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Private property rights protections are a little stronger today in the Commonwealth of Virginia. On Friday, Gov. Terry McAuliffe signed legislation that increases the evidentiary standard in civil asset forfeiture cases. Though a lot of work remains to reform Virginia's civil asset forfeiture laws, action on this bill is a step in the right direction.
Following the U.S. Department of Labor’s promulgation today of a fiduciary rule that will make it more complicated for older Americans to get retirement investment advice, FreedomWorks Foundation Executive Director Curt Levey commented:
Three bills that would overhaul Oklahoma's sentencing policies and another offering more drug treatment programs are moving toward a final vote in the state Senate. The bills, which have already cleared the state House of Representatives are part of the latest effort to overhaul Oklahoma's criminal justice system to make it more efficient, reduce recidivism, and enhance public safety.
FreedomWorks today announced its opposition to any amendment to H.R. 636, the vehicle for the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) reauthorization bill, that would extend renewable energy tax breaks. FreedomWorks will key vote against any amendment that extends these tax breaks and will key vote against passage if such language is included in the final version of the bill.
Recent reports indicate that language may be included in H.R. 636, America's Small Business Tax Relief Act of 2015, the vehicle for the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) reauthorization bill in the Senate to provide tax breaks for renewable energy that are slated to expire. FreedomWorks opposes inclusion of this language in the FAA reauthorization bill.
In a recent subcommittee hearing with appropriations committee, Dr. Thomas Frieden, the director of the CDC, testified to several representatives regarding the budgetary affairs of the CDC. Throughout the hearing, Dr. Frieden talked at length about the various projects the CDC had been involved with recently, particularly regarding the Zika and Ebola viruses.
In Netflix’s hit series House of Cards, Frank Underwood has proven time and again to be a regular hypocrite, offering a fake public persona while acting entirely against his word. In recent days, it would seem that the show’s parent company has taken a page from Mr. Underwood’s playbook regarding net neutrality.
In 1930, Congress passed the Tariff Act introduced by Sen. Reed Smoot (R-Utah) and Rep. Willis Hawley (R-Ore.). The bill raised tariffs -- or taxes paid on imports into the United States -- on more than 20,000 imported goods. Against the advice of more than 1,000 economists, President Herbert Hoover signed Smoot-Hawley into law.
The Fabian socialists over a century and a half ago knew that if their ideas were to spread efficiently, they would have to spread far enough to touch every bring and mortar of the political establishment.