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Volume 22, Issue 10: March 10, 2020

By K. Lloyd Billingsley (The Daily Caller, 3/1/20)
Self-described “democratic socialist” Bernie Sanders apparently slept through the major atrocities of Communism. Like the establishment media, the Vermont senator and presidential hopeful shows little if any familiarity with the Molotov-Ribbentrop pact, Stalin’s forced famine in Ukraine, or Fidel Castro’s brutal treatment of gay Cubans. READ MORE »

By D. Eric Schansberg (The Independent Review, 2/14/20)
According to Washington Post columnist E. J. Dionne Jr., Massachusetts Senator Elizabeth Warren will continue to exert a strong influence on American politics despite her recent departure from the contest to become the Democratic Party’s nominee for president. Although her campaign speeches reveal her public stance on many issues, insights about her transformation from Ivy League academic to Washington politico are best gleaned from reading her many books. READ MORE »

By John C. Goodman (Forbes, 3/2/20)
New York Times columnist Paul Krugman demonizes mainstream free-market economists in his latest book, Arguing with Zombies. Whether the issue is tax reform, entitlement spending, income inequality, or minimum wages, Krugman mischaracterizes his opponents and proposes government activism as the remedy. READ MORE »

By Richard K. Vedder (Forbes, 2/24/20)
After years of falling revenues, Concordia College in Portland, Oregon, has announced that it will shut its doors at the end of the academic year. Like many other American colleges, the school failed to draw prospective students increasingly concerned that the costs of higher education outweigh its benefits. READ MORE »

By William F. Shughart II (USA Today, 3/6/20)
Daylight saving time, an irritant of American life since at least World War II, is supposed to reduce energy consumption. Evidence is accumulating, however, that the biannual changing of the clocks doesn’t lower electricity usage but does create health problems. READ MORE »

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