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- Low-Cost Highs: Price of Legal Marijuana Plunges in Washington State May 5, 2016As pot prices trend downward, there could be positive and negative consequences for states. Since pot is taxed by sale, falling prices mean each sale results in fewer dollars for the state government. However, cheap marijuana could end up pushing more people to abandon the black market and stick with purchasing legal pot. The post […]
- Social Service Shortfalls Hinder Health, Boost Medical Spending May 5, 2016States that spend more money on social services and public health programs relative to medical care have much healthier residents than states that don’t, a study out today. Professor Elizabeth Bradley, lead author of the study, is urging more efficient — not more — government spending. The post Social Service Shortfalls Hinder Health, Boost Medical […]
- State-Tribes Dispute Shuts Down Puget Sound Salmon Fishing Season, For Now May 5, 2016For the first time in 32 years the Washington Department of Fish and Wildlife (WDFW) was unable to agree with Puget Sound treaty tribes over the details of a required federal application to share the catch. WDFW announced that as of Sunday May 1 all fishing was indefinitely cancelled The post State-Tribes Dispute Shuts Down […]
- Today’s Top 3 International Stories: Syria, Libya & Uganda February 23, 20161) The U.S. and Russia have come to a decision on a ceasefire for Syria, which will include all warring parties except the two largest terrorist blocks, Al-Nursa and ISIS. Previous agreements to stop violence and provide aid have failed to stay in place. Sec. of State John Kerry said if the current deal fails […]
- Today’s (Late) Top 3 International Stories: Bahrain, Libya & Russia February 18, 20161) On Sunday, four American members of the press were arrested in Bahrain, while covering protests marking the anniversary of Bahrain’s 2011 Arab Spring uprising. Family members now report that on Tuesday, Bahrain released Anna Day and her camera crew after being interrogated. They have left Bahrain. The government claims the four participated in an […]
- Today Top 3+ International Stories: Egypt, Mexico, France Plus Syria February 12, 20161) In Egypt, thousands of doctors in Cairo turned out to protest after reports circulated that two doctors at a hospital in the capital had been beaten by police. It is not clear why the doctors were targeted, but it could be because they treated or sympathized with dissenters in opposition to former military leader […]
- Donald Trump Rules Out a Democrat as a Running Mate May 6, 2016The post Donald Trump Rules Out a Democrat as a Running Mate appeared first on Washington Free Beacon.
- Fox: State Department Missed Deadline for Benghazi Document Review Panel May 6, 2016Documents are now showing the State Department missed a deadline set by itself for establishing a special document review unit last year for the Benghazi terrorist attack investigation, Fox News reports. The post Fox: State Department Missed Deadline for Benghazi Document Review Panel appeared first on Washington Free Beacon.
- Obama Admin Deported Less Than One Percent of Visa Overstays May 6, 2016The Obama administration deported less than one-percent of the nearly half-a-million foreign nationals who illegally overstayed their visas in 2015, according to new statistics published by the Department of Homeland Security. The post Obama Admin Deported Less Than One Percent of Visa Overstays appeared first on Washington Free Beacon.
- The Dishonorable Nevada Land-Grab Act May 5, 2016The federal government owns so much of Nevada–nearly 85 percent–that it has put a crimp in the state’s economy. The Antiplanner has designated it, along with Alaska, a remnant of the “Old Feudalism” in which the government or a few private parties own so much land that it is hard for individual residents to own […]
- Happy Birthday, Jane Jacobs May 4, 2016As noted in today’s Google doodle, today is Jane Jacob’s 100th birthday. No doubt many people will write positive things about her. However, as the Antiplanner has noted before, her book, The Death and Life of Great American Cities, is overrated. Jacobs made two points, one of them right, and one of them wrong. Her […]
- Antiplanner’s Library: Who Owns the World May 3, 2016While doing research for my map of the New Feudalism, I found this 2010 book by Irish journalist Kevin Cahill. Despite the shrill cover rhetoric, the book is basically a nation-by-nation (and, in the United States, state-by-state) inventory of land ownership patterns. There are a lot of question marks about some countries, but it helps […]