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No one’s sure how the windows on commuter buses between San Francisco and Silicon Valley keep getting smashed on a stretch of the 280 — maybe it’s a pellet gun, maybe it’s thrown rocks — but Apple and Google have informed employees who use the service that their commute…

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Libertarian wisdom holds that “the answer to bad speech is more speech,” but if you’re a Peter Thiel libertarian (that is, the kind of “freedom lover” who doesn’t think women should vote, wants to spy on everyone in the world, and secretly wields power to censor the free press),…

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Wednesdbury Oak Academy in the West Midlands is an “academy school,” similar to a US charter school — a publicly funded, privately operated school, which, theory goes, is able to “experiment” with new educational techniques, by deviating from the standard curriculum, rejecting students on the basis of selection criteria,…

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The last 40 years has seen a steady rise of deficit-hawking, in which the world’s postwar social safety nets are shredded because the state “can’t afford” them — think of all the times you’ve heard of national debt being money that “the taxpayers” will have to pay back, and…

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The American Legislative Exchange Council is a big-business-backed think tank whose funders run the gamut from oil companies to Tesla motors; they specialize in drafting insane, racist, voter-suppressing laws and getting them enacted at the state level, primarily by Republican state governments. At ALEC’s latest States & Nation…

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Gary Cohn is Donald Trump’s top economic advisor; while on stage this week at the Wall Street Journal’s CEO Council meeting, he called for a show of hands from CEOs who were planning to invest more if their tax bills were slashed in the new GOP tax plan. …

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The NSO Group is an Israeli firm that describes itself as a “cyber warfare” company, dealing exclusively to governments, including the famously corrupt and dysfunctional government of Mexico. The NSO Group is presently for sale, with a $1 billion pricetag. Earlier this year, NSO Group malware was used…

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