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Freedom, not protectionism, is America’s greatest achievement

From the Cato Institute: Furthermore, as Clark Packard and Megan Reiss of the R Street Institute note, such production easily satisfies U.S. defense requirements with “only about 3 percent of steel …

Report: Nebraska gets a B- for its property, casualty insurance market

From the Omaha World-Herald: Nebraskans got bargain homeowners insurance, on average, over the past five years because their damage claims nearly matched the premiums they paid, according to a …

Trump’s war on regulations is real. But is it working?

From Politico: Other observers were more skeptical. “All the giant numbers that they claim make them the biggest deregulators in history are just a way of saying that they …

Donald Trump’s incomparable approval ratings

From BloombergView Early Returns: Casey Burgat on congressional term limits. …

U.S. solar has a $1.5 billion, long-shot plan to end a trade war

From Bloomberg: “There is hope for a negotiated settlement,” said Clark Packard, trade policy counsel at the free-market think tank R Street Institute. “But there are two issues. One, …

Trump faces pivotal decision on tariffs

From The Hill: “I think it’s increasingly important to free market conservatives and libertarians who are supportive of trade to stand up and make the case now, because the …

EFF to Supreme Court: Protect the privacy of cross-border data

From The Electronic Frontier Foundation: At the center of the case, the U.S. government is attempting to overturn a Second Circuit decision holding that police cannot use U.S. warrants to compel U.S. Internet companies to disclose …

This resolution would force senators to work through a shutdown or be arrested

From Vox: James Wallner, a longtime Republican Senate staffer and a political scientist at the R Street Institute, makes a version of this argument in his new book On Parliamentary …

Smart ideas: A nuclear future?

From National Journal Daily Extra AM: William Murray, writing for the R Street Institute Before oil drilling begins off the continental shelf, coastal states should move to protect their interests. Interestingly, …

Insurance broker M&A rose 31 percent in 2017; AIG CEO warns of insurance talent exodus

From SNL Financial Extra: Vermont was judged to have the best insurance regulatory environment in the U.S. for the fourth consecutive year, according to the R Street Institute's 2017 Insurance Regulation …

New Englanders have only themselves to blame for energy price spikes

From Instapundit: Both prices and demand for domestic natural gas have surged as people have started plugging in their space heaters. Gas consumption set a new record for daily …

The picture gets a little darker for Republicans

From BloombergView, Early Returns: Josh Huder on the shutdown showdown and where Republicans have gone wrong on it. …

Republicans are barely trying to avoid a shutdown

From Bloomberg: To begin with, as Congress scholar Josh Huder explained, Republican leaders put themselves in a difficult position by failing to get their work done in a timely fashion: A …

Florida raises insurance regulation grade from C to B

From Tampa Bay Times: When it comes to regulating insurance, Florida is slowly improving. The Sunshine State raised its grade from a C in 2016 to a B in …

2017 was Mexico’s deadliest year

From the Portland Press Herald: “They are, right now, mapping out a plan to fill this hole,” said Arthur Rizer, a former Justice Department narcotics prosecutor. “There are meetings …

Section 201: The Threat of Tariffs on the Growing U.S. Economy

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Vermont is best state for insurance: Report

From Business Insurance: Vermont again has the best insurance regulatory environment, while Delaware has the worst among U.S. states, according to a new report. Vermont has been named as having …

Florida raises insurance regulation grade from C to B

From TBO.com: When it comes to regulating insurance, Florida is slowly improving. The Sunshine State raised its grade from a C in 2016 to a B in 2017 on …

Gov. Jerry Brown: Courts must let California slash its public-sector pensions

From Reason: Man, 1975 was a loooong time ago, and suffice it to say that Brown didn't really deliver on libertarianism during his first stint as governor. Or in his second, either, …

Lars Trautman

Tobacco 21 advocates are pushing the debunked ‘gateway’ vaping narrative

From The Libertarian Republic: “Unfortunately, we are not deprived of misleading research that threatens to steer users away from reduced-harm products, like e-cigarettes, and toward readily available yet more …

No, resurrecting earmarks won’t make Congress work better

From The American Conservative: This process of  “lettermarking” (or, in some cases, “phonemarking”) allows legislators to effectively get around the earmarking ban—but there’s a catch. Research shows that lettermarking …

Williams introduces bill to improve Federal Reserve monetary policy decisions

From U.S. Representative Roger Williams' news room: U.S. Congressman Roger Williams (R – Austin), who serves as the vice chair on the House Committee on Financial Service’ Subcommittee on …

House hearing examines proposals to reform the Federal Reserve

From Financial Regulation News: Alex Pollock, the distinguished senior fellow at the R Street Institute, said the Federal Reserve needs to be accountable to the Congress and subject to …

2017 was Mexico’s deadliest year. Will Jeff Sessions’ marijuana policy make the violence worse?

From the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette: “They are, right now, mapping out a plan to fill this hole,” said Arthur Rizer, a former Justice Department narcotics prosecutor. “There are meetings going …

Industry leaders make last-ditch effort to steer Trump White House away from solar tariffs

From Greentech Media: “To be honest, I don’t know who has the president’s ear on this case,” said Clark Packard, trade lawyer and policy analyst for the R Street …

Gov. Jerry Brown: Courts must let California slash its public-sector pensions

From Reason: Man, 1975 was a loooong time ago, and suffice it to say that Brown didn't really deliver on libertarianism during his first stint as governor. Or in his second, either, …

GOP proposal would give all 12 Fed presidents an FOMC vote each year

From SNL Financial Extra: Still, Alex Pollock, distinguished senior fellow at the conservative R Street Institute, told lawmakers that the Fed is a "creature of Congress" and that it would be …

Looking to buy bitcoin? U.S. law enforcement will sell you some

From The News Tribune: Caleb Watney, a technology policy associate at the libertarian think tank R Street Institute, said it might seem “a little hypocritical” on the government’s part …

Sessions endorses an unconstitutional fine on the poor

From the Herald News: I have a vested interest in this issue. I co-wrote the guidance with Vanita Gupta, then head of the Justice Department’s Civil Rights Division, and …

Attorney General Jeff Sessions has endorsed an unconstitutional fine on the poor

From the Taunton Daily Gazette: I have a vested interest in this issue. I co-wrote the guidance with Vanita Gupta, then head of the Justice Department’s Civil Rights Division, …

Tax on justice harms the poor

From the Times of Trenton: I have a vested interest in this issue. I co-wrote the guidance with Vanita Gupta, then head of the Justice Department’s Civil Rights Division, …

U.S. Commerce Department submits report to Trump on probe of imported steel

From Xinhua Net: "Steel protectionism would harm the domestic economy, jeopardize the rules-based trading system and needlessly provoke allies," Clark Packard, trade policy counsel at the Washington-based think tank …

2017 was Mexico’s deadliest year. Will Sessions marijuana policy make the violence worse?

From the Charlotte Observer: “They are, right now, mapping out a plan to fill this hole,” said Arthur Rizer, a former Justice Department narcotics prosecutor. “There are meetings going …

2017 was Mexico’s deadliest year. Will Sessions marijuana policy make the violence worse?

From The News Tribune: “They are, right now, mapping out a plan to fill this hole,” said Arthur Rizer, a former Justice Department narcotics prosecutor. “There are meetings going …

2017 was Mexico’s deadliest year. Will Sessions marijuana policy make the violence worse?

From the Sacramento Bee: “They are, right now, mapping out a plan to fill this hole,” said Arthur Rizer, a former Justice Department narcotics prosecutor. “There are meetings going …

Looking to buy bitcoin? US law enforcement will sell you some

From McClatchy D.C Bureau: Caleb Watney, a technology policy associate at the libertarian think tank R Street Institute, said it might seem “a little hypocritical” on the government’s part …

Margaret Given

Lisa Foster: This fine is unconstitutional

From the Omaha World-Herald: The American Legislative Exchange Council, the Charles Koch Institute and the R Street Institute, all conservative organizations, have strongly opposed such fines and fees. …

Alex Pollock speaks at the House Financial Services Committee’s Subcommittee on Monetary Policy and Trade

R Street Distinguished Senior Fellow Alex J. Pollock's opening statement to the House Financial Services Committee's Subcommittee on Monetary Policy and Trade, at their Jan. 10, 2018 hearing …

Protecting the Internet Economy

Sasha Moss speaks on protecting the Internet economy at CES. American internet leadership is based on wise policy decisions, like not holding social media platforms liable for the …

Great Coverage

From the Chico Enterprise-Record: Re: "A small city pioneering big changes in firefighting" [Opinion, Jan. 7]: Outstanding job covering the fire issues in Calimesa and pointing out the fact …

Facebook makes money off of fake news, and it’s not always easy to report

From the Daily Caller: “So, legally, it isn’t wrong for Facebook to profit from fake news on its platform,” Tom Struble, tech policy manager at R Street, told TheDCNF. …

Insurers beware: ‘Huge shock’ awaits unless you’re better prepared for climate risk

From the Environmental Leader: This is leading to some insurance companies backing off from offering coverage in wildfire high-risk areas. Wildfires in the state caused more than $10 billion in insurance …

Automated driving and product liability

Sourced in Michigan State Law Review: SIZE AND SCOPE, supra note 328. Although USPS also uses contractors, its employees service “the vast majority of postal carrier routes.” KEVIN R. …

FERC shuts down Trump’s coal cronyism

From Reason: The Federal Energy Regulatory Commission has rejected the Trump administration's cronyist proposal to require electric power generation plants to stockpile 90 days of coal or nuclear fuel on site. …

Post op-ed: Sessions has endorsed unconstitutional fine on the poor

From the Concord Monitor: I have a vested interest in this issue. I co-authored the guidance with Vanita Gupta, then head of the Justice Department’s Civil Rights Division, and …

Podcast: Meltdown and Spectre with Joe Unsworth of Gartner and will GDPR spark a Data War in 2018?

“What will 2018 bring in the field of cybersecurity? Senior Fellow, Paul Rosenzweig, plays Karnak and predicts developments for the next year. Some are obvious (there will be …

Want guns? Drugs? Self-driving cars may become the perfect delivery vehicle

From The Tribune: “This is going to sound cold hearted,” began Arthur Rizer, director of criminal justice at R Street Institute, a conservative think tank in Washington, but the terrorist danger …

Supreme Court could shake up net-neutrality fight

From the National Journal: Tom Struble, the policy counsel at the libertarian R Street Institute, says a decision to vacate and remand may bring Democrats—many of whom are now …

Carousel: Meet Sen. Jones’s new LD

From National Journal Daily Extra AM: Philip Wallach has joined the R Street Institute as a senior fellow in its Governance Project. Wallach comes from the Brookings Institution, where he was a …

Want guns? Drugs? Self-driving cars may become the perfect delivery vehicle

From McClatchy DC Bureau: “This is going to sound cold hearted,” began Arthur Rizer, director of criminal justice at R Street Institute, a conservative think tank in Washington, but the terrorist …

Want guns? Drugs? Self-driving cars may become the perfect delivery vehicle

From the Fresno Bee: “This is going to sound cold hearted,” began Arthur Rizer, director of criminal justice at R Street Institute, a conservative think tank in Washington, but the terrorist …

Jeff Sessions has endorsed an unconstitutional fine on the poor

From the Washington Post: I have a vested interest in this issue. I co-wrote the guidance with Vanita Gupta, then head of the Justice Department’s Civil Rights Division, and the advisory with Karol …

Beer regulation reform bill on tap in Maryland

From the Heartland Institute: C. Jarrett Dieterle, a governance project fellow with the R Street Institute, says more flexibility for brewing companies could give shoppers more choices. “Giving brewers more …

A failing mark for Massachusetts on the 2017 Insurance Regulation Report Card

From Agency Checklists: An annual examination of insurance regulation by state Unlike the banking and securities industries, the insurance marketplace continues to be one of the largest and most significant …

Want guns? Drugs? Self-driving cars may become the perfect delivery vehicle

From Centre Daily Times: “This is going to sound cold hearted,” began Arthur Rizer, director of criminal justice at R Street Institute, a conservative think tank in Washington, but the terrorist …

‘Drain the swamp’ means not giving in to a Democratic megadonor’s demands

From the Washington Examiner: The conservative R Street Institute released a white paper last fall titled “Is the sun rising in solar protectionism?” R Street reported that while there …

Trump’s coal bailout is dead

From The Atlantic: But from the start, even conservatives noted the proposal was out of step with virtues that Perry had long extolled. “Secretary Perry didn’t sound very much …

Donald Trump: Energy crony

From Reason: In October, Secretary of Energy Rick Perry urged the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission to pour funds into conventional coal-fired and nuclear electricity generation plants. Perry argued the …

Viewpoints: Why curing the common cold is an elusive pursuit; Vaping’s link to smoking is a ‘bad theory’

From Kaiser Health News Morning Briefing: RealClear Science: Why Vaping Isn't A 'Gateway' To Smoking As Imre Lakatos so eloquently stated in 1973, “Blind commitment to a theory is not …

Politics: Inside the battle for the right’s climate conscience

From ClimateWire: A growing presence of free-market energy groups within and outside ALEC, such as the R Street Institute and ClearPath, have attempted to move the conversation beyond whether people accept …

2018 legislative preview: Toughest issue is biggest one – budget

From Congressional Quarterly Magazine: On many issues, the party is extraordinarily divided, says James Wallner, senior fellow at the R Street Institute. "The last thing they want to be doing is …

Want guns? Drugs? Self-driving cars may become the perfect delivery vehicle

From the Miami Herald: “This is going to sound cold hearted,” began Arthur Rizer, director of criminal justice at R Street Institute, a conservative think tank in Washington, but the terrorist …

Want guns? Drugs? Self-driving cars may become the perfect delivery vehicle

From the Sacramento Bee: “This is going to sound cold hearted,” began Arthur Rizer, director of criminal justice at R Street Institute, a conservative think tank in Washington, but the terrorist …

Dark side: Secret origins of evidence in US criminal cases

From Human Rights Watch: Similarly, Arthur Rizer, a former federal prosecutor who worked at the SOD from 2010 to 2013, described the SOD to Human Rights Watch as “like …

Dr. Megan Reiss discusses the truthfulness of Kim Jon Un’s nuclear threats

Dr. Reiss argued that North Korean dictator Kim Jong Un's bombastic threats about targeting anywhere in the U.S. were unlikely to be true as of now. However, the …

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Jeff Sessions’ reversal of an Obama-era marijuana policy has brought fury from both parties

From Pittsburgh Post-Gazette: Arthur Rizer, a former trial attorney with the Justice Department, primarily serving as a federal prosecutor with the Narcotic and Dangerous Drug Section, and Jonathan Blanks, …

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Uncertain path seen for legislation aiming to halt online sex trafficking

From Communications Daily: R Street Institute prefers FOSTA because it keeps the core of 230 mostly intact and takes a criminal law approach, said Zack Graves, director-technology and innovation policy. …

Sessions’ reversal of marijuana policy brings fury from both parties

From McClatchy D.C Bureau: Arthur Rizer, a former trial attorney with the Justice Department, primarily serving as a federal prosecutor with the Narcotic and Dangerous Drug Section, and Jonathan …

The ITC’s new solar report could bolster Trump’s broader trade agenda

From Greentech Media: There is no domestic requirement under Section 201 to address whether or not a surge of imports is “unforeseen,” but it is a requirement at the …

Sessions’ reversal of marijuana policy brings fury from both parties

From The Tribune: Arthur Rizer, a former trial attorney with the Justice Department, primarily serving as a federal prosecutor with the Narcotic and Dangerous Drug Section, and Jonathan Blanks, …

Uncertain path seen for legislation aiming to halt online sex trafficking

From Washington Internet Daily: R Street Institute prefers FOSTA because it keeps the core of 230 mostly intact and takes a criminal law approach, said Zack Graves, director-technology and innovation …

News from NAMB: January 4, 2018

From the National Mortgage Professional Magazine: Fannie/Freddie Reform Where No One Loses No one wants to lose in the Fannie Mae/Freddie Mac restructure scenario. Under a plan roughly proposed by Alex …

Underwater

From Earth Island Journal: To this day, there is debate within the SmarterSafer coalition regarding whether the backlash against BiggertWaters was a grassroots uprising or the result of a …

Internet People

From Washington Internet Daily: R Street Institute hires Lauren Bouton, ex-Facebook, as outreach manager and coalition coordinator, Federal Affairs team. …

Hires

From Consumer Electronics Daily: R Street Institute hires Lauren Bouton, ex-Facebook, as outreach manager and coalition coordinator. …

Self-service gas arrives in (parts of) Oregon

From Overlawyered: As for New Jersey’s ban, Paul Mulshine wrote a column three years ago exploring its unlovely origins. He explains the oft-remarked New Jersey paradox — the state beats its …

The postal service is the problem, not Amazon

From The Foundation for Economic Freedom: Within the USPS, the "business side" of the government-run enterprise is broken down into two separate businesses: a monopoly side and a market side, …

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The postal service is the problem, not Amazon.com, Inc. (AMZN)

From ValueWalk: Within the USPS, the “business side” of the government-run enterprise is broken down into two separate businesses: a monopoly side and a market side, according to Kevin Kosar …

GSA measures federal authorities‘s property footprint

From Kaplan Herald: Kevin Kosar, vice president of policy at the R Street Institute, a Washington-based think tank, said the government’s massive expansion since World War II has saddled …

Morning tech: Senate vote on net neutrality? — Hatch and tech — Khanna slams Valley ‘bro culture’

From Politico Pro Technology: TRANSITIONS — Lauren Bouton, formerly a public policy associate at Facebook, heads to R Street's federal affairs team as outreach manager and coalition coordinator. …

Is Amazon really ripping off the US Postal Service?

From Vox: USPS really does make deals with Amazon. It all starts with how the postal system works: According to Kevin Kosar, vice president of policy for the R …

Is Amazon really ripping off the US Postal Service?

From CNBC: USPS really does make deals with Amazon. It all starts with how the postal system works: According to Kevin Kosar, vice president of policy for the R …

Finding our humanity with AI

From U.S. News & World Report: As R Street Institute analyst Caleb Watney has written, these mistakes are tragedies whether they involve human bias or "algorithmic bias." AI can help …

Orrin Hatch just announced he’ll retire from the Senate

From Vox: “There are two explanations: Either Hatch isn’t up for the job or the members of the committee wouldn’t support him if he were up for the job,” …

The temptation of executive authority

From the Indiana Journal of Global Legal Studies: The steady decline in Congress's institutional capability and performance has reinforced the negative effects of polarization. A recent article by Lee …

FCC chairman approaches his largest win with internet neutrality repeal

From Kaplan Herald: He says Twitter, for example, sometimes wrongly suspends users just because they do not share the same views as the company. “Let‘s not kid ourselves,” Pai said …

Energy wars: Tariff trouble

From the Moderate Voice: From Greentech Media, November 21, 2017: “Acting on solar could have unintended consequences, however. Bloomberg reports that U.S. duties on imported solar equipment ‘would almost certainly’ prompt …

Shattering myths in Iran, overconfident Dems and other comments

From the New York Post: From the right: Dem Rhetoric on Tax Law Is Just Silly Steven Greenhut at Reason cites a businessman acquaintance who says well-off folks like him can …

Is Amazon really ripping off the US Postal Service?

From Vox: USPS really does make deals with Amazon. It all starts with how the postal system works: According to Kevin Kosar, vice president of policy for the R Street …

As FSOC rethinks SIFIs, will any nonbanks remain on the list?

From American Banker: Alex Pollock, a senior fellow at the R Street Institute, agreed a resolution will be a top priority in the coming year. The council will soon have a …

Great conservative ideas for helping the middle class

From Dayton Daily News: Labor Force Participation. Eli Lehrer and Catherine Moyer point out that while men drop out of the labor force at alarming rates, most of the fast-growing …

When AI goes rogue: Moral debates could kill the hype

From Silicon Angle: Some believe we should welcome the use of AI in courts and other realms where human emotion and bias can swing decisions to disastrous effect. “While …

Sea level rise is creeping into coastal cities. Saving them won’t be cheap.

From InsideClimate: R.J. Lehmann, editor in chief of the conservative think tank R Street, said we'll have to pick our battles by focusing on what's worth protecting. "You look …

The GOP faces an existential question: Can our party be saved?

From Euronews: Some on the right have comforted themselves with the knowledge that Trump is actively seeking to remake the federal judiciary; in November, the Federalist Society hosted their …

Some ideas toward creating a better world for American workers

From Observer-Reporter: Labor Force Participation: Eli Lehrer and Catherine Moyer point out that while men drop out of the labor force at alarming rates, most of the fast-growing job sectors are dominated …

Trumpismo exige fin a pacto EU-emergentes

From Milenio: “Me temo que está muerto en el Congreso para el futuro próximo, lamentablemente. Realmente no debería ser polémico, pero desafortunadamente, como muchas cosas respecto al comercio, en …

Republicans face an existential question: Can our party be saved from itself?

From NBC: Some on the right have comforted themselves with the knowledge that Trump is actively seeking to remake the federal judiciary; in November, the Federalist Society hosted their …

There are conservative ideas for helping workers

From The Buffalo News: Labor Force Participation: Eli Lehrer and Catherine Moyer point out that while men drop out of the labor force at alarming rates, most of the fast-growing job sectors …

Europe vs. Silicon Valley: How the continent is responding to big tech’s growing power

From the Daily Caller: Due to this difference, the characterization of Europe’s antitrust and consumer protection laws are often perceived as aggressive, often overly so. But Joe Kane, technology …

Warren watch: Why Buffett says cryptocurrencies aren’t a ‘buy’ for average person

From Omaha World-Herald: But R. J. Lehmann, a senior fellow with the R Street Institute, which calls itself a free-market think tank embracing President Ronald Reagan’s philosophies, wrote that …

Misguided preschool mandate will cost D.C. parents and teachers but won’t help kids

From Reason: While the city and OSSE have made some scholarship programs available to help current child care workers afford the added cost, that doesn't address "the other costs …

Here’s how the GOP can really help US workers

From the Las Vegas Sun: Labor force participation: Eli Lehrer and Catherine Moyer point out that while men drop out of the labor force at alarming rates, most of the …

What next: A masters in meter-maidology?

From the Weekly Standard: Regulatory skeptics aren’t exactly lining up to endorse this proposal. “The average D.C. family with a toddler and infant would have to spend up to …

Can states reimpose net neutrality?

From Reason: Hansen's bill is on shaky ground here too, says Tom Struble, an attorney and analyst at the R Street Institute. States do have pretty wide latitude to pass …

Policy note

From the Senate Republican Policy Committee's Policy Note: R Street: Will Congress Forget to Renew an Important Free-Trade Program? – Little-known Generalized System of Preferences expires December 31 …

Republicans created a free market in contact lenses before, will they protect it now?

From Townhall: The R-Street Institute recently pointed out the consequences of the status quo. By allowing the monopoly situation in contact lenses to proliferate rather than an unhampered market, consumers will …

FCC’s Pai pushes laissez-faire approach to internet, media consolidation

From the Seattle Times: “Let’s not kid ourselves,” Pai said last month at an event sponsored by the R Street Institute, a free-market think tank. “When it comes to …

Amicus Brief: Microsoft Warrant Case

From LawFare: The Microsoft warrant case in the Supreme Court involves a demand by the U.S. government that Microsoft repatriate content data stored in a data center in Ireland …

Finding efficiencies: Updated RTO stakeholder governance to meet emerging challenges

From Utility Dive: In a new R Street Institute white paper, Vermont Law School’s (VLS) Institute for Energy and the Environment comprehensively surveyed stakeholder governance processes and their impact on …

Markey plans CRA resolution of disapproval on FCC repeal of 2015 net neutrality rules

From Communications Daily Newsletter: Oracle and Amazon voiced differing views about the FCC draft order to undo Title II net neutrality regulation under the Communications Act, as filings continued …

Here’s what getting rid of net neutrality will do to Netflix

From the Daily Caller: Ferras Vinh, policy counsel at the Center for Democracy & Technology, says it’s too difficult to say if Netflix will raise prices because of the …

FCC chairman approaches his biggest win with net neutrality repeal

From Anchorage Daily News: "Let's not kid ourselves," Pai said last month at an event sponsored by the R Street Institute, a free markets think tank. "When it comes …

DOJ fuels doubts about integrity of Mueller probe

From Politico: Paul Rosenzweig, a former George W. Bush-era Homeland Security official and senior counsel from the Kenneth Starr investigation into President Bill Clinton, said he sees the recent …

FCC chairman Ajit Pai is nearing his biggest victory — a repeal of the so-called net neutrality rules

From the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette: “Let’s not kid ourselves,” Pai said last month at an event sponsored by the R Street Institute, a free markets think tank. “When it comes …

Ajit Pai nears his biggest win with net neutrality repeal

From the New York Times: “Let’s not kid ourselves,” Mr. Pai said last month at an event sponsored by the R Street Institute, a free markets think tank. “When …

Trump irradiates and poisons everything sucked into his gravitational pull — and the internet could be the next victim

From Raw Story: In a recent speech defending his position, sponsored by the conservative, free-market think tank R Street Institute and the Lincoln Network, Pai described what he called “wild accusations, …

If Doug Jones loses, don’t attribute it to any old tribalism

From the Weekly Standard: Democrats’ limitations are exaggerated in this state. “Democrats have no real infrastructure in Alabama. Jones has to pretty much do it on his own,” Cameron …

Will a US vote change the internet as we know it?

From Al Jazeera: A fight over the internet in the United States is reaching a fever pitch as the Federal Communications Commission votes this week on whether or not …

Companies would gain under House-approved DHS cybersecurity bill

From Bloomberg Law: “It’s pretty clear the President will sign the bill if Congress passes it,” Paul Rosenzweig, senior fellow at public policy research group R Street Institute in …

Melugin takes on 3 common net neutrality myths

From the Competitive Enterprise Institute: You can also watch the recent panel event co-hosted by the R Street Institute and the Lincoln Network, featuring remarks by Federal Communication Commission Chairman Ajit …

Bill Moyers and Michael Winship: Trump’s FCC wants to kill a free and open internet

From YubaNet.com: In a recent speech defending his position, sponsored by the conservative, free-market think tank R Street Institute and the Lincoln Network, Pai described what he called “wild accusations, fear-mongering …

Follow the data: Google ups its support for criminal justice reform

From Inside Philanthropy: It gave the remaining money to the Leadership Conference Education Fund and the R Street Institute’s Justice for Work Coalition, supporting partnerships between communities and police …

Poll: 61 Percent of Americans want the Senate to expel Roy Moore if he wins

From Vox: “It’s geared toward a certain thing: Historically it’s all been corruption, embezzlement, fraud,” [senior fellow at the R Street Institute James] Wallner said. …

Plutocrats on the march

From NC Policy Watch: In a recent speech defending his position, sponsored by the conservative, free-market think tank R Street Institute and the Lincoln Network, Pai described what he …

Is the Senate Ethics Committee equipped to investigate Roy Moore?

From Vox.com: Then there is a constitutional argument — one that can easily be made political. Should the Senate investigate allegations of child molestation that predate Moore’s position in …

Privacy papers 2017: Spotlight on the winning authors

From the Future of Privacy Forum: Artificial Intelligence Policy: A Primer and Roadmap Ryan Calo is the Lane Powell and D. Wayne Gittinger Associate Professor at the University of Washington School …

Markey plans CRA resolution of disapproval on FCC repeal of 2015 net neutrality rules

From Washington Internet Daily:  "Internet Freedom Supporters" applauded the commission for pushing ahead with its proposals despite calls for delay and "mischief," said the R Street Institute, FreedomWorks, American Conservative Union, …

Trump’s FCC wants to kill a free and open internet

From the Huffington Post: In a recent speech defending his position, sponsored by the conservative, free-market think tank R Street Institute and the Lincoln Network, Pai described what he called “wild …

Trump’s FCC wants to kill a free and open internet

From Moyers & Company: In a recent speech defending his position, sponsored by the conservative, free-market think tank R Street Institute and the Lincoln Network, Pai described what he called “wild …

Perry grants FERC more time to consider grid rule

From E & E News: Devin Hartman, electricity policy manager at the R Street Institute, a free-market think tank, said FERC faces significant political pressure from Capitol Hill and …

Privacy

From Communications Daily (newsletter): Top privacy lobbyists have no firm preference but saw Lofgren as more active than Nadler as a leader on legislation. "They're both right on the …

Birthdays

From Politico's Playbook: Birthdays:  ... Shoshana Weissmann of R Street Institute ... …

Alabama taxpayers could save money and have faster internet based on technology being tested in Cullman

From Yellow Hammer News: Tom Struble, technology policy manager for Washington, D.C.-based R Street Institute, said that fixed wireless service looks to be a strong alternative to the expensive …

Shoshana Weissmann

From Mattklewis.com: Shoshana Weissmann, R Street Institute’s digital manager, talks about how she became a conservative Twitter rockstar. …

Trump ally Bob Murray: ‘We must’ have early FERC decision on coal subsidies

From the Washington Examiner: Devin Hartman, who studies electricity policy at R Street Institute, a free-market think tank that opposes Perry’s rule, said FERC’s delay on a decision could mean …

Pressure builds on bureau of prisons to release elderly and sick inmates

From Reason: "The BOP should take steps immediately to ensure that all prisoners and their families are aware of the compassionate release program and its eligibility requirements," reads the letter, …

A lump of coal for the solar industry

From the Journal-Advocate: Also opposing any new tariffs are environmental and conservative groups, including The Heritage Foundation, the American Legislative Exchange Council and the R Street Institute, which called …

How the Trump administration did the impossible — getting solar and oil lobbyists to unite

From the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette: BP, the American Wind Energy Association and others hastily formed another alliance to combat the grid rule. That new “Affordable Energy Coalition” also included the …

Solar industry could get a lump of coal

From Daily Local: Also opposing any new tariffs are environmental and conservative groups, including The Heritage Foundation, the American Legislative Exchange Council and the R Street Institute, which called …

The man who could doom net neutrality: Ajit Pai ignores outcry from all sides

From The Guardian: “When it comes to an open internet, Twitter is part of the problem,” he said, speaking at the conservative thinktank R Street Institute last week. “The company …

Dick Munson: Will Ohio turn its back on electricity competition?

From The Columbus Dispatch: Ohio electric utilities are weary of competition. They want to return to the warm comforts of regulation, where profits are virtually guaranteed and old, uneconomic …

Beyond subsidies: Liberals and conservatives unite over electricity market redesign

From Greentech Media: On the Interchange podcast this week, we'll talk with two experts who are focused intensely on the evolution of markets: Lenae Shirley, the senior director of …

Privacy

From Washington Internet Daily: Top privacy lobbyists have no firm preference but saw Lofgren as more active than Nadler as a leader on legislation. "They're both right on the …

Trump bailing out the coal industry creates new and unlikely coalitions

From Business Day: BP, the American Wind Energy Association and others hastily formed another alliance to combat the grid rule. This new "Affordable Energy Coalition" also included the R …

How Trump did the impossible: Getting solar and oil lobbyists to unite

From Hellenic Shipping News: BP, the American Wind Energy Association and others hastily formed another alliance to combat the grid rule. That new “Affordable Energy Coalition” also included the …

A lump of coal for the solar industry

From the Denver Post: Also opposing any new tariffs are environmental and conservative groups, including The Heritage Foundation, the American Legislative Exchange Council and the R Street Institute, which …

Smart regulations for the coming driverless car revolution

From Mackinac Center: As you read this, a future that features driverless cars on city streets, interstate highways and maybe in your driveway is steadily unfolding. But before this …

Trump lawyer says President is innocent because collusion is not a crime

From Huffington Post: While Sekulow is correct that collusion by itself isn’t illegal, a number of other actions could still be prosecutable, according to experts who spoke to Politico. One potential area of …

What Michael Flynn’s plea deal means

From Politico: ‘He wouldn’t have gotten such a good deal unless he had something to trade’ Paul Rosenzweig, former deputy assistant secretary for policy at the Department of Homeland Security …

FCC chairman says social media presents a problem for a free and open internet

From PC Gamer: Yes, he really said that, and you can watch and listen to him in a video on R Street. He also took aim at Google and Facebook. …

FCC chair quakes before the terrible power of … Cher?

From Hackernoon: FCC Chair Ajit Pai took aim and fired at Cher at a forum held by conservative R Street Institute and the Lincoln Network on November 28. But there are …

FCC chairman calls Twitter the real threat to an open internet

From c|net: "Let's not kid ourselves. When it comes to an open internet, Twitter is part of the problem," Pai said at an event hosted by the R Street …

FCC’s Pai, addressing net neutrality rules, calls Twitter biased

From the New York Times: Following Pai's remarks on Tuesday, at an event organized by the libertarian-leaning R Street Institute, two other FCC commissioners said they would support his …

FCC chairman Pai says the real threat to the open internet is Twitter, attacks the wrong celebrity

From Daily Kos: "Let's not kid ourselves. When it comes to an open internet, Twitter is part of the problem," Pai said at an event hosted by the R …

Activists prepare protests to save ‘net neutrality’ ahead of FCC vote

From Snopes: Pai’s proposal, which is scheduled for a 14 December 2017 vote, would revoke a 2015 order classifying broadband providers as Title II common carriers. During a 28 …

With new internet rules, FCC chair is trying to spark a fight

From The Star: “It’s hard to imagine what substantive thing he would do, aside from throwing gasoline on the fire and letting some conservative take the charge from there,” …

No, the FCC isn’t ‘overturning net neutrality’

From Reason: FCC Chairman Ajit Pai made this very point last week at an R Street Institute event on the repeal. Major edge service providers like Google, Facebook, Reddit, and Twitter …

How Silicon Valley became the FCC chair’s scapegoat

From Bloomberg: Don’t expect Pai to follow up his critique of Silicon Valley with any regulatory action. His main impact on the FCC since taking the agency over has …

FCC chairman Pai protects his condemnation on net neutrality by exchanging doctrine for history

From Game360: That’s the sense one obtains from an exceptional speech Pai conveyed to the R Street institute, a conservative “free market think tank.” …

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