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The Candidates’ Public Disservice on Trade: New at Reason

The 2016 candidates aren’t just campaigning against each other, they’re campaigning against free trade. A. Barton Hinkle writes:

Almost three-fifths of Americans recognize that international trade offers the country an opportunity to expand the economy; only 34 percent see it as a threat. Unfortunately, the leading presidential contenders are doing their best to change that.

Bernie Sanders, Hillary Clinton and Donald Trump have been spouting a stream of nonsense remarkable even by campaign-season standards. Sanders, for instance, blames the decline of Detroit and Flint, Mich., on “Hillary Clinton’s free-trade policies.” But as Steve Chapman of the Chicago Tribune points out, GM shut down its Flint plant six years before NAFTA took effect. Other factors—such as automation—have done most of the damage to auto-industry employment.

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Yo, #notallprogressives are pro-censorship!

Yo, #notallprogressives are pro-censorship! “Where have progressives gotten the idea that “hate speech is not free speech”? I hear it all the time and it’s pretty big civics fail.” -@JillFilipovic This @motherboard story about Angola’s Wikipedia pirates is awesome. Information will be free, motherfuckers. Erin Gloria Ryan is right. This is the best thing @ThisIsFusion … [Read more…]

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Cruz Crushes Trump in Utah, Sanders Takes Utah and Idaho, Brussels Bomber Still on the Loose: A.M. Links

  • Donald Trump suffered a major blow in Utah, where Sen. Ted Cruz earned 71 percent of the primary vote, John Kasich 16 percent, and Trump just 14 percent. “Cruz’s big win in Utah means he will get all 40 of the state’s delegates to the Republican National Convention,” AP reports. Yet Trump still won the most delegates yesterday, picking up 58 from a win in Arizona, where Cruz placed second. 
  • Vermont Sen. Bernie Sanders bested Hillary Clinton in Idaho and Utah primaries, while Clinton won in Arizona
  • Sen. Ted Cruz is trying to entice Ohio Gov. John Kasich into dropping out of the Republican presidential race by floating him a spot in a future Cruz administration. 
  • Jeb Bush has endorsed Ted Cruz, saying he hopes the Texas senator will help “overcome the divisiveness and vulgarity” of Donald Trump
  • Belgian police are still searching for Najim Laachraoui, a suspect in yesterday’s attacks in Brussels. While Laachraoui—who was with the two suicide bombers at the Brussels airport yesterday, and whose DNA was found in an apartment connected to the Paris terrorists attacks of 2015—was reported yesterday to have been arrested, this turned out to be false. 
  • Georgia is moving to make solicitation of prostitution a felony
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