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Why America Can’t Build

Are we too regulated for our own good?

Coronavirus Relief Funds Diverted to Pet Projects

Because of course it was.

Census Undercounted Some Groups, Overcounted Others

Antiquated counting methods lead to misallocation of resources.

Civil Servants Aren’t in the Administration

An irresponsible Trump-era practice continues.

Chief Medical Advisor to the President Dr. Anthony Fauci participates in a briefing Thursday, Jan. 21, 2021, in the James S. Brady Press Briefing Room of the White House. (Official White House Photo by Chandler West) Chief Medical Advisor to the President Dr. Anthony Fauci participates in a briefing Thursday, Jan. 21, 2021, in the James S. Brady Press Briefing Room of the White House. (Official White House Photo by Chandler West)

The Fauci Who Stole Christmas

You’re a monster, Dr. Grinch, Your heart’s an empty hole.

Esper Suing DoD Over Book Redactions

Trump’s last Secretary of Defense is being stymied by preclearance review.

Heir’s Property and FEMA Relief

Another example of structural racism.

Student Barred from Graduation for Wrong Shoes

An outrage was averted by an act of kindness.

CDC Shakeup Presaged Mask Order

The politics of science comes full circle.

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Biden Can’t Fire Postmaster General

When an apolitical process gets politicized.

Emily Murphy’s Plight

Why is making the obvious call so hard for the GSA Administrator?

Hiring Preferences for Government Spouses

A perfectly reasonable initiative with a significant downside.

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Congress Bans IRS Online Filing

A bipartisan bill will protect the tax preparation industry at the expense of the citizenry.

Taxing the Very Rich

It’s a lot harder than it looks.

Trump Administration Merging OPM into Other Agencies

An odd bureaucratic reshuffling, seemingly out of the blue.

Selectively Disobeying Trump’s Orders

Just how far should White House staffers and civil servants go in protecting the public from an erratic president?

Trump to Propose Merger of Education, Labor and Consolidation of Welfare Programs [UPDATED]

The Administration is going to unveil a plan for a major reorganization of government agencies today.

Immigration Outrages Preceded but Exacerbated by Trump

An inordinate amount of cruelty is being perpetrated in the name of border security. It’s only partly the fault of the current President.

Trump Seeks to Make Firing Civil Servants Easier and Weaken their Unions

Three Executive Orders signed ahead of the Memorial Day holiday has government employees scrambling.

Mike Pompeo and the Soft Bigotry of Low Expectations

The new Secretary of State is an improvement over the worst Secretary of State in history.

Ben Carson Defends Purchase Of Dining Room Table For His Office, Blames His Wife For Cost

I hope Ben Carson has a comfortable couch at home.

Ben Carson Cancels Order For $31,000 Dining Room Table

Ben Carson comes to his senses, but questions still remain about his family seeming to benefit from his position in government.

The Confusion of Short Government Shutdowns

Friday’s eight-hour shutdown was not the non-event it seemed from the outside.

Bureaucratic Insurgency

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

Oops. He’s doing it again.

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. 

Regulatory Capture and the Revolving Door

Top officials of the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau have taken jobs in the industry they were regulating.

Torture Report’s Long Shadow

What now?

Congress Reaches Budget Deal, Delays Immigration Fight For Another Day

It looks like Congress has averted a budget fight for the second straight year.

Should Lawmaking Be Left to Congress?

Should the Legislature take back legislating from the Executive?

Forest Service Requires Media To Pay Fees To Take Pictures On Government Land

Freedom Of The Press, if you can afford to pay the fee.

Two Federal Appeals Courts Rule Two Different Ways On Obamacare Subsidies

Contradictory rulings from two Federal Courts of Appeal show that statutory construction isn’t a simple thing.

Lois Lerner’s ‘Lost’ Emails And The IRS’s Credibility Problem

The IRS’s claim that it lost some unknown number of Lois Lerner’s emails doesn’t really add up.

IRS Says It Lost Two Years Worth Of Lois Lerner’s E-Mail

All of a sudden, the IRS announced it doesn’t have communications records it once claimed it did have.

Employment Numbers Rigged Prior To 2012 Election? The Evidence Doesn’t Show It

Was the Jobs Report released one month before Election Day 2012 rigged? Despite a new report, there’s no evidence to suggest that it was.

Report: White House Warned In March About Health Care Website Problems

The mounting troubles of the PPACA continue.

The F.D.A.’s Misplaced War On Trans Fats

The FDA is declaring war on trans fats. That’s a bad idea on many levels.

FAA Lifts Restrictions On Using Electronics On Airplanes

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

Healthcare.gov Security Flaws Could Make Social Security Numbers Publicly Available

Even if it were functioning properly the Federal Health Care Exchange website would still have problems.

Senator Joe Manchin Working On Bill To Delay Obamacare Mandate Due To Website Woes

The bad roll out of the Affordable Care Act is starting to lead to calls for delays in enforcement of the law.

The Most Unessential Man in America

Air Force lieutenant colonel (designate) Erik Brine is so unessential that it hurts.