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The SAFE Banking Act Is a Victory for Federalism and Markets
R.J. Lehmann

It has been a bumpy road for the Secure and Fair Enforcement (SAFE) Banking Act, but two major roadblocks to passage of the cannabis banking legislation appear to be lifting.

In the House of…

Canceled USPS Stamp Price Hike Adds Urgency to Postal Finance Fix
Nick Zaiac

Last week, the United States Postal Service (USPS) and its regulators were left scrambling after the U.S. Court of Appeals for the D.C. Circuit struck down 2019’s stamp rate increase. The court…

What can the Postal Service learn from Amtrak?
Nick Zaiac

The deteriorating financial condition of the United States Postal Service has restarted discussions about how to restore the agency’s long-term solvency. While various solutions have been proposed,…

Improving Biologics Provision in the USMCA
Clark Packard

After much unnecessary saber rattling by the Trump administration, U.S. trade negotiators were able to reach a flawed, but still workable, agreement to modernize the North American Free Trade…

Key points in the Treasury’s paper on Fannie/Freddie reform
Alex J. Pollock

The important parts of the Treasury’s new paper on Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac reform are not the legislative recommendations, since legislation is not going to happen. They are the administrative…

Is Contraceptive Relief on the Horizon for Massachusetts?
Nicolas John & Kristen Nyman

The United States has one of the highest unintended pregnancy rates in the world, along with some of the most restrictive contraceptive access laws. Its rates of unintended pregnancy are 16 percent…

On the road to 2020, don’t leave the territories behind
Kristen Nyman & Kathryn Waldron

Election hackers are paying attention to the security vulnerabilities in American territories, so why aren’t we? Russians targeted one just last cycle—American Samoa. During the 2016 presidential…

Sen. Whitehouse’s Amicus Op-Ed
Anthony Marcum

The Supreme Court is not set to hear arguments until October, but political controversy surrounding the Court has already hit midseason form.

This month, Sen. Sheldon Whitehouse, D-R.I., filed an…

R Street’s Recess Reading List
Caroline Kitchens

For staffers who want to get savvy this summer

Is August recess starting to drag on? Looking for some new items to add to your reading list? Here’s R Street’s quick-hit list of background…

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…