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  • This Week in Ridiculous Regulations

    June 4, 2018

    Despite a four-day workweek, federal agencies still exceeded the previous week’s Federal Register page count by nearly a hundred pages, pushing the yearly total past the 25,000 mark. While tariffs and automobile bans dominated the news last week, under-the-radar new regulations also passed, ranging from spinach proteins to newspaper registration.

  • Cato Institute Honors Human Rights Work of Cuba's 'Ladies in White'

    June 1, 2018

    Congratulations are in order to our friends at the Cato Institute on their recent big event in New York, the Friedman Prize Dinner. Every two years they gather with friends and supporters to present the organization’s highest honor (besides being accepted for an internship), the Milton Friedman Prize for Advancing Liberty.

  • 5 Advantages of Stepping away from the Paris Climate Treaty

    June 1, 2018

    This week marks the one-year anniversary of President Trump’s announcement that the United States would be withdrawing from the Paris Climate Agreement, the United Nations global warming treaty originally signed by former President Obama in 2016. Already, the advantages of that move have been clear and will become more significant as time goes on. The following are five prominent examples.

  • Democratic Senators Criticize Labor Rulemaking on Joint Employment

    June 1, 2018

    A group of Democratic senators recently took issue with the National Labor Relations Board’s announcement it may initiate a notice and comment rulemaking to clarify the definition of joint employer liability standards. On May 29, Sens. Elizabeth Warren (D-MA), Bernie Sanders (I-VT) and Kirsten Gillibrand (D-NY) sent a letter to NLRB Chairman John Ring that expressed concerns that the agency is issuing a regulation on joint employer standards “in order to evade the ethical restrictions that apply to adjudications.”

  • Ship Has Sailed on U.S. Engagement with Paris Climate Treaty

    June 1, 2018

    My colleague Myron Ebell, in a nod to his collegiate years spent at the London School of Economics and Cambridge University, writes this month for the UK-based magazine Standpoint about President Trump’s now year-old decision to withdraw the United States from the Paris Climate Agreement. He especially warns international observers who might be holding out hope for a return that they can lay their hopes to rest. The U.S. will not be rejoining the Paris club

  • Prop E Win in San Francisco Would Be Loss for Public Health

    June 1, 2018

    “Big Tobacco” is pouring millions into a campaign to maintain their ability to keep selling harmful products that target children. At least, that’s the narrative most news outlets have sold about Proposition E, a measure on the city’s June 5th ballot, which would ban the sale of flavors, including menthol, for tobacco products, including e-cigarettes. The David and Goliath story is compelling, but don’t be fooled. The other side, comprised of hundreds of anti-tobacco activists is just—if not more—powerful than big tobacco companies.

  • The Constitutional Cure for the Paris Agreement

    June 1, 2018

    Today marks the first anniversary of President Trump’s Rose Garden speech announcing his intention to withdraw from the Paris Climate Agreement. That speech was a pivotal moment in the great unraveling of President Obama’s regulatory assault on fossil fuels. Mr. Trump’s steely resolve to protect America’s emerging “energy dominance” was now beyond dispute.

  • Looking Back on Trump’s Paris Decision: Why It Protected the Constitution and Rule of Law

    May 31, 2018

    This week marks the one-year anniversary of President Trump’s decision to withdraw the United States from the all-pain-no-gain Paris climate treaty. In response to a Freedom of Information Act (FOIA) request, the U.S. State Department produced nearly 450 pages of emails and memos—almost every single word of which was redacted. What the department blacked out would have shed light on how the Obama White House got us involved in the Paris treaty by embarking on an unprecedented end-run around the Constitution.

  • Congress Should Reform Antitrust Law with SMARTER Act

    May 31, 2018

    When an American company wishes to merge with or acquire another company, reaching an agreement that satisfies both firms’ owners and managers is not always enough. For most mergers and acquisitions valued at over roughly $80 million, companies must submit tons of paperwork and pay a sizable fee to the Federal Trade Commission and the Department of Justice before they can finalize any deal. Once these filings are complete, the companies can’t finalize their transaction until a waiting period of up to 30 days has elapsed.

  • Despite Trump Repudiation, Paris Climate Treaty Still Needs a Senate Vote

    May 29, 2018

    This week will mark the one-year anniversary of President Trump’s speech announcing that the United States would be withdrawing from the Paris Climate Agreement, which President Obama originally signed, to great international attention, on September 3, 2016. Unfortunately, despite the strong language of Trump’s statement (and the healthy amount of media criticism is generated), the U.S. is not actually “out of Paris.”

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