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Pennsylvania Tries to Turn Off the Internet During COVID
C. Jarrett Dieterle

As America continues its struggle to contain the Coronavirus, state governments are busy issuing—and extending—stay-at-home orders and other protective public health measures. One of the key…

Why Don’t We Have Enough Doctors Right Now? Blame the Process
Jonathan Bydlak

The race is on to “flatten the curve.” With only 925,000 hospital beds in the country, and the potential for more than 20 million cases of coronavirus requiring hospitalization, there’s a…

Tech Policy Update March 2020
Charles Duan

It’s just another March, this is fine, nothing special going on in this month’s R Street Tech, and definitely no theme to the ledes here among our Technology and Innovation Policy department’s…

How to Help Save the Food and Drink Industry During a Pandemic
C. Jarrett Dieterle & Nick Zaiac & R.J. Lehmann

Americans of every walk of life are understandably worried about COVID-19, in terms of their personal health as well as how it impacts their day-to-day lives. But the ramifications of the current…

How the CARES Act Impacts the Federal Judiciary
Anthony Marcum

Passed by Congress and signed by the president on Friday, the Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security Act (CARES Act) offers $2 trillion in relief for businesses, individuals, federal agencies…

Congress Gave the Postal Service Crisis-Time Borrowing Capacity. It’s Up to Them to Use It Well.
Nick Zaiac

As the COVID-19 crisis continues and millions of Americans must stay at home, the essential work of the United States Postal Service (USPS) carries on. Post offices remain open, and postal workers…

President Trump can lead the nation in protecting correctional officers and those incarcerated from COVID-19
Arthur Rizer

With prison staff and prisoners testing positive for coronavirus in Washington and on Rikers Island, President Trump is now weighing a move to release nonviolent, elderly people from federal…

FCC, Broadband Industry Rising to the Challenge of Covid-19
Jeffrey Westling

With strong social distancing and work-from-home efforts occurring across the country, it’s vital that broadband connectivity for all Americans remains robust and accessible. Indeed, to stem…

No, the President can’t “reopen” the economy
Anthony Marcum

With unemployment claims dramatically rising and a turbulent stock market causing financial waves, policymakers have turned to how (and when) the American economy will rebound from Covid-19.


Fiscal Policy in a Time of Crisis
Jonathan Bydlak


Reeling from the unprecedented coronavirus outbreak, the United States—and indeed, the world—looks fundamentally different than before. Government officials are obviously eager to…