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Tuesday, November 21, 2017

As millions flocked to the web for the first time in the 1990s, President Clinton and a Republican Congress decided "to preserve the vibrant and competitive free market that presently exists for the Internet." In the Telecommunications Act of 1996, the government called for an internet "unfettered by Federal or State regulation." The result of that fateful decision was the greatest free-market success story in history.

Encouraged by light-touch regulation, private companies invested over $1.5 trillion in nearly two decades to build out American communications networks. Without having to ask anyone's permission, innovators everywhere used the internet's open platform to start companies that have transformed how billions of people live and work.

But that changed in 2014. Just days after a poor midterm election result, President Obama publicly pressured the Federal Communications Commission to reject the longstanding consensus on a market-based approach to the internet....


ur Constitution carefully separates the legislative, executive, and judicial powers into three separate branches of government: Congress enacts laws, which the president enforces and the courts review. However, when all of these powers are accumulated "in the same hands," James Madison warned in Federalist No. 47, the government "may justly be pronounced the very definition of tyranny." The rise of the administrative state over the last century has pushed us closer and closer to the brink. Today, Congress enacts vague laws, the executive branch aggrandizes unbounded discretion, and the courts defer to those dictates. For decades, presidents of both parties have celebrated this ongoing distortion of our constitutional order because it promotes their agenda. The Trump administration, however, is poised to disrupt this status quo.


Thursday, November 09, 2017

A bipartisan group of lawmakers have launched a new caucus in the House of Representatives to honor and raise awareness of the more than 100 million people killed under communist regimes.

Representatives Dennis Ross (R., Fla.), Marcy Kaptur (D., Ohio), Dan Lipinski (D., Ill.), and Chris Smith (R., N.J.) announced the creation of the Victims of Communism Caucus Tuesday, on the 100th anniversary of the Bolshevik Revolution in the Soviet Union. The White House also released a statement designating Nov. 7 as the National Day for the Victims of Communism, promising to continue to "shine the light of liberty for all who yearn for a brighter, freer future."


Thursday, November 02, 2017

Democrats have been throwing around claims about the tax plan that would increase the average tax on families nationwide earning up to $86,100 by $794.00. In fact, in a series of tweets from various Democratic leaders like Kamala Harris and Jeff Merkley, the Washington Post begins by pointing out their claims which all read similarly, and all making the exact same claim.

WaPo says they traced the claim back to a document put out by the Democratic Policy and Communications Committee (DPCC), which is essentially the communications arm of Senate Democrats. The document laid out the very statistic that Democrats kept repeating about the dreaded tax increase (why the left is suddenly horrified by tax increases is beyond me).

The $794 tax increase factoid was marked as coming from a report by Democrats on the Joint Economic Committee, which WaPo tracked as well.


Wednesday, October 25, 2017

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This shift away from a focus on racist police killings may be because recent facts have proven problematic to the old narrative. Consider, for instance, the number of unarmed blacks killed by police has been shrinking. In 2015, The Washington Post compilations indicate that 38 of the 94 unarmed men and women killed by police were African Americans; in 2016, only 17 of the 48 unarmed police killings were African American; and it is likely that in 2017 it will be even fewer. Meanwhile, as Heather MacDonald has documented, violent crime and homicide rates have increased for the second year in a row. In 2016, black homicides increased by nearly 900 to 7,881. If we are worried about protecting black lives -- as we should be -- why not focus on the conditions that have given rise to such violence?


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