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These are archives of selected articles from various print and online publications. None of the articles or authors in the 'Editor's Picks' archives are affiliated with Northwest Free Press. The full text of all articles and their respective authors have been cited and linked to directly for your convenience. Enjoy!

Oregon’s Website May Not Work, But We’ve Got a Cool Video

Oregon’s Website May Not Work, But We’ve Got a Cool Video

From The Daily Caller – After spending $305 million and enrolling zero people in Obamacare, Oregon is giving up on its online exchange. “I no longer use the word ‘hope’ that something is going to work,” said Rocky King, the Executive Director of Oregon’s exchange. “I am planning to do a full manual system from here through March 31.” […]

Losing the War on Drugs

Losing the War on Drugs

Originally published in Defining Ideas, August 15, 2013 – by George P. Shultz – We should consider decriminalizing them and treating abuse as a health problem. Editor’s note: The following essay is the fifth in a seven-part series of excerpts from George P. Shultz’s new book Issues on My Mind: Strategies for the Future. Over […]

FROM BAD TO WURST

FROM BAD TO WURST

By Chana Cox – In his 1906 novel The Jungle, Upton Sinclair described how Chicago meat packing plants made sausage.  You bought bratwurst assured that it contained  only high quality pork and beef, but in fact it probably also contained rotten meat, offal, horse meat, rat feces, and, according to Sinclair, the occasional workman or […]

Spotted Owls and Zombie Science

Spotted Owls and Zombie Science

Originally published in the August issue of Northwest Connection — by Chana Cox Politicians often appeal to the authority of science or scientists, but they seldom question the scientific validity of the underlying scientific theories. Science is one of the ways in which human beings answer the question “why?” Religion, myth, morality, and poetry also […]

If PRISM Is Good Policy, Why Stop With Terrorism?

If PRISM Is Good Policy, Why Stop With Terrorism?

Reprinted from The Atlantic – by Derek Khanna –   “There are more instance of the abridgment of the freedom of the people by gradual and silent encroachments of those in power than by violent and sudden usurpations.” — James Madison, 1788 My first day in college, the professor for Public Policy 101 asked a […]

Patriot Act is a ‘national security’ threat to constitutional rights

Patriot Act is a ‘national security’ threat to constitutional rights

Civil Rights lawyer Elden Rosenthal comments in today’s Oregonian on the threats to American’s civil liberties posed by the federal government’s surveillance under the Patriot Act.

Obama in Oz

Obama in Oz

Writing to today’s Oregonian, Charles Krauthammer says President Obama’s latest declaration that all wars must end is straight from the land of Dorothy, yellow brick roads, and he great Wizard of Oz.

Tornado Strikes and Climate Change

Tornado Strikes and Climate Change

Writing at Forbes.com, James Taylor explains that the tornado that struck Oklahoma this week comes at the end of the end of the 12th month period with the fewest tornado strikes in U.S.  history.  Yet it was immediately linked by Senators Whitehouse and Boxer to global climate change.  Taylor suggests that the evidence suggests either […]

Illiberal Education at Swarthmore

Illiberal Education at Swarthmore

Swarthmore College junior Danielle Charette comments on her illiberal education at that top ranked college in today’s Wall Street Journal.  Unfortunately, Swarthmore is not unusual in this regard.

The Oregon Experiment with Medicare: Not What It Was Cracked Up To Be

The Oregon Experiment with Medicare: Not What It Was Cracked Up To Be

Oregon’s experience with expanded Medicare has done little or nothing to improve the health of those benefiting from the expanded coverage.  Read an analysis of what has been learned from the Oregon “experiment” in Commentary [here].   Read an editorial comment from today’s Wall Street Journal [here].  From the WSJ editoria: “On Wednesday the New England […]

Progressive Racism

Progressive Racism

Originally published in National Review Online, April 11, 2013 –  by Paul Rahe One hundred years ago today, Woodrow Wilson brought Jim Crow to the North. He had been inaugurated on March 4, 1913. At a cabinet meeting on April 11, his postmaster general, Albert S. Burleson, suggested that the new administration segregate the railway […]

Charicatures of Capitalism

Charicatures of Capitalism

Daniel Henninger discusses the many distortions and mischaracterizations of capitalism in today’s Wall Street Journal.

Where Does All the Money Go?

Where Does All the Money Go?

Originally published in The Oregonian, March 24, 2013 – Portland vs. Indianapolis, a tale of two budgets – By Allen Alley – Attending the monthly Oregon Association of Minority Entrepreneurs breakfast meetings has become a pilgrimage for me. On display are the blossoming grass-roots businesses tended by first-time minority entrepreneurs aspiring to make a better […]

Hanford Waste Headed to New Mexico?

Hanford Waste Headed to New Mexico?

The National Law Journal reports that the U.S. Department of Energy plans to transfer Hanford waste to New Mexico.  Read story here.

The Robber Barons: Neither Robbers nor Barons

The Robber Barons: Neither Robbers nor Barons

The following piece by David R. Henderson, appeared in the Library of Economics and Liberty, March 4, 2013 – One of the most prevalent myths about economic freedom is that it inevitably leads to monopolies. Ask people why they believe that, and the odds are high that they will point to the “trusts” of the late […]

Why Bureaucrats Cut the Most Important Stuff

Why Bureaucrats Cut the Most Important Stuff

Thomas Sowell on the politics of the sequester — http://www.JewishWorldReview.com |Back in my teaching days, many years ago, one of the things I liked to ask the class to consider was this: Imagine a government agency with only two tasks: (1) building statues of Benedict Arnold and (2) providing life-saving medications to children. If this […]

More on the Disenfranchisement of Rural America

More on the Disenfranchisement of Rural America

Steven Stanek of The Heartland Institute interviews [here] Jim Huffman on the subject of Huffman’s article “The Disenfranchisement of Rural America” that appeared in Defining Ideas (reprinted here at Northwest Free Press).

Krauthammer on Obama’s Sequester Overreach

Krauthammer on Obama’s Sequester Overreach

Charles Krauthammer explains how the President overreached in his litany of horribles.  See video posted here at The Daily Caller.

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