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    Ashton Kutcher and the Regulatory Burden

    Ashton Kutcher, an entrepreneur and popular actor, denounced heavy-handed regulation in a recent interview on Jimmy Kimmel Live. Kutcher is a managing partner of the investment fund A-Grade Investments. One company his fund has invested in is Uber, the app-based service that connects drivers with passengers. Uber is rapidly expanding … More

    It's Good to Be the Budget Chairman: Patty Murray's Omni-BUS Carve-Out

    At least one special favor is hiding deep in the omnibus—giving one county’s government-subsidized transit system the advantage over private transportation. Buried on page 1,460 of the fiscal year (FY) 2014 omnibus spending bill that the House just passed is a carve-out that shields just one federally subsidized transit system … More

    Share One of These to Let the President Know You Haven't Forgotten

    In 2009, President Obama threatened those who criticized Obamacare: “If you misrepresent what’s in this plan, we will call you out.” But as Obamacare unfolded in 2013, it was clear the President and his Administration were the only ones misrepresenting the law. Now, Mr. President, we’re calling you out. In our … More

    States or Feds Running Obamacare Exchanges Made Little Difference to Insurers

    After three years of preparation and much anticipation, Americans can finally see whether Obamacare’s state or federally operated insurance exchanges will provide more competition for consumers’ business. As the table shows, the results are in, and there seems to be no correlation. Heritage Foundation senior fellow Ed Haislmaier recently examined … More

    What Does a "Free Market" in Health Care Look Like? Here's an Example

    Conservatives often talk about the importance of a free market to improve health care quality and lower costs. What would it look like? An example could be found in the development of LASIK surgery. Dr. Craig Beyer, a practicing ophthalmologist and LASIK surgeon, was part of the team that performed … More

    Obama's Promise of "Competition" in Obamacare: Also False

    Here’s what the President said in 2009: My guiding principle is, and always has been, that consumers do better when there is choice and competition. That’s how the market works. Unfortunately, in 34 states, 75 percent of the insurance market is controlled by five or fewer companies. In Alabama, almost … More

    Competitive Federalism Forces States to Improve

    Where you live matters—in more than one way. As Time magazine reports, some states are known for being laid back, while others are more intense. The beauty of competitive federalism is that it creates a system where this range of emotions is possible. Economically, too, the states are in direct … More

    Goodlatte: 7 Things to Consider Before Taxing Internet Shopping

    Efforts in Congress to give state tax collectors power to tax out-of-state (mostly Internet) sales hit a roadblock Wednesday, as House Judiciary Committee chairman Bob Goodlatte (R–VA) released seven principles to guide the debate. These principles reflect the major concerns with such an expansion of taxing power, rightfully setting a … More

    The U.S. Gets It Right on Smithfield

    The Committee on Foreign Investment in the United States (CFIUS) is charged with screening foreign investments to ensure they pose no risk to national security. CFIUS receives a great deal of criticism, some of it deserved. But the decision last week to approve Chinese firm Shuanghui’s $4.7 billion acquisition of … More

    Apple vs. Samsung: Why Is the Obama Administration Involved?

    Apple and Samsung have been fighting over cell phone patents for a while. Samsung won a round in June when the U.S. International Trade Commission (ITC) ruled in its favor on certain patents, blocking sale of some older Apple products. The Obama Administration last week overturned the ruling. The Administration … More