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    FCC’s Neutrality Regulation Express Sidetracked

    The FCC’s plans for regulating the Internet through “neutrality” regulation—once considered on a fast track—was sidetracked once again yesterday as the agency announced a new round of public comments on possible regulation. It is one more twist in the drama that net neutrality has become, at least for those who … More

    EPA’s New Rating System Encourages Poor Decisions

    The EPA recently proposed a new grading requirement for new car stickers. The A–D grading system would rank cars according to their fuel efficiency and carbon dioxide emissions to help consumers make better choices. In the new grading scheme, the Ford Focus gets a B and the Toyota Prius gets … More

    Egg Recall: Scrambling the Facts about Regulation

    It’s rather ironic that the activists who routinely lament government’s failure to protect public health are among the most vociferous proponents of expanding government powers. This month’s massive egg recall, involving more than 500 million eggs from two Iowa farms, is but the latest example. The recall, initiated August 13, … More

    Morning Bell: The Dodd-Frank Bailout is Already Here

    On July 21, when President Barack Obama signed the Dodd-Frank financial regulation bill, he promised: “There will be no more taxpayer-funded bailouts. Period.” How long will this Obama promise last? Well, The New York Times reports today that  “the Obama administration on Wednesday pumped $3 billion into programs intended to … More

    A Google-Verizon Truce On Internet Regulation?

    Google and Verizon, two of the leading antagonists in the long-running drama over FCC net neutrality regulation, may be about to call a truce.   According to numerous media reports, the two firms have or will soon agree to a compromise framework for regulation, which would provide for a limited degree … More

    Financial Regulation After Robert Byrd

    Because of the death of Sen. Robert Byrd (D-WV), prospects for passage of the conference report on Financial Regulatory Reform is now in a holding pattern. This conference report is expected to pass the House this week, but prospects for passage in the Senate are in doubt. President Obama has … More

    The Nanny State vs. McDonald's (and Shrek Happy Meal Toys)

    First, McDonald’s was sued because its coffee was just too darned hot; now they’re being sued because their Happy Meal toys are just too darned good at marketing food to kids. The Washington, DC, Center for Science in the Public Interest (CSPI) has served McDonald’s a letter of intent to … More

    Linguistic Gerrymandering: The FCC Moves to Regulate the Internet

    It’s been a bad week for the rule of law. First, President Obama — without any apparent legal authority — “informs” BP that it is to hand over $20 billion into an escrow fund, or else. Not to be outdone, the Federal Communications Commission this morning voted 3-2 to take … More

    Rep. Marsha Blackburn (R-TN) Joins Heritage, Others In Entering EPA's Video Contest

    A while back, we pointed readers towards Heritage’s official entry to the Environmental Protection Agency’s Rulemaking Matters! contest and encouraged others to submit their own videos. The contest solicited entries praising the sort of rampant over-regulation that marks much of government today, but we took a slightly different tack, explaining the … More

    Financial Regulation: Small Business, Little Role

    It’s a small issue, but a telling one. As the Senate continues to debate financial regulation, two senators — Olympia Snowe of Maine and Mark Pryor of Arkansas — have proposed an amendment to ensure that regulators consider the effects of new rules on small businesses. Specifically, the two would … More