John Sexton

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Cannabis Confessions and Colorado

Everyone is making confessions about drug use and I figure I have a slightly different perspective than some so I'm going to share it. There will be a point I promise but you'll have to bear with me for a bit of backstory. Jan 3, 2014 3:49 PM PT

America Became Increasingly Pro-Life in 2013

A new report from the Guttmacher Institute, the non-profit research arm of Planned Parenthood, finds that more abortions restrictions were implemented in 2013 than in any other year save 2011. The number of states Guttmacher classfies as "hostile" to abortion has doubled since 2000. Jan 3, 2014 11:18 AM PT

Health Reform Will Not Cut Emergency Room Visits, President Obama Hardest Hit

One of President Obama's constant refrains during the battle over health reform has been that expanding coverage would reduce inefficiency in the system. In particular, he often cited expensive expensive emergency room visits as something that reform could help reduce. But it turns out, Obamacare, like Romneycare before it, is likely to increase emergency visits, maybe substantially. Jan 2, 2014 1:05 PM PT

Five Reasons 2.1 Million 'Enrolled' Is Not That Impressive

The Obama administration is always a fan of big numbers. Today they are trumpeting the claim that 2.1 million people have signed up for coverage under Obamacare since October 1st. There are actually at least four caveats to this big number which make it less impressive that it first appears. Jan 1, 2014 3:54 PM PT

Young Invincibles Face a Rude Awakening on Obamacare

Groups marketing for and against Obamacare are focusing their efforts on so-called "young invincibles." This AP story walks through some of the "Brosurance" ads we've all seen. It concludes with the perspective of 22-year-old student Mette Jensen: Jan 1, 2014 9:54 AM PT

Central African Republic Collapsing into Chaos

A massive humanitarian crisis is brewing in the Central African Republic as militants from the nation's Christian majority continue to fight with Muslim rebels who overthrew the government, ousting the Christian President, in March. Dec 31, 2013 4:16 PM PT

100 Greatest Action Movie Lines

If you like action movies you'll be familiar with most of these iconic lines. There are only a couple that seem a bit out of place. The one from Steven Seagal's Hard to Kill makes me laugh. That film was released in 1990 and may mark the moment when tough-guy lines jumped the shark after a high water mark with 1988's Die Hard. Granted there are still many lines on this list from after 1990 but it never seemed the same somehow. Dec 31, 2013 2:01 PM PT

Curb Your Obamacare Enthusiasm

Obamacare enrolled nearly 2 million people in paying plans in the first three months, which means it only fell about 50 percent short of its goal, i.e. 1.3 million people. That's the good news. Dec 31, 2013 10:18 AM PT

What the NY Times Got Right and Wrong on Benghazi

The NY Times published a lengthy story by David Kirkpatrick Saturday which attempts to explain what took place last September 11th in Benghazi. Much of the story confirms things reported elsewhere, but the author comes to a different conclusion about two topics which have ongoing political implications: Who carried out the attack and why. Dec 30, 2013 6:44 PM PT

CNN: Christie Tops Hillary in 2016 Poll

In a poll of registered voters, CNN finds that NJ Governor Chris Christie beats Secretary Hillary Clinton 48-46 in a hypothetical 2016 match-up.  Dec 27, 2013 9:59 AM PT

Obamacare Won't Bend the Cost Curve Without Further Government Regulation

Obamacare is not going to bend the cost curve downward. In fact, there are reasons to think it may exacerbate monopolistic practices which lead to overcharging. That's the premise of a new piece in Washington Monthly which suggests further government regulation will be needed before we see the cost curve bend in the proper direction. Dec 26, 2013 3:50 PM PT

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