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Tactical coverage of politics, usually from inside the Beltway.
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.
LNG Exports: 'A Good-Faith Test' for President Obama Benjamin Zycher 04/08/2014
For the environmental Left, pursuit of their policy goals requires neither consistency nor evidence.
Crude (Oil) Politics Kenneth P. Green and Alan W. Dowd 04/02/2014
The Obama administration's approach to the public policy challenge of energy production and consumption ignores three important energy realities.
Asian Americans Resist Racial Preferences Abigail Thernstrom 03/30/2014
California Democrats have proposed a new referendum that would reinstate racial preferences in higher education, but the state's Asian Americans are rebelling.
Hoping for China's Success Vaclav Smil 03/28/2014
There is one effort in which everybody should wish to see China successful: preservation of the country’s farmland. It has already been reduced to well below the level needed to keep the country self-sufficient in grain production.
 
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