Supreme Court: No Privacy Act Liability for Mental and Emotional Distress

By Jim Harper

Back in July of last year, I wrote about a case in the Supreme Court called FAA v. Cooper. In that Privacy Act case, a victim of a government privacy …

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Celebrate Human Achievement Saturday Night

By David Boaz

Environmentalist groups and celebrities are celebrating “Earth Hour” Saturday night. They ask that you turn your lights out for an hour, to call attention to global warming. Folks at the Competitive Enterprise Institute suggest that “this sends the wrong message—to plunge us all into darkness as a rejection of technology and human achievement.” In fact, they […]

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How Not to Make the Case for Terminating Federal Programs

By Tad DeHaven

Republican presidential front-runner Mitt Romney recently gave the following response to a reporter’s question on what programs he would cut: Of course you get rid of Obamacare, that’s the easy one, but there are others: Planned Parenthood, we’re gonna get rid of that. The subsidy for Amtrak, I would eliminate that. The National Endowment for […]

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Judicial Modesty and Severability

By Roger Pilon

As we digest the Obamacare oral arguments of the past three days, here’s a brief note on yesterday’s severability issue. The academics and pundits who assured us that the Court would easily dispose of  this case—8-1 or, at worse, 6-3—were not only set back on their heels by Tuesday’s sharp attacks on the government’s Commerce […]

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When the Senate Was Great, and It Conspired against the People

By David Boaz

Politico has a gushing story about The Last Great Senate, a book by a veteran Democratic congressional aide, Ira Shapiro, about “a golden era of modern American political history — a period where giants in both parties worked together to produce sweeping legislative achievements.” Besides passing expansive, expensive laws, the other great thing about the […]

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EPA and the “Necessary Bankrupting” of Coal

By Patrick J. Michaels

In its proposed rulemaking on emissions from coal-fired power plants, the Environmental Protection Agency has fulfilled President Obama’s campaign statement that his administration would “essentially bankrupt” anyone who had the audacity to hope to build a new generation facility. By essentially prohibiting the production of new plants, the administration is again picking winners and losers […]

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ObamaCare Oral Arguments Day 1 – Giving the People What They Want: An Actual Decision

By Trevor Burrus

Like nearly everyone who is commenting on the first round of oral arguments in the ObamaCare case, it seems highly likely that the Supreme Court will decide the case on the merits—that is, they will decide if the individual mandate is constitutional rather than pushing the issue back for another day. The arguments today looked […]

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Stop Ignoring Higher Ed Reality

By Neal McCluskey

Like most political discussions, the student aid debate is driven far more by sentiment than reasoned analysis. If we used the latter, we’d be demanding big aid cuts for the sake of students and taxpayers alike. As I testified to a Senate panel earlier this week, the evidence is powerful that there is massive overconsumption […]

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Why Is the Recovery Slow?

By David Boaz

Here are some news stories you could find in Friday’s Wall Street Journal: The Federal Reserve is holding an international conference of central bankers to reassure themselves that their “easy-money policies” are working and won’t cause too much inflation this time. The IRS is ramping up audits of the most successful people in the economy. […]

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Sweet Repeal

By Jim Harper

Look at this legislative language. It’s the stuff of beauty: (a) In general.—The following sections of the Communications Act of 1934 (47 U.S.C. 151 et seq.) are hereby repealed: (1) Section 339 …

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