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The War on Federalism

Posted: November 6, 2017 at 9:00 am   /   National, Politics

One of the principles President Trump has been fighting for – without much luck, because a handful of congressional Republicans have so far managed to trip him up – is the idea that people’s health care decisions ought not to be made for them by a distant, omnipotent federal government. That it is properly a […]

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Renewable Fuels Rigmarole

Posted: October 22, 2017 at 8:15 am   /   Features, National, Politics, Top Stories

The Renewable Fuels Standard – which requires a certain percentage of ethanol (and biofuel diesel) be mixed into the nation’s fuel supply – was sold to the public largely on the basis of the mandated fuels being  . . . renewable The idea being to reduce dependence on foreign sources of fuel – and to […]

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The “Secret Sauce”

Posted: September 10, 2017 at 11:00 am   /   Features, National, Politics, Top Stories

Imagine you’re going car shopping and the price you’re told you’ll pay is negotiated in secret between the dealership and the car manufacturer – who assure you they’ve “negotiated” the very best price possible. Luckily, that’s not the way we buy cars. We can find out what the dealer paid the manufacturer – the invoice […]

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Can You Hear Me Now? Senator Warren Is at It Again

Posted: May 18, 2017 at 11:00 am   /   Features, Politics, Top Stories

It sounds good – and that’s the problem. Massachusetts Sen. Elizabeth Warren has proposed legislation that would make it perfectly legal to buy hearing aids over the counter.  Great, right? The thing is, it is already legal to buy them. Warren’s dishonestly titled bill – the Over The Counter Hearing Aid Act of 2017 – […]

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Paying to Prevent Them From Playing

Posted: April 10, 2017 at 8:30 am   /   Features, Politics, Top Stories

Sheldon Adelson, the billionaire owner of the Sands casino in Vegas, has been “spend(ing) whatever it takes” – his words – to secure passage of pet legislation titled the Restoration of America’s Wire Act (RAWA), but the bill has nothing to do with restoring anyone’s wires. It has a lot to do with pulling strings, […]

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Seeing Red Over Green: What the American Optometry Association is Lobbying Against

Posted: February 27, 2017 at 1:10 pm   /   Business, Features, Politics, Top Stories

Why should it be necessary – legally required – to go to a “bricks and mortar” eye doctor’s office to get your vision checked – and a prescription for new contacts or eyeglasses issued? It’s 2017 – not 1917 – and apps such as Opternative and GlassesOn can check for refractive error via a 25 minute online […]

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The Game…

Posted: February 12, 2017 at 12:00 pm   /   Features, Politics, Top Stories

Strong passions can erupt in unpredictable ways. The government understands this – and desires that strong passions be diverted in a harmless – to the government – way. Enter the cultivated, culturally and socially enforced obsession with organized, mass spectacle sports. Fuuhhhhhtttttball especially but also the others. These games – a new one to keep people busy almost every […]

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Car Review: 2017 Hyundai Elantra

Posted: February 11, 2017 at 11:15 am   /   Entertainment, Features, Politics, Top Stories

First, they aren’t twins. The Hyundai Elantra – and the Kia Forte. This isn’t Camaro/Firebird – or Tahoe/Escalade. The same thing sold under two different labels. Usually for two very different prices. There are meaningful – functional and physical – differences between the Elantra and the Forte (which was reviewed here, earlier). For instance, the […]

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Cash for Not Clunkers

Posted: February 9, 2017 at 11:20 am   /   Business, Features, Politics, Top Stories

You’ve heard the saying that history repeats . . . as farce? Well, here we are. Not quite ten years after the government paid people to throw away perfectly good used cars to “stimulate” demand for new ones – the despicable Cash for Clunkers program – the government is doing the same thing again. Only […]

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