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Tactical coverage of politics, usually from inside the Beltway.
Europe's Energy Problem Desmond Lachman 06/20/2014
Developments in the Middle East and Ukraine show Europe needs to improve its energy policy or face serious economic consequences.
Attorney Fees in Patent Cases: There is a Middle Ground Michael M. Rosen 06/18/2014
Automatically awarding attorney fees to the prevailing party, at least in patent cases, would be a grave mistake and wreak havoc on our legal system.
The G-7 Weighs in on SIFI Designations Peter J. Wallison 06/16/2014
The Treasury and Federal Reserve, afraid of congressional opposition, sought G-7 support for accelerated SIFI designations of capital markets firms.
Europe in Denial Desmond Lachman 06/09/2014
Despite an electorate that is increasingly hostile to the European project and the risk that Europe could be drifting towards Japanese-style deflation, European policymakers remain complacent.
Nader’s Pitch for a Left-Right Convergence James K. Glassman 05/28/2014
Ralph Nader’s new book shows his zeal for finding and promoting left-right solutions.
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The president’s optimistic characterization of the al Qaeda threat in South Asia is increasingly outdated.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.
 
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