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Quote of the Day: “This is most likely the largest cartel in the history of the United States”

Aren’t generic drugs great? Once a drug patent expires, generic manufacturers are allowed to copy the drug and sell it for far less than the brand name. Since the production cost of most generics is

There May Be a ‘Glimmer of Hope’ for the Great Barrier Reef

This story was originally published by HuffPost and appears here as part of the Climate Desk collaboration. The Great Barrier Reef fared better during an oceanic heat wave last year than during

Customs and Border Protection Paid $14 Million to Recruit Two Agents, Government Report Finds

US Customs and Border Protection paid a consulting company nearly $14 million to recruit new agents as the agency struggled to boost staffing levels amid an immigration crackdown. For that fee, the

Getting Interior to Respond to Your FOIA Requests Just Got a Lot Harder

In his latest attempt to make the Interior Department’s activities less transparent, Ryan Zinke shifted responsibility for handling public records requests from a career employee to a political
Lunchtime Photo

Lunchtime Photo

I mentioned on Thursday that I had replaced a picture of a bird at the last minute in order to post a picture of a rose that had been rained on. Here’s the picture that got bumped. The bird itself is

Donald’s Next Deal: Handing Afghanistan Over to the Taliban

From the LA Times: The Trump administration is pressing to open formal peace talks with insurgents in Afghanistan by April, a timetable driven by the president’s mounting impatience with the

Today’s Outrage: A 14-Year-Old Tweeted Anti-Gay Slurs Back in 2011

Here’s an entry from my once-in-a-blue-moon series “I Agree With a National Review Writer.” It’s my way of showing that we could all get along if only we’d restrict ourselves to a tiny subset of the
Bitcoin Strikes Back!

Bitcoin Strikes Back!

Apparently the crypto folks are really mad at me. Overnight I received 9,546 pieces of spam email, asking me to sign up for newsletters, buy shoes, end world hunger, or a variety of other things that

An Inside Look at the Crypto Con

It used to be libertarians. I’d mention something unflattering about Ron Paul and the result would be hundreds of angry, illiterate insults from true believers who were convinced that Ron Paul was

Accused Russian Spy Maria Butina May Be Ready to Cooperate

Accused Russian spy and gun rights activist Maria Butina wants to plead guilty in the case against her involving a Kremlin influence effort aimed at the 2016 election, according to a Monday morning

Trump’s Latest Meltdown Shows Even He Knows This Could Be the Beginning of the End

President Donald Trump lashed out at the renewed focus that he may have committed campaign finance violations by personally directing hush-money payments prosecutors have identified as criminal to

California’s Battle Against Climate Change Is Going Up in Smoke

Just a few months ago, climate activists in California were celebrating an impressive victory: New data showed that the state had brought greenhouse gas emissions down to 1990 levels, four years

This Year’s UN Climate Talks—Brought to You by Coal?

This story was originally published by Grist and appears here as part of the Climate Desk collaboration. KATOWICE, POLAND—There’s a specter hanging over the COP24 climate talks, that happened last
This Archival Hendrix Release Takes Us Way Deep Into “Electric Ladyland”

This Archival Hendrix Release Takes Us Way Deep Into “Electric Ladyland”

Album Review The Jimi Hendrix Experience Electric Ladyland Deluxe Edition Experience Hendrix/Legacy Recordings The third and final studio album released by Jimi Hendrix in his lifetime, 1968’s
California’s Fertile Valley Is Awash in Air Pollution

California’s Fertile Valley Is Awash in Air Pollution

This story was originally published by Undark and appears here as part of the Climate Desk collaboration. The San Joaquin Valley is the land of Big Agriculture. Stretching 250 miles from Bakersfield

News Reports Say Nick Ayers Has Turned Down Job as Trump’s Chief of Staff

Nick Ayers, who was widely expected to become President Donald Trump’s next chief of staff after John Kelly steps down this month, will not take the job, the New York Times and Wall Street Journal

Why Are Democrats Such Milksops?

In November, the citizens of Wisconsin had the gall to elect a pair of Democrats to the offices of governor and attorney general. The Republican legislature, by remarkable coincidence, quickly decided

A Rhode Island School District Is Sending Debt Collectors After Families Over Unpaid Lunches

A school district in Rhode Island wants its lunch money back—and has hired a private debt collection agency to go after parents to get it. The chief operating officer of schools in Cranston, Rhode

President Trump Goes On Twitter Rampage Against James Comey: “All Lies!”

In a short Twitter tantrum on Sunday morning, President Donald Trump accused former FBI director James Comey of lying to House Judiciary and Oversight committees during a hearing on Friday. Comey’s
Raw Data: Household Income Since 1975

Raw Data: Household Income Since 1975

Just in case you’re curious, here is the growth of household income over the past 40 years: Please note a few things: I have used the PCE inflation index in order to keep all the PCE folks happy. The