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  • This Week in Ridiculous Regulations 

    March 18, 2019
    President Trump has declared passing the new NAFTA/USMCA as his top legislative priority, but congressional ratification will not be automatic. Mexico and Canada are also refraining from ratifying the deal due to President Trump’s recent steel and aluminum tariffs against them. The Senate also pushed back against his national emergency declaration, and the world mourns with New Zealand after a terrible tragedy. Meanwhile, rulemaking agencies issued new regulations ranging from vegetable power of attorney to Honduran archaeology.
  • Interior States Take on Coastal States over Climate-Related Project Approvals

    March 15, 2019
    When the state of Washington rejected a proposed new coal export facility in 2017, it probably expected the usual appeals from the project’s developers. But it may not have anticipated a constitutional battle supported by eight interior states under the Commerce Clause.
  • Washington Post's Climate Alarmism Reaches the Sports Page

    March 15, 2019
    The news and opinion pages of the Washington Post have for years been filled with climate alarmism, but now it is spreading to the sports page. The top story in last Sunday’s sports section had nothing to do with the Washington Capitals, Washington Wizards, Maryland Terrapins, Georgetown Hoyas, or any other local team. 
  • VIDEO: Raising the Steaks on Jones Act Reform

    March 15, 2019
    Our friends at the Cato Institute are continuing their valiant fight against the wasteful protectionism of the Jones Act, a 99-year old law that requires cargo ships servicing U.S. ports to be entirely U.S.-owned and crewed. Many readers may remember when it briefly shed its usual obscurity in 2017 when the Trump administration agreed to temporarily waive its requirements in order to aid recovery efforts in Puerto Rico in the wake of Hurricane Maria.
  • Democrats Invent New Joint Employer Controversy 

    March 14, 2019
    There is a new invented controversy involving the National Labor Relations Board’s joint employer rulemaking, which seeks to clarify the definition of joint employer liability for businesses engaged in numerous business relationships. Bloomberg reports that Democrats in the House Education and Labor committee are up in arms that the NLRB is planning on outsourcing to a third party the review of public comments on the agency’s proposed joint employer rule.
  • VIDEO: Why Antitrust Is a Problem, Not a Solution

    March 13, 2019
    With major political figures proposing the forced breakup of some of the nation’s most successful companies, the once-arcane field of antitrust law is now at the top of the national conversation. A new video from the Competitive Enterprise Institute walks viewers through the history of economic monopolies and trustbusting and exposes the flawed logic underlying most calls for antitrust enforcement.
  • Regulatory Costs of Delegating Lawmaking Power to Executive and Unelected Administrators

    March 13, 2019
    The administrative state, blessed by Congress, has dispensed with the Founders’ system of legislation fashioned solely by an elected body. Regulatory reforms call for holding Congress accountable for agencies’ rules and regulations, but the deeper reality is that Congress already is accountable, in the sense of blame, for the current state of affairs.
  • Agencies Failing to Follow Law on Key Financial Regulation

    March 12, 2019
    The Dodd-Frank Act of 2010 is one of the worst pieces of legislation to have become law in recent history. It created the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau as an independent government unto itself, unaccountable to the president, Congress or the American people. Another provision, the Durbin amendment, was meant to save consumers money, but ended up costing those with a checking account an estimated $8 billion in additional fees.
  • States Challenge Federal Internet Gambling Ban

    March 11, 2019
    This January, the Department of Justice (DOJ) issued an opinion that threatens legal online gambling in the U.S. The tenuous rationale on which the opinion is based has raised some eyebrows, but the most concerning aspect is that the DOJ revisited the Internet betting issue at the behest and in service of a single casino owner, one who just so happens to be a major donor to the president.
  • This Week in Ridiculous Regulations   

    March 11, 2019
    Last week was low-drama by recent standards, but still had some important developments. The U.S. trade deficit set a record for the second year in a row, which fortunately has nothing to do with economic health one way or the other. Meanwhile, regulatory agencies issued new regulations ranging from sewage incineration to pecan reporting.

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