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Government & Politics

Tactical coverage of politics, usually from inside the Beltway.
Government Sponsors Truthy Study of Twitter Babette Boliek 10/21/2014
The debate over the National Science Foundation study of Twitter is getting off track. The sole issue at stake is whether it is appropriate for the government to fund Truthy — no matter how worthwhile it may be.
The Origins and Traditions of Columbus Day Amy Kass and Leon Kass 10/10/2014
Columbus Day is a most unusual American holiday and has become a day 'to celebrate not only an intrepid searcher but the dreams and opportunities that brought so many here after him.'
The Redevelopment Racket Scott Beyer 10/08/2014
The growing trend of public redevelopment has increased cronyism, land confiscation, and waste.
Do the Locomotive Vaclav Smil 10/04/2014
Fifty years after the first rapid train began its scheduled service, this comfortable, safe, and efficient mode of transport still has not caught on in North America.
Can Social Security Privatization Guarantee You More Benefits at a Lower Cost? Andrew G. Biggs 09/30/2014
No, but the CBPP’s stance on budget accounting says it can.
The Sharing Economy Under Pressure Shane Tews 09/30/2014
Uber, Lyft and Airbnb’s regulatory roadblocks continue.
Scientists Sit Out Genetic Engineering Debate Blake Hurst 09/24/2014
If scientists cannot or will not explain the issue, then farmers have very little chance of protecting a technology that has immense value to consumers.
Inversion Crackdown Dodges Real Job Opportunities Alex Brill 09/24/2014
New Treasury Department regulations aimed at restricting corporate inversions are more about politics than policy. They won’t help the economy and may have the unintended effect of prompting companies to move management control abroad.
Good News from Africa Peter A. Coclanis 09/22/2014
The power of individuals and markets in the development process is key to the continued economic dynamism of sub-Saharan Africa.
The U-9 and the Realm of the Unexpected Ralph Kinney Bennett 09/19/2014
Exactly 100 years ago the world was reminded yet again that war — declared or undeclared — is in many ways a chronicle of disastrous assumptions and unpleasant surprises.
 
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