Archive: Fri Mar 2017

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    U.S. Department of Education: Spending and Staffing

    Below are two instructive graphs published by the Heritage Foundation.  President Trump’s budget would cut discretionary spending at the U.S. Department of Education after decades of steady growth.  Interestingly, staffing levels have remained relatively constant since 1980.
    Terry Stoops, March 17, 2017
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    Stein’s N&R interview

    North Carolina Attorney General Josh Stein met with the N&R editorial board yesterday. A couple of interesting points— Stein said no progress yet on his bipartisan effort with Sen. Phil Berger to lobby the U.S. Justice Department to to require the huge plant’s owner, InBev, to sell it as…
    Sam Hieb, March 17, 2017
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    N.C. Supreme Court keeps three eugenics compensation cases alive

    The N.C. Supreme Court has reversed the state Court of Appeals and revived three separate lawsuits involving the state’s eugenics compensation program. All three cases involve the estates of eugenics victims who died before a 2013 deadline set in the compensation law. The state’s highest court agreed unanimously that the…
    Mitch Kokai, March 17, 2017
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    The Barbers Board would like to cut competition, too, thank you

    Let it not be said that the North Carolina State Board of Barber Examiners is cutting corners at the legislature this session. Aspects of two separate bills suggest the board would like it to be harder in various ways for poor barbers to make it in this state. That is, to…
    Jon Sanders, March 17, 2017
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    Couldn’t happen to nicer guys: EPA edition

    John Siciliano of the Washington Examiner details the potential impact of President Trump’s budget proposal on the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency. The Environmental Protection Agency’s budget would be slashed from $8.3 billion to $5.7 billion under President Trump’s proposed fiscal year 2018 budget plan.
    Mitch Kokai, March 17, 2017
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    Losing the ‘information war’

    Bill Gertz of the Washington Free Beacon details disturbing news about the American government’s ability to counter foreign propaganda. Foreign nations including China and Russia along with the Islamic State are conducting information warfare against the United States and the federal government is ill…
    Mitch Kokai, March 17, 2017
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    Schumer’s misguided attack on the Supreme Court nominee

    Ian Tuttle of National Review Online explains why New York Sen. Charles Schumer’s attack on U.S. Supreme Court nominee Neil Gorsuch is misguided. On Wednesday morning, Senator Schumer and his Democratic colleagues held a press conference on Capitol Hill, featuring — in the words…
    Mitch Kokai, March 17, 2017
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    Taking more time with the Obamacare replacement bill

    Yuval Levin uses a National Review Online column to urge U.S. House Republicans to reconsider key components of their bill to replace the Affordable Care Act. Three of its key features, corresponding to the CBO’s three questionable assumptions, should get some attention in particular.
    Mitch Kokai, March 17, 2017