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Bureaucratic Insurgency

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There are growing signs that the Deep State is seeking to thwart legal orders from President Trump. This is dangerous.

More on Megaprojects

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Megaprojects are not a partisan thing. Megaprojects are large projects typically costing more than $1 billion and often tens of billions of dollars and impacting the lives of tens of thousands of people if not millions.

The New Trump Tax

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Yet more incoherent economic policy from the Tweeter in Chief. A border tax will mean that Americans will undoubtedly pay for at least part of the Great Wall of Trump™.

Tweeting A Cancelled Meeting

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Trump’s tweet may have been casual bluster posted while sitting at the breakfast table (presumably eating Wheaties®—The Breakfast of Champions). We can’t know. And finally it matters not because what really matters is that it was taken at face value by President Peña Nieto.

Do Presidential Pardons Still Make Sense?

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Obama has issued more commutations than all his predecessors combined. He set the single-day record Monday.

Oops. He’s doing it again.

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Eliminating the department would mean parceling out most of its activities to other federal agencies, a sleight of hand maneuver that might create the appearance of smaller government but would disrupt the ordinary operations of the federal government. 

President Trump’s Unprecedented Conflicts of Interest

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The incoming president’s business interests are a yuuuge problem.

As The Revolving Door Turns

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A senior congressional staffer is taking a new job that happens to coincide with her boss’ committee assignment.

Obama Expands Access to Federal Records, Requests 27-Month Delay in Releasing Hillary’s Emails

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President Obama signed a law vastly expanding public access to government records yesterday. In other news . . . .

BREAKING: Ammon Bundy Arrested, One Killed, in Confrontation with Police

The Oregon standoff is over, with one unnamed fatality. WaPo‘s Sarah Kaplan Six people involved in the armed occupation of a Central Ore. wildlife refuge were arrested after a traffic stop during which shots were fired. Another unnamed individual was killed during the confrontation, the FBI and Oregon State Police announced Tuesday. CNN: Federal authorities arrested Ammon Bundy, […]

The Sagebrush Rebellion, the Bundys, and American Vigalantism

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A look at the history behind the ideology driving the standoff in Oregon.

New Report Finds Widespread Failures At The Secret Service

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A new report finds that the problems at the Secret Service are far deeper than previously known.

Political Hack Resigns As OPM Director

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The unqualified hack who led OPM while China stole 21 million sensitive personnel files has finally resigned.

Why is Harvard Subsidized by the Taxpayer?

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A wealthy alumnus has given Harvard $400 million, sparking a heated debate.

Elon Musk Beneficiary of $4.9 Billion in Government Subsidies

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Billionaire wunderkind Elon Musk has had a lot of help from taxpayers.

U.S. Government Losing $100,000,000 Per Year On Nickel And Penny Production

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The U.S. Government continues to lose money on production of two coins that people barely use anymore.

The U.S. Government Wants Lawyers To Come Work For Free!

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The U.S. Government is looking for lawyers willing to work for free.

President Obama Urges FCC to Make Internet a Utility

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Obama proposes four ‘net neutrality’ rules.

Should Lawmaking Be Left to Congress?

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Should the Legislature take back legislating from the Executive?

America’s Disgruntled Civil Servants

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America’s federal workforce is increasingly disenchanted.

Obama and Ebola: Perception and Reality

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The president is frustrated.

Today’s Counterfactual: Tea Party Incumbent Loses to Establishment Republican in House Primary

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David Trott’s victory in Michigan’s District 11 Republican House primary marks the first time this year a Republican Establishment candidate has upset a Tea Party Incumbent.

Rush Limbaugh Is Madder Than Hell And He’s Not Gonna Take It Anymore

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Rush Limbaugh is still really, really angry about subsidized birth control. And lots of other stuff.

A Typo in the Declaration of Independence?

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Could a transcription error be changing our understanding of America’s founding document?

Supreme Court Rules Some Employees Can Opt Out Of Public Employee Unions

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The Supreme Court has limited the ability of public employee unions to force people to join their ranks.

New York’s Highest Court Kills Mike Bloomberg’s Soda Ban

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Mike Bloomberg’s absurd soda ban is, thankfully, dead.

EPA Employees Pooping in Hallway

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Apparently, the EPA needs to start environmental cleanup a little closer to home.

Congress Silent on Federal Pay Raise, Thus Allowing One

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We federal civil servants are apparently in for a backdoor pay raise.

VA’s Lake Wobegon Syndrome Isn’t Unusual

My latest for The Hill, “Why all VA executives are above average,” has posted.

Former NSA Chief Cashing in Big as Cyber Security Consultant

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Retired General Keith Alexander is hawking his services to banks at princely sums.

Yes, All VA Senior Executives Were ‘Fully Successful’

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Lawmakers and journalists don’t understand the civil service.

Who will be the new House Whip?

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GOP Whip Kevin McCarthy of California won the vote to replace Eric Cantor as the new GOP House Majority Leader. The question is who replaces McCarthy.

Are Federal Executives Underpaid?

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Can we fix the VA at what government pays?

Who Broke the VA?

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There’s plenty of blame to go around.

Pennsylvania Union: Privatizing Liquor Sales Will Kill Children

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Pennsylvania has some of the most idiotic and restrictive laws dealing with the sale of beer, wine, and hard liquor of any state in the nation. Unlike most states, you cannot buy beer and wine in grocery stores or convenience stores, for example. But it’s actually worse than that. You can buy wine and hard […]

Congress Orders Thousands Of Reports It Never Reads

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Bureaucracy at its finest.

The Government-Liberty Connection: Hobbes

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An ongoing set of considerations on the relationship between liberty and government.

Portland Dumps 38 Million Gallons of Water Over 16 Ounces of Urine

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Portland, Oregon government officials and USA Today headline writers are innumerate.

Donald Rumsfeld Has ‘Absolutely No Idea’ if His Tax Returns Are Accurate

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Our tax system is so complicated that whether we’re filing our returns correctly is a known unknown.

One to watch: Alleged Voter Fraud in North Carolina

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Voter ID supporters are pointing to a report from the North Carolina Board of Elections as proof of ongoing Voter Fraud. But, while long on facts, the report has yet to reach any such conclusions.

Has Government Worker Pay Been Shrinking?

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Eric Katz of Government Executive points to “The Incredible Shrinking Pay Raise in One Chart.”

Federal Government and Snow Days

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Snow days are no longer automatic vacation days for federal workers.

ObamaCare Will Push 2 Million Out of Work! And That’s a Good Thing!

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A CBO report on the Affordable Care Act is getting a polarized reading.

Gates Insulted Obama Predicted Gates’ Actions

Dave Weigel has identified “The funniest part of Robert Gates’ very serious new memoir.”

No Previously Published Works Will Enter Into US Public Domain Between Now and 2019

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No previously published works have entered the US Public Domain since 1978. And none are scheduled to enter until 1923. So what are we missing?

One of These Is Not Like the Others

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Yesterday in the comments of this post of Steven Taylor’s, “What’s Wrong With This Picture?”, I mentioned a bar chart comparing healthcare costs in a number of developed economies over at my place. Above, courtesy of a frequent commenter there and here, is an alternative representation of the information, sampled from an article at Forbes. […]

Obama Apologizes to People Who Lost Lousy Insurance Because of ObamaCare

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President Obama has apologized for breaking his “If you like your plan, you can keep it” pledge. Does he have anything to be sorry about?

FAA Lifts Restrictions On Using Electronics On Airplanes

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Finally, the FAA acts to end a pretty dumb rule.

Check Your Email, Break The Law

If there’s a shutdown, Federal workers will be forbidden from checking their email: You know those vacations where you say you’re not checking your e-mail, but everyone knows you’re lying? Well, when federal employees go off the grid, they mean it. In the event of a government shutdown — just 12 hours to go until the deadline […]

IRS Loses $67 Million Set Aside For PPACA Enforcement

Well, this is embarrassing: Hoo boy…this isn’t going to go over well. The IRS has seen its summer from hell extended into autumn, as a report issued today by the Treasury Inspector General for Tax Administration (TIGTA) revealed that the Service cannot account for $67 million that was set aside in a slush fund to help pay […]

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