checks fewer…
    Mitch Kokai, January 5, 2018
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    Hanson ponders North Korea’s future

    Victor Davis Hanson‘s latest column at National Review Online ponders the near-term fate of the Hermit Kingdom. For good or evil, we may see radical changes in North Korea in 2018. The beefed-up United Nations sanctions by midyear could lead to widespread North Korean hunger, as well as…
    Mitch Kokai, January 5, 2018
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    New Carolina Journal Online features

    Don Carrington reports for Carolina Journal Online on supporters and opponents of the Atlantic Coast Pipeline who hope to convince Gov. Roy Cooper to support their cause. John Hood’s Daily Journal highlights the need for state prison reforms.
    Mitch Kokai, January 3, 2018
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    Economic security and national security

    Martin Feldstein explores the links in a column for Barron’s. The National Security Strategy released by the White House in early December differs from the previous congressionally mandated strategy documents that have been prepared every four years. The 2017 NSS is different because it emphasizes the role of…
    Mitch Kokai, January 2, 2018
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    A cyber attack warning

    Bill Gertz of the Washington Free Beacon highlights new concerns about online bad guys. Cyber attacks by foreign nations and criminals against both government and private sector networks are increasing in both sophistication and scale, a senior National Security Agency official said Wednesday. Jonathan L. Darby, deputy chief…
    Mitch Kokai, November 17, 2017
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    The nuclear club

    Victor Davis Hanson uses his latest National Review Online column to ponder the rules governing access to nuclear weapons. [U]ntil the official nuclearization of North Korea in 2006, the nuclear club remained small (eight nations) and was thought to be manageable. Why? First, those nuclear countries that were…
    Mitch Kokai, November 3, 2017
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    This weekend on Carolina Journal Radio

    The N.C. attorney general usually spends much of his time protecting granny against scam artists. But the new occupant of that office, Josh Stein, has generated headlines for devoting more attention to joining national campaigns that challenge Trump administration policies. Jon Guze analyzes Stein’s actions for the next edition of…
    Mitch Kokai, November 3, 2017