Public Safety (page 4)

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    Daily Journal: Can government make us happy?

    John Hood writes for Carolina Journal’s Daily Journal: Is it the job of government to make you happy? While it may seem like a straightforward question, there are some important subtleties packed into those few words. On the face of it, “no” feels like the obvious answer. Our country’s…
    Anna Manning, February 18, 2019
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    CJ reports: EPA plan addressing chemical pollutants gives few details on dealing with health risks

    Carolina Journal‘s Dan Way reports: GenX is of particular concern in North Carolina. Chemours’ Fayetteville Works Plant has polluted the drinking water of 200,000 people with GenX and other industrial chemicals, and has been the subject of state and federal lawsuits. GenX is part of an enormous family of…
    Anna Manning, February 15, 2019
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    John Hood writes for Daily Journal: Well-intended programs can do harm

    John Hood writes for Carolina Journal‘s Daily Journal that government intervention and regulation can often have harmful, unintended consequences: Friar Laurence has the best of intentions. But in William Shakespeare’s Romeo and Juliet, the friar’s well-intended interventions do not yield happy results. Laurence’s initial good intention is to…
    Anna Manning, February 6, 2019
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    Prospects for D.C. bipartisanship

    Jim Geraghty of National Review Online ponders the possibility of increased bipartisanship on Capitol Hill. In December, right before the government shutdown began, a surprisingly broad bipartisan coalition united behind long-discussed legislation on criminal-justice reform. The First Step Act won more than 350 votes in the House of…
    Mitch Kokai, January 29, 2019
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    China, Russia preparing for EMP warfare

    Bill Gertz of the Washington Free Beacon details disturbing developments involving America’s chief geopolitical rivals. Several nations, including China and Russia, are building powerful nuclear bombs designed to produce super-electromagnetic pulse (EMP) waves capable of devastating all electronics—from computers to electric grids—for hundreds of miles, according to a…
    Mitch Kokai, January 25, 2019
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    DOJ: Very few guns used in crimes were purchased by perps at retail sources

    Only 10 percent of guns used in crimes were purchased at retail sources by the perpetrator. That breaks down into 7.5 percent from gun shops, 1.6 percent from pawn shops, 0.4 percent from flea markets, and 0.8 percent from gun shows.
    Jon Sanders, January 18, 2019
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    French labels investigation of Trump ‘prudent and proper’

    David French of National Review Online bucks those on the political right who believe the FBI overstepped its authority by investigating President Trump. Let’s begin with a series of difficult questions. What should the FBI do when it possesses information that causes trained counterintelligence officials to fear that…
    Mitch Kokai, January 17, 2019
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    Terrorism or Trump?

    Hank Berrien reports for the Daily Wire that a top U.S. House Democrat wants to make a disturbing shift in congressional investigations of terrorism. The Democrat who has taken over the House Foreign Affairs Committee has indicated that he will eliminate the House Foreign Affairs Subcommittee on Terrorism…
    Mitch Kokai, January 14, 2019