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Play budget games, win expensive prizes
Nan Swift

President Joe Biden’s extra-late budget request for Fiscal Year (FY) 2022 was an inauspicious start to the annual budget process. Since then, both chambers of Congress—and both parties—have…

Better patents mean more innovation
Wayne Brough

Patents have a long history that can be traced back to at least 1474 when the city-state of Venice used patents to attract skilled artisans to the flourishing city-state. But just as importantly,…

Everyone Won with Ranked-Choice Voting in NYC
Jonathan Bydlak & Matt Germer

Initial Election Night results in the New York City mayoral contest seemed to declare the race all but over.

Brooklyn Borough President Eric Adams pulled in 31.7 percent of the vote, good enough…

Harm reduction is finally getting the attention it deserves
Chelsea Boyd & Mazen Saleh

If the opposite of addiction is connection, perhaps it is unsurprising that 2020 heralded yet another grim milestone—a 30 percent increase in overdose deaths. For those struggling with substance…

The Environmental Case for Improving NEPA
Philip Rossetti

Historically, one of the most important laws for preserving the environment has been the National Environmental Policy Act (NEPA). One of the first landmark environmental laws dating back to 1970,…

Catastrophes Taking Their Toll
Jerry Theodorou

This year’s hurricane season is off to an early and troubling start with tropical storm Elsa, the earliest fifth-named storm in recent history. Elsa reached tropical storm status (minimum sustained…

Beware the trap of paying for Climate Infrastructure with Corporate Taxes
Philip Rossetti

A breakthrough in infrastructure negotiation occurred recently, when both the White House and a bipartisan group of senators agreed to a modest proposal that would be mostly constrained to…

The Schrems II Ruling: Where are we now?
Sofia Lesmes

Explaining the Schrems II Ruling and Its Implications

Premise: In 2015, the Court of Justice of the European Union (CJEU) ruled that the 2000 Safe Harbor framework, a privacy mechanism for sharing…

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Utah nicotine caps derail harm reduction efforts
Steven Greenhut

When it comes to government regulation, it’s sometimes hard to get the details right. There’s often a one-way ratchet effect, as officials continually push for new and tougher standards—even…

Hack the Plant Episode 12: ERCOT and the Texas Power Outage
William Gray & Bryson Bort

“All types of generation that are part of the ERCOT mix suffered or none of them were at full capacity. All types of generations suffered some sort of outage due to the weather….demand was…

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