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The Answer to Arkansas’ Trucking Shortage: Highly-Automated Vehicles
Marc Hyden

Arkansas, like much of the nation, is enjoying a resurgent economy, but the state isn’t reaping the full benefits because there is a serious workforce problem. This is especially evident in the…

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Kaspersky Helps the NSA
Paul Rosenzweig

Most Lawfare readers will be familiar with Kaspersky Labs, the Russian cybersecurity firm.  Many American cyberspecurity experts (including Rick Ledgett, Nicholas Weaver, and me) have been…

Two cheers for postal regulators’ move to formalize cost rules
Nick Zaiac

A central tenet of the U.S. Postal Service’s mission is the correct pricing of its products and services. This must be done for the USPS to fulfill its obligation to be self-funded. Accurate…

How Not to Grow Government
Josiah Neeley

While I was out enjoying a good old fashioned Texas Christmas, Dan Mitchell of the Cato Institute wrote a thoughtful critique of some of my recent articles on the carbon tax that I think warrants a…

Book Review: Finance and Philosophy: Why We’re Always Surprised
Alex J. Pollock

In Alex J. Pollock’s new book, Finance and Philosophy: Why We’re Always Surprised, not only do these two disparate topics  co-exist, they help answer the question of why smart people –…

“I can do it if I want” – President Trump threatens use of emergency powers to build border wall
Aubrey Neal


“I can do it if I want” 

On Jan. 4, day 13 of the United States government’s partial shutdown over border wall funding, President Trump threatened to declare a national…

Macron Climbs Down on Climate Tax Protests Before Rural France Becomes a Red State
William Murray

Earlier last week the government of French President Emmanuel Macron suspended its planned increase in motor fuel taxes that had brought about the most violent protests in France since the 1960s. The…

Predicting is hard…
Alex J. Pollock

From Reuters, on June 27, 2017:
U.S. Federal Reserve Chair Janet Yellen said on Tuesday that she does not believe there will be another financial crisis for at least as long as she lives.

R Street Institute: Supporting the FIRST Step Act is a “no-brainer”
Jesse Kelley

Despite forthcoming amendments to the FIRST Step Act, supporting this criminal justice reform bill is a “no-brainer.” The bipartisan bill would promote reentry-focused correctional programming,…

An open letter to Congress on the Farm Bill
Caroline Kitchens

December 11, 2018

Dear Representatives and Senators,

We write on behalf of the millions of Americans we represent in all 50 states to urge you to reject a Farm Bill agreement that combines the…