Daily Policy Digest

New FDA Rules Could Ruin 119-Year-Old Cigar Business

In an effort to limit youth access to tobacco, the FDA is trying to make affordable cigars a thing of the past. But the regulation would ruin J.C. Newman, a company that has been producing quality cigars for under $10 for over a century...

Is Congress Afraid to Support Obama's Climate Plan?

Last week, President Obama said that Congress was afraid to support his Climate Action Plan, but empirical data shows that Congress is right to remain skeptical...

Renewable Energy Loan Guarantee Program Back in Business

The federal program offering loan guarantees for renewable and energy-efficient projects, notorious for its $535 million loan to solar panel maker Solyndra, is now accepting applications...

Phoenix Police Conduct Union Business on the Taxpayer Dime

An obscure portion of the city of Phoenix's labor contracts allows police officers and other public employees to conduct union work while being paid by Arizona taxpayers...

The Problem of Taxing Online Sales

State and local governments have lost $23.3 billion in uncollected tax revenue due to the difficulty of collecting taxes associated with online commercial activity...

Social Security Reform Would Benefit Workers

Since 2010, Social Security benefit payments have exceeded revenues, and the deficit is only growing...

Surgery Center of Oklahoma: Proving Free Market Medicine Works

The national average cost of a mastectomy is between $9,000 and $50,000. But the Surgery Center of Oklahoma offers a mastectomy for $5,005, saving consumers between $3,995 and $44,995...

Health Care Demand Will Continue to Rise in U.K.

A new report from Britain's Office for Budget Responsibility uses some unrealistic assumptions to calculate future health care spending...

What Charters Can Teach Private School Choice Programs

2.3 million American children are enrolled in charter schools today, while only 300,000 students participate in private school choice...

Federal Reserve: Longer Unemployment Benefits Reduce Job Search Efforts

Debate over expiration of long-term unemployment benefits has continued, with supporters of the program contending that extra benefits allow workers to continue their job searches...


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