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In The Tank (ep155) – Censored! Social Media War on Conservatives, Pension Crisis, CAFE Standards

August 31, 2018

Donny Kendal and John Nothdurft present episode #155 of the In The Tank Podcast. This week's episode features work from the Media Research Center, the Illinois Policy Institute, the Mackinac Center, and the Manhattan Institute.

Donny Kendal and John Nothdurft present episode #155 of the In The Tank Podcast. This weekly podcast features (as always) interviews, debates, and roundtable discussions that explore the work of think tanks across the country. The show is available for download as part of the Heartland Daily Podcast every Friday. This week's episode features work from the Media Research Center, the Illinois Policy Institute, the Mackinac Center, and the Manhattan Institute.

For this week's Policybot Featured Work of the Week, Donny and John discuss a new report from the Media Research Center titled "Censored! How Online Media Companies Are Suppressing Conservative Speech." The report, backed by a coalition of 40 conservative organizations, outlines how social media platforms like Facebook, Twitter, Google, and Youtube are blocking conservative speech and imposing a liberal bias. As the report states, this is "not a war of ideas, it's a war against ideas."

Next, Donny and John talk about an article by the Illinois Policy Institute titled "Crowding Out: Pension Pressure Leads to Layoffs in Peoria." Peoria is the latest city in Illinois falling victim to unsustainable state and local pension debt. Donny says this article shows the real-life effects of the pension crisis. They also talk about how the pension crisis across the country could get much worse quickly.

Supplemental items:
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Illinois Policy Institute - Harvey Pension Crisis Leads to Mass Layoffs
Illinois Policy Institute - Settlement Agreement in Harvey Foreshadows Pension Crisis in Illinois
Mackinac Center - Detroit Bankruptcy
CapCon - Detroit was Just the Beginning: The Crisis of City Pension Systems in Michigan

In the last segment of the show, Donny and John talk about an article from the Manhattan Institute titled "The Only Thing 'Poisonous' About the Trump Fuel Economy Standards Is the Rhetoric." They talk about the Trump administration's proposal to freeze fuel economy standards at the 2020 target.

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Donny Kendal is a graphic designer for The Heartland Institute.
dkendal@heartland.org @InTheTankPod
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John Nothdurft joined the staff of The Heartland Institute in May 2008 as Heartland's legislative specialist on budget and tax policy. He was named government relations director in November 2010.
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