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Brian McNicoll
by | May 10, 2019

For now, the party of science knows it has to back off on its Green New Deal. The 57-0 drubbing it took in a Senate vote in late March — with 43 abstentions from Democrats trying to elude an obvious…

by | Apr 4, 2019

It seems an easy enough case to make. Patrick Shanahan, acting secretary of defense, came to the Pentagon from Boeing, where he worked on commercial planes, military helicopters and missile defense systems. President Trump is said to favor him in…

by | Feb 26, 2019

When President Trump talked on the campaign trail about reducing regulations, Washington yawned. Presidents, especially Republicans, were always promising this and never delivering. But 2018 saw fewer regulations initiated and fewer pages added to the Federal Register than any year…

by | Oct 16, 2018

You heard it here first: Banks could become the next video stores or blacksmith shops. They are large, often immobile businesses that move slowly to adapt and have survived to this point thanks to a significant degree of help from…

by | Aug 31, 2018

There’s stretching benefit of the doubt to the limit, and then there’s this. On Nov. 29, 2016, Vectren, an Indiana-based electric company that serves Indiana and parts of western Ohio, filed documents with state regulators regarding its plan to close…

by | Jul 30, 2018

It’s become clear we won’t be privatizing the Postal Service anytime soon. A proposal to fix it then privatize it — part of a package of reforms suggested by President Trump’s task force to reorganize government — was roundly trashed by…

by | May 24, 2018

Local governments should beware that when they pass exorbitant minimum wage laws, they might be giving up a lot in tax revenue. Minimum wage laws have driven up costs for hotels and motels and thus driven away customers from those…

by | May 15, 2018

President Trump’s decision to help Chinese telecom giant ZTE “get back into business” sent people on both sides of the aisle to their copies of “The Art of the Deal” to find the chapter on removing the trade death penalty…

by | Feb 16, 2018

Puerto Rico was in the news constantly after being leveled by two hurricanes last fall. The response was slower than for other hurricanes. The Cajun Navy could not reach Puerto Rico. Contractors, like the now-notorious Whitefish, were hired for jobs…

by | Sep 13, 2017

White space is your friend, as page designers all know. Now, it could be the friend of rural internet users as well. Chairman Ajit Pai said at a House Communications Subcommittee meeting the FCC “will be aggressive about freeing up…

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