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Government Issues

Leaked Intellectual Property Chapter of Trade Agreement Sparks Outcry

Groups making a commotion over the leaked intellectual property chapter of the Trans-Pacific Partnership are really just opposed to intellectual property laws in general...

Orthodontist in Trouble for Offering Dental Cleanings

An Arkansas orthodontist, who is also licensed as a dentist, was hauled before the state's dental board for violating Arkansas' Dental Practice Act after dentists complained about his offer to perform dental cleanings for about half the price of the typical charge...

Florida's Approach to Flood Insurance Reform

Florida lawmakers should explore ways to establish a regulatory environment where private companies might consider offering flood coverage in Florida as an alternative to the National Flood Insurance Program...

How Government Wastes Our Time in Travel

The Texas A&M Transportation Institute estimates the direct cost of urban traffic congestion at $121 billion per year -- and that is just an estimate of people's time and excess fuel burned in stop-and-go congestion...

Combating Patent Trolls

According to a White House analysis, victims of patent trolls paid $29 billion to fight or settle infringement claims in 2011 alone...

States to Test the Federal Boundaries

In order for states to combat federal overreach, it is vital that states develop ways of combating the allure of "free" federal money...

Antitrust Enforcement in the Obama Administration's First Term

The Obama administration has been significantly more active in enforcing the antitrust laws with respect to proposed mergers than his two predecessors in the White House...

Rent Control Is Harmful to Housing Markets

For affordable housing and real growth, cities should nix rent control and harmful regulation...

States Protect Consumer Privacy

Over two dozen privacy laws have passed this year in more than 10 states, in places as different as Oklahoma and California...

Alcohol Crimes Decline After Liquor Sales Privatization

Economist Patrick McCarthy examined 111 California cities and found that a higher number of take-away alcohol stores actually correlated with decreases in fatal and nonfatal alcohol-related car accidents...


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