A new Medicare rule requiring consultation between pharmacists and doctors for opioid prescriptions that exceed an arbitrary threshold will further discourage medically appropriate pain treatment.
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The Senate passed the FIRST STEP Act by a vote of 87-12. The bill will now go back to the House, which passed a different version of the legislation in May.
reason.com/blog/2018/12/18/sen

The Senate just rejected Sen. Tom Cotton's amendment to the FIRST STEP Act that would have gutted it, and the bill is now poised for passage
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Drunk Michigan sheriff tries to get out of DUI: "I’m a constitutional fucking officer. You can’t take me to fucking jail."
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However they feel about gun control, principled critics of the Trump administration should object to its unilateral ban on bump stocks, which usurps Congress by redefining machine guns.
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Kentucky faces more than $62 billion in unfunded pension liabilities over the next few decades, and the teachers' pension plan accounts for more than $33 billion of that debt.
bit.ly/2QFPReW

Maine Decides All Its Registered Libertarian Voters Are No Longer Registered Libertarians
bit.ly/2QIoeSR

Opioid overdose deaths in parts of Ohio are dropping dramatically. Credit harm reduction efforts--not overzealous drug wars--for the improvement.
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Surgeon General Jerome Adams undermines harm reduction by pushing anti-vaping policies and propaganda in the name of fighting "the epidemic of youth e-cigarette use."
bit.ly/2BqjcQ7

Keep the feds out of cop killer cases, writes @rumpfshaker for Reason.
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It looks like @realDonaldTrump won't shut down the government over border wall funding after all. This is probably for the best.
bit.ly/2QAEhBQ

A Texas woman with a history of mental illness was arrested in July for misdemeanor trespassing. Her bail was set for $300. She died Friday after sitting in jail for months. Why did this happen?
bit.ly/2BqgJoY

New York's ban on nunchucks was inspired by kung fu films. A federal court says it's unconstitutional.
bit.ly/2BrHMQF

Watch @notjessewalker and @jbratich discuss conspiracies at the @metmuseum.
bit.ly/2Bqwo7L

LIVE Tonight at 7 P.M. ET/4 P.M. PT: Freeing Your Kids (and Yourself) in the 21st Century with Lenore Skenazy (@freerangekids).
bit.ly/2QDLZeK

73% of top U.S. universities do not guarantee the presumption of innocence in Title IX sexual misconduct trials according to a new report from @theFIREorg
bit.ly/2QCPthq

A Reason investigation of a notorious Texas public records loophole found 81 cases where police hid records of shootings and deaths in custody
bit.ly/2QCMlSx

Are you ready for government-branded drugs? Elizabeth Warren's latest would let the feds run a socialized pharma company
bit.ly/2BCboev

Why does Google support an American data privacy law? Because it will actually help them dominate the tech market even more.
bit.ly/2QIScGk

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