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Abraham Lincoln’s solution for the 2024 GOP primaries

Now that Donald Trump has officially announced he’s running for the 2024 GOP nomination, if the Republican Party wants to avoid a repeat of 2016, when it had a crowded field of 10-plus candidates splintering the vote, the smartest thing the party could do is implement ranked-choice voting for ...

Normalizing marijuana gets a pass on following the science

More state legislators are poised to legalize “recreational” marijuana beyond its medicinal use. Surprisingly, few healthcare and public health groups or leaders are pushing back on what will likely be our next public health crisis. While opinion polls show that the public is open to ...

Congress should act now to prevent a rail strike

It’s been said that desperate times call for desperate measures. That’s the situation facing Congress this week after President Biden called on the House and Senate to intervene and prevent an impending nationwide rail strike. The White House’s announcement came as four labor unions ...

HOLY COW! HISTORY: Cal Coolidge’s crazy coon

More than presidents have called 1600 Pennsylvania home. The White House has been a kind of landlocked Noah’s Ark over the years. The Lincolns had nanny goats. William Howard Taft kept a beloved dairy cow on the premises. Teddy Roosevelt housed an incredible 23 species indoors and out, ...

There isn’t such a thing as free privacy protection

Hardly a day goes by without the Federal Trade Commission announcing plans to clamp down on the tech industry. Its latest foray, a proposal for far-reaching rules to counter the bogeyman of “commercial surveillance,” comes like a great dark cloud: essentially hazy but portentous and ...

People shouldn’t be encouraged to keep smoking

There is a lot of focus on smoking in November because each year the American Lung Association spends the month focusing on lung cancer awareness and the American Cancer Society holds its annual Great American Smoke-Out. Strangely, during the push to quit smoking, there is no support for using ...