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December 22, 2014


A City On The Brink

Matthew Hennessey, City Journal Online, December 21, 2014
New York City's anti-cop activists are scrambling for cover now that two NYPD officers, Rafael Ramos and Wenjian Liu, have been slain in cold blood on a Brooklyn street by a suspected gang member seeking revenge for the deaths of Michael Brown and Eric Garner. For the last several weeks, Gotham has been the scene of nightly, inflammatory protests against the NYPD. . .

Legal Reform

Ohio Legislature Leads Charge In Battle Against Overcriminalization

James R. Copland and Isaac Gorodetski,, December 22, 2014
In recent years, states across the nation have seen an upsurge in the size and scope of their criminal codes, paired with an ever-growing labyrinth of rules and regulations that increasingly criminilize ordinary conduct. On Wednesday, Ohio lawmakers battled back against this alarming trend--dubbed "overcriminalization"--by unanimously passing an original piece of legislation to protect its innocent residents and small businesses from unknowing and accidental violations of criminal offenses. . .

City Journal

How Private Philanthropy Saved The Founders' Homes

Myron Magnet, City Journal, Autumn 2014
Every day for the last 200 years, boats gliding along the wide Potomac have blown their horns or clanged their bells as they pass Mount Vernon, in festive tribute to the estate's revered creator, George Washington. The tradition began, legend has it, when Admiral George Cockburn, sailing back from torching the city of Washington in the War of 1812, tolled his flagship's bell as he passed Mount Vernon in 1814. . .

It's The Unions

Fred Siegel, City Journal Online, December 19, 2014
Voegeli has a profound talent for anticipating the pratfalls of the liberal welfare state. In his new book, The Pity Party: A Mean Spirited Diatribe Against Liberal Compassion, Voegeli looks beyond the stunning incompetence of the Obama administration to its underlying liberal assumptions. . .

Say Goodbye To The Family Doctor

Joel Zinberg, City Journal Online, December 18, 2014
I am old enough to remember our long-time family physician making house calls. He knew every member of my family, and was a trusted advisor. Thanks to the government, few patients can expect to have that kind of long-term relationship with a physician anymore. Soon, most care will be administered by teams of providers with no one doctor continuously responsible for a patient's well-being. . .


Federal Agency: Union Conducted Unfair Labor Practices Against Its Own Members

Richard Pollock,, December 22, 2014
An independent federal agency has found that the National Treasury Employees Union conducted "unfair labor practices" against its own union members. The Federal Labor Relations Authority, an independent agency that oversees federal public employee union activity, concluded that the union had given preferential treatment to a union activist over 13 other ordinary union members who faced similar grievances at the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau. . .

Health Care

6 Reasons Why Vermont's Single-Payer Health Plan Was Doomed From The Start

Avik Roy,'s "The Apothecary," December 21, 2014
Last week, Vermont Governor Peter Shumlin (D.) announced that he was pulling the plug on his four-year quest to impose single-payer, government-run health care on the residents of his state. "In my judgment," said Shumlin at a press conference, "the potential economic disruption and risks would be too great to small businesses, working families, and the state's economy." The key reasons for Shumlin's reversal are important to understand. They explain why the dream of single-payer health care in the U.S. is dead for the foreseeable future--but also why Obamacare will be difficult to repeal. . .

New York City/State Policy

Toll-Treble Trouble

Nicole Gelinas, City & State, December 21, 2014
New York State Thruway chairman Howard Milstein resigned in early December-- but he left behind the bill. The Thruway hasn't explained how it will pay for its signature project: the Tappan Zee Bridge replacement. Gov. Andrew Cuomo should resist the urge to pay for the New NY Bridge with the billions the state is getting from rogue financial firms. Cuomo styles himself as a responsible progressive--a leader who believes in activist government but who doesn't want government to break the bank. . .

How de Blasio Gifts To Unions Mean Trouble For City's Poor

Nicole Gelinas, New York Post, December 21, 2014
Mayor de Blasio has played Santa Claus all year with New Yorkers' money -- but the Grinch may be coming. Thanks to the mayor's bad budgeting, when recession hits (and one always does, sooner or later), cuts to programs that make life better for the poor -- like after-school programs and free summer swimming -- are certain. Last week brought news of global financial rumblings. . .

Higher Education

College Campuses' Feelings-Based Tyranny

John Leo, National Review Online, December 19, 2014
At Marquette University, an ethics teacher refused to allow a class discussion on gay marriage because gays in the room might be offended by negative opinions. At Harvard Law, Dean Martha Minow cited "hurt" as her reason for sending a campus-wide e-mail excoriating a student who said, in a private message, that some research on race and intelligence might be worthwhile. . .

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