The Multnomah County elections director, Tim Scott, wasted no time on the Portland mayoral candidate Charlie Hales scam: in what has itself to be a candidate for the fastest “investigation” in County history, he concluded: “Based on Mr. Hales’ answer that he considered himself to be temporarily away from Oregon and that the Washington Secretary of […]
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- Nearly All States Allow Religious Exemptions for Vaccines March 2, 2015Forty-seven states allow children to be exempt from vaccinations because of religious concerns, including 18 states that also allow exemptions for “personal reasons,” according to a new Pew Research Center analysis. One state, Minnesota, allows parents to not vaccinate their children based on a broader “personal” exemption that does not explicitly mention religion. The post Nearly […]
- The Six Words that Might Determine the Fate of Obamacare before the Supreme Court March 2, 2015When the Supreme Court takes up the latest challenge to President Obama’s health-care law this week, how the justices interpret a six-word phrase in the bill could determine its fate. The law, adopted in 2010, says the federal government can pay subsidies to help people afford insurance bought through “an Exchange established by the state.” […]
- The Napa Valley of Marijuana? Slow Start to Pot Tourism in Washington March 2, 2015Since legalization, this state’s pot industry has dreamed of vineyard-like tours at pot farms in the rolling hills of Eastern Washington and cannabis lounges where visitors and locals commune over marijuana vapor wafting through the air. But hotels have been hesitant to tout themselves as pot-friendly, visitors have few legal locations to consume and only a […]
- Top International Stories to Watch Today: Lithuania, Nigeria & Argentina February 27, 20151) Due to fears of Russian aggression, Lithuania has reinstated compulsory military conscription. The Baltic region of Europe that borders Russia has placed a new priority on strengthening their military. The draft previously ended in 2008. On Friday, Russia held military exercises just on the other side of the Estonian border. While both Estonia and […]
- Top International Stories to Watch Today: Syria, Afghanistan, & Ukraine February 26, 20151) More than 220 Assyrian have been abducted by ISIS, an airstrike campaign has started in the region. (Also, we now know who Jihadi John is.) 2) A car full of explosives ran into a NATO convoy in Afghanistan, targeting the Turkish envoy, at least one Turkish soldier died. 3) The United Kingdom will […]
- World Class Hour on #FTRRadio with @astaroska! February 25, 2015Guest: Andrew Staroska Nuclear Iran https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=d8VuxcQxXgg Secretary of State John Kerry will meet with Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif in Geneva this weekend to continue on-going nuclear negotiations. The Israeli government has expressed concerns over the talks, so U.S. national security advisor Susan Rice has invited her Israeli counterpart to the White House to […]
- Arming Ukraine: Where the 2016 Hopefuls Stand March 2, 2015Fighting continues in eastern Ukraine despite a ceasefire agreement reached earlier this month by European negotiators. While Russian-backed separatists began to pull back some heavy weapons from the front lines on Tuesday as part of the deal, Ukraine says the rebels are still initiating attacks. Ukrainian forces retreated from the strategic rail hub Debaltseve last […]
- Russian Media Reports Suggest Variety of Responses to Murder of Boris Nemtsov March 2, 2015Kremlin-aligned media outlets were quick to deflect blame for the murder of Boris Nemtsov, a leading figure in the Russian opposition, from Vladimir Putin and his allies, claiming that killing Nemtsov does not benefit Putin and presenting other possible alternative explanations for the murder.
- NATO Commander Urges Pressure on Moscow Over Missile Treaty Breach March 2, 2015The commander of the U.S. European Command and NATO is calling for pressuring Russia against deploying new cruise missiles that violate the 1987 Intermediate-range Nuclear Forces treaty.
- Back in the Air Again March 2, 2015The Antiplanner is in Washington DC today to participate in a debate over the Purple light-rail line–or, as I like to call it, the Purple Money Eater. In conjunction with this debate, the Maryland Public Policy Institute will release a detailed critique of the proposed low-capacity transit line; Antiplanner readers can download a preview today. […]
- Will Apple Join the Self-Driving Car Race? February 27, 2015Apple is planning to put an electric car on the market by 2020. No, Apple is planning to build a self-driving car. No, it’s not. It would be stupid to do so. Rumors about Apple, which has the highest market capitalization of any company in the world, are an industry in itself, so the rumor […]
- Faster, Cheaper, Safer, More Convenient February 26, 2015Smallter Faster Lighter Denser Cheaper, by the Manhattan Institute’s Robert Bryce, argues that human innovation will save the planet from climate change and other projected catastrophes. As the title suggests, most of that innovation has to do with making things smaller, faster, etc., but Bryce especially focuses on power density, that is, the amount of […]