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    Paul’s proposed student loan fix

    Brad Polumbo writes for the Washington Examiner about Kentucky Sen. Rand Paul’s idea for addressing concerns about college student loans. Republicans and sensible liberals alike are right to point out the ample flaws in “free college” proposals, regressive policies that would amount to a government handout to the…
    Mitch Kokai, December 5, 2019
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    Supreme Court’s latest gun-rights case produces interesting admissions

    Stephen Gutowski of the Washington Free Beacon details interesting elements of this week’s U.S. Supreme Court oral arguments about gun rights. The lawyer defending New York City in a Second Amendment case on Monday admitted to the Supreme Court that the city’s gun restrictions had no impact on…
    Mitch Kokai, December 5, 2019
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    Questioning claims that the U.S. is ‘winning’ a trade war

    Kevin Williamson of National Review Online takes aim at President Trump’s trade war. The problem with winning a race to the bottom is that you end up at the bottom. President Donald Trump’s idiotically conceived and incompetently executed trade war with China shows no signs of abating —…
    Mitch Kokai, December 5, 2019
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    Tax code discourages charity

    Howard Husock reminds us at National Review Online that the federal tax code blocks some charitable giving. Giving Tuesday is trying to push back against a tide that transcends appeals to individual generosity. To actually increase charitable giving, we must adjust the tax code. Today, the overwhelming number…
    Mitch Kokai, December 5, 2019
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    New Carolina Journal Online features

    Lindsay Marchello and Rick Henderson report for Carolina Journal Online about the potential impact of the Silent Sam agreement on other Confederate monument disputes. Kristen Blair’s Daily Journal focuses on kids’ near-constant exposure to media.
    Mitch Kokai, December 5, 2019
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    Too much screen time associated with poorer mental health

    One of the most troubling trends in the health care space in our country is the prevalence of mental health issues among our youngest generations. Disproportionately, Millenials and Generation Z are affected by rising mental health issues and a higher incidence of self-inflicted harm. In previous writings (see…
    Jordan Roberts, December 4, 2019
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    New Raleigh City Council open to innovation?

    Short-term rentals, backyard cottages, and scooters could get a reprieve with a new mayor and reconstituted city council. New member Jonathan Melton says, “I think we can lead on micromobility,” and Mayor Mary Ann Baldwin proposes holding off enforcement of short-term rental restrictions. Anna Johnson provided the play-by-play.
    Joseph Coletti, December 4, 2019
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    “Best state” rankings or whatever

    U.S. News and World Report sucked me into clicking on a link to their Best States Rankings.  I have no idea when it was released this year.  Man, what a waste of my time. Anyway, North Carolina was #18 on the list. The state scores highest (#4) in the…
    Terry Stoops, December 4, 2019