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Stockton, California Went Bankrupt. Is Your City Next?

Stockton, California Went Bankrupt. Is Your City Next?

Stockton, California made history in June 2012 when it became the largest U.S. municipality in history to file Chapter 9 bankruptcy. It wasn’t the first Golden State city to do so, and what’s happening in out west is spreading to the

Montreal in Turmoil: Student Strikes, Bill 78 and the Anarchopanda

Montreal in Turmoil: Student Strikes, Bill 78 and the Anarchopanda

The city of Montreal has been in turmoil for much of 2012, following massive student demonstrations in opposition to a government-imposed hike on university tuitions. While mostly peaceful, some demonstrators resorted to vandalism and blocked access to bridges and schools.

Sen. Tom Coburn: How Both Parties Bankrupted America

Sen. Tom Coburn: How Both Parties Bankrupted America

“Both parties have equally participated in abandoning the limited role of the federal government,” says Sen. Tom Coburn (R-Oklahoma), whose new book, The Debt Bomb: A Bold Plan to Stop Washington from Bankrupting Our Economy, argues that Republicans and Democrats

Are Fake Prescription Drugs Killing Us? A Q & A with Roger Bate

Are Fake Prescription Drugs Killing Us? A Q & A with Roger Bate

“What would have cost tens of thousands of dollars…can now be done for hundreds of dollars, so it’s easier to fake stuff now,” warns Roger Bate, resident scholar at the American Enterprise Institute (AEI) and the author of “Phake: The

Banning Soda, Lessons from Wisconsin, Obama the Pot Smoker

Banning Soda, Lessons from Wisconsin, Obama the Pot Smoker

“In the same week that NYC Mayor Michael Bloomberg was pushing the idea [of banning super-size soft drinks] he also celebrated National Donut Day with the world’s largest box of Entenmann’s donuts that were the size of manhole covers,” says

'The Life of Julia' (The Libertarian Remix)

'The Life of Julia' (The Libertarian Remix)

The Obama-Biden campaign has just released the cartoon slideshow “The Life of Julia,” which takes “a look at how President Obama’s policies help one woman over her lifetime–and how Mitt Romney would change her story.” In our remix of that

Occupy DOJ: Protesters Demand Freedom for Convicted Cop Killer

Occupy DOJ: Protesters Demand Freedom for Convicted Cop Killer

On Tuesday, April 24 members of the Occupy movement gathered in DC at the Department of Justice to protest “mass incarceration” of black and Latino youth, demand the release of convicted cop killer Mumia Abu-Jamal, end the “racist death penalty,” and more. Among

DC's Escalator Nightmare

DC's Escalator Nightmare

How is Washington, D.C. supposed to run the world when it can’t even fix its own escalators? Strap on some steel-toed safety shoes–you’re gonna need them–as Reason.tv correspondent Kennedy investigates D.C.’s dismal and dangerous subway system. Metro, the sprawling 106-mile

Nanny of the Month: Bloomberg Halts Private Donations to Homeless Shelters

Nanny of the Month: Bloomberg Halts Private Donations to Homeless Shelters

This month Alabama lawmakers were itching to make it a criminal offense to annoy people online (isn’t that what the interweb is all about?), and a national pollexposed the split personality of Americans who pretend to support individual responsibility, all the while cheering

Obamacare Is 'the Most Important Case' in 50 Years

Obamacare Is 'the Most Important Case' in 50 Years

Does the fate of a federal government with limited powers rest in the hands of Supreme Court Justice Antonin Scalia? And if so, will he rule against broad federal powers (as he did in the Gonzales case) or in favor of the

Obamacare #FAIL: Day 3 at the Supreme Court

Obamacare #FAIL: Day 3 at the Supreme Court

“If I was in the Obama administration, I would not be comfortable with how the last three days went.” Reason’s Damon Root was in attendance for the third and final day of oral arguments before the Supreme Court on the

Obamacare at the Supreme Court: Day One

Obamacare at the Supreme Court: Day One

Reason’s Damon Root got a coveted seat for the Supreme Court oral arguments on the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act (ACA). Day one of this epic judicial showdown focused primarily on whether or not the individual mandate constitutes a

3 Reasons to End Obamacare Before It Begins

3 Reasons to End Obamacare Before It Begins

As the legality of the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act – a.k.a. Obamacare – goes before the highest court in the land, here are three reasons to chuck the whole program even before it gets underway. 1. It Represents

Why Is the Economy Growing So Slowly? Q&A with AEI's James Pethokoukis

“Considering that we had this big Tea Party movement in 2010, there has been very little talk about actually cutting spending,” says American Enterprise Institute’s James Pethokoukis, “except that Mitt Romney doesn’t want a lunar colony.” Pethokoukis is a former

Who's Afraid of Balls on the Beach, Gay Marriage, & Drug Legalization?

“What would happen if there was a Republican nominee who wants to legalize heroin running against Barack Obama – who’s cracking down on the war on drugs?” asks Reason’s Matt Welch. “More than for any other reason,” says Welch, “that’s why it’s going to make

The Great Gibson Guitar Raid: Months Later, Still No Charges Filed

“They…come in with weapons, they seized a half-million dollars worth of property, they shut our factory down, and they have not charged us with anything,” says Gibson Guitars CEO Henry Juszkiewicz, referring to the August 2011 raid on his Nashville

Reason.tv: Is Harrisburg's Nightmare America's Future?

The city of Harrisburg is Ground Zero for America’s municipal debt crisis. Pennsylvania’s capital city has liabilities estimated at $610 million, which is nearly 10 times its annual budget. The city is so deep in the red that last year it

Wende Museum: Archive of the Cold War

“The fall of the (Berlin) Wall only occurred 20 years ago. It’s very recent, but it’s very important, perhaps one of the most important historical events of our age,” says Justinian Jampol, the founder and Executive Director of the Los

Jim DeMint: Why Republicans Must Become More Libertarian

[youtube http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=89kx4hBrBrE] “The new debate in the Republican party needs to be between conservatives and libertarians,” says Sen. Jim DeMint (R-S.C.). “A lot of the libertarian ideas that Ron Paul is talking about…should not be alien to any Republican.” Yet

Why Geezers Are Occupy Wall Street's True Enemy

[youtube http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=eGIoDTtUS80] “When you look at government policies, there’s a massive transfer of wealth from the young and relatively poor members of society toward the old and relatively members of society,” says Veronique de Rugy, a Reason magazine columnist and

LA Forces Condoms onto Porn Actors! (Nanny of the Month, Jan 2012)

[youtube http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=JzX4pDYAhmE&list=PL2DD00E99B83A258A] This month’s killjoys are bent on making the Big Apple dry (or not?), and banning electronic (a.k.a. “fake”) cigarettes from public places (wait, isn’t the anti-smoking movement supposed to help addicts kick the habit?). But the new year’s

Three Reasons Not to Get Worked Up Over Super PACs

[youtube kG28GvQz6UA nolink] Everybody and their brother – even Stephen Colbert – is freaking out about “super PACs,” which are an outgrowth of the Citizens United decision in 2010. Traditional political action committees (PACs) are subject to federal limits on

Three Supreme Court Decisions to Watch

[youtube http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=2uX8UeQYNlc] The Supreme Court is back in session with major decisions coming on the legality of Obamacare, Arizona’s anti-immigration law, and the right of property owners to due process. How’s the court expected rule in these cases and what

Who's Lethal? Police or Tasers

On May 10, 2011, 43-year old Allen Kephart died after having a Taser applied to him multiple times by three San Bernardino, California, sheriff’s deputies during a routine traffic stop in Lake Arrowhead. “I feel that my son was murdered,

Reason.tv: How to Save a Treehouse from a Zoning Board

It was supposed to be a “slice of Americana and of childhood dreams,” says U.S. Army Specialist Mark Grapin, who lives in Fairfax County, Virginia. He’s talking about the treehouse he built for his two sons after returning from his

Remy: Grandma Got Indefinitely Detained (A Very TSA Christmas)

In seasons past, Grandma only had to worry about getting run over by a reindeer. With “Grandma Got Run Over by TSA,” web sensation Remy gets us in the holiday mood with a song about Christmas, Homeland Security, and the