Travel after the Fall of the Iron Curtain

By Jim Harper In the sumer of 1992, I lived and studied in Prague. I was keen on seeing life in Eastern Europe after the end of Soviet domination. It was invigorating to think that my local law professor headed over the Vltava River in the afternoons to work on the new constitution in the […]

Duncan’s Invitation Just the Start of the Problem

By Neal McCluskey So U.S. Secretary of Education Arne Duncan invited every Education Department employee to attend Rev. Al Sharpton’s Glenn Beck counter-rally. As David Boaz explained in the Examiner, it was a ”highly inappropriate” thing to do, pushing people who are supposed to serve all Americans to support one side of a “political debate.” But that’s […]

South Carolina Gov Race: What’s Haley Thinking on School Choice?

By Adam Schaeffer Nikki Haley promises to be a star governor if–most likely when–she’s elected this fall by South Carolina voters. Word is she’s a committed fiscal conservative, and her background is steeped in a successful family business, not large corporations, so she should have an intuitive grasp of what makes our economy grow. And […]

Free Trade Consensus Remains Intact in Australia

By Sallie James As many of you may know, Australia had a federal election on August 21 that yielded an at-time-of-blogging inconclusive result. As a consequence, the Liberal-National coalition (currently in opposition) and the Australian Labor Party are both wooing the Green and Independent members in the hope of securing their support. A Canberra-based friend […]

Let’s Open a Wireless Window to Cuba

By Daniel Griswold Three of the world’s largest companies involved in wireless telecommunications—Nokia, AT&T, and Verizon—this week asked the Obama administration to further loosen the U.S. embargo against Cuba. According to a Bloomberg News story this morning: Nokia, the world’s biggest mobile-phone maker, is urging the U.S. to ease its 47-year-old trade embargo so it […]

The Likelihood of Repealing ObamaCare

By Michael F. Cannon The political science blog Rule 22 has a post discussing the likelihood of repealing at least some part of ObamaCare.  Author Jordan Ragusa finds: If “the Republicans regain only the House in the upcoming election…the estimated likelihood of at [least] some repeal during the 112th Congress is 52 percent.” If “Republicans […]

New Colombian President Backs Debate on Drug Legalization

By Juan Carlos Hidalgo Colombia’s new president Juan Manuel Santos came out last week in support of a debate on drug legalization, endorsing the call made a few weeks ago by his Mexican counterpart, Felipe Calderón. Santos even said that if Californian voters passed a ballot initiative this November to legalize marijuana, he would team […]

Bulldozing Homes, Billing Homeowners

By Ilya Shapiro Officials in Montgomery, Alabama, are bulldozing homes in their historic civil rights district — and billing the homeowners for the cost of demolition: Christina Walsh of the Institute for Justice writes about this injustice at the Daily Caller: Imagine you come home from work one day to a notice on your front door […]

War in Iraq Not Over

By Christopher Preble President Obama will not declare “mission accomplished” in his prime-time speech on Iraq tonight, nor should he. He should not claim that a flowering democracy has been created in Iraq. He should not make unrealistic predictions about the long-term prospects for that shattered country. The war isn’t over for the 50,000 U.S. […]

A Federal Right to Obfuscate

By Jim Harper H.R. 3421, the “Medical Debt Relief Act of 2009,” has nothing to do with relieving people of medical debts. It adds to the list of information credit reporting agencies may not communicate to their clients. Current law bars credit bureaus from sharing truthful information about bankruptcies occuring more than ten years in […]