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OpenMarket: June 2020

  • Perverse Psychology: How Anti-Vaping Campaigns Backfired

    June 17, 2020
    We have spent years and countless billions trying to deal with the supposed epidemic of youth vaping. It has only gotten worse. A new CEI study investigates why teen vaping suddenly has skyrocketed after years of anti-vaping messaging campaigns by governments and health groups. The conclusion in the paper is that youth vaping increased not despite anti-vaping efforts, but because of them. 
  • House Judiciary Setting up Political Theater Disguised as Tech Antitrust Hearing

    June 16, 2020
    Sometime next month, the House Judiciary Committee is expected to hold a hearing on competition and antitrust featuring the CEOs of Alphabet (Google), Amazon, Apple, and Facebook. All indications suggest that this hearing will be nothing more than a political stunt.
  • What Would Scalia Do? Conservative Justices Debate Each Other on Workplace Discrimination

    June 16, 2020
    The Supreme Court's conservative justices split three ways in yesterday’s decision to extend the 1964 Civil Rights Act to cover discrimination by sexual orientation. The three views revealed a serious debate among the conservative justices.The business community will probably welcome the decision. Most businesses want clarity regarding the law and the Supreme Court provided that.
  • Supreme Court Decision Big Win for Energy—and America

    June 15, 2020
    Today the Supreme Court handed down a 7-2 decision allowing the construction of the Atlantic Coast Pipeline, a 600-mile project bringing natural gas produced in West Virginia eastward into Virginia and North Carolina. The case represents a big win for energy dominance, jobs, affordable energy, and most importantly the rule of law.
  • This Week in Ridiculous Regulations

    June 15, 2020
    The rate of new coronavirus cases increased last week, adding a note of caution to tentative efforts at reopening. Regulatory agencies issued new final regulations ranging from Florida bats to heraldic items.
  • Criteria Pollutant Emissions and Precursors Decline 7 Percent Under Trump

    June 12, 2020
    The EPA today released its annual report on air quality, tracking the nation’s progress through 2019. The EPA reports that under President Trump (2017-2019), combined emissions of criteria pollutants and their precursors declined by 7 percent.
  • Unintended Consequences of Price Gouging

    June 12, 2020
    Price gouging legislation routinely backfires. Price controls make shortages worse. In a crisis, this is especially harmful. And even if price gouging legislation were to tamp down money prices, it worsens increases in non-money prices such as greater scarcity, more difficult searches, longer queues and waiting lines, longer shipping times, and, sometimes, increases in black market activity.
  • We Don’t Need No Stinking Badges; Left Pushes Labor Leaders to Dump Police Unions

    June 12, 2020
    The progressive left’s calls to “defund the police” have extended to attacking the right of law enforcement officers to have unions. This has put organized labor’s leaders in an awkward position. On the one hand, they’ve been big supporters of the civil rights movement. On the other, they are wary of endorsing the idea that certain people shouldn’t have the right to collectively bargain.
  • Calls to “Reform” Section 230 of Communications Decency Act Are Misguided—and Thankfully Unlikely to Succeed

    June 11, 2020
    This week, four U.S. Senators asked the FCC to “take a fresh look at Section 230 of the 1996 Communications Decency Act .” Real changes to Section 230 will require congressional action. You know, like the kind of thing U.S. Senators are elected to do. But the Senators know there’s little chance of legislation on this front.
  • #NeverNeed Regulations and the Coronavirus

    June 11, 2020
    What is the appropriate public policy response to COVID-19 crisis? In a new short video, Kent Lassman makes the case for lifting government barriers that block people’s ingenuity and ability to fight the coronavirus. For lifting restrictions on access to health care providers and treatments. And for removing regulations that block access to capital for businesses or that stop them from hiring people.

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