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Cities Crackdown on Private Transport

Uber maintains that it's a tech company that just makes it easier for drivers and passengers to connect, which is how, much to the chagrin of cab companies, it has skirted cities' rules and regulations that steer the car-for-hire business...

Obama Oversees Expansion of the Regulatory State

The Code of Federal Regulations, where all rules and regulations are detailed, has ballooned from 71,224 pages in 1975 to 174,545 pages last year...

Public Take Over of Private Water Companies

Between October 2007 and October 2011 the number of Americans served by privately-owned water systems fell 16 percent, while the number served by public ones rose 8 percent...

U.S. Department of Agriculture May Be Overbilling Slaughter Houses

The Food Safety and Inspection Service uses an outdated payroll system that measures employees' hours in 15-minute increments, meaning it doesn't know exactly how long its employees actually work...

How Government Regulations Created the Time Warner-CBS Blackout

When cable companies face blackouts, they always want an assist from the federal government...

The Truth about Republican Obstructionism

Both political parties have largely achieved their long-term policy goals and neither has a strong sense of what to do now...

Federal Export Programs Lack Proper Oversight

An interagency committee charged with coordinating the government's exporting programs has not been following through on some of its responsibilities, leaving the programs with overlapping services...

Nearly Every Major Agency Has Reduced Furloughs

The Pentagon originally planned to furlough all 750,000 of its civilian employees for 22 days; it then used reprogramming to trim that number to 11 days...

Patent Assertion Entities: Friend or Foe?

There is growing evidence of an emerging bipartisan effort in the 113th Congress to legislatively address many of the most egregious issues related to patent assertion entities abuses...

Should Uncle Sam Chase a Scandinavian Model?

Taken together, the four Scandinavian countries -- Finland, Denmark, Sweden and Norway -- are home to barely 26 million people, far fewer than California and about the same as Texas...


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