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Taxpayers Foot the Bill for Federal Mismanagement, Again

The Government Accountability Office estimated the total cost of the Department of Homeland Security's 22 programs is about $9.7 billion higher than originally expected...

Will Congress Reform the U.S. Patent System?

The crux of the issue over patent reform appears to be twofold: whether Congress should enact comprehensive patent reform legislation, or pass targeted legislation making specific – and limited –improvements to the nation's patent system to address flaws in the system...

Dodd-Frank Proposal Takes Aim at CEOs

Passing the new Securities and Exchange Commission's regulation could have a major effect on private industry...

Massachusetts Could Soon Oversee Local Ride-Hailing Services

Governor Charlie Baker on Friday introduced legislation that would allow Uber, Lyft and other companies to operate under a new category of state supervision...

Patent Reform Could Soon End Abusive Behavior

Abusive claims accounted for over half of all patent litigation in 2012, while there was a nearly 40 percent increase in suits by non-participating entities (NPE) between 2007 and 2011...

As Foreign-Born U.S. Population Increases, Incomes Decrease

Between 1970 and 2013, the estimated foreign-born population in the United States increased from 9,740,000 to 41,348,066, respectively, an increase of 31,608,066 persons, representing a percentage increase of 324.5 percent...

Online Activity Vulnerable Due To Outdated Laws

Because the Electronic Communications Privacy Act of 1986 (ECPA) is so outdated, right now virtually all of your electronic life is subject to warrantless search and seizure...

Why Are Food Stamps Considered an Agricultural Program?

Members of Congress need to thoughtfully discuss significant issues regarding agricultural programs and food stamps...

DPAs and NPAs in 2014

Total fines and penalties collected under DPAs and NPAs in 2014 totaled $5.1 billion...

Congress Could Embolden Innovation by Stimulating the Free Market

By stimulating the free market, Congress could pave a way for needed breakthroughs in health care, security, energy and environmental innovation...


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