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America the Beautiful Though Imperfect
Andy Smarick

As Ben Franklin intimated when he announced to spectators at the Constitutional Convention that “You have a republic, if you can keep it,” a nation as innovative as ours requires maintenance,…

As politics are shaken up, a peace coalition emerges
Steven Greenhut

After the U.S. invasion of Iraq in 2003 turned into a mess that led to an immense loss of life and years of violent havoc in the Middle East, the war’s backers flippantly declared that…

, The Washington Examiner
Jerome Powell should tread cautiously with real-time payments proposal
R.J. Lehmann

Facebook’s proposed digital currency Libra got most of the attention during Federal Reserve Board Chairman Jerome Powell’s appearances before Congress last week, but a related topic looms even…

, The Washington Examiner
Trump wants an unbiased social media platform; he should have the government make one
Charles Duan

The Washington airwaves have been filled with talk about alleged anti-conservative bias on social media. On Thursday, President Trump held a social media summit of right-wing internet name brands…

, Foreign Policy
The New U.S.-Mexico-Canada Trade Deal Can Work for Everyone
Clark Packard

With Mexico and Canada’s trade with the United States topping nearly $1.4 trillion in goods and services, the North American Free Trade Agreement (NAFTA) has been a tremendous success.

Yet the…

, Real Clear Markets
Congress Moves to Put Pension Benefit Guaranty Corporation On Taxpayer Dole
Alex J. Pollock

The Ways and Means Committee of the House just approved a bill for a big taxpayer bailout of private multi-employer/union-sponsored pension plans.  Many of these plans are hopelessly insolvent. …

, Insurance Journal
At NCOIL, Anti-Rebating Debate Ponders Fitbits and Free Turkeys
Alan Smith

Is a free turkey a rebate? That was the question from Idaho Insurance Director Dean Cameron that stumped the experts.

One of the more interesting debates of the National Council of Insurance…

, Lawfare
Do Patents Protect National Security?
Charles Duan

On June 12, the Wall Street Journal broke the story that Chinese firm Huawei Technologies Co. had asserted more than 200 patents against Verizon Communications Inc., reportedly demanding more…

, Insurance Journal
Reinsurance Could Protect Taxpayers From More NFIP Borrowing After Barry
R.J. Lehmann

The impending strike of Tropical Storm Barry on Southeast Louisiana, coming at a moment when the Mississippi River is cresting at heights not seen since 1927, has many fearing a replay of the…

, Catalyst
So the President Has a Housing Task Force, but What Can the Feds Really Do?
Nick Zaiac

On June 25, President Trump signed an executive order “establishing a White House council on eliminating regulatory barriers to affordable housing.” Section 1 of the document makes the…