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Why Government Institutions Fail to Deliver on Their Promises

Because government decision makers are using other people's money rather than their own, they do not face the same type of risk that an individual faces when making a decision...

How States Talk Back to Washington

There are several ways that states can preserve their power against the federal government beyond lobbying, filing lawsuits or using nullification, including decriminalization, nonparticipation, judicial reconsideration and judicial veto...

E-Cigarettes Reduce Harm from Tobacco

The Food and Drug Administration (FDA) should highlight e-cigarettes as a way to reduce tobacco harms...

Privatizing the Transportation Security Administration

In a series of 2006 tests, Transportation Security Administration screeners in Los Angeles and Chicago failed to catch 75 percent and 60 percent of fake explosives, respectively...

Smoking Kills, and So Might E-Cigarette Regulations

Rather than regulating under the Tobacco Control Act, the federal government could allow states to oversee the sale of e-cigarettes and establish age limits and other reasonable forms of oversight (such as warning labels, ingredient listing and manufacturing standards)...

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...


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