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  • Rising Arctic temps will reduce wind power….

    There were indeed the usual disasters —hurricanes, wildfires, drought, but I wasn’t expecting this little twist when listening to this NPR story on rising Arctic temperatures: Scientists say they can’t attribute any particular drought or hurricane to changes in the Arctic. But computer simulations show changes. For example:…
    Sam Hieb, December 13, 2017, 164 words
  • National Taxpayers Union chief touts 20 percent corporate rate

    Ali Meyer of the Washington Free Beacon reports recent remarks from the president of the National Taxpayers Union. Pete Sepp, president of the National Taxpayers Union, is arguing for a 20 percent corporate tax rate, saying that going any higher, even by one or two percent, will make…
    Mitch Kokai, December 13, 2017, 227 words
  • Former CIA director questions treatment of Trump

    Alex Pfeiffer of the Daily Caller highlights an interesting interview involving intelligence agencies and their interaction with the president. Former Acting CIA Director Michael Morell thinks that intelligence agencies were too harsh to Trump during the campaign and presidential transition, according to an interview released Monday. Morell, who…
    Mitch Kokai, December 13, 2017, 193 words
  • Coincidence and the Mueller investigation

    Victor Davis Hanson finds something rotten in the state of Robert Mueller’s investigation of “Russian collusion.” Special prosecutors, investigators, and counsels are usually a bad idea. They are admissions that constitutionally mandated institutions don’t work — and can be rescued only by supposed superhuman moralists, who are without…
    Mitch Kokai, December 13, 2017, 211 words
  • “An action to further uphold the rule of law in the executive branch.”

    That’s how a Department of Justice press release characterizes a recent memo issued by Attorney General Jeff Sessions. Writing at Cato’s overlawyered blog, Walter Olson agrees: This is an initiative of potentially great significance. For many decades, critics have noted that agencies were using Dear Colleague and guidance…
    Jon Guze, December 12, 2017, 1016 words
  • Bullied kid Keaton Jones deserves school choice

    The heartbreaking video of bullied middle-school student Keaton Jones has gone viral. If you haven’t done so, watch it. I suspect that the bullying at Horace Maynard Middle School near Knoxville, TN is not as rampant as some may believe.  Nevertheless, that does not mean that it’s…
    Terry Stoops, December 12, 2017, 250 words
  • Research: More Occupational Licensing = Less Interstate Migration

    Thanks to JLF board member Ted Hicks for pointing us Bloomberg, which summarizes a working paper from the National Bureau of Economic Research about the impact of forcing people to apply for and obtain a state license before they can earn a living in their chosen field and/or with…
    Donna Martinez, December 12, 2017, 175 words
  • The tax bill and blue-state governments

    Joseph Lawler argues in the Washington Examiner that the Republican tax reform plan would tie the hands of blue-state governments. New Jersey’s incoming Democratic Gov. Phil Murphy was aiming to impose a millionaires’ tax to boost state spending. But top statehouse Democrats balked as they saw the Republican…
    Mitch Kokai, December 12, 2017, 190 words
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