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How spectrum NIMBYs are slowing your smartphone
Joe Kane

Sky-high rents in major cities have awoken many to the problem of inefficient land use driven by restrictive zoning rules that are supported by those who say “not in my backyard” (NIMBY) to…

How Self-Driving Cars Will Benefit the Postal Service
Nick Zaiac

For most of its history, the postal service has stayed near the cutting edge of transportation technology. Five years after the B&O became America’s first railroad, the post office awarded the…

Senator Hawley introduces the gold standard of unserious social media regulation
Shoshana Weissmann

On Tuesday, Sen. Josh Hawley, R-Mo., introduced legislation to regulate social media that is so divorced from any reality of how the technology functions that it reads more like a luddite’s fever…

NuScale Regulatory Breakthrough a Great Sign for U.S. Nuclear Future
William Murray

There is enough demand to start the licensing process for NuScale’s 60-megawatt small modular nuclear reactor to be built in Idaho by the mid-2020s. This news is a big deal, since the small reactor…

Tax Credits for Carbon Capture Won’t Work Without Fixing EPA Regulations
William Murray

One of the few environmental advances in Congress in the past two years has been bipartisan agreement on the need to expand carbon capture and sequestration (CCS) technology. Capturing carbon…

How to realistically keep kids safe online
Daisy Soderberg-Rivkin

What do you picture when someone refers to a “war room”?  Most likely, you see a room filled with screens displaying a crisis scenario, maps of troops’ positions, and a live feed of a military…

A Softening Economy Could Benefit from Rail Transportation Automation
Nick Zaiac

Rail has been a hot topic in Washington this summer. In both the House and Senate, we’ve seen discussion on topics ranging from Amtrak delays to shipping concerns, and this week the Senate is…

Observing the Mann Gulch fire at 70
Travis Kavulla

Aug. 5 marks the seventieth anniversary of the death by fire of 13 young firefighters in Mann Gulch.

Started by lightning, the fire raged on what was then the hottest day on record for nearby…

Former Federal Prosecutor Paul Rosenzweig Discusses Mueller’s Testimony
Paul Rosenzweig

NPR’s Mary Louise Kelly speaks with former federal prosecutor Paul Rosenzweig, who is currently a Senior Fellow at the R Street Institute, about Robert Mueller’s congressional testimony on…

Blocking Critics on Twitter: What Congress Should Know
Anthony Marcum

Good news, D.C.: August recess is around the corner. For many, it is a time to escape the Beltway for some much sought-after R&R. For members of Congress, it is a time to return home and meet…