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Drew Carey Defends Poker
Dallas consistently ranks among the most dangerous cities in America, yet the city’s police department is devoting its precious resources to arrest veterans who are playing poker. In his latest video for, Drew Carey examines a paramilitary-style raid on a poker game at the Veterans of Foreign Wars Post 1837 in Dallas, which has now been forced to close its doors.

“Poker is about as American as baseball and apple pie,” Carey says in the video. “It was born here in America. Mark Twain loved it. He’s a great American. Until recently, Supreme Court justices had a monthly game. They’re great Americans. You’d think playing poker in a VFW hall would be about as American as anything you could do.”

“This story highlights the hypocrisy that surrounds gambling in this country,” says Nick Gillespie, editor of “States will gladly take your hard-earned money if you want to play the government’s lottery. But if you sit down with some veterans to play Texas hold ’em you may end up with cops, in full riot gear, busting down your door. No one gets hurt when consenting adults sit down for a game of cards. And there’s no reason for the government to get involved.”

The busted poker players have a court date on December 5, 2007.
» Archive of’s Drew Carey Videos

Truck-Only Toll Lanes Gaining Momentum
Since the publication of Reason’s 2002 study “Toll Truckways: A New Path Toward Safer and More Efficient Freight Transportation” several cities across the country have moved forward with plans to improve road safety and reduce congestion by building truck-only toll lanes. In his latest report, Reason Foundation’s Robert Poole examines the feasibility of building truck tollways in Miami, without taxpayer dollars.
» Toll Truckways: A New Path Toward Safer and More Efficient Freight Transportation

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