Daily Policy Digest

Critical Minerals: Rare Earths and the U.S. Economy

The United States is largely dependent on China for critical minerals, posing a serious threat to the American economy...

The Potential of Thorium for Safer, Cleaner and Cheaper Energy

The new generation of nuclear reactors will be fueled by thorium (Th-232) instead of uranium (U-235)...

The Recovery That Left Out Almost Everybody

Despite the fact that the unemployment rate has fallen by almost 4 percent, average Americans continue to remain gloomy about the current economy and anxious about the future...

Big Retirement Fear: Outliving Your Savings

Almost half (46%) of investors in this country are worried they will outlive their savings in retirement, a new survey shows...

The Anti-Vaccination Epidemic

As of Aug. 29, about 600 cases of measles have occurred in the U.S. in 2014: the largest outbreak in 20 years -- in a country that the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention declared measles-free in 2000...

Hospitals Cut Costs by Getting Doctors to Stick to Guidelines

Eliminating unnecessary procedures cuts hospital costs...

Zombie Spending

Government programs often outlive their rationales, says Michael Tanner of the Cato Institute...

Alaska's Lessons for the Keystone XL Pipeline

Many opponents of the Trans-Alaska pipeline argued that there would be threats to wildlife, earthquakes, and massive oil spills along the Pacific Coast. None of these doomsday scenarios ended up transpiring...

The Economic and Fiscal Effects of Eliminating the Federal Death Tax

The death tax encourages people to consume more and invest less because there is less of an incentive to save if the government can end up confiscating 40 percent of assets...

Texans Created Over A Thousand Local Businesses after Texas Eased Restrictions on Selling Food Made at Home

Texas is enjoying a burst of entrepreneurship after enacting laws that let anyone turn a home kitchen into a business incubator...


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