Michael Ames

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Postcard — July 30, 2014, 6:38 pm

My Un-Private Idaho

Bowe Bergdahl, the political-entertainment complex, and the personal costs of scandal

Fox & Friends, Friday, June 6, 2014

Perspective — August 23, 2013, 2:32 pm

On Rand Paul’s War on the War on Drugs

How the junior senator from Kentucky motivated the Obama Administration to forgo mandatory minimum sentences

Reveries of the Cigar

Controversy — July 26, 2013, 4:22 pm

The West Coast Oyster War

The campaign to shut down a family oyster farm exposes an unflattering side of the American conservation movement

Oyster shells, Drakes Bay Oyster Company, Point Reyes, California. ©© Dave Pacheco (Flickr)

Perspective — June 21, 2013, 9:00 am

On the NSA’s That ’70s Show Rerun

What would Frank Church say about the Snowden Affair?

Frank Church speaking at a Church Committee hearing (thumb)

Postcard — May 3, 2013, 1:20 pm

Washington On Parade

Watching the red carpet at the 2013 White House Correspondents’ Dinner

White House Correspondents' Dinner Red Carpet. ©© Flickr user angela n.

Perspective — April 4, 2013, 1:11 pm

On Rand Paul and the Libertarian–Statist Divide

Why establishment Democrats and Republicans fear Rand Paul

Ron Paul (thumb)

Letter from Tampa — From the April 2013 issue

The Awakening

Ron Paul’s generational movement

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Taking back power and culture in the digital age
“There’s a pervasive and ill-advised faith that technology will promote competition if left to its own devices.”
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Engineers funded by the United States military were working on electrical brain implants that will enable the creation of remote-controlled sharks.

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