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    Homebuilding Still Not Up to Par

    According to a new Zillow report: Although construction rates have been steadily rising – with June new home sales up 2.4 percent from a year ago – the U.S. is still building fewer single-family homes on a per capita basis than it did historically.
    Jon Guze, August 17, 2018
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    Amazon incentives in perspective

    Amazon’s recent announcement of a distribution center in Garner is one of thirteen so far this year, with more likely to be announced in the coming weeks and months ahead, joining locations in Alabama, Missouri, Ohio, Oklahoma, and Washington. Incentive offers have differed from place to place, which suggests the…
    Joseph Coletti, August 17, 2018
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    Millennials and the post office

    Brendan Pringle writes for the Washington Examiner that the future of the U.S. Postal Service depends on millennials. In the fast-paced age of email, the United States Postal Service has found itself struggling to survive. While the rise of e-commerce has been a blessing, it hasn’t done enough…
    Mitch Kokai, August 17, 2018
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    New Carolina Journal Online features

    John Trump and Kari Travis report for Carolina Journal Online that a leading state lawmaker points to recent turmoil as evidence that North Carolina needs to reform its alcohol laws. Roy Cordato’s Daily Journal highlights a flaw in the Trump administration term “reciprocal trade.”…
    Mitch Kokai, August 17, 2018
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    Warren wants government to mandate ‘accountable’ capitalism

    Pete Kasperowicz of the Washington Examiner documents the latest disturbing idea from U.S. Sen. Elizabeth Warren. Sen. Elizabeth Warren, D-Mass., will introduce legislation … aimed at making the nation’s largest companies accountable to employees and their local communities, not just shareholders. … … To give employees, communities and…
    Mitch Kokai, August 16, 2018
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    New Carolina Journal Online features

    Lindsay Marchello reports for Carolina Journal Online on questions surrounding the N.C. Revenue Department’s legal authority to collect sales tax from more out-of-state online retailers. John Trump’s Daily Journal highlights a Wake Forest University project focusing on felony trial jury selection across North Carolina.  …
    Mitch Kokai, August 10, 2018
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    Ties between tariffs and corruption

    Jay Cost of National Review Online explores the troubled history of tariffs. President Donald Trump has been trying to remake American trade policy, forging better deals for the United States with other nations, including China and the European Union countries. Higher tariffs, or taxes upon the goods these…
    Mitch Kokai, August 9, 2018
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    If this is what people think of capitalism, no wonder they want something else

    Michael Tomasky, editor of the journal Democracy, has advice for those who would like fewer socialists. “Stop creating them.” Tomasky outlines a number of ways that cronies in government and business have helped one another without doing much good for the rest of society. Free market supporters from…
    Joseph Coletti, August 7, 2018