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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...

Ten Regulatory Principles the United States Should Follow

Since regulations impose constraints that govern people's behavior, a sensible regulation should solve a real, widespread problem that could reasonably be addressed by altering constraints...

Federal Prison Reform Is a Necessity

Since 1980, the number of federal prisoners has grown by over 700 percent, while the U.S. population has only grown by slightly more than 32 percent...

Three Surprising Truths about the World

About half of Americans two generations ago would have been diagnosed as mentally retarded based on today's IQ tests...

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...


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