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Getting a Religious Exemption to Providing ‘Free’ Birth Control Just Got Easier

Frédéric Cirou/F. Cirou / Altopress/NewscomThe Trump administration is following through on promises to roll back the Affordable Care Act’s contraception mandate, though health officials say the vast majority of insured women won’t be affected. This morning, the Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) issued a new rule regarding the mandate, which had stipulated that virtually all health insurance plans were to cover myriad forms of contraception, with no point-of-service costs passed on to patients. Ever since it was adopted, the mandate had been the site of a religious freedom…

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Libertarian Globalism versus Economic Nationalism

Andrew Vernon/DreamstimeDuring a recent conversation with a long-time friend and founder of one of Washington, DC’s leading free market think tanks, I mentioned in passing that as a libertarian I am a cosmopolitan globalist. He had asked me what I thought of Donald Trump his administration and I told him that while I still had some hope he would roll back excessive federal regulation his anti-globalism was badly misguided and destructive. My friend’s response was vehement—not about Trump, but about the globalism. To be a globalist in his mind is…

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U.S. Steel Manufacturers Eager for Trump to Impose Long-Promised Tariffs

Chris Kleponis/dpa/picture-alliance/Newscom American steel manufacturers are eager for President Donald Trump to follow through on his campaign trail bluster and slap high protective tariffs on steel imports. Bloomberg recently interviewed John Ferriola, CEO of Nucor, an American steel company, who said after speaking with administration officials, he felt reassured that the tariffs are coming. “Last week someone in the administration told me they meet with the president every day, and at least two to three times a week Trump asks, ‘Where are my tariffs? What are we doing?,’” Ferriola said….

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2014 “Moron” Tweet by Donald Trump Kinda Predicts the Future

Love him or hate him, it’s hard as hell to ignore President Donald Trump. The latest dumb flap? Word is that Secretary of State Rex Tillerson called the president a “moron” over the summer. From NBC News: The tensions came to a head around the time President Donald Trump delivered a politicized speech in late July to the Boy Scouts of America, an organization Tillerson once led, the officials said. Just days earlier, Tillerson had openly disparaged the president, referring to him as a “moron,” after a July 20 meeting…

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House to Vote on Whether Abortion After 20 Weeks Should Be a Federal Crime

Howard Jones/ZUMA Press/NewscomThird time’s a charm? The U.S. House of Representatives is considering “The Pain-Capable Unborn Child Protection Act,” a bill to ban abortion after 20 weeks, for the third time since 2013. But this time, the White House has signaled full support for the bill. Under the new legislation (H.R. 36), abortion after 20 weeks pregnancy would be a crime except in cases where the life of the mother is at risk or the pregnancy is a product of rape or incest. Pregnant women who find out after the…

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Congress Could Let All Patients Have the ‘Right to Try’ Without Going Through the FDA’s Complicated Application Process

BSIP/NewscomIt is a rare thing to see Congress pass a law that increases personal freedom. Yet that is exactly what it could do later this fall if the House follows the Senate’s lead on a so-called “Right to Try” bill. The law would allow individuals with terminal illnesses, without having to first get permission from the Food and Drug Administration, to try drugs that have not been approved. Since 2012, 37 states have adopted “right to try” laws, giving patients to access experimental treatments that have cleared the first phase…

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Hey Trump, American Manufacturing is Doing Just Fine

Mark Hoffman/TNS/NewscomTrump talks about America’s manufacturing sector like he’s delivering a eulogy. “Rusted out factories are scattered like tombstones across the landscape of our nation,” he said in his inaugural address. “The wealth of our middle class has been ripped from our homes and redistributed all cross the world.” That isn’t the only apocalyptic note the president has struck on the subject. He talks like that all the time, particularly when pitching his protectionist agenda. In the months since taking office, Trump has slapped Canadian lumber and airplanes with hefty…

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Budget Director Mick Mulvaney: ‘We Need to Have New Deficits’

In March 2015, just after a newly sworn in Congress had celebrated the GOP re-taking the Senate by passing a budget that blew through the spending discipline of the previous four years, Mick Mulvaney, then a leading fiscal conservative in the House of Representatives, wrote a Wall Street Journal op-ed under the headline: “The Republican Budget Is a Deficit Bust.” In it, the House Freedom Caucus member complained that, compared to the hold-the-line days of 2011, “debt and deficits” were now “passé,” and stated uncategorically that “There is no honest…

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If You Think Trump Is a Fascist, You Should Oppose Gun Control

CHINE NOUVELLE/SIPA/NewscomFollowing the unfathomably tragic events in Las Vegas, many on the left are demanding that Congress pass new restrictions on guns. Such calls make even less sense than usual, given what much of the left already believes about the current political environment: that a fascist occupies the White House. “Yes, Donald Trump is a fascist,” wroteThe New Republic‘s Jamil Smith. He said that in 2015, when Trump was still merely a primary challenger; associating Trump with fascism has grown only more common in the two years since. “This is…

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Is Trump’s Racism the Cause of Puerto Rico’s Suffering?

HOME BOX OFFICE / Album/NewscomA week removed from Hurricane Maria, only 41 percent of the island of Puerto Rico has potable water, 5 percent has power, and only 11 percent of cell towers are operational. Gas stations are experiencing fuel shortages and endless lines. Most schools have yet to reopen. However difficult, the cause of all these problems is really quite simple: President Trump’s racism. “Trump’s racism is costing lives,” tweeted MSNBC host Mika Brzezinski on Saturday. “Trump’s Puerto Rico potshots make his racism morally impossible to ignore,” read the…

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