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The Private Sector Is Returning to the Flood Insurance Game
R.J. Lehmann

From Scientific American:

But that has changed in recent years as technology has enabled risk-modeling companies to assess the risk of individual properties, which lets insurance companies write…

How does Trump’s budget propose to fix the Postal Service?
Kevin Kosar

The U.S. Postal Service (USPS) lost $3.9 billion in 2018. The agency
also failed to make a $6.9 billion payment to cover its retiree health and
pension benefits. Mail volume is down more than 25…

Presidential Candidates Toy with Idea of Expanding the Supreme Court, Endangering Judicial Norms
Anthony Marcum & Aubrey Neal

AIN Update

On Monday, Politico reported that
numerous Democratic presidential candidates have “not rule[d] out expanding the
Supreme Court if elected president.” 

Such a…

How to Sell Santee Cooper
Josiah Neeley

As South Carolina considers whether to sell Santee Cooper, the state-owned electricity utility that is nearly $8 billion in debt, it should keep in mind the immortal words of Kenny Rogers: “Know when…

House Unanimously Urges DOJ to Make Mueller Report Public
Aubrey Neal

On March 14, 2019, the House passed a non-binding
resolution 420-0 encouraging the Department of Justice (DOJ) to publicly
release the full text of Special Counsel Robert Mueller’s final report…

Representatives Testify to Strengthen Congress, Call for In-House Reform for First Time in Three Decades
Aubrey Neal

On March 12, 2019, the newly established House Select Committee on the Modernization of Congress gaveled in for the first time, commencing their session with a Members Day hearing.  Thirty-five…

Resolution to Terminate President Trump’s Declared National Emergency Passes Both Chambers of Congress
Aubrey Neal

On March 14, 2019, the United States Senate voted 59-41 in support of H.J. Res. 46, a resolution to terminate the national emergency related to the U.S.-Mexico border, which was declared by…

No quorum for the Postal Board when USPS needs it most
Nick Zaiac

The U.S. Postal Service holds a unique, if not
special, place in American government. It’s an agency with rules set by
Congress, with a large non-tax revenue stream, much like the National…

The Supreme Court goes to Congress
Anthony Marcum

Article I of the Constitution provides Congress the “power of the purse.” With it, Congress has broad appropriations power to control the spending of other branches of the federal government,…

Boosting the Center-Left’s Case for Free Trade
Clark Packard

As Dartmouth College economist Douglas Irwin masterfully documents in his most recent book, “Clashing Over Commerce: A History of US Trade Policy,” trade politics have been contentious since the…