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  • Tech Antitrust Hearing as Political Theater

    July 29, 2020
    Large, innovative tech companies have been invaluable during the COVID-19 crisis, helping to ease the burden of millions of Americans and businesses under quarantine. But that won’t stop the House Antitrust Subcommittee from dragging the CEOs of Apple, Amazon, Facebook, and Google before it today. The investigation will have a difficult time meeting the U.S. standard for antitrust: consumer harm.
  • The Socialist Temptation: Socialism and American Values

    July 28, 2020
    The way to reach people is by making sure a policy accorded with their values. In his new book, The Socialist Temptation, Iain Murray argues that the recent rise in popularity of socialism has occurred because socialism talks a very good game when it comes to values. The trouble is that it actually undermines those values.
  • If You Can’t Convince Them, Confuse Them: California Political Establishment Doubles Down on AB5

    July 27, 2020
    Progressives are fond of saying that authority never gives up power easily. California Attorney General Xavier Becerra is demonstrating that by rewriting the ballot language for Proposition 22, which covers rideshare drivers, in order to frame the issue in the most negative way he can.
  • Trump’s Drug Price Control Orders Are Bound to Backfire

    July 27, 2020
    At a White House gathering last Friday, President Trump announced four new executive orders intended to restrict the ways pharmaceutical companies set the price of prescription drugs. Those new rules are likely to backfire. They may produce modestly lower prices for some patients in the short term, but everyone will bear the burden of higher prices and fewer treatment options in the long run.
  • A Memorial Note About Christopher L. Culp (April 7, 1969 – June 30, 2020)

    July 27, 2020
    Chris Culp, or simply Culp as he was invariably known, died unexpectedly and leaves a loss in the world and in the CEI community to which he was instrumental.
  • This Week in Ridiculous Regulations

    July 27, 2020
    Confirmed COVID-19 cases in the United States surpassed 4 million last week. Congress returned to session after its July 4 break and is putting together another stimulus package. The 2020 Federal Register also surpassed 45,000 pages, and is averaging 315 more pages per day than in past years. Regulatory agencies issued new regulations ranging from small satellites to lithograph emissions.
  • Reversing Opening Comes at a Price

    July 24, 2020
    This is one of those things that is kind of obvious but needs to be pointed out anyway: Reversing opening your state’s economy due to fears of a COVID-19 resurgence is something that comes at an economic price. The Labor Department’s most recent report on unemployment insurance claims bears out.
  • Electronic Union Elections: A Permanent “Temporary” Solution?

    July 24, 2020
    Some lawmakers and their union allies want to use the COVID-19 crisis to institute a radical change to union elections allow them to be held electronically.Critics argue it would open the system to fraud and other shenanigans.
  • Antitrust Tech Hearing Unlikely to Prove Useful

    July 23, 2020
    Monday’s upcoming House Antitrust Subcommittee hearing featuring CEOs from Facebook, Amazon, Google, and Apple may turn out to have very little to do with antitrust. Don’t be surprised if members of the Committee focus more on those emotionally charged issues than on antirust criteria.
  • Environmental Protection Agency Finalizes Reforms to Its Environmental Appeals Board

    July 23, 2020
    The Trump administration has placed a priority on streamlining the delays and red tape holding back many private sector projects. The EPA's final rule making changes to its Environmental Appeals Board s another useful step toward that goal. Job-creating projects, from pipelines to ports to mines, are routinely subject to years of federal permitting delays.


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