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Who Can Screw Up a Water Auction in the Desert? Government Can

Posted: January 13, 2016 at 8:00 am   /   Politics

The age-old analogy describing a good salesman is “He can sell ice to Eskimos.” Let us now contemplate the opposite. What if someone has repeatedly screwed up so terribly – they could damage the sale of the hottest of commodities to a full panoply of desperate buyers? How could anyone hamstring a water auction – […]

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New York’s Absurd Martin Act and the Investigation into Exxon Mobil

Posted: January 11, 2016 at 8:25 am   /   Politics

New York Attorney General (AG) Eric Schneiderman has opened an investigation into Exxon Mobil, the world’s largest energy company, and subpoenaed all company documents related to climate change research since 1977. His office says it’s an effort to find out whether executives “lied to the public about the risks of climate change or to investors […]

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Common Core Alive and Well, Thanks to Republican Support

Posted: January 8, 2016 at 9:56 am   /   Politics

The success of Donald Trump, Ted Cruz, and Ben Carson represents an anguished shout from Republican voters to the powers-that-be in Washington: The system is broken; it’s not working. If you want to know why millions of Republicans voters hate their party politics in Washington, D.C., consider what massive GOP majorities in both the House […]

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Congress Passes Obamacare Repeal and Planned Parenthood Defunding: Finally!

Posted: January 6, 2016 at 5:08 pm   /   Politics

(John Hinderaker) Today the House of Representatives passed a bill that would repeal Obamacare and defund Planned Parenthood. This is the same bill that passed the Senate last month on a 52-47, with the Republicans avoiding a filibuster with the same reconciliation process that enabled passage of Obamacare in the first place. The vote in […]

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Did the GOP Congress Change Energy Policy?

Posted: December 30, 2015 at 2:42 pm   /   Politics

Last year, when Republicans gained a decisive edge in both houses of Congress, I made predictions as to the six energy-policy changes we could expect—as the two parties have very different views on energy issues. Now, halfway through the “two years” for which I projected, here’s where American energy policy stands today. Keystone Pipeline As […]

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Elliott Abrams on spying on allies

Posted: December 30, 2015 at 11:08 am   /   Politics

(Paul Mirengoff) At NRO’s Corner, Elliott Abrams gives his take on the report that the Obama administration spied on the Israeli government. Abrams served for many years as a U.S. foreign policy official and is, of course, a leading pro-Israel advocate. Thus, his is a voice I wanted to hear on this potential scandal. Abrams […]

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Report that NSA spying on Israel reached Congress raises abuse of power questions

Posted: December 30, 2015 at 8:53 am   /   Politics

(Paul Mirengoff) Last night, I wrote about a Wall Street Journal report that the NSA spied on Israeli Prime Minister Netanyahu and members of his government, and that the spying included intercepting communications with members of Congress. I included in the post the Journal’s brief discussion of the rules that apply to U.S. surveillance that […]

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Paul Ryan Explains

Posted: December 24, 2015 at 9:08 am   /   Politics

(Steven Hayward) Both here on Power Line and elsewhere Speaker Paul Ryan and congressional Republicans in general have been taking heavy weather for the sorry outcome of the omnibus budget that passed last week. Ryan went on Bill Bennett’s radio show on Tuesday to tell his side of the story, which involves the fact that he inherited […]

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How Much a Month Are You Willing to Pay to Subsidize Netflix and Google?

Posted: December 23, 2015 at 9:57 am   /   Politics

$20? $40? $80? How much a month extra do you want to pay for your Internet service – so that companies like Netflix and Google don’t have to pay for theirs? Wait – you’re saying you don’t want to carry these mega-companies? That’s certainly understandable. They likely have a little more disposable income than you […]

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