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Volume 20, Issue 49: December 4, 2018

By Gary M. Galles (American Thinker, 11/27/18)
At first glance, Brett Kavanaugh’s inaugural case on the Supreme Court pits timber interests against federal wildlife protections. More fundamentally, Weyerhaeuser v. Fish and Wildlife Service is the latest battleground in the ongoing war between federal overreach and constitutional protections of private property. READ MORE »

Nature Unbound
Bureaucracy vs. the Environment

By Kenneth J. Sim, Randy Simmons, Ryan M. Yonk


By Wendy McElroy (The Hill, 10/17/18)
The debate about how to handle blatantly false accusations of sexual abuse has re-opened. Feminists argue that punishing any accuser chills the willingness of victims to come forward, whereas rule-of-law advocates counter that false accusations are not victimless crimes. READ MORE »



By Ivan Eland (New York Daily News, 11/26/18)
President Trump’s dispatch of active-duty military troops to the U.S.-Mexico border comes perilously close to violating the Posse Comitatus Act of 1878. This politically motivated threat may be as good a reason as any for Defense Secretary James “Maddog” Mattis to quit the Trump administration. READ MORE »



By Richard K. Vedder (Forbes, 11/15/18)
The bitter struggle to break down racial distinctions in education lasted for decades, but universities are now reintroducing segregation, making race the primary determinant of student participation in some activities, such as black student unions or race-based housing facilities. In an Orwellian twist, many “diversity” coordinators are stifling interaction between people of different races. READ MORE »



By K. Lloyd Billingsley (Fox & Hounds, 11/12/18)
Californians can wait for hours outside Department of Motor Vehicles offices, and once inside it only gets worse. DMV employees can sleep on the job for hours a day, over a period of years, and still keep their jobs. READ MORE »



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