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Column: Jeff Bell and the Republican future
It's not a party unless it's a Jeff Bell party

Jeff Bell was a reform conservative before it was cool. He’s spent his career arguing with a risk-averse Republican establishment. He pushed Ronald Reagan to embrace the supply-side doctrine of tax cuts before deficit reduction. He spent the 1990s warning the GOP that its tax policy favored investment capital over human capital, corporate interests over working families. He designed a family-friendly flat tax that reduced payroll taxes, increased the child tax credit, taxed capital gains and regular income at the same rate, and ended business expensing. Payroll tax relief and a generous child tax credit are elements of today’s reform conservatism. Bell was there first.

Rand Paul, Cory Booker Team Up on Pot Amendment

Would block Justice Dept from prosecuting state-approved medical marijuana
AP

The Senate is expected to vote late Thursday or Friday on an amendment introduced by Sens. Rand Paul (R., Ky.) and Cory Booker (D., N.J.) to block the Justice Department from interfering with state-approved medical marijuana laws.

Obama Admin Denies New Jersey Quick Access to Rock Salt

Administration refuses to grant waiver for 1920 law to speed transport of salt for icy roads
AP

The Obama Administration has not approved a waiver that would allow New Jersey quick access to tons of salt for ice-covered roads at a port in Maine despite the state being at dangerously low levels.

Medieval Times

Column: ‘Vanity Fair’ and the New Feudalism
Zuckerberg, Bezos, Musk, Bloomberg / AP

Looking for a distraction from the government shutdown and debt ceiling debate? I urge you to read Vanity Fair’s latest advertisement for “The New Establishment,” a list of “50 Titans Disrupting Media, Technology, and Culture,” the century-old magazine’s annual mash-note to the rich and powerful and self-satisfied. These disrupters innovate technologies, set the trends, define the limits of acceptable conversation in culture and politics and society, and pour money into the network of liberal foundations and Democratic campaigns around which our world is increasingly organized. They are the winners in the cognitive lottery that is the New Economy, the men and women creating and shaping, by accident and by design, the “New Feudalism” described so well by Joel Kotkin in The Daily Beast. It’s good to know their names.

Emails and Electioneering

Expert: CAP staffer emailing Booker Senate campaign in possible violation of nonprofit rules
Newark Mayor Cory Booker / AP

Leaked emails in which a left-wing nonprofit promotes events by the President Obama-aligned Organizing for Action and circulates Democratic Party talking points on the government shutdown may be a possible violation of rules governing tax-exempt status for such organizations, experts say.