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Thou Hast Offended His Majesty
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Thou Hast Offended His Majesty

Sixty minutes were spent today in oral arguments discussing Judge Thomas Penfield Jackson’s "conduct of the trial and extrajudicial statements." Although the Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia Circuit may not impose any criminal or civil penalty on Jackson, it is clear that he should be given a stern public rebuke and removed from any further proceedings. If a man’s home is his castle, then his courtroom must be his monarchy. At least that’s what it appears Judge Jackson thought of his courtroom in the Microsoft antitrust trial.

02/27/2001
Rules of the Road: Europe Buckles Down
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Rules of the Road: Europe Buckles Down

BY Jaret Seiberg and Shanon D. Murray

EC tightens merger reviews Europe's top antitrust official, Mario Monti, announced plans Tuesday to set up a special unit within the European Commission for regulating concessions in merger reviews. Monti, the European Commissioner for Competition, said the unit will operate under the EC's merger task force, the team of antitrust officials responsible for reviewing mergers. "What we want is this special unit to look at remedies and to make sure they're actually being implemented," he said in a speech at the European Parliament in Brussels.

02/27/2001
3,100 State Layoffs Feared
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3,100 State Layoffs Feared

BY Jonathan Roos and Lynn Okamoto

Budget cuts being considered by the Iowa Legislature could trigger layoffs of more than 3,100 state workers and force parts of state government to shut down for several weeks this spring, advisers to Gov. Tom Vilsack warned Monday. Cynthia Eisenhauer, director of the Department of Management, told lawmakers that proposed cuts of $35 million so late in the fiscal year could force the layoff of 334 of the 346 workers in the Department of Human Services' central office in Des Moines.

02/27/2001
DOJ Continues Quixotic Crusade Against Innovation
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DOJ Continues Quixotic Crusade Against Innovation

Oral arguments in the pending appeal of U.S. v. Microsoft are being heard today in the Circuit Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia. The arguments are only the latest step in a lawsuit nearly three years old. The federal government teamed with attorneys general from 19 states and the District of Columbia and has presented a plan to micro-manage the development of new technology and to punish Microsoft for improving its products while lowering prices to consumers. Kent Lassman, Director of CSE’s Technology and Communications Policy issued the following statement:

02/26/2001
Letter to Congressional Leaders
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Letter to Congressional Leaders

February 26, 2001 The following congressional leaders received the letter printed below: Senators John McCain and Fritz Hollings, Representatives Billy Tauzin and John Dingell.

02/26/2001
Legislature: Chance to Vent Over Oregon Tax
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Legislature: Chance to Vent Over Oregon Tax

BY Howard Buck

OLYMPIA -- It may be little more than a shout into the wind, but Clark County residents angry over paying Oregon income tax have won a chance to vent to Washington legislators. At 1:30 p.m. Wednesday, the House Finance Committee will hear House Joint Memorial 4010, a simple memorial resolution lacking any teeth south of the Columbia River. Testimony will be taken in Hearing Room C, in the John L O'Brien Building (House offices).

02/24/2001
Same Old Song and Dance from the DOJ
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Same Old Song and Dance from the DOJ

Monday the Circuit Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia will hear oral arguments in the case of U.S. v. Microsoft. The arguments are only the latest step in the federal government’s campaign to micro-manage the development of new technology and to punish Microsoft for improving its products while lowering prices.

02/23/2001
A Tax We Can All Live Without
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A Tax We Can All Live Without

Recently, a group of extremely wealthy Americans voiced opposition to bipartisan efforts in Washington, D.C. to abolish the death tax. However, these billionaire activists do not address the strong disincentive created by the tax, or the burden it imposes on small farms and businesses.

02/23/2001
Tax Cut Update 1
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Tax Cut Update 1

House Ways and Means Committee Holds Hearing on Bush Tax Plan On Tuesday, February 13, the House Ways and Means Committee held a hearing on President Bush’s tax relief proposal. Treasury Secretary Paul O’Neill and several other experts testified on the plan. Not surprisingly, the proposal was met with both applause and disapproval from committee members and guest witnesses.

02/23/2001
Texas CSE Asks: Should a Tax Tax a Tax?
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Texas CSE Asks: Should a Tax Tax a Tax?

Taxes are one of life’s unpleasant certainties. Tax revenues are used to fund —both necessary government functions and its more spurious activities. At all times, tax assessment should be done in a straightforward manner to ensure that the taxpayer is aware of what is being taxed, why it is taxed and what is owed.

02/23/2001

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