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Rand Paul Is Out—But Libertarianism Is Finally Mainstream: New at Reason

Rand Paul is out. Donald Trump just schlonged the Grand Old Party in New Hampshire. And Bernie Sanders is setting dumpster fires in the hearts and minds of America’s youth.

Borrowing the sage words of moral philosopher (and round robin bowler) Walter Sobchak, we have to ask: Has the whole world gone crazy?

Matt Kibbe hopes to convince you that the answer is no. Despite ominous signs that the End Times near, everything’s going to be all right.

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Don’t Put Right-to-Work in the Virginia Constitution: New at Reason

Republicans in the Virginia General Assembly are working to enshrine the state right-to-work law in the state constitution. A. Barton Hinkle explains why that’s a bad idea:

Not every good idea belongs in the Constitution. It’s a good idea to carry an umbrella if it looks like rain—but we don’t need a constitutional amendment for that, do we?

As Democrats in the state Senate quickly pointed out, Virginia’s right-to-work law has thrived, unmolested, for more than four decades now. It does not seem to be in even slight peril.

But it should not become part of the state Constitution even if it were in peril. After all, it is nothing but a response to federal legislation. Writing constitutional provisions to answer legislative mandates dilutes the purpose of having a constitution in the first place.

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Trump and Sanders Take New Hampshire, Social Justice Activist Kills Himself Outside Ohio Statehouse, FBI Can’t Unlock San Bernardino Shooters’ Phones: A.M. Links

  • Donald Trump and Sen. Bernie Sanders were the big winners in New Hampshire last night, taking 35 percent and 60 percent of the Republican and Democrat vote, respectively. Rounding out the top five GOP candidates were Ohio Gov. John Kasich with nearly 16 percent of the vote, Sen. Ted Cruz with 11.6 percent, Jeb Bush with 11.1 percent, and Sen. Marco Rubio with 10.6 percent. 
  • The Supreme Court temporarily blocked the Obama administration’s regulations on emissions from coal-fired power plants.
  • A 23-year-old Black Lives Matter and anti-hunger activist who was honored at the NAACP Image Awards in Los Angeles last week shot himself in the head on the steps of the Ohio Statehouse Monday.
  • California pregnancy-testing and counseling centers are fighting a rule that would require them to post a sign about state abortion, contraception, and prenatal care programs for low-income women.
  • A former federal judge is asking President Obama to pardon a man he sent to prison for 55 years after making three marijuana sales to a police informant.
  • The FBI has been unable to unlock the phones of the couple responsible for the December mass shooting in San Bernardino, California, because it’s encrypted—fueling government demands for a “backdoor” into encrypted phones.
  • The Ferguson City Council is asking the Justice Department for changes to a proposed consent decree meant to address local law enforcement practices. 
  • Shorter Hillary Clinton: Citizens United was a bad decision because it allows Republicans to criticize her. 
  • In San Francisco, 77 percent of security cameras on BART trains are fake or don’t work

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