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The Food Safety and Inspection Service uses an outdated payroll system that measures employees' hours in 15-minute increments, meaning it doesn't know exactly how long its employees actually work...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

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...


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