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No Jail Time for Bowe Bergdahl

 

Bowe Bergdahl abandoned his post and was captured by the Taliban. In an effort to find him, good men died and others were permanently disabled. To get the deserter back, Barack Obama traded five terrorists. The President of the United States negotiated with terrorists. The final insult of the story came today: the judge involved […]

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Repealing the CFPB’s Arbitration Rule a Win for American Consumers

 

This afternoon President Trump is expected to sign a bill passed by Congress, with Vice-President Michael Pence as the deciding vote, that overrules a July 2017 regulation created by the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau to forbid mandatory arbitration clauses in contracts relating to financial services products. Despite outcry from some on the left, ranging from […]

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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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Current Court Cases Relating to Islam Show a Broad Picture

 

After years of legal battles, the Islamic Society of Basking Ridge has finally received permission to build a mosque in the small New Jersey suburb, along with a 3.25-million-dollar settlement from the Bernards Township. According to the Justice Department, the township used coding regulations to unfairly discriminate against the society, similar to the cases that […]

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Fewer Regulations in Washington, DC Is a Good Starting Place for Reform

 

Throughout the first quarter of 2017, bureaucrats in Washington, DC issued fewer new regulations on how banks and financial institutions must do business, according to a quarterly analysis of the effects of federal government rulemaking published by Continuity, a business firm specializing in automating compliance management for financial institutions. The Banking Compliance Index (BCI), created […]

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The CREATES Act Is Back

 

This past Thursday, April 27, a major piece of legislation that deserves far more attention made its debut in the Senate. I refer to the “Creating and Restoring Equal Access to Equivalent Samples Act of 2017,” abbreviated as the CREATES Act of 2017. While this bill originally was scheduled to debut back in February, apparently […]

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Finding Sanctuary… Cities

 

It’s 2020. President Kamala Harris decides that it’s time to expand on the success of the Title IX sexual discrimination investigations on university campuses. A letter goes out to city councils, county boards and state labor commissions across the country, informing them of an expansive new interpretation of Titles VI and VII of the Civil […]

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Gay Rights and Judicial Activism: Brazen End Run on Congress

 

The Senate Judiciary Committee confirmation hearings on Supreme Court nominee Judge Neil Gorsuch were a week-long tutorial on the separation of powers under our Constitution. The proceedings examined in excruciating detail the role of the Congress to make laws and the courts to interpret the laws and the Constitution. The hearings underscored the importance of […]

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Big Music Seeking a Congressional Bailout

 

Today, “more than 100 accomplished music creators” are in the nation’s capital for the annual “Grammys on the Hill.” But tomorrow, these stars will be taking part in a massive lobbying effort sponsored by the major record labels and largest music publishers. The halls of Congress will be abuzz with high-priced lobbyists and famous recording […]

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Airbnb May Finally Win Its Long Battle Against Nashville

 

Places like Nashville, Tennessee, should love short-term rental platforms like Airbnb or HomeAway. For one, the city has a booming tourism industry but remains short of enough hotels to meet surging demand. This is why Nashville’s downtown has the highest average nightly hotel rate in the United States — ahead of cities like San Francisco […]

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