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    Phones on Airplanes: FCC Moves to Lift Rules

    Something unusual is happening at the Federal Communications Commission (FCC). At a meeting earlier this afternoon, the commission—led by Obama-appointed chairman Tom Wheeler—voted to review the FCC ban on using cell phones on airplanes. This is the first step to repeal, which Wheeler supports. The move has caused bipartisan consternation … More

    A Swedish (Economic) Lesson for President Obama in One Chart

    President Obama is making the first ever bilateral visit to Sweden by a sitting U.S. President. As The Heritage Foundation and Swedish think tank Timbro discussed in a recent Google Hangout, the President should learn from Sweden that advancing economic freedom, not big-government policies, is the driver of economic dynamism. … More

    President Obama’s Regulatory Bait-and-Switch

    The White House on Tuesday announced “final plans” to reduce “unreasonable” regulations that hinder economic growth and job creation. That President Obama even acknowledges there are costly consequences to government dictates is progress of sorts, and any reduction in red tape is most welcome. But the anticipated savings from the … More

    Bad Regulation, Not Deregulation, Caused Financial Crisis

    Harvard University professor Niall Ferguson writes in the New York Times: Human beings are as good at devising ex post facto explanations for big disasters as they are bad at anticipating those disasters. It is indeed impressive how rapidly the economists who failed to predict this crisis — or predicted … More

    What Didn't Cause the Financial Crisis

    For the next few days, weeks and probably years, we’re going to hear a lot about what caused the financial crisis and led to a $700 bailout. And we’ve already heard presidential nominees, Members of Congress and political analysts blame free markets and deregulatory policies over the past 8 years. … More

    Morning Bell: Who Will Defend Free Markets?

    If you thought passage of last week’s $700 billion Wall Street bailout meant Congress would get out of Washington, you’re not that lucky. Determined to pin the credit crunch on free markets, Chairman Henry Waxman (D-CA) has announced a whole month’s worth of hearings in the House Oversight and Government … More

    This Week in Washington: So Much for Equal Protection

    Here’s a preview of the week ahead in Washington. [youtube]http://youtube.com/watch?v=JzXN6A6LYOM[/youtube] Late last year, the House passed by a large margin a bill that allows federal recognition of “Native Hawaiians” as a distinct group, and Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid has promised some floor time this year. This legislation would establish … More