Poll: 59 Percent of Americans Support Sanctions on Russia, Are Not Keen on Military Response to Ukraine Crisis

According to the
CNN/ORC International
survey released today almost 60 percent
of Americans support the U.S. and its allies using sanctions
against Russia in order to pressure Moscow into removing forces
from Crimea. The poll also found that more Americans approve than
disapprove of how President Obama has been handling the ongoing
crisis in Crimea by 48 percent to 43 percent.

Although most Americans do support sanctions on Russia in
response to the situation in Crimea the use of sanctions is opposed
by 55 percent of Americans under the age of 35. CNN Polling
Director Keating Holland believes that young Americans’ comparative
hesitancy regarding sanctions on Russia may have something to do
with the fact that they don’t have the memories of the Cold War
that older Americans do. From CNN:

More than six in 10 older Americans support sanctions, but 55%
of Americans under the age of 35 oppose them,” said CNN Polling
Director Keating Holland. “It’s possible that generation gap is due
to older Americans’ memories of the Soviet Union as the chief
threat to the U.S.; many younger Americans may have no memory at
all of the Cold War and most of those under the age of 25 were not
even born when the Soviet Union collapsed.”

While almost 59 percent of Americans do support the U.S. and its
allies imposing sanctions on Russia slightly over half oppose
sending economic aid to Ukraine, and over 75 percent are against
sending military supplies to Ukraine.

When it comes to possible military responses to the Ukraine
crisis Americans are overwhelmingly opposed, with only 12 percent
of respondents saying they would support having American troops on
the ground in Ukraine and 17 percent saying they would support U.S.
airstrikes on Russia forces in Ukraine.

This is not the first time during Obama’s presidency that
polling has shown that Americans oppose military responses to
international crises.

Shortly after the chemical attack in Syria last summer
Reuters/Ipsos poll found that
only 9 percent
 of Americans favored a U.S. military

Earlier today Reason.com published an
by Steve Chapman on the futility of sanction on

More from Reason.com on Ukraine here.

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A.M. Links: Malaysia Flight Vanishes Without Trace, Rand Paul Wins CPAC Straw Poll, Family Hospitalized After Eating LSD-Tainted Meat

  • and the lsd is where?Malaysia Flight MH370 went missing en route to
    Beijing over the weekend. Two of the passengers were reportedly on
    stolen EU passports, and police in
    say they’ve identified one of those passengers. No
    trace of the plane has been found yet.
  • Rand Paul won the presidential straw poll at
    for the second year in a row.
  • The army’s top sexual assault prosecutor was suspended after
    being accused by one of his attorneys of sexually assaulting her at
    a sexual assault conference in
    Alexandria, Va
  • 73 students were arrested and four officers were injured while
    cops tried to break up pre-St. Patrick’s Day’s festivities at the

    University of Massachusetts at Amherst
  • A family in Florida was hospitalized after eating meat from

    that was apparently laced with LSD.
  • A magnitude 6.9 earthquake hit off the coast of
    , but no tsunami is expected.
  • George Zimmerman signed autographs at the
    Orlando Gun Show
    , whose original venue cancelled, citing
    community pressure about the planned Zimmerman appearance.

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The Death of the Constitutional Militia and the Rise of the Military-Police State

From Instapundit Glenn Reynolds’
USA Today column
, which looks at the role the militia
played during the American founding:

In 1912, when the federal government tried to send militia
units into Mexico, the militias balked, noting that the
Constitution allowed them to be called out only to repel invasion,
suppress insurrection, or enforce the law — not to invade other
countries. Surprisingly, perhaps, Attorney General George
Wickersham agreed, leading to a change in the law that produced the
modern-day National Guard, a force that is not so limited. Since
then, America has been far more active abroad.

But this departure from the system the Framers set up has
encouraged more intrusive law enforcement at home, and more
military action abroad. So I’ll ask you: If a well-regulated
militia is necessary to the security of a free state, then are we
insecure? Or unfree? Or both?

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Join Reason & IHS for a Book Launch Party with NYT Bestselling Author Anne Fortier Weds., 3/12!

Anne FortierReason and IHS would like to invite you to a book
launch event on Wednesday, March 12th featuring IHS alum
and former IHS staff member, Anne Fortier’s new
novel, The
Lost Sisterhood

New York Times bestselling author of JULIET, Anne Fortier, will talk about
her new book, The Lost Sisterhood, a mesmerizing
novel about a young scholar who risks her reputation–and her
life–on a thrilling journey to prove that the legendary warrior
women known as the Amazons actually existed (read more
at www.annefortier.com).

Join us following the launch event, for an after–party at
Reason’s DC office where Anne will discuss literature and liberty
with friends and supporters.

  • Date: Wednesday, March 12 
  • Time: 7:00pm – Book Launch and Signing Event;
    8:30pm – After-party celebration at Reason 
  • Location: Books-A-Million in Dupont
    11 Dupont Cir NW, Washington, DC; Reason DC HQ
    1747 Connecticut Ave NW (5 minute walk north on Connecticut

Please register
for this event or email Katie Vernuccio at kvernuccio@ihs.gmu.edu.

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Steve Chapman on the Futility of Sanctions Against Russia

Obama and PutinIn
1980, after the Soviet invasion of Afghanistan, President Jimmy
Carter came up with a way to retaliate: stopping grain sales to
Moscow. The boycott, said Commerce Secretary Philip Klutznick,
would prove to the world that “aggression is costly” and induce the
Soviets to “halt their aggression.” The Soviets did halt their
aggression and pull out of Afghanistan. But that didn’t happen
until nine years later, and it had nothing to do with the grain
embargo. The fact that those sanctions proved useless has not
stopped President Barack Obama or congressional Republicans from
proposing new ones after the Russian invasion of Ukraine. There is
a very slim possibility that Western economic sanctions will undo
Russia’s ambitions in Ukraine, writes Steve Chapman. There is a
better chance that those ambitions will undo themselves.

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Sick: NYC’s Bill de Blasio Puts Politics Before Poor Kids

“Sick: NYC’s Bill de Blasio Puts Politics Before Poor
Kids,” produced, written, and edited by Jim

This video originally aired Mar 6, 2014  Original
writeup is below:

About 11,000 charter-school students and their parents descended
on the state capitol building in Albany on Tuesday to protest New
York City Mayor Bill de Blasio’s decision to block two new charter
schools from opening next year and to halt the expansion of a

De Blasio will allow 16 other charter schools to move forward
with their plans to open next year. So what does he have against
these three schools in particular? The answer: He’s settling an old
political score on behalf of his cronies in the teachers union.

The three schools sunk by the mayor are part of Success Academy, a charter
network that posts exceptional
test scores
 and had five
applicants for every opening last year
. “You’re stopping one of
the best charter schools with the highest grades,” says Dyreeta
Donahue, whose child attends a Success Academy school. “That just
doesn’t make sense. If the school was failing, then I would

But Success Academy happens to be run by a former politician
named Eva Moskowitz, who made enemies with the United Federation of
Teachers (UFT) during her tenure as chair of New York City
Council’s education committee.

In November 2003, Moskowitz held a multi-day hearing on how
union contracts imposed inane work rules on public schools and made
it nearly impossible for principals to fire bad teachers. At the
hearings she went toe to toe with one of the most powerful
political figures in the city, UFT President Randi Weingarten.

During her testimony, Weingarten was flanked by the head of New
York City’s Central Labor Council,Brian
, who would later go to prison for embezzlement.
McLaughlin told New York’s Daily
 that he showed up because he “wanted to remind the
city council members that the entire labor movement in the city is
watching them.”

They got the message. Bill de Blasio, at the time a member of
the city council, did what he could to distance himself from
Moskowitz during the hearing. When a group of witnesses spoke about
how the UFT contract made it difficult to remove bad teachers, de
Blasio was dismissive. “I served in the Clinton administration, so
I know what spin looks like when I see it,” de Blasio said. “And
this is spin.”

Two years later, when Moskowitz ran for Manhattan borough
president, Weingarten and the teachers unioncampaigned
against her
. Moskowitz lost the election, which (for the time
being at least) ended her career in politics.

During a public forum held on May 11, 2013, which was hosted by
the UFT, de
Blasio told the audience
: “It’s time for Eva Moskowitz to stop
having the run of the place…. She has to stop being tolerated,
enabled, supported.”

Now that he’s the mayor, de Blasio is doing what he can to
please the teachers union and undermine Eva Moskowitz’s
schools—even if it means taking away the opportunities for
thousands of kids to get a better education.

But at Tuesday’s rally, Gov. Andrew Cuomo (D-N.Y.) and several
state lawmakers from both sides of the aisle threw their support
behind Eva Moskowitz and the kids she serves. Because many of the
rules and funds governing charters are set at the state level,
Cuomo in many ways has more control over the issue than de
Blasio—and he may intervene and provide the funding that Moskowitz’
schools need to open after all.

New York’s battle over school choice is just getting started—and
nobody has more at stake than the parents and kids who may be
forced to return to their failing district schools next fall.

About 5 minutes.

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CPAC: The Conservative Case for Criminal Justice Reform

“You wouldn’t necessarily expect–and certainly the establishment
press doesn’t expect–to hear a discussion about criminal justice
reforms and prison reform at the Conservative Political Action
Conference,” stated Americans for Tax Reform Founder Grover
. ”But in point of fact this is a big problem,
it’s an expensive problem, [and] it’s a problem that creates more
expensive problems.”

“CPAC: The Conservative Case for Criminal Justice Reform” is the
latest offering from Reason TV. Watch the video above or click the
link below to see full text, links, downloadable versions, and

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Ten Celebrities You Probably Knew Were Libertarians

you never knew?Robert Taylor at Policy Mic has a list of
Extremely Successful People You Never Knew Were Libertarians
Regular Reason readers should be familiar with all ten
(yes, there are ten people on the list of nine people), though some
may dispute whether everyone on the list is actually a libertarian.
Here are the ten people Taylor highlighted with a relevant
Reason item for each. You can decide who belongs and who
might not in the comments…

1. Vince Vaughn

Vince Vaughn on Ron Paul and Fountainhead
– Brian

2. Glenn Jacobs, a.k.a. Kane

Kane on Rothbard
– FBN’s The Independents

3. Jimmy Wales

and Beyond
– June 2007 issue of Reason

4. Neil Peart

Matt Welch is a libertarian
in good standing
even though he doesn’t like Peart’s

5. Julian Assange

Age of Easy Leaks
– Jesse Walker

6. Kurt Russell

Russell, Flexible Libertarian
– O’Reilly Factor transcript

7. Kelly Clarkson

Kelly Clarkson Endorses Ron Paul
– Mike Riggs

8. Drew Carey

Reason Saves Cleveland With Drew Carey

9. Trey Parker and Matt Stone

Park Libertarians
– Nick Gillespie & Jesse Walker

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E-Cigarettes: Second-Hand Smoke, Vaping, and the Price of FDA Regulations

On Tuesday, the Los Angeles city council joined a growing list
of city governments that have banned e-cigarette use in parks,
restaurants, and most workplaces.

The decision came after a heated debate at the
City Council
that highlighted the backlash smokeless cigarettes
have generated as their popularity grows. Inform yourself on the
new smoking trend with this Reason TV documentary

This video originally aired Oct 29, 2013. Original writeup is

Electronic cigarettes are creating a frenzy among politicians,
health experts, and the media. Local banson
using e-cigarettes indoors are popping up all over the country,
and many interest
groups are clamoring for top-down FDA regulations, which are
expected to be released in the coming weeks.

“E-Cigarettes currently exist in a complete no-man’s land,” says
Heather Wipfli, associate director for the USC Institute for Global Health.
Skeptics such as Wipfli worry about the lack of long-term data
available because the product is so new.

But according to the Consumer
Advocates for Smoke-Free Alternatives Association
’s Greg
Conley, calls for regulation are “a perverse interpretation of the
precautionary principle.” The precautionary principle holds that
until all possible risks are assessed, new technologies shouldn’t
be allowed to move forward.

Conley points to preliminary studies, like this one from
Drexel University, which confirm these smokeless, tobacco-less,
tar-less products are not a cause for concern – or at least not a
cause for the same concerns that accompany traditional cigarettes
and second-hand smoke. 

“That [Drexel University] professor concluded that there was
absolutely no worry about risks to bystanders from e-cigarette
vapor,” says Conley.

The ingredients of e-cigarettes certainly have very little in
common with tobacco cigarettes. Nicotine, the only ingredient found
in both products, is mainly used to wean smokers off traditional
cigarettes and is not one of the harm-inducing ingredients
associated with lung cancer in smokers. The other ingredients in
the “e-juice” at the core of e-cigarettes are propylene glycol,
vegetable glycerin, and food flavorings— all of which are used in
other food products.

“All we are doing is steaming up food ingredients to create a
vapor,” says Ed Refuerzo, co-owner of The Vape Studio in West Los
Angeles. The Vape Studio is one of the many boutique
e-cigarette shops popping up that might be significantly affected
or even shut down by both local legislation and FDA

Conley says it’s the currently unregulated customizability of
the e-juice that allows these small businesses to thrive. “The
availability of liquids is what is allowing a lot of these small
stores to open and prosper because they are able to mix their own
liquid and sell it to consumers without having to go through a big
manufacturing process,” says Conley.

The higher costs of complying with regulations would most likely
be passed on to consumers, which would impact people who are
looking towards e-cigarettes as an effective way to quit

“We’re using technology, and that’s what we do in America, we
use technology to solve really complicated problems,” says Craig
Weiss, president and CEO of NJOY. NJOY
is a leading manufacturer of electronic cigarettes  - and a
donor to Reason Foundation, the nonprofit that publishes Reason TV.
Weiss says that despite regulations, the potential of the industry
is only just starting to be realized.  

“The electronic industry is growing at quite a dramatic pace.
It’s more than doubled each of the last four or five years,” says
Weiss. “This piece of technology could have such an potential
impact on the world.”  

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