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Government & Politics

Tactical coverage of politics, usually from inside the Beltway.
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.
The Left’s Limits on Free Speech Michael M. Rosen 04/23/2014
The contemporary legal and political Left values political free speech only insofar as it leads to collective action.
Ron Wyden: Free Trader? Claude Barfield 04/19/2014
Senator Wyden has recently begun to clarify where he will attempt to take trade policy: it’s a mixed bag of attitudes and proposals, though by no means antithetical to a free market agenda.
U.S. Leadership Rating Rises. Huh? James K. Glassman 04/16/2014
The objective of foreign policy is to secure the defined interests of the United States. It may appear to be easier to succeed at such an endeavor if foreigners like us, but don’t be so sure.
Absurdities at the IRS Aparna Mathur 04/13/2014
Under tax law, stolen property, bribes, kickbacks, and income from other illegal activities must be counted as income. Embezzlers, thieves, and bootleggers may also take deductions for costs relating to criminal activity.
When Setting Tax Policy, Don’t Forget About Long-Run Growth Alan D. Viard 04/11/2014
Neither party will always welcome estimates of how their proposals affect long-run growth. But the American people should welcome the prospect of their elected representatives being asked to think further ahead than the next election.
 
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