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Tactical coverage of politics, usually from inside the Beltway.
Ron Wyden: Free Trader? Claude Barfield 04/18/2014
Senator Wyden has recently begun to clarify where he will attempt to take trade policy: it’s a mixed bag of attitudes and proposals, though by no means antithetical to a free market agenda.
U.S. Leadership Rating Rises. Huh? James K. Glassman 04/16/2014
The objective of foreign policy is to secure the defined interests of the United States. It may appear to be easier to succeed at such an endeavor if foreigners like us, but don’t be so sure.
Absurdities at the IRS Aparna Mathur 04/13/2014
Under tax law, stolen property, bribes, kickbacks, and income from other illegal activities must be counted as income. Embezzlers, thieves, and bootleggers may also take deductions for costs relating to criminal activity.
When Setting Tax Policy, Don’t Forget About Long-Run Growth Alan D. Viard 04/11/2014
Neither party will always welcome estimates of how their proposals affect long-run growth. But the American people should welcome the prospect of their elected representatives being asked to think further ahead than the next election.
LNG Exports: 'A Good-Faith Test' for President Obama Benjamin Zycher 04/08/2014
For the environmental Left, pursuit of their policy goals requires neither consistency nor evidence.
Crude (Oil) Politics Kenneth P. Green and Alan W. Dowd 04/02/2014
The Obama administration's approach to the public policy challenge of energy production and consumption ignores three important energy realities.
Asian Americans Resist Racial Preferences Abigail Thernstrom 03/30/2014
California Democrats have proposed a new referendum that would reinstate racial preferences in higher education, but the state's Asian Americans are rebelling.
Hoping for China's Success Vaclav Smil 03/28/2014
There is one effort in which everybody should wish to see China successful: preservation of the country’s farmland. It has already been reduced to well below the level needed to keep the country self-sufficient in grain production.
A National Minimum Wage Is a Bad Fit for Low-Cost Communities Andrew Biggs and Mark J. Perry 03/26/2014
A one-size-fits-all minimum wage, without any adjustments for the significant differences in the cost of living across the country, will disproportionately affect low-skilled workers in low-cost areas.
The Proper Size of Government Sean Speer and Charles Lammam 03/23/2014
Based on a large body of empirical research examining the relationship between the size of government and economic outcomes, the United States should scale back.
 
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