Viking Ship Sailing the Great Lakes Is Getting Conquered by U.S. Regulations

July 8, 2017

Mike McPhate in The New York Times on July 21, 2016

When a Viking ship, meticulously recreated in Norway, crossed the Atlantic last month, the feat captivated history buffs in the United States. They could hardly wait to get a look at the vessel, which was scheduled to visit a series of ship festivals along the Great Lakes this summer.

But as the ship, called the Draken Harold Harfagre, glided into American waters this month, it collided with a modern foe: modern-day safety regulations…

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Forget an IPO, Coin Offerings Are New Road to Startup Riches

July 7, 2017

Paul Vigna in The Wall Street Journal on July 7, 2017

Two obscure companies with no sales raised nearly $400 million combined in recent days from outside investors. How did they do it? Via a new, unregulated fundraising method that has no connection to Wall Street and is based in the world of cryptocurrencies…

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How Many Federal Agencies Exist? We Can’t Drain The Swamp Until We Know

July 7, 2017

Wayne Crews in Forbes on July 5, 2017

No one can even say with certainty anymore how many federal agencies exist; yet they make most of the law now rather than our elected Congress. And their drive to protect turf is quite high…

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

July 5, 2017

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

July 4, 2017

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

July 3, 2017

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

July 2, 2017

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

July 1, 2017

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

June 29, 2017

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’?

June 29, 2017

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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