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Tactical coverage of politics, usually from inside the Beltway.
Al Qaeda Isn’t ‘On Its Heels’ Reza Jan 05/27/2014
The president’s optimistic characterization of the al Qaeda threat in South Asia is increasingly outdated. The terrorist group is regenerating due to a pause in U.S. drone activity and the ongoing withdrawal of U.S. troops.
New Flight Rules Are a Heavy Load Ike Brannon 05/25/2014
Requiring that pilots have more flight hours may seem like a sensible government action designed to protect us, but the reality is that it will destroy jobs, increase the cost of flying, and result in more people dying in transit.
If Detroit's Not Too Big To Fail... Alex J. Pollock 05/23/2014
With the instructive Detroit precedent, shrunken populations, and underfunded municipal pensions common, we can conclude that no city, not even Chicago, should be thought of as too big to fail.
California’s New Solar Plant: Burning Up Taxpayer Money, Land, and Wildlife Benjamin Zycher 05/21/2014
While the federal government receives net payments for electricity-related oil and gas production on federal land, the net subsidy for the new Ivanpah solar plant is almost 300 times greater.
Time for a New Contract with America John Steele Gordon 05/16/2014
One way to turn probable pick-ups into a 1994-style rout this midterm would be for the Republicans to, once again, nationalize the election with a new Contract with America, positioning themselves credibly as the party of real reform.
New FDA E-cigarette Regulations: Killing an Industry, Killing Smokers Gilbert Ross, M.D. 05/14/2014
If the FDA's proposed regulations go into force, the likely outcome is a severe reduction in consumer choice, and thus fewer smokers quitting and more dying needlessly.
Coins That Go Clunk Alex J. Pollock 05/07/2014
Fifty years ago, U.S. silver coins disappeared from circulation, symbolizing a profound shift in the behavior of the government with respect to money.
Favoring 'Stability' Over Liberty in Venezuela Roger F. Noriega 05/07/2014
U.S. policy toward Venezuela is not only unjust, it’s foolish.
Disclosure: Iran’s New Diplomatic Weapon Ilan Berman 05/04/2014
In what is ostensibly intended as a confidence-building measure, Iran is preparing a ‘comprehensive document’ detailing the extent of its quarter-century-old nuclear effort. But the product won’t come quickly.
Sebelius Gets Tough on Medicaid Enrollment Joseph Antos 05/01/2014
In threatening to cut payments to states that are not enrolling people into Medicaid quickly enough, the administration has found a tool to punish states that have been uncooperative in implementing the president’s healthcare reform.
 
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