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Andrew Coulson’s Legacy

Andrew J. Coulson was my friend and mentor in school choice policy. He was a good, principled, brilliant, and funny man whom I will miss deeply, along with many, many, others. Andrew was so much more than his work, but I’d like to focus...Show More Summary

A Modest Proposal: To Stop War, Draft Congressional Staffers

Given all the recent controversy about whether Congress should require women to register for the draft (answer: no, Congress stop requring anyone to register), over at Darwin’s Fool I offered an alternative proposal for all those who...Show More Summary

How Congress Can Remove Barriers to Affordable, Quality Telemedicine

Over at Time, Cato adjunct scholar Shirley Svorny offers a proposal that GOP and Democratic presidential hopefuls would be wise to endorse: Ted Cruz won Iowa’s Republican presidential caucus promising to repeal every word of Obamacare. Show More Summary

Voters aren’t talking to the other party’s politicians. Here’s why that matters.

The presidential candidates might not agree on much, but on the stump, in their advertisements, and in debates they all have made it clear they agree on one thing: The other party is the Devil. It isn’t just this year. Politicians increasingly pillory and oppose the other party’s ideas. As Alan Abramowitz of Emory University has […]

“IRS gives nonprofit status to Rove’s controversial dark money group”

Robert Maguire: After languishing in limbo for nearly five-and-a-half years, one of the most controversial, politically active 501(c)(4) social welfare organizations in the country has been granted nonprofit status by the IRS. The ruling was made official last Nov. 4, according to … Continue reading ?

Obamacare's Low Enrollment Numbers Also Show Why Exchange Coverage Will Get Worse

The Obama administration has  released  the numbers from the 2016 open enrollment period for Obamacare’s health insurance exchanges. The Congressional Budget Office had already downgraded its enrollment projection for 2016 from 21 million...Show More Summary

3-Judge Court in NC Redistricting Case Asks for Response from Plaintiffs on State Stay Request

Due soon, BAN reports. That means probably a quick ruling from the 3-judge court, and then the state will go on to SCOTUS if the lower court does not grant a stay. … Continue reading ?

Trump Calls Ted Cruz “a Pussy,” Then Defends It as Akin to Retweet

Can Trump’s campaign tone get any further into the gutter? … Continue reading ?

Free Trade is Good for the 99%

Here is a recent Bernie Sanders tweet:   We need trade policies that work for the working families of our nation and not just the CEOs of large, multi-national corporations. I agree. And that is why Bernie Sanders and other progressives should support free trade: Current U.S. Show More Summary

Watch My #PlutocratsUnited Talk @UCILaw, with Chemerinsky Commentary

You can watch here. Buy Plutocrats United from Amazon with a 25% discount. … Continue reading ?

“Meet the super-rich driving the 2016 election”

USA Today:  Nearly half the money pouring into all federal super PACs came from just 107 people or groups that each gave $1 million or more to influence the outcome of this year’s presidential and congressional races, a USA TODAY analysis … Continue reading ?

Jeb Bush Campaign Backs Off His Suggestion to Amend Constitution to Overturn Citizens United

MSNBC: Bush’s campaign quickly stepped in to clarify the comments, saying that the candidate was restating his old position and did not favor reversing the court’s decision. “He’s not advocating for additional restrictions on the ability of an organization to … Continue reading ?

“An alternative to nonstop political fundraising”

Eric Wang Wash. Times oped: The most logical and least constitutionally questionable measure to ease members’ fundraising burden would be to substantially raise the limits on campaign contributions. While worrywarts will hyperventilate that this will exacerbate corruption, there is no … Continue reading ?

"The Libertarian Mind" in the New York Times

The writer Lionel Shriver, best known for her novel We Need to Talk about Kevin, cites The Libertarian Mind in a New York Times column today, about the difficulty of being a “disenfranchised…socially progressive economic conservative.” Shriver writes: Yet whether it’s “leftist” or “rightist,” my catechism is consistent. Show More Summary

ESSA Seems Rife for Federal Control

Think the end of the No Child Left Behind Act means the end of federal micromanagement? You may have to think again. As I’ve laid out before, the Every Student Succeeds Act (ESSA) has several ambiguities that seem to keep the door open...Show More Summary

“Democrats Are Fuming About Hillary Clinton’s ‘Smear’ Line”

Zach Carter: “If [Clinton] takes the money, she gets hit with this McCarthyism of the left, this guilt by association, even though there is no evidence that taking this money has had any impact on her policies,” former Rep. Barney … Continue reading ?

“Hillary Clinton, Wall Street shill? Here are a few facts.”

Greg Sargent: I’m skeptical of Sanders’s case that Obama could have gotten a lot more than he did or that his explanation accounts for why Obama did achieve what he did. I’m also skeptical of Sanders’s case that he can … Continue reading ?

Uber Discount on Primary Election Day in NH? Kosher!

Alex Seitz-Wald has the scoop. It does not appear this is limited to voters, and courts have ruled that providing transportation to the polls does not violate anti vote-buying prohibitions. (There was a case some years ago in Alaska about … Continue reading ?

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