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  • Debate Analysis: Did Regulation Quadruple Under Obama? The Numbers Say Yes

    Regulatory policy made a cameo appearance in last night’s presidential debate when Governor Mitt Romney took aim at the Obama Administration’s penchant for making rules. “Regulations have quadrupled,” Romney said. “The rate of regulations quadrupled under this President.” The assertion led to a mini-controversy this morning over the Obama regulatory … More

    Another Day, Another Default: Postal Service to Miss $5.6 Billion Payment to Treasury

    In August, the U.S. Postal Service (USPS) failed to pay $5.5 billion due to the Treasury Department to fund health benefits for its retirees. This Sunday, USPS will miss a second payment to the Treasury, this time for $5.6 billion. This second default is no surprise; the USPS just doesn’t … More

    Ignore the Spin: GAO Says to Ease Cell Phone Rules

    According to a recent Government Accountability Office (GAO) report, federal health standards limiting radiation from cell phones are outdated and don’t reflect the latest research in the field. The watchdog agency urged the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) to reassess its current rules. The Members of Congress who requested the study—Representatives … More

    Postal Service Finances: Yes, It Can Get Worse

    It is becoming hard to keep the billions of dollars in missed payments and recorded losses by the U.S. Postal Service (USPS) straight. Today, tack another multibillion-dollar chunk of change onto the list: The USPS reported a third-quarter net loss of $5.2 billion, bringing year-to-date losses to $11.6 billion. But … More

    The Right Road on Regulation

    Regulation is like the weather. Everyone likes to complain, but nobody does anything about it. That’s not true, however, of the House of Representatives, which today passed a fistful of reforms. The package is hardly the stuff of revolution, and few of the proposals will make their way on to … More

    The Ban on Big Drinks: New York Supersizes the Nanny State

    Yesterday’s proposal by New York City Mayor Michael Bloomberg to limit sugary drinks in the Big Apple left a sour taste in the mouths of Americans nationwide. Criticism spanned the political spectrum, as consumers expressed outrage over the plan to ban sweetened beverages in cups or containers larger than 16 … More

    Post Office Closures: NIMBYism Wins

    Yesterday, faced with stiff congressional opposition to its plan to close over 3,600 post offices, the U.S. Postal Service (USPS) blinked. It was hardly a profile in courage on either side, with Members of Congress unable to resist the reverse NIMBYist urge to protect their local post offices at all … More

    Free Speech: An Unintended Victim of Protect IP and SOPA?

    Is Congress about to limit freedom of speech on the Internet? Two bills wending their way through the Senate and the House may do just that. The proposals, known as the Protect IP Act (PIPA) and the Stop Online Piracy Act (SOPA) are aimed at stopping foreign-based Web sites from … More

    Top 10 Worst Federal Rules of 2011

    Hindsight is supposed to be 20/20, but looking back on the past 12 months, it’s tough to see any sense in many of the Administration’s regulatory missteps. Of course, there are bound to be a few howlers when government churns out more than 3,500 rules in a year, including dozens … More

    Do Regulations Kill Jobs? Not at All, Says Reid