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Government & Politics

Tactical coverage of politics, usually from inside the Beltway.
Flash Point: New Oil-by-Rail Rules Kenneth P. Green 08/20/2014
Proposed regulations of oil-bearing trains pose several challenges and divert us from more important safety questions.
A Flawed E-Cigarette Regulation Sally Satel and Alan D. Viard 08/13/2014
The FDA's proposed regulation should not go forward in its current form, or it will undermine efforts to persuade smokers to switch to e-cigarettes and will endanger public health.
In Defense of Price Gouging and Profiteering Benjamin Zycher 08/07/2014
If you don’t like price rationing, please explain how limited supplies of a good are to be allocated.
A Bipartisan Consensus on How to Fight Poverty? Arnold Kling 08/06/2014
In an otherwise bitterly partisan political environment, two recent policy proposals from both sides of the aisle share core ideas for reforming anti-poverty programs.
It's Time for Real Reform of Veterans' Health Care Joseph Antos 07/31/2014
The Miller-Sanders bill addresses the immediate crisis, but underlying structural defects must be corrected if we are to avoid more problems again soon.
Fixing the Child Care Penalty Alan D. Viard 07/12/2014
The current tax code denies families appropriate tax relief for work-related child care expenses. A new Senate bill would help correct this problem.
2014 Midterms: Another Six-Year Senate Sweep? Michael Barone 07/11/2014
The conventional wisdom that presidents tend to suffer serious losses in Senate elections in their sixth year in office is less elucidating than it might first appear, although it does appear likely that the Democrats will lose the Senate this year.
Capitalizing on the Capitalist Peace Alan W. Dowd 07/09/2014
The next time the United States is compelled to try to rescue and rehabilitate a broken nation, Washington needs to pay as much attention to building free markets as to holding free elections.
How the South Came to Rise Again: The Civil Rights Act of 1964 John Steele Gordon 07/02/2014
Fifty years ago, President Lyndon Johnson signed one of the most significant pieces of legislation in American history.
Why Voters Grew Tired of Cantor James V. DeLong 06/29/2014
One can argue that, from the Tea Party point of view, if the establishment refuses to address the government-by-cronyism issue, then upsetting the table is the right move.
 
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