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    Wal-Mart and Economic Freedom in India

    Wal-Mart recently decided to part ways with the Indian firm Bharti, thus ending its efforts to penetrate India. The breakdown in cooperation between the Indian and American firms highlights some of the hardships that businesses face when considering operating in India. Due to strict foreign direct investment (FDI) regulations, undeveloped … More

    Wal-Mart and D.C.’s Minimum Wage Increases

    The D.C. city council recently approved legislation raising hourly minimum wages in retail stores to $12.50 an hour under the Large Retail Accountability Act (LRAA). On the surface, it looks like the bill would simply create a very high minimum wage. However, a closer look shows the LRAA targets a … More

    Morning Bell: Beware the Internet Sales Tax

    The Internet sales tax is back, and it could be the next big vote in the Senate. The proposed law would enable states to force businesses to collect sales tax from customers who live in their state—even when the businesses have no connection to that state. As Heritage President Jim … More

    Wal-Mart Delivers a Lesson to Antitrust Prosecutors

    Wal-Mart made headlines last week for launching same-day delivery service in direct competition with Amazon.com. This new retail rivalry between the big boys—brick-and-mortar versus virtual—provides yet more evidence that no company, no matter its size, is immune from competition. That’s a lesson federal antitrust prosecutors ought to heed. The “Wal-Mart … 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

    There's A Very Good Reason Wal-Mart Supports an Employer Mandate

    Recent press reports, including a front-page story in the Wall Street Journal, have the news that Wal-Mart has signed a letter to President Obama endorsing the idea of an “employer mandate” – a requirement that employers offer health insurance to their employees. Why would Wal-Mart – the nation’s largest employer … More

    At Least Wal-Mart Employees Can Cast Presidential Ballots in Secret...

    …because if big labor gets its way, they will not be protected by the secret ballot at work. Today the Wall Street Journal has a front page story on management efforts to educate employees on what would happen to Wal-Mart if liberal majorities in Congress and the White House passed … More

    Free Trade Fact of the Day

    Defending free trade from politicians who “pander to Americans’ suspicion of foreigners,” George Mason University economics professor Tyler Cowen writes in the New York Times: The last 20 years have brought the world more trade, more globalization and more economic growth than in any previous such period in history. Few … More