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White House Expands Travel Ban, Trump vs. the NFL, Merkel Wins in Germany: A.M. Links
  • The White House announced an expanded travel ban that includes three additional countries—North Korea, Chad, and Venezuela.
  • President Trump spent the weekend saying NFL players who kneel during the anthem should be fired, leading players across the league to kneel at this week’s games.
  • Jared Kushner reportedly used a private e-mail account to conduct some White House business.
  • The FBI is launching a civil rights investigation into a church shooting in Tennessee, where one person was killed before the gunman was shot by a congregant.
  • Angela Merkel emerged victorious in elections in Germany, although she will have to form a coalition with two other parties, while Alternative for Germany will become the first nationalist party in parliament since the Nazis.
  • Nearly 50,000 people in Indonesia have fled their homes over fears of an imminent volcano eruption.
  • Spanish authorities are trying to take control of the regional police in Catalonia ahead of an independence referendum they insist is illegal.
  • Labor unions in France are blocking fuel depots to protest employment law reforms.

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Wearing a Mask in Public Shouldn’t Be a Crime: New at Reason

In a free society, the default position should be the one that upholds individual liberty, not what makes police work easier.

A. Barton Hinkle writes:

Last weekend’s demonstrations on Monument Avenue in Richmond, Va. didn’t descend into rioting and mayhem, for which we can all be thankful. Only seven people were arrested—and four of them shouldn’t have been.

Three of them are students at Virginia Commonwealth University, and the fourth is a former student. They were on hand to protest the neo-Confederates who had come to town, and were arrested for wearing masks in public. One wore a bandanna over her face; the others wore Halloween masks. In Virginia, wearing a mask or hood to conceal your identity is a felony.

In one of those amusing coincidences of which the universe seems so fond, their trials have been set for Oct. 31—Halloween. In another amusing coincidence, the law they are accused of breaking was passed in 1952, in an effort to stymie the KKK’s effort to start a chapter in Richmond.

Actually, that is neither amusing nor a coincidence. Laws passed for the sake of protecting racial minorities or limiting the power of the majority often wind up being used for precisely the opposite purpose.

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Brickbat: Behind the Times

The United Kingdom’s National Health Service uses 10 percent of all the world’s remaining pagers. It uses 130,000 of the devices at an annual cost of 6.6 million pounds ($8.9 million).

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There’s Nothing Funny About Trump’s Troubling Policing Edicts: New at Reason

Trump, who today called for a boycott of the NFL to punish players who don’t stand for the National Anthem in protest of police abuse, has been sending a message that law enforcement has more latitude now to bend and break the rules.

Steven Greenhut writes:

During a July speech to police in Long Island, Donald Trump joked that when officers “put somebody in the car and you’re protecting their head” that “you can take the hand away, okay?”

Many of the cops laughed approvingly, but civil liberties groups—and even some law-enforcement officials—were upset that the president made light of police brutality, especially given some troubling nationally publicized incidents.

Trump’s defenders argued that he was only joking about the treatment of killers, and that the rest of us need to lighten up. Didn’t Ronald Reagan joke about bombing Russia as he prepared for a radio address? Well, yes. But those arguments aren’t persuasive given that the administration’s actual policing policies seem likely to encourage abusive police behavior in a variety of ways.

Even the Republican-controlled House of Representatives seems to understand that point. Last Tuesday, the House overwhelmingly approved amendments to a spending bill that try to limit the U.S. Justice Department’s efforts to let police officers expand the use of a policy known as “civil asset forfeiture.” Some forms of forfeiture have been around for centuries, but it really ramped up in the early days of the drug war, with policies designed to let police grab property and proceeds from major drug enterprises.

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Health Care Costs Are the Reason You’re Not Getting a Raise: New at Reason

Every Labor Day you can count on seeing a spate of news stories saying that “real wages” in the United States haven’t grown since the 1970s. That’s true, more or less, but the reason for the stagnation might surprise you. It’s a complex story, but it boils down to this: Blame health care costs.

According to the Federal Reserve Bank of St. Louis, inflation-adjusted wages have grown by just 2.7 percent in the last 40 years. But inflation-adjusted total compensation—wages plus fringe benefits, such as health insurance, disability insurance, and paid vacation, along with employer-paid Social Security and Medicare taxesincreased by more than 60 percent in the same period.

Wages still make up a significant share of your total compensation: 68.3 percent, according to 2017 data from the Bureau of Labor Statistics, vs. 31.7 percent that goes to benefits. But that latter piece has grown significantly, in no small part due to the rising cost of health insurance. And that trend is only going to get worse, writes Veronique de Rugy.

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McCain Disses Graham-Cassidy, Kim Jung-un Disses Trump, and HHS Sec. Tom Price Investigated for Private Jet Use: P.M. Links
  • Sen. John McCainSen. John McCain (R – Ariz.) announces his opposition to the Graham-Cassidy healthcare reform bill. Read Reason‘s coverage of the bill’s chances here.
  • Health and Human Services Secretary Tom Price is being investigated for his frequent use of private jets for HHS business.
  • Portland loses its ranking as America’s top airport. Portlanders are a little salty about it.
  • Sick Kim Jung Un burn of Trump grows Americans’ vocabulary.
  • San Antonio cop is fired for dating a prostitute.

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