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L. Neil Smith's
Number 361, April 2, 2006


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Less Free
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Where There's Smoke
by Lady Liberty
Just the other day, I was shaking my head over a piece of the latest news concerning potentially unconstitutional action taken virtually unilaterally by our president. A California Congressman claims that President Bush knowingly signed a law that wasn't passed through the House of Representatives In a letter addressed to the White House, Congressman Henry Waxman (D-CA) claims that the White House was warned in advance of the signing that there was a discrepancy between the bill received by the White House and the one actually passed by the House. He says advice as to how to proceed in light of the error was sought, but that the President instead merely signed the bill he had.

How Our Shortsighted Media Got Us Into War
by Jonathan David Morris
I like how the cool thing in pro-war circles right now is to say that Iraq is going quite well, but that it's the media's fault for focusing on the bad stuff. Maybe if journalists spent more time checking and balancing the government than ducking claims of Red or Blue bias, we wouldn't've gone to war over faulty intelligence, and there wouldn't be any bad stuff to focus on in the first place.

Home of the Brave?
by John Steinsvold
Economists concede that economics is an inexact science. What does that mean? Perhaps it means their economic forecast is better than yours or mine.

V for Vendetta—Questions to Consider
by Jews for the Preservation of Firearms Ownership
The new hit movie V for Vendetta, from the makers of The Matrix, has generated tidal waves of opinion since it hit theaters on March 17.
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