Daily Policy Digest

Robots Work Their Way into Small Factories

Robots have easily transitioned into the workplace because some are now equipped with sensors and internal maps that allow it to move through crowded corridors and cluttered spaces...

Obama Administration Issues New Rules to Combat Tax Inversions

The Treasury Department tightened tax rules Monday to deter U.S. companies from moving their legal headquarters to lower-tax countries, part of a White House effort to slow a wave of so-called corporate inversions that effectively reduce federal revenues...

Feds Lack the Data to Determine How Well Key Obamacare Provisions Are Working

The accounting system used by the Center for Medicare and Medicaid, which manages Obamacare, doesn't track "expenditure totals for CCIIO-related polling, focus groups, or advertising and other public relations activities," GAO said in a recent report...

Policy Implications of Autonomous Vehicles

Congress should stop funding expensive and obsolete rail transit projects, which will have no place in a future likely to be characterized by widespread sharing of self-driving cars, writes Randal O'Toole...

Overselling the Earned Income Tax Credit

Twenty-seven million families received the EITC in 2012 at a cost of $63 billion, or twice the cost of TANF and associated state programs...

Panel Urges Overhauling Health Care at End of Life

The country's system for handling end-of-life care is largely broken and should be overhauled at almost every level, a national panel concluded...

Why British Columbia's Carbon Tax Is Not Applicable to America

The United States could not reap the same success from a carbon tax that British Columbia has due to fiscal and geological differences...

The War on Poverty: 50 Years of Failure

Since President Johnson proclaimed his unconditional war on poverty, taxpayers have spent roughly $22 trillion dollars, which, adjusted for inflation, is three times the cost of all military wars since the American Revolution...

Dangers Aside, Railways Reshape Crude Market

Today, 1.6 million barrels of oil, close to 20 percent of the total pumped in the U.S., are being shipped by rail per day...

Young Physicians OK with Obamacare While Older Doctors Bristle

More than half of doctors age 46 or older give the Affordable Care Act a "D" or "F."...


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