When Government Makes Your Choices for You – You End Up with No Choices

The old politician saw is: “The most dangerous place for you in Washington – is between (fill in...

Parents Cheer for School Choice at Mississippi Capitol

School choice advocates in Mississippi held a rally at the Mississippi State Capitol to celebrate...

New Mexico Gov. Martinez Revives Right-to-Work Push

New Mexico Gov. Susana Martinez (R) is attempting, for the second time, to bring right-to-work (RTW...

Madison, Wisconsin Lawmakers Dial Up Taxpayer-Funded Internet Plan

Lawmakers in Madison, Wisconsin are proposing to use taxpayer funds to create a new government-...

GOP Presidential Candidates Call for Common Core Repeal

While campaigning for the Republican New Hampshire presidential primary in January, businessman and...

Kentucky Lawmakers Propose Rebooting State Education Standards

Kentucky lawmakers are proposing to reform the state’s education standards. A similar effort was...
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Education

GOP Presidential Candidates Call for Common Core Repeal

While campaigning for the Republican New Hampshire presidential primary in January, businessman and reality-television star Donald Trump joined other Republican presidential candidates in calling for an end to Common Core State Standards. Trump also called for a “tremendous” reduction in the size and authority of the U.S. Department of Education. Prior to Trump’s rejection of Common Core, fellow...

Environment

The Quality of Temperature Station Siting Is Critical for Determining Temperature Trends

At the fall meeting of the American Geophysical Union (AGU), held on December 17, I presented research conducted by myself, Evan Jones, John Nielsen-Gammon, and John R. Christy that analyzed the 30-year trend of temperatures for the continental United States since 1979. We found the temperature trends measured by unbiased ground-based weather stations in the National Oceanic and Atmospheric...

Interview: Flawed Measurements Undermine Temperature Record

Editor’s Note: Anthony Watts is a 25-year veteran of broadcast meteorology. In 2006, Watts established the blog Watts Up With That (WUWT), which has won awards for “Best Science Weblog” and “Best Science Blog.” With nearly a quarter of a billion views, WUWT is the most viewed website on climate in the world. In 2007, Watts founded SurfaceStations.org, a website devoted to photographing and...

A Grand Exploration of the ‘Evolution of Everything’

Review of The Evolution of Everything: How Ideas Emerge, Matt Ridley (Harper, 2015), 368 pp., ISBN-10: 0062296000, ISBN-13: 978-0062296009; $18.44.  For those whom I convince to buy this book, it is likely you will e-mail me a thank-you when you get to the final page. This book is the culmination of author Matt Ridley’s intellectual life and is the most informative book I have ever read....

Finance & Insurance

Federal Reserve Places Restriction on Future Bank Bailouts

The Federal Reserve has adopted new rules restricting its ability to bail out financially strained banks, complying with provisions in the Dodd–Frank Wall Street Reform and Consumer Protection Act. The new rule limits the Federal Reserve’s emergency lending powers to “broad-based” programs, as opposed to targeted lending to individual banks. Escaping Accountability Norbert Michel, a financial...

Lawmakers Hit Brakes On Proposed Fiduciary Broker Rules

Lawmakers in Congress are fighting with U.S. Department Labor Secretary Thomas Perez and President Barack Obama over proposed new regulations on the investment industry. Congressional Democrats are calling on the Department of Labor (DOL) to open a period for public comment after a final version of the rule is published next year, adding delays to the rule change’s implementation, during the...

Smart Growth Policies Worsen Housing Crash

A new report from the National Center for Policy Analysis (NCPA) details the harmful impact of smart growth policies on housing affordability. The 2007 financial crisis began when relaxed lending practices, allowing people to buy homes they could not afford, led to the creation of a housing-price bubble. The crisis deepened when home values stopped rising, causing a subsequent rise in defaults,...

Health

Obamacare Paperwork: A Multi-Billion-Dollar Cost Americans Can’t Afford

Consumer Power Report #492 [Subscribe here.] Opponents of the Affordable Care Act (ACA), President Barack Obama’s signature law, including the entire field of Republican presidential candidates, say Obamacare has caused significant premium price increases and has forced millions of Americans out of insurance plans they enjoyed prior to the law’s passage. While these burdens are significant and...

Surgeon Posts Prices Online to Improve Transparency, Competition

An Oklahoma City surgeon has found a unique way to explain to patients the true costs of their health care: He tells them. Dr. Keith Smith posts prices for surgical procedures performed at his practice, the Surgery Center of Oklahoma. He adopted transparent pricing five years ago, soon after President Barack Obama signed the Affordable Care Act, in response to Smith’s slackening number of...

It’s Too Early to Prove Absolute Safety, But Smokers Shouldn’t Wait to Vape

Tobacco opponents say that we’ve had too little experience with e-cigarettes to know whether they are safe.  While it is true that we don’t yet know the health consequences of long-term use, that should not discourage smokers from switching.  We know that smoke contains high levels of thousands of agents, many of which are toxic or carcinogenic.  In contrast, e-cigarette vapor...

Taxes

New Mexico Gov. Martinez Revives Right-to-Work Push

New Mexico Gov. Susana Martinez (R) is attempting, for the second time, to bring right-to-work (RTW) reform to her state. In 2015, the measure passed the Republican-led state House of Representatives, but it was later rejected, due in part to strong union opposition, by the Democrat-led state Senate. Paul Gessing, president of the Rio Grande Foundation, says right-to-work could cause the kind of...

Texas Governor Calls for National Constitutional Convention

During a speech at the Texas Public Policy Foundation’s annual Policy Orientation convention, Texas Gov. Greg Abbott (R) called on state lawmakers to draft and pass legislation that would authorize the state to join the growing movement to convene a convention of the states to consider and draft a constitutional amendment requiring a balanced national budget. All Aboard the Reform Train Kyle...

Madison, Wisconsin Lawmakers Dial Up Taxpayer-Funded Internet Plan

Lawmakers in Madison, Wisconsin are proposing to use taxpayer funds to create a new government-owned Internet service provider that they hope will be able to compete with private-sector companies already providing Internet access and services to consumers. City officials have hired a consulting firm to examine the feasibility of expanding local government data networks to provide universal wired-...

Tech

Madison, Wisconsin Lawmakers Dial Up Taxpayer-Funded Internet Plan

Lawmakers in Madison, Wisconsin are proposing to use taxpayer funds to create a new government-owned Internet service provider that they hope will be able to compete with private-sector companies already providing Internet access and services to consumers. City officials have hired a consulting firm to examine the feasibility of expanding local government data networks to provide universal wired-...

FCC Targets Cable Set-Top Boxes — Why Now?

With great fanfare, Federal Communications Commission Chairman Thomas Wheeler is calling for sweeping changes to the way cable television set-top boxes work. In an essay published Jan. 27 by Re/Code, Wheeler began by citing the high prices consumers pay for set-top box rentals and bemoaning the fact that alternatives are not easily available. Yet for all the talk and tweets about pricing and...