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  • Trump's 2018 Deregulatory Effort: 3,367 Rules, 68,082 Pages

    December 31, 2018
    At year-end 2018, how is President Donald Trump’s regulatory reform project going?
  • This Week in Ridiculous Regulations

    December 31, 2018
    The shutdown continued all through Christmas week. But because the Federal Register works on a few days lag for many of its publications, it still had plenty of activity. It will also continue daily publication throughout the shutdown. But if the shutdown lasts much longer, the Register will likely go into a near hibernation, with daily page and rule counts possibly going into single digits.
  • Year in Review 2018: Climate Policy

    December 28, 2018
    The Trump administration this year took additional steps to dismantle key components of President Obama’s climate policy “legacy.” Supporting and guiding those efforts is a top priority of CEI’s energy and environment team.
  • VIDEO: What Qualifies as a 'Water' of the United States?

    December 28, 2018
    Our friends at the Regulatory Transparency Project have created a great new video to help explain the legal impact of the Clean Water Act and the subsequent Waters of the United States (WOTUS) regulations. 
  • An Executive Order to Shine Light on Dark Matter

    December 27, 2018
    Over at The Hill, Wayne Crews and I make the case for an executive order that would limit executive power. It’s more plausible than it sounds.
  • Best Books of 2018: Clashing over Commerce

    December 27, 2018
    Douglas Irwin’s magnum opus, published at the end of 2017, is already a classic. Given the prominent role trade is playing in politics right now, it is also very timely. At almost 700 pages, “Clashing over Commerce” looks intimidating. But once you start reading, it isn’t. Irwin tells a coherent story that spans generations, showcasing the prominent personalities in the great trade debate, their larger philosophical and economic arguments, and the legislation and policies they fought over. It hits on all levels.
  • Year in Review 2018: Internet Sales Tax

    December 26, 2018
    On June 21, 2018, in South Dakota v. Wayfair, the U.S. Supreme Court reversed fifty years of precedent by allowing states to collect sales taxes from businesses located completely outside that states’ borders. Allowing this remote taxation undercut healthy tax competition among the states, introduced the threat of crippling compliance costs for smaller online retailers, and emboldened 31 states to move forward with their sales tax expansion plans.
  • This Week in Ridiculous Regulations

    December 26, 2018
    In an eventful week that included criminal justice reform, shutdown drama, and cabinet drama, this year’s new regulations exceeded 2017’s total with more than a week to spare. Rulemaking agencies issued regulations ranging from satellite royalties to tax preparer penalties.
  • Year in Review 2018: Trade Policy

    December 24, 2018
    2018 was the year in which President Trump began to implement his campaign promises of using tariffs to change America’s trade policy. The ostensible reason was to protect American jobs and industries. In so doing, the President jettisoned his party’s long-standing adherence to free-market principles. It appears that this is one of several changes that represent the beginnings of a political realignment that may well be global in nature.
  • Best Books of 2018: Life after Google

    December 24, 2018
    Are Tucker Carlson’s predictions of Google taking over the future keeping you up at night? Sooth yourself with the creative destruction described in “Life after Google: The Fall of Big Data and the Rise of the Blockchain Economy” by George Gilder. The famous economist, writer, investor, and tech guru argues that Google’s days of aggregate and advertise success are numbered and goes into considerable depth about why.

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