Daily Policy Digest

Government Issues

Partisan Cheerleading Is Rampant in U.S. Politics

Researchers find that if people are given a chance to earn monetary rewards for providing correct answers (or for being willing to admit their ignorance) on factual questions, partisan gaps found in polls sharply narrow...

Behind Every Conservative Republican Man Is Likely a Sister

Boys with only sisters were 13.5 percent more conservative in their views of women's roles than boys with all brothers, according to a new study...

Food Activism: The Next Red Scare

There are plenty of people out there telling us what we should eat -- and worse, trying to use public policy to make us live by their opinions...

Government Enforced Noise Pollution

The total cost estimated for a proposal to require hybrid and electric vehicles to make a sound at slow speeds is about $25 million, adding about $30 to the cost of production...

The Feds versus the Chinatown Bus

On May 31, 2012, the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration shutdown 26 bus companies in a single day; since then it has forced an additional 15 closures...

Reported Benefits of Regulation Too Good to Be True?

The Office of Management and Budget bases benefits and costs of regulations for the last 10 years on agency estimates for 115 regulations -- less than one-quarter of the 536 economically significant final regulations issued during that period...

Red Tape Challenges Facing U.S. Veterans

The number of veterans waiting more than a year to receive benefits jumped from 11,000 in 2009 to 245,000 by December 2012, an extraordinary 2,000 percent increase...

Responsible Prison Reform

Today, the United States has roughly 5 percent of the world's population and nearly a quarter of its inmates...

Warning Pollution

Warnings should be given for genuine emergencies; deviating from this comes at a cost to all of us that goes beyond mere annoyance...

The Spectrum Crisis Is Upon Us

Now that most Americans have smartphones and tablets, demand for spectrum is quickly outstripping supply, and many fear that consumers and our economy will soon suffer...


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