NICHOLAS LORIS, HERITAGE FOUNDATION When it comes to energy policy, lawmakers should let freedom be their North Star. Freedom to extract and develop all resources that provide affordable, reliable energy. Freedom to sell those resources in every market — at home and abroad. Freedom from job-crushing federal regulations that provide...
ILYA SHAPIRO, CATO INSTITUTE California has a “mandatory mediation and conciliation process” whereby unions can force agricultural employers into collective bargaining and also bind the employers to the terms of a collective-bargaining agreement drawn up by a “neutral” mediator. This is the only such compulsory-bargaining law in the country. One employer...
CHRIS EDWARDS, CATO INSTITUTE For more than a century, America has been the global leader of the aviation industry. But these days, the government-run parts of the industry are inefficient and falling behind, including airports, security screening, and air traffic control (ATC). International experience shows that these activities can be...
BY MARK HENDRICKSON If you haven’t read research psychologist Robert Epstein’s bombshell article “The new mind control” yet, here’s a link. The article’s subtitle, “The Internet has spawned subtle forms of influence that can flip elections and manipulate everything we say, think and do,” point to the Orwellian applications and...
BY MARK HENDRICKSON I abhor the name calling that degrades our political discourse, especially in election years; hence, the question mark in the title. I am not employing the word “bigot” emotionally, but clinically, in accord with the dictionary definition: “one who regards or treats the members of a group…with hatred...
JAY SEKULOW, ACLJ With the political season in high gear, it is clear Americans are concerned about the top issues like terrorism and the economy. And with the focus now squarely on the presidential race, it’s important to remember there’s another issue that demands the attention of all Americans – a...
  JAMES L. GATTUSO, HERITAGE FOUNDATION Wireless data caps, the annoying limits on how much data you can use from your phone, have been a fact of mobile life for several years. Now, a new pricing concept in the wireless marketplace, known as “zero-rating,” promises to relieve consumers of the fear...
STEPHEN GROVES, HERITAGE FOUNDATION The Obama Administration is planning an end run around the U.S. Senate in regard to a major international climate change agreement—the Paris Protocol—that will be negotiated between November 30 and December 11 at the 21st annual session of the Conference of Parties (COP 21) of the...
NICHOLAS LORIS, HERITAGE FOUNDATION A few years ago, cap-and-trade legislation to reduce greenhouse gas emissions failed to reach President Barack Obama’s desk because constituents gave their Members an earful that cap and trade would amount to a massive energy tax. When the bill died in Congress, President Obama said that...
BY SARAH SKWIRE, THE FREEMAN It started with the pope. In his recent encyclical, Laudato Si’, he singled out air conditioning as a particularly good example of wasteful habits and excessive consumption that overcome our better natures: People may well have a growing ecological sensitivity but it has not succeeded in...
BY BOB BARR President Ronald Reagan was known as the “Great Communicator” for his remarkable ability to distill complex political and philosophical principles into one-liners that virtually any audience or political leader could understand. For example, when speaking to representatives of the Future Farmers of America on what happens when...
WESLEY HOTTOT, INSTITUTE FOR JUSTICE In a sweeping decision with major implications for entrepreneurs in Texas and across the nation, the Texas Supreme Court ruled that economic regulations will no longer be rubber-stamped. Indeed, the court, and most notably a resounding concurring opinion by Justice Don Willett, expressly rejected the...
NICHOLAS LORIS, HERITAGE FOUNDATION Abstract No matter one’s personal opinions on the climate effects of man-made greenhouse emissions, the Obama Administration’s proposed climate-change regulations will exact a high price on Americans and have a negligible impact—if any—on global temperatures. The EPA has already put into place several greenhouse-gas regulations; however, the...
JIM DEMINT, ED FEULNER, HERITAGE FOUNDATION In recent weeks there’s been a bit of controversy in Washington over an “alphabet soup” of legislation and tactics all dealing with trade issues. Amid the hubbub, Americans should be aware that Congress is working to bring back an expensive program that has been shown...
JIM DEMINT, ED FEULNER, HERITAGE FOUNDATION In recent weeks there’s been a bit of controversy in Washington over an “alphabet soup” of legislation and tactics all dealing with trade issues. Amid the hubbub, Americans should be aware that Congress is working to bring back an expensive program that has been shown...
MATTHEW CLARK, ACLJ Imagine if President Obama and his policies never left office. Imagine if the Internal Revenue Service (IRS) was free to target conservatives at will for their political beliefs.  Imagine if the IRS could single out families who chose to adopt children in need for intrusive and abusive audits. Imagine...
BY PHYLISS SCHLAFLY American history is such a wonderful success story, with noble goals, valiant heroes, exciting adventures, fantastic achievements against all odds, and a truly unique success in building the freest and most prosperous country in the world. It’s a story that should inspire and motivate the younger generations,...
CATO INSTITUTE EDITORS A new documentary by Cato Senior Fellow Johan Norberg, shown recently on PBS stations nationwide, is a non-political look at the reality of the world’s energy problems. “Energy questions are complicated, and there are always trade-offs,” Norberg notes.    While bringing electricity to many remote villages in India...
CECE HEIL, ACLJ Abortion, simply put, is the murder of an unborn child.  This is a barbaric reality that the Left has realized is hard to promote.  So what’s their backup plan?  They must start framing the argument as “access to reproductive healthcare.”  This is a strategy that the ACLJ...
CECE HEIL, ACLJ Abortion, simply put, is the murder of an unborn child.  This is a barbaric reality that the Left has realized is hard to promote.  So what’s their backup plan?  They must start framing the argument as “access to reproductive healthcare.”  This is a strategy that the ACLJ...
LIBERTY ALERTS, LIBERTY COUNSEL Wake, NC – Liberty Counsel filed a federal lawsuit against the County of Wake, North Carolina, for its public library’s unconstitutional policy and its denial of access for a civic and educational program that included religious content. The library meeting rooms are offered free of charge...
BY PHYLISS SCHLAFLY Bills have been introduced in the West Virginia and Oklahoma state legislatures to encourage public schools to offer Bible electives. These electives aren’t a new idea—they already exist in a few places in Texas, Tennessee, and Pennsylvania. They’re usually history courses. They’re certainly not devotional religious studies. In...
PATRICK J. MICHAELS & PAUL C. "CHIP" KNAPPENBERGER, CATO INSTITUTE This week, we have two notable items of interest. First and foremost, a must-read article from Judith Curry’s Climate Etc. blog where Judy quite adeptly introduces us to the concept of an “availability cascade”—a process that has come to dominate and...
BY PHYLISS SCHLAFLY Who would have thought, only a few years ago, that our basic First Amendment right of free speech would be under attack on college campuses (of all places!)? But those are now ordinary campus events. Progressives want to shield college students from what are called “scary ideas.” They...
JAY SEKULOW, ACLJ The new IRS commissioner brought in to clean up the corrupt bureaucracy responsible for targeting grassroots conservative groups and infringing upon ordinary Americans’ constitutional freedoms admits that the targeting has not stopped. Commissioner John Koskinen, testifying before the House Appropriations subcommittee this week, admitted that nearly a dozen...
BY BOB BARR Amateur drone hobbyists, beware! If you happen to make one red cent from any video filmed with your small drone – or if Uncle Sam thinks you are -- you might soon receive an unwelcome notice in the mail or an ominous visitor at your door. The Federal Aviation...
SIMON LESTER, CATO INSTITUTE This is from Ezra Klein: I’m skeptical of the sheer size of modern trade deals and the opaque process that creates them. The negotiation process isn’t quite as secretive as some think — the congressional briefings are constant, and the advisory committees are sprawling — but it...
THE HONORABLE ORRIN G. HATCH, HERITAGE FOUNDATION Abstract From the early days of the Republic, a core component of our constitutional character has been the idea that our government is a government of laws and not of men. The current Administration, however, has engaged in a sustained assault on the rule...
BY PHYLISS SCHLAFLY Just in time for International Women’s Day on March 8, Facebook’s feminist COO, Sheryl Sandberg, appeared on Fox News’ top-rated Megyn Kelly show to complain that “There is a toddler wage gap in this country.” To prove her shocking charge of inequality within the traditional American family, Sandberg...
California Raisins are Back at the Supreme Court TREVOR BURRUS, CATO INSTITUTE When Marvin Horne told the United States Raisin Administrative Committee (yes, there’s a raisin administrative committee) that he wasn’t going to turn over nearly 30 percent of his crop to the government in exchange for nothing, he probably...