Poorer Nations Set for 99% of Population Growth

According to the new United Nations World Population Prospects: The 2015 Revision, the...

Florida Legislators Recognize Need for Flexibility, Choice in Special Education

Brandon Berman is 17 years old and is one of the approximately 1,700 students participating in...

Sustainability Movement Fosters Hotbeds of Liberal Indoctrination (Part 3)

By Nancy Thorner and Bonnie O'Neil  Common Core at the K -12 level in education is shifting...

Government Grant Funding Corrupts Tobacco Research, Holds Back Scientific Inquiry

Government ought to rely on unbiased scientific findings when making policy decisions regarding...

Major Increase in New Homeschoolers in Northern Florida Reported

Homeschooling increased in Florida in 2014, with 7,000 students leaving public schools for home...

Senate Exposes EPA, Green Group Secret Collusion on Carbon Rules

U.S. Sen. Jim Inhofe (R-OK), chairman of the U.S. Senate Environment and Public Works (EPW)...
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Education

ACLU Files Lawsuit Against Nevada ESA Program

The American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU) of Nevada filed a lawsuit today challenging the constitutionality of Nevada’s Education Savings Account (ESA) Program. The ACLU is claiming the Nevada ESA program furthers a religious and sectarian purpose by allowing parents to choose religious educational options for their children. State Sen. Scott Hammond, who wrote the Nevada ESA legislation, says...

Environment

Court Scraps Parts of EPA’s Cross-Border Rules

A federal court ordered the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) to rewrite its 2011 “Cross-State Air Pollution Rule,” handing a partial victory to 15 states challenging the burdensome regulations. On July 28, the Washington, DC Circuit Court of Appeals ruled EPA’s rules governing ozone and sulfur dioxide drift across state lines were too broad. The rules effectively put downwind states out of...

Senate Exposes EPA, Green Group Secret Collusion on Carbon Rules

U.S. Sen. Jim Inhofe (R-OK), chairman of the U.S. Senate Environment and Public Works (EPW) Committee, released a new EPW Majority Staff Oversight Report on August 4, Obama's Carbon Mandate: An Account of Collusion, Cutting Corners, and Costing Americans Billions. In a statement Inhofe says, “The report exposes how the Obama administration's collusion with outside environmental groups ... has...

Former U.N. Climate Chief Fired by Research Institute

Life continues to get tougher for the former head of the United Nations’ Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC), Rajendra Pachauri. Pachauri was removed from his job as director-general of India’s premier energy think tank, The Energy and Resources Institute (TERI), which he had led for 34 years. Although TERI is not a household name in the United States, the organization is “very big...

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

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. States that have already expanded Medicaid are now facing exploding enrollment figures and huge cost overruns. In Illinois, 634,000...

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...

Study Questions Net Benefits of Mammogram Screenings

Mammography screenings may not reduce the number of deaths from breast cancer and could even lead to an increase in unnecessary treatments, according to a study published in the Journal of the American Medical Association (JAMA) Internal Medicine. In the JAMA study, researchers found a positive correlation between the extent of breast cancer screening and breast cancer incidence, but not with...

Taxes

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...

Salem, Oregon City Council Snuffs Out Cigarettes, E-Cigarettes in Parks

The Salem, Oregon City Council voted to ban tobacco and e-cigarette use in public parks. The ban started on August 22. The new law also prohibits marijuana use, which is legal in the state, in outdoor public areas. Steve Buckstein, a senior policy analyst for the Cascade Policy Institute, says bans on smoking in public places lay the groundwork for more bans and restrictions on otherwise legal...

Lawmakers Shut Down Illinois Government Over Rauner Reforms

Illinois state government agencies have been partially shut down since July 1, after budget negotiations between the Democrat-controlled state legislature and Gov. Bruce Rauner (R) broke down and the fiscal year ended without an agreement. In late June, Rauner vetoed lawmakers’ proposal to increase the state’s deficit spending by $3 billion. In turn, legislative leaders have rejected Rauner’s...

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...