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Economy
January 24, 2017
An Informative Defense of American Market Freedom
Review of Not Half Free: The Myth That America Is Capitalist, by Walter Donway (CreateSpace Independent Publishing Platform), 2015, 160 pages, ISBN-13: 978-1511767873; $6.93 on Amazon.com.
Environment
January 24, 2017
House Acts to Rein in Regulatory Agencies
As one of the first official acts of the 115th Congress, the U.S. House of Representative voted in favor of the Regulations from the Executive in Need of Scrutiny Act of 2017, requiring congressional approval of all new major regulations.
Education
January 24, 2017
At College of the Ozarks, Students Work Off Tuition Debt
One Midwestern college is fighting off the specter of lifelong debt for its students by providing them the opportunity to work in return for tuition.
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Economy
January 23, 2017
How to Dismantle ‘Social Justice’
The prevailing political discourse seems to be consumed with the bromides of social justice, carefully tended by political and intellectual classes claiming special knowledge of its demands.
Education
January 23, 2017
With DeVos Hearing, School Choice Finally Takes Center Stage
To be followed next week with National School Choice Week.
Regulation
January 23, 2017
California Overregulation Drives Uber Testing to Arizona
After California government regulators stopped Uber, a popular transportation network company connecting drivers and riders, from conducting real-world tests of autonomous navigation technology, the company moved its test grounds to Arizona.
 

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January 24, 2017
By Jay Lehr
Review of Not Half Free: The Myth That America Is Capitalist, by Walter Donway (CreateSpace Independent Publishing Platform), 2015, 160 pages, ISBN-13: 978-1511767873; $6.93 on Amazon.com.
January 24, 2017
By H. Sterling Burnett
As one of the first official acts of the 115th Congress, the U.S. House of Representative voted in favor of the Regulations from the Executive in Need of Scrutiny Act of 2017, requiring congressional approval of all new major regulations.
January 24, 2017
By Jane S. Shaw
One Midwestern college is fighting off the specter of lifelong debt for its students by providing them the opportunity to work in return for tuition.
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January 23, 2017
By David S. D’Amato
The prevailing political discourse seems to be consumed with the bromides of social justice, carefully tended by political and intellectual classes claiming special knowledge of its demands.
January 23, 2017
By Teresa Mull
To be followed next week with National School Choice Week.
January 23, 2017
By Elizabeth BeShears
After California government regulators stopped Uber, a popular transportation network company connecting drivers and riders, from conducting real-world tests of autonomous navigation technology, the company moved its test grounds to Arizona.
January 23, 2017
By Jim Lakely
Trump is changing the tone and substance of the national debate over public policy, and it is a change that is long overdue
January 23, 2017
By Michael Hamilton
Authorizing dental therapy in North Dakota would expand oral care access for underserved patients, primarily by increasing the liberty of dentists to build their dental dream teams.
January 23, 2017
By Isaac Orr
Bill McKibben argues if civilization is to endure, we must end our use of fossil fuels and switch to wind and solar, but fossil fuels do not undermine civilization; they are the foundation upon which modern civilization is built.
January 23, 2017
By Leo Pusateri
President Donald Trump and federal lawmakers are working on filling in details of a proposed $1 trillion federal initiative to build and repair roads, using taxpayer-funded debt financing, public-private partnerships, and direct taxpayer funding.
January 23, 2017
By Jeff Reynolds
Trade organizations representing cigar manufacturers and vendors are suing the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) over a regulatory expansion the agency enacted in 2016.
January 23, 2017
By Tim Benson
A new study concludes communities near sites of hydraulic fracturing, commonly called “fracking,” generally benefit from oil and gas production through the procedure.
January 23, 2017
By Kenneth Artz
California public school districts will have more power to offer bilingual education when the California Non-English Languages Allowed in Public Education Act takes effect in July 2017.
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January 23, 2017
By Michael Hamilton
Natelson: State lawmakers should flex their constitutional muscle to check federal power using an Article V convention of states.
January 23, 2017
By Paul Driessen
Collusive lawsuits helped control more US lands. Congress must repeal and replace the ESA.
January 23, 2017
By Justin Haskins, Teresa Mull, Lennie Jarratt, S.T. Karnick
"The students at ... are heroes of the movement to protect free speech on America’s college campuses, and they should be applauded for their refusal to accept the mandates of a clearly tyrannical college administration." - Teresa Mull
January 22, 2017
By Michael McGrady
Lawmakers’ last-minute approval of a bill appropriating temporary federal government spending will delay federal budget battles until April 2017.
January 22, 2017
By Scott Cleland
Apparently, no good deed goes unpunished for the outgoing Federal Communications Commission.
January 22, 2017
By Jeff Reynolds
Taking to social media to express his displeasure with an April 2015 siting decision by a multinational automobile manufacturing company, then-President-elect Donald Trump threatened to make the company “pay [a] big border tax.”
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January 22, 2017
By Elizabeth BeShears
The Texas Legislature is considering a resolution calling for a national convention to draft and enact a balanced budget amendment prohibiting the federal government from running budget deficits.
January 22, 2017
By Ben Johnson
Characterizing a proposed financing deal for a St. Louis soccer stadium as “welfare for millionaires,” Missouri’s new governor ruled out in January the possibility of using taxpayers’ money or tax credits to entice stadium developers to Missouri.
January 21, 2017
By Jay Lehr
How Bill McKibben sleeps at night amidst his non-stop proliferation of lies is beyond me – though I expect he has profited handsomely in some way or another.
January 21, 2017
By Lindsey Curnutte
New Hampshire legislators are considering a bill that would allow workers to opt out of union membership, freeing them from being forced to join a union as a condition of employment.
January 21, 2017
By Judy Allen
The Indiana General Assembly is considering reforming its laws permitting governments to take ownership of people’s cash and property without first proving they were used in the commission of a crime.
January 21, 2017
By Dustin Siggins
Dallas, Texas Mayor Mike Rawlings (D) is requesting a criminal investigation of the city’s government pension fund program after the government employees’ union rejected reforms proposed to rescue the fund from insolvency.
January 21, 2017
By Jane S. Shaw
Faculty and students at nearly 200 colleges and universities have petitioned their administrations to make their schools “sanctuaries,” to prevent the deportation of students who are illegal immigrants.
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January 20, 2017
By Scot Faulkner
The President-Elect upends a news media that’s still in denial about its vanished world.
January 20, 2017
By H. Sterling Burnett
Climate Change Weekly #237
January 20, 2017
By Joseph Bast
‘Trump’s repeated promise to put the interests of Americans first sounded odd, to me and probably to many people listening to this address, because it is so rarely heard from our national elected leaders.’
January 20, 2017
By David S. D’Amato
Americans must face up to the facts: politics has most likely blinded them, obscuring their view of significant facts and all but blacking out the portion of their brains devoted to critical thinking.
January 20, 2017
By Teresa Mull
Once upon a time in America, parents could send their children off to school—even to public schools—and presume accurately their little ones were being taught simply “the three Rs.” No longer.
January 20, 2017
By Jenni White
The number of families homeschooling in South Dakota increased by 40 percent between 2010 and 2015, according to data provided by the South Dakota Department of Education (DOE).
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January 20, 2017
By Elizabeth BeShears
Tennessee Rep. Bill Dunn (R-Knoxville) says he plans to reintroduce a bill to bring school vouchers to the state in 2017.
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January 20, 2017
By Jesse Hathaway
There are many silly days of observance scattered throughout the year, but one fake holiday presents a real, hidden message lawmakers in Washington should heed.
January 20, 2017
By Jeff Stier
In a December 60 Minutes interview, House Speaker Paul Ryan spoke of the need for regulatory reform.
January 20, 2017
By Seton Motley
For decades and decades in Washington, D.C., members of both political Parties have time and again thrown at us the Groucho Marx quote: “Who are you going to believe, me or your lying eyes?”
January 19, 2017
By Jane M. Orient, M.D.
As Republicans contemplate repealing the Affordable Care Act (ACA or “ObamaCare”)—seriously, not just as a political gesture—alarms are sounding about millions of individuals losing coverage.
January 19, 2017
By Jenni White
Kentucky is one of seven states that do not allow charter schools, but the state’s board of education recently approved a set of charter school guidelines, signaling its anti-choice policy may change soon.
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January 19, 2017
By Michael Hamilton
Consumer Power Report #531
January 19, 2017
By H. Sterling Burnett, Richard J. Trzupek, Isaac Orr
"With Perry at the helm of the Department of Energy, protecting the nation’s energy security – rather than fighting the hobgoblin of human-caused climate change – should once again become the prime goal of the department" - H. Sterling Burnett