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  • VIDEO: You've Come a Long Way, Regulatory Reform

    February 22, 2019
    Our friends at the American Enterprise Institute are doing a great job leveraging their many decades of experience in Washington, D.C. They've been raiding their archives and posting a series of TV programs the organization produced going back to the 1970s, long before the era of viral videos and streaming digital content.
  • Confusing Poll Clouds Public Perception of Trump Emergency Declaration

    February 21, 2019
    President Trump’s national emergency declaration is constitutional, as I explained in a recent op-ed in the Washington Examiner. That’s an important fact, because we trust in our political leaders to obey their oath of office in defending the Constitution. So it might seem troubling if most Americans expect the president’s emergency declaration will be struck down in court, as today’s headline in The Hill proclaimed.
  • Real-World Effects of Pension Debt

    February 21, 2019
    Debates over public pension finance often have an abstract quality, taking place outside most people’s immediate concerns. Yet, the real-world effects can be quite tangible. That’s because underfunded pension plans can take up taxpayer dollars that could have gone to public services.
  • Regulatory Costs and the Loss of Liberty

    February 19, 2019
    From classical liberal and individual rights perspectives, the administrative state is an affront to liberty almost by definition.
  • This Week in Ridiculous Regulations 

    February 18, 2019
    Congress and President Trump passed a spending bill to avoid another shutdown, but President Trump’s national emergency declaration over a non-emergency provides a troubling precedent that future presidents could also abuse, regardless of how this battle plays out in the courts. Republicans are forgetting a cardinal rule of politics: never give yourself powers you don’t want the other side to have. Meanwhile, new regulations for the week range from telling time during emergencies to electronic olive grower meetings.
  • California's Gov. Newsom Slams Brakes on California Bullet Train

    February 17, 2019
    California Governor Gavin Newsom (D) on February 12th unexpectedly slammed the brakes on the state’s high-speed rail project. The project “as currently planned, would cost too much and take too long” to build, Newsom explained during his first State of the State address.
  • Sen. McConnell Calls for Senate Vote on Green New Deal, Markey Calls 'Sabotage'

    February 16, 2019
    Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-KY) said on February 12th that he planned to schedule a vote on the Green New Deal Resolution in the near future using Rule 14 to bring it to the floor under expedited procedures. Sen. Ed Markey (D-MA), the chief sponsor of Senate Resolution 59, quickly whined on Twitter: “Don’t let Mitch McConnell fool you: this is nothing but an attempt to sabotage the movement we are building."
  • House Republican Committee Leaders Begin Caving on Climate Science and Policies

    February 15, 2019
    Reps. Greg Walden (R-OR) and Frank Lucas (R-OK), the ranking Republican members of the two committees with the most jurisdiction over climate science and energy-rationing policies, both sent strong signals this week that they will concede the scientific case for global warming alarmism and want to support “reasonable” measures to deal with it.  
  • SEC Should Stop Coercing Brokers to Buy Data From Exchanges

    February 15, 2019
    There are many types of burdensome government mandates, but of all the Ten Thousand Commandments, regulations that coerce the purchase of a particular product or commodity are among the most destructive.
  • Tim Carney on 'Alienated America'

    February 15, 2019
    Our old friend (and former CEI Warren Brookes Journalism Fellow) Tim Carney has a new book out, “Alienated America: Why Some Places Thrive While Others Collapse,” and the American Enterprise Institute recently hosted a public discussion to examine its “findings and claims.”  

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