Hidden Emails Reveal a Secret Anti-Fossil Fuel Network

Hidden emails reveal a secret anti-fossil fuel network involving the White House, Democrat...

Biotech Foods Can Save People and the Environment

Approximately 800 million people are currently malnourished, and the world’s population is expected...

Increasing Atmospheric Carbon Dioxide Is Key to Preventing Mass Starvation

Editor’s Note: Sherwood Idso is president of the Center for the Study of Carbon Dioxide and Global...

Court Scraps Parts of EPA’s Cross-Border Rules

A federal court ordered the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) to rewrite its 2011 “Cross-State...

Lawmakers Worry Obama Is Preparing Last-Minute Regulatory Blitz

House and Senate lawmakers are questioning Obama administration officials about whether they plan...

Lawmakers Shut Down Illinois Government Over Rauner Reforms

Illinois state government agencies have been partially shut down since July 1, after budget...
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Education

Unhitching the School Bus

School Choice Weekly #103 The nation’s newest school choice program, in Nevada, allows parents to use their child’s education dollars for, among other things, transportation to and from academic activities. Combine that with this nascent trend: Forget the big yellow bus or even mom’s taxi. This fall, more and more kids will be heading back to school via Uber and other ride-hailing options. From...

Environment

Environmental Madness, Government Corruption Exposed

Review of Environmentalism Gone Mad: How a Sierra Club Activist and Senior EPA Analyst Discovered a Radical Green Energy Fantasy, by Alan Carlin (Mt. Vernon, Washington: Stairway Press), 565 pp., ISBN-978-1-941071-13-7, ISBN-978-1-941071-92-2; $24.62 It would be impossible to write a better book about environmentalism, global warming, government corruption, federal overreach, and the solutions to...

July Temperature Record Claims Based on Manipulated Data

Climate Change Weekly #184 “Garbage in, garbage out” is an old saying that applies perfectly to the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration’s (NOAA) recent claim July 2015 was the hottest month ever recorded. The way NOAA calculated temperatures to make this claim gets to the heart of the debate over temperature manipulation. When one understands what government scientists are doing in an...

Feds Find Politically Connected Solar Company Lied for $500 Million in Federal Loans, Declines to Prosecute

A federal investigation has determined, top-leaders at Solyndra, a now defunct solar power panel manufacturer, lied to the federal government by repeatedly inflating sales figures in pursuit of a $535 million government loan guarantee.  Solyndra’s 2011 bankruptcy cost taxpayers more than $500 million, left 1,100 workers at the company’s shuttered Fremont, California factory unemployed and...

Finance & Insurance

New Jersey Lawmakers Propose Tax Breaks for Bitcoin Exchanges

New Jersey State Assemblymen Raj Mukherji (D-Hudson) and Gordon Johnson (D-Bergen), are proposing a bill creating a regulatory framework for digital currency exchange companies and offering tax breaks to exchange companies created in or relocating to the state. Andrea Castillo, the Technology Policy Program Manager at the Mercatus Center, says the bill will benefit New Jersey’s residents, and the...

Wyoming Banking Regs Squeeze Bitcoin Exchange Company

Coinbase, a bitcoin wallet and exchange service company with operations serving more than 2.5 million users in 190 countries, has announced the suspension of all operations in Wyoming as a result of state financial regulators’ interpretation of the Wyoming Money Transmitter Act. As state regulators currently interpret the law, exchanging Wyomingites’ fiat currency for bitcoins or depositing...

Department of Education Presses for New Authority Over Banks

The U.S. Department of Education is proposing a new rule granting itself new power over how banks can work with colleges to assist with loan disbursements to students. Under the proposed rule, banks would be prohibited from assisting colleges with financial aid disbursements into student accounts if the financial institution charges overdraft penalties or other common fees. Some schools currently...

Health

Why We Must Re-frame the Health Care Debate for Young People

Consumer Power Report #470 Since 2014, when most health insurance requirements established under the Affordable Care Act (ACA) were fully implemented, the cost of health insurance has increased for every significant demographic. According to a study by HealthPocket, Inc., average monthly premiums for U.S. women age 30 increased 35 percent from 2013 to the end of 2014. Men of the same age saw...

War Against Kratom Heats Up

Florida has become the latest front in the war against kratom—a substance derived from a tree whose leaves can be brewed as a tea to relieve pain and anxiety, but can also produce feelings of euphoria. Opponents of kratom say it is highly addictive, claiming it is responsible for several deaths and increasing emergency room visits across the country since it was introduced to the United States...

Democrat Lawmakers in South Carolina Continue to Call for Medicaid Expansion

South Carolina Gov. Nikki Haley (R) and the state’s Republican-led legislature have so far resisted one of the primary goals of Obamacare: expanding Medicaid. But that has not deterred the state’s Democrat lawmakers, who say Medicaid expansion is a top priority. Under Obamacare, states have the option of expanding Medicaid eligibility to those with incomes of up to 138 percent of the poverty line...

Taxes

California Tax Bills Asking for Trouble

Legislation permitting counties to increase the excise tax on cigarettes was approved by the California Senate Thursday, August 27. Another bill — introduced the day before — would hike the state excise tax by $2.00 per pack. The state legislature should prevent both bills from passing. If the local excise tax option is adopted, the law will almost assuredly lead to higher excise tax burdens in...

Lawmakers Worry Obama Is Preparing Last-Minute Regulatory Blitz

House and Senate lawmakers are questioning Obama administration officials about whether they plan to issue a rush of “midnight regulations” during the “lame duck” period between the presidential election in November 2016 and the official start date for Obama’s successor in January 2017. At a hearing of the U.S. Senate Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs’ Subcommittee on Regulatory Affairs...

Poll: Americans Oppose CFPB Overreach, Unaccountability

A national poll conducted by polling agency Zogby Analytics found a majority of American consumers hold a negative opinion of the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau. The Consumer Financial Protection Bureau (CFPB) was created by the Dodd-Frank Wall Street Reform and Consumer Protection Act to advocate for consumers and enforce new financial laws and regulations. The poll, commissioned by the U....

Tech

How Google Can Rig Everything in Washington, D.C. – and All Around the World

Let us ponder for a moment who and what Google is. Google has made tens of billions of dollars – being all up in your business. Uber-efficiently doing what governments the world over have for centuries only at best bumblingly attempted – accumulating reams and reams of data on millions and millions of people. Google is a private company. These millions of people voluntarily use its products – and...

Unlicensed Spectrum Needs No New FCC Regulation

Everyone should have the freedom to innovate and compete in America, the land of opportunity. There should be no innovation or competition double standard where government politically picks winners and losers by rigging competition via denying some companies the freedom to innovate and compete spectrally while granting it to their competitors. With radio spectrum, America has created different...