In Groundbreaking Decision, DC Court Orders IRS to Return Money to Victims

Laura Williams and Travis Klavohn in Foundation for Economic Education on July 3, 2017

The judicial branch exists primarily to ensure that Constitutional principles are properly upheld by the courts. And yet, constitutional victories have been troublingly rare as of late. But even though limited government and a true separation of powers seems almost non-existent, the United States District Court for the District of Columbia just handed down a precedent-setting decision that is a win for anyone who supports constitutional limits to state power…

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Amid Fight Over Regulations, Checker Cab Rebrands In Jacksonville

Ryan Benk in WJCT on September 13, 2016

Checker Cab of Jacksonville may be taking the advice of City Councilman Matt Schellenberg and updating its fleet to compete with app-based transportation companies like Uber and Lyft.

No longer will the cabs sport their classic yellow color. Instead the newly rebranded “zTrip” cars are painted gray.

But zTrip President Bill George told WJCT that those changes go deeper than the paint job…

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Why parents put faith in Uber, Lyft

Erin Ben-Moche in Chicago Tribune on June 30, 2017

The smartphone has spawned a world in which we depend on convenience and put trust in technology, which could explain why parents are so willing to let their kids use apps that hire strangers to pick them up.

Parents like Beth Miller say ride-sharing services save time and can be a lifeline…

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With Liberty and Pizza for All

The Wall Street Journal on May 3, 2017

Some good news for readers who enjoy personal freedom and eating pizza: The Trump Administration this week delayed calorie rules that carried criminal penalties for errant pepperonis. Now Congress should rework the idea in legislation…

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Farmer faces $2.8 million fine after plowing field

Damon Arthur in Record Searchlight on May 22, 2017

A farmer faces trial in federal court this summer and a $2.8 million fine for failing to get a permit to plow his field and plant wheat in Tehama County…

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Family Pond Boils at Center of a ‘Regulatory War’ in Wyoming

Jack Healy in The New York Times on September 18, 2015

The sun was sinking and the brook trout were biting, so Andy Johnson and his daughter Aspen, 6, stepped onto their sub-bleached pier, hooked some mealworms and cast their lines into the most infamous pond in the West…

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Big legal question: Is Trump’s WOTUS repeal ‘reasoned’?

Ariel Wittenberg in E&E News on June 28, 2017

The Trump administration’s 42-page proposal for repealing former President Obama’s Clean Water Rule largely builds its case on a 2009 split decision by the Supreme Court on federal regulation of swear words on television.

In FCC v. Fox Television Stations, the high court ruled, 5-4, that an agency can change regulations without the move being considered arbitrary or capricious under the Administrative Procedures Act as long as it provides a “reasoned explanation” for the change…

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The Finance 202: Democrats are more divided than ever over Wall Street regulations

Tory Newmyer in The Washington Post on June 26, 2017

To understand where the debate over financial regulation stands today, it helps to rewind the clock…

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Hysteria Over Trump Transgender Bathroom Rule

Gail Heriot in The American Conservative on June 27, 2017

When the Trump administration rescinded the transgender bathroom guidance in February, the mainstream media portrayed it as a frontal assault on civil rights. But most Americans didn’t agree. They saw Trump’s policy for what it was—an effort to rein in one of the Obama administration’s more serious bureaucratic overreaches…

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This Single Labor Rule Hurts Business Owners, Colleges, and Habitat for Humanity

Melissa Quinn in The Daily Signal on June 22, 2016

Rodney Kloha feels like he has been backed into a corner by the federal government.

Kloha, of Midland, Michigan, prides himself on running a clean and honest business, Circle K Service Corp., that has grown for nearly 30 years.

But after the Obama administration issued a regulation last month raising the salary threshold for employees eligible for overtime pay, he’s found himself in a bind…

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