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In The Tank (ep72) – Trump's Inauguration, Cigarette Black Market, and the Obamacare Replacement Act

January 20, 2017

John Nothdurft and Donny Kendal present episode #72 of the In The Tank Podcast. Today’s podcast features work from the Tax Foundation and the Heartland Institute.

John Nothdurft and Donny Kendal present episode #72 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. Today’s podcast features work from the Tax Foundation and the Heartland Institute.

Donny and John start of this week's show talking about the inauguration of the 45th President of the United States, Donald J. Trump. For this occasion, Donny gathered facts about past inaugurations to share. Most of these facts can be found in an article by the Seattle Times, titled "Inauguration trivia: 17 facts and firsts." 

Policybot Featured Work of the Week

This week's featured work comes form the Tax Foundation. This report titled "Cigarette Smuggling by State, 2014," illustrates the connection between high cigarette taxes and the growing black market for these tobacco products. Supplementing this study is an article by the Huffington Post titled "Inside New York City's Dangerous, Multimillion-Dollar Cigarette Black Market." This article shows that this black market is more than just a harmless practice.

Other Think Tank Works

The next item comes from The Heartland Institute. This weeks Consumer Power Report (CPR)- a weekly newsletter covering health care topics - discusses Rand Paul's plan to replace Obamacare. The report, titled "Rand Paul's 'Obamacare Replacement Act' Deserves Trump's Attention," shows how this plan would enhance market forces in the health care market and expand coverage. 

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Donald Kendal is a graphic designer for The Heartland Institute, a research fellow for Heartland's Socialism Research Center, and the host of Heartland's In the Tank Podcast and Stopping Socialism TV. @InTheTankPod
John Nothdurft joined the staff of The Heartland Institute in May 2008 and left in January of 2019.