Archive: Mon Mar 2017

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    Breaking: CBO Scoring of Obamacare Repeal Bill Released

    The non-partisan Congressional Budget Office (CBO) has just released its score of the American Health Care Act, the House GOP Obamacare repeal bill. The 28-page document reports that, over a ten-year projection, AHCA will reduce federal deficits by $337 billion. It also estimates that a total of 52 million…
    Katherine Restrepo, March 13, 2017
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    Civil-asset forfeiture abuse to be explored in March 27 event in Raleigh

    The Triangle Lawyers Chapter of the Federalist Society will explore the problem of civil-asset forfeiture abuse during a March 27 event in Raleigh. Follow this link or email [email protected] to register.
    Mitch Kokai, March 13, 2017
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    Well dog my cats…..

    …The line from James Woods playing a cynical editor-in-chief in True Crime, one of the more underestimated Clint Eastwood movies. (Brief plot summary–Clint plays reporter trying to save a convicted murderer hours before the scheduled execution.) With that in mind….both Attorney General Josh Stein and Sen. Phil Berger…
    Sam Hieb, March 13, 2017
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    Taxpayers funding Spring Break hijinks

    John Merline of Investor’s Business Daily highlights disturbing new information about the ways in which college students are using their government loans. In a nationwide survey, LendEDU asked students whether they were planning to use any loan money to help pay for travel or…
    Mitch Kokai, March 13, 2017
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    Getting intelligence right

    Former CIA executive Herbert Meyer explains in the latest issue of Hillsdale College’s Imprimis why the nation’s intelligence services need to change. So why has our intelligence service suffered so many failures during the last decade or so, losing the trust of so many?…
    Mitch Kokai, March 13, 2017
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    Missing the point of replacing Obamacare

    Veronique de Rugy explains in a Reason column why the proposed American Health Care Act represents a misfire. [A]t the heart of the Republicans’ inability to reform health care is their commitment to this notion that the provision of health insurance is the goal…
    Mitch Kokai, March 13, 2017
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    Barron’s reminds us of the unemployment rate ‘fudge factor’

    One reason why it’s a good idea to avoid spending too much time analyzing month-by-month changes in unemployment numbers is the fact that those who compile the data build in seasonal adjustments that can skew actual results. The latest “Up and Down Wall Street” column from Randall Forsyth…
    Mitch Kokai, March 13, 2017
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    Barron’s editorial page editor says health care reform is just getting started

    Thomas Donlan of Barron’s offers his assessment of U.S. House Republicans’ first stab at legislation to replace Obamacare. Trumpcare? Ryancare? Obamacare Lite? Unaffordablecare? Unpassablecare? There are good reasons for any of these nicknames for the new Republican health-insurance plan. President Donald Trump won the…
    Mitch Kokai, March 13, 2017