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    Another Flawed Executive Order: Chemical Security and Government Overreach

    President Obama issued his latest in a long line of executive orders yesterday. The order, titled “Improving Chemical Facility Safety and Security,” is rather inaptly named. Rather than improving upon existing chemical security programs, like the often criticized Chemical Facility Anti-Terrorism Standards (CFATS), the order simply throws layers of federal … More

    Bunny Disaster Plans: Unveiling the Magic Behind Regulations

    Cartoon star Bullwinkle the Moose had a running gag in which he tried to pull a rabbit out of a hat and ended up facing a tiger, rhino, lion, or a bear. It’s a good thing he’s not working the nightclub circuit today. The permitting process would be a nightmare. … More

    A Band-Aid for Derivatives Trading

    American regulators yesterday agreed, both internally and with the European Union, on how to deal with the trading of financial derivatives beyond U.S. shores. The EU and U.S. essentially decided to treat each other’s rules as “close enough.” While the decision has some value, it continues to miss the point. … More

    Tales of the Red Tape #40: The USDA Rabbit Police

    There’s no good way to deliver this disturbing bit of news except to come right out with it: Marty the Magician and others in the business of pulling a rabbit from a hat are under strict orders from the federal government to develop a “contingency plan” for handling their critters … More

    D.C. Police to Scalpers: One Strike and You’re Jailed

    Ordering the police to arrest every lawbreaker, no matter how trivial the offense or harmless the offender, appeals to legislators who want to appear “tough on crime.” But is that a reasonable policy when the crime is reselling baseball tickets at less than face value? As one unlucky tourist told … More

    Environmentalists Sue, Settle, and Apologize Later

    Environmental groups are the biggest abusers of a legal tactic known as “sue and settle,” according to a recent report from the U.S. Chamber of Commerce. It works this way: An environmental advocacy group sues a federal agency—usually the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) or Department of Interior—charging that the government … More

    What Obama’s Campaign Group Won’t Tell You About Obamacare

    Organizing for Action, President Obama’s campaign group, is out this morning with its first advertisement promoting Obamacare. The ad claims to tell the “facts” surrounding the law, but here’s what it doesn’t tell you: Claim: “Free Preventive Care for 34 Million” Fact: Obamacare forces insurers to cover preventive services without … More

    Kline and Rokita Unveil Rewrite of No Child Left Behind

    House Education and the Workforce Committee chairman John Kline (R–MN) and Representative Todd Rokita (R–IN) have introduced the Student Success Act (SSA)—a proposal to rewrite No Child Left Behind (NCLB). While restoring excellence in education will require more than a fix to the bureaucratic NCLB, Kline’s proposal makes some improvements … More

    Carbon (And Practically Everything Else) Just Got More Expensive

    The Department of Energy (DOE) finalized a rule at the end of May that mandates the amount of energy microwaves can use on standby mode starting in 2016. The DOE tries to legitimize the rule by saying that the alleged social cost of carbon (SCC) is more than it was … More

    Washington Bureaucrats Unconstitutionally Making Public Policy

    Washington, D.C., is the country’s last “company town,” and the big industry is the federal government. So it isn’t received well here when someone dares to question the size or scope of government. Recently, law professor Jonathan Turley took to the pages of The Washington Post to warn about the … More