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The Next Solyndra: DOE Proposing Massive Energy Subsidies

 

Energy Secretary Rick Perry has come up with a proposal for nuclear energy and coal that would make the Obamacrats “who cooked up the famously botched bailout of defunct solar-panel manufacturer Solyndra blush.” That’s according to Mark Perry, the American Enterprise Institute scholar and University of Michigan economics professor, writing in U.S. News last week: […]

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Senators Scramble to Save Subsidy Smartly Stopped by Trump

 

Donald Trump pulled the cost-sharing reductions (CSRs) propping up the individual healthcare market last week. Senators Lamar Alexander (R-Tenn.) and Patty Murray (D-WA) hastily offered a temporary fix to those ailing individual markets in an effort to salvage them. But it remains unclear why the president would want to sign a bill to restore what […]

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Explanations of (Excuses for) Sex Harassment: Are They Relevant in Court?

 

As the national media spotlight continues to glare on Harvey Weinstein’s arrogant and shameful sexual misconduct (and possible criminal assault) and the “me too” social media campaign demonstrates the grotesque depth of the problem nationwide, a variety of questions swirl around the perplexing complexity of sexual harassment laws. Employment lawyers often are called upon to […]

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Muslimedia Wants You to Think It’s Moderate

 

Coming soon to a mosque near you: Muslimedia, a forum that promises to offer “blunt debate about the way journalists cover Muslims at home and abroad.” For the Council on American-Islamic Relations (CAIR), which organizes the events with the Society of Professional Journalists (SPJ), the forum serves as an opportunity to deceive the press and […]

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Brown’s Few Vetoes: This Is as Good as It Gets

 

Sacramento Since the 1970s, when “Moonbeam” first was elected governor, commentators, including this one, have remarked on his “canoe theory” of politics. You paddle a little to the left and a little to the right. Back then, there was more merit to Brown’s maxim, given that he stood up for tax-limiting Proposition 13 after its […]

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Markle Interests: Administrative Overreach and Regulatory Dark Matter

 

The dusky gopher frog, a “shy” creature according to Judge Edith Jones of the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Fifth Circuit, is both endangered and the excuse for an unmitigatedly overreaching administrative action by the Fish and Wildlife Service. The Service declared 1,500 acres of private property to be critical habitat for the frog […]

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Adios, California

 

It’s not easy watching California self-destruct. After all, my four sons are 6th generation Californians. One relative of ours journeyed here prior to the Gold Rush when the state population was just a handful of people. Family lore has it he was a gunslinger who, victorious in a gun duel, headed to California to avoid […]

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The Rise of the Patent Snowflakes

 

As anyone who’s followed the long-standing battle to fix America’s patent system and cut off abuses by bottom-feeding legal parasites and abusive monopolists will tell you, the list of excuses for our broken system offered by those people is seemingly never-ending. They tell you patent reform will hurt job growth. The opposite is true. They […]

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America Divided: The Republican Party in Theory and Practice

 

Turning to the Right, the dominant ideology is libertarian anti-statism. Among mainstream conservatives, there is a marked tendency to reduce politics to a zero-sum battle for liberty between the federal government and the rest of the country (individuals primarily, but also the states, the private sector, and civil society), and to trust in markets to […]

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Hillary and Harvey’s Shared Fate

 

Washington I have been fascinated by Harvey Weinstein’s initial response to charges that the Bathrobed Romeo sexually molested women. His statement was at once otherworldly and yet weirdly similar to Hillary Clinton’s eventual response to the scandal. I say “eventual response” because it took her over a week to comment. Obviously, Hillary’s lawyers and public […]

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