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Mitch Kokai

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Freer trade as an antidote to conflict

Former U.S. Treasury secretaries Henry Paulson and Robert Rubin offer an interesting perspective on U.S.-China relations in the latest issue of The Atlantic. The relationship between the United States and China involves cooperation and competition, but recently the latter has received more attention. Much of the mistrust between the two countries has its roots inContinue Reading

Alternate headline: Crony defends cronyism

This morning’s News & Observer features an article headlined “Ex-CEO defends green energy,” in which former Duke Energy top dog Jim Rogers bemoans legislation to cap North Carolina’s mandate for Duke to use high-cost energy sources. Anyone who has followed Rogers’ exploits over the years should not be surprised.

Potentially good news on forced unionization in Illinois

Bill McMorris of the Washington Free Beacon reports on a development that should please opponents of forced unionization. A federal judge will allow three Illinois government workers to challenge the state’s compulsory union system over the objections of powerful public sector unions. Judge Robert W. Gettleman ruled Tuesday that the public sector employees had standingContinue Reading

EPA might back away from mandating use of technology that’s unavailable

Michael Bastasch of the Daily Caller reports on a move that might save the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency from a fresh round of ridicule. The EPA may be trying to avoid a political disaster before the rollout of major regulations limiting carbon dioxide emissions from coal plants. Sources say the agency has dropped a keyContinue Reading

The Mattress Girl saga explored

Ian Tuttle of National Review Online digs into the story of the “Mattress Girl.” To anyone who’s followed the case of Emma Sulkowicz, Columbia University’s “Mattress Girl,” the fact that her symbolic protest doubled as a credit-earning work of performance art seems a fitting commentary on the whole situation. Sulkowicz, who graduated Sunday, spent herContinue Reading

Hanson examines lefties’ love of government coercion

Victor Davis Hanson‘s latest column at National Review Online delves into the role of government coercion in advancing the political left’s policy goals. What happens when the public does not wish to live out the utopian dreams of its elite leaders? Usually, the answer for those leaders is to seek more coercion and less libertyContinue Reading

This weekend on Carolina Journal Radio

Volvo’s recent decision to site a new manufacturing plant in South Carolina has helped spur increased interest in the future of targeted tax incentives in North Carolina. Roy Cordato makes the free-market case against incentives during the next edition of Carolina Journal Radio. Terry Stoops discusses regulatory obstacles standing in the way of new charterContinue Reading

New Carolina Journal Online features

This week’s Carolina Journal Online Friday interview features a conversation with Nick Dranias of the Compact for America about state-based efforts to balance the federal budget. Katherine Restrepo’s Daily Journal assesses the potential impact of a pending U.S. Supreme Court ruling on Obamacare subsidies.

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