Regulation (page 288)

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    N.C. Appeals Court reverses trial court, sides with Pitt County in smoking ban dispute

    A three-judge panel of the N.C. Court of Appeals has reversed a lower court and thrown out a challenge of North Carolina’s restaurant smoking ban from Pitt County for-profit club owners. In other opinions released this morning: A unanimous three-judge panel affirmed a lower court ruling throwing out…
    Mitch Kokai, March 20, 2012
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    Is the Chevy Volt Obama’s Edsel?

    Rich Lowry makes that case in a new National Review Online column: President Barack Obama says he wants to buy a Chevy Volt when he’s out of office in five years. If getting into a General Motors electric automobile means so much to him,…
    Mitch Kokai, March 20, 2012
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    No suprise here….

    Washington DC grows while the rest of the country is in the Great Recession.  From Joel Kotkin in Forbes. Boom times in the capital — particularly amidst a weak recovery elsewhere — are driving this growth. Since 2007, notes Stephen Fuller at George Mason University, the D.C. region’s…
    Michael Sanera, March 20, 2012
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    Garner-based gun rights story attracts Christian Science Monitor’s attention

    Garner serves as the opening setting in this Christian Science Monitor article about changes in gun restrictions within communities across the country. Thirty years after a powerful gun-control movement swept the country, Americans are embracing the idea of owning and carrying firearms with a zeal rarely…
    Mitch Kokai, March 19, 2012
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    Why do health care costs increase? See graph

    Health care mess in one graph.  See the discussion here.  …
    Michael Sanera, March 19, 2012
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    Trade restriction silliness

    The latest Bloomberg Businessweek warns readers to “beware politicians bearing election-year trade deals.” Calculating the impact tariffs have on jobs is a complex game. A lot of the numbers that get tossed around “are hypothetical,” says Ann Harrison, a Wharton School economist who studies trade and…
    Mitch Kokai, March 19, 2012
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    What the three-day ObamaCare Supreme Court arguments will cover

    As the U.S. Supreme Court prepares to consider the fate of the federal health care reform law, Jim McTague of Barron’s offers a preview. On Day 1, the court will hear arguments on whether a case can be brought at all. Tax lawyers argue…
    Mitch Kokai, March 19, 2012
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    How the urge to ‘do something’ can do more harm than good

    A new book from Barron’s options editor Steven M. Sears, excerpted in the latest issue, offers this assessment of financial regulations: The market will, of course, recover from its excesses, and it will, of course, fail again. The birth of every bull market will always occur…
    Mitch Kokai, March 19, 2012