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Articles from Vol. 37, No. 3, July

Assault Ambiguity: Marriage Bans and Domestic Abuse
Ohio law clerK Jeff Lazarus was just trying to defend a client when he stumbled on a glaring loophole in Ohio's domestic violence laws--and provoked an attack on the state's new same-sex marriage ban. Frederick Burk, 42, was accused of slapping his...
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Bizarre Bedfellows: Andrea Dworkin's Ideological Intercourse with the Right
The passing of Andrea Dworkin--feminist polemicist, anti-porn crusader, and loony extraordinaire--drew strangely admiring obituaries from several feminists who vehemently disagreed with her in life, including the self-identified "feminist pornographer"...
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Building a New World: Mini-Nations for the Super-Rich
Al Nakheel Properties is building a private archipelago of 300 islands off the coast of Dubai, a semi-independent city in the United Arab Emirates. When construction is completed, the artificial islands, collectively dubbed The World, will form a map...
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Cashing in on Weblogs: Major Media Companies Are Investing in Blogs. Is This a New Boom or Just a Bubble?
Back before he started single-handedly defending the U.S.-Mexican border, CNN personality Lou Dobbs was obsessed with an altogether different frontier: space. Perhaps more accurately, Dobbs got momentarily wobbly at the sight of workaday schlubs...
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Critique of Pure Riesling: Wine Snobbery in an Age of Globalization
Almost 30 years ago, nine French critics gathered in Paris to preside over a face-off of French and American wines. Chardonnays battled with white Burgundies; Cabernets sought to displace Bordeaux. The French had always said line wine was primarily...
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Energy Forever
Lawyer and journalist Peter Huber, a fellow at the Manhattan Institute, has made a career of challenging the way we think about everything from environmentalism to liability law. In his new book, The Bottomless Well: The Twilight of Fuel, the Virtue...
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Heresy on the Right: Conservatives and the Drug War
AT THE AMERICAN Enterprise Institute's annual dinner in March, a black-tie affair attended by Vice President Cheney and other Republican luminaries, Peruvian novelist Mario Vargas Llosa gave a keynote address in which he regretted that "repression...
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Not So Supreme: A Court Divided Author Mark Tushnet Explains William Rehnquist's Legal Legacy-And Why the Nation's Top Court Matters Less Than You Think
During last year's presidential election, Republicans and Democrats alike stoked party stalwarts by declaring that the race between George W. Bush and John F. Kerry was not simply about winning the White House for the next four years. With as many...
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Save the Frankenfish! Is the Snakehead Endangered?
The Northern snakehead fish is a little different from the 388 animal species currently listed as endangered: Federal guidelines say the invasive Asian species is a major threat to native wildlife, and the Virginia state government asks anglers who...
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Skate Park Superegos: Lawsuits and Parental Power
Parents make all kinds of important decisions for their children, including whether to allow them to participate in risky sports. But according to a New Jersey appeals court, while Mom can let Junior chance a broken bone in a skateboard accident, the...
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Supreme Court Senility: Historian David J. Garrow Discusses Decrepit Judges
William Rehnquist, the chief justice of the U.S. Supreme Court, announced in October that he had thyroid cancer. John Paul Stevens, the long-serving associate justice, just turned 85. From the outside, it's hard to tell whether they're still able to...
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Unleash the Judges: The Libertarian Case for Judicial Activism
Speaking to the Heritage Foundation in 1996 on the topic of "judicial activism," the conservative commentator Pat Buchanan denounced the Supreme Court as a "judicial dictatorship"; the Court's beneficiaries, he said, were "criminals, atheists, homosexuals,...
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"Values" and the Democrats: Will the Moral Grandstanding Never End?
Six months after Election Day, campaign '04 feels a bit like that bourbon-fueled night you made out with the clerk in the next cubicle, or the summer you joined that self-improvement group that turned out to be a cult, or the year in junior high when...
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Welfare Queen: Farm Subsidies for the Filthy Rich
On March 23 The Guardian published what had until then been a government secret: which Brits rake in the biggest subsidies from the profligate European Union. Near the top of the list was the queen herself, whose farm in Norfolk received 769,000 [pounds...
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Who Should Reign Supreme? Reason Asks Libertarian Legal Experts: Who Are Your Favorites-Past, Present, and Future-On the Nation's Highest Court?
During the next three years, George W. Bush will certainly nominate one and perhaps as many as three new Supreme Court justices. Any one of those nominations could set off a battle comparable to the political donnybrooks over Clarence Thomas and Robert...
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