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from Competitive Enterprise Institute

Trump Tariffs Against China Will Backfire, CEI Warns
The White House on Thursday announced a plan for imposing tariffs on Chinese imports to the United States and curtailing Chinese investment in the U.S.  Ostensibly aimed at protecting American industries and striking out at trade practices the administration deems unfair, CEI Senior Fellow Marc Scribner warns that tariffs will backfire.

Liberate Dishwashers from Federal Efficiency Mandates
Thirty-five years ago, dishwashers cleaned dishes in about an hour. Sadly today, due to federal government regulations, there are no dishwashers that do so. This isn’t progress—it’s the failure of government to allow consumer choice. The Competitive Enterprise Institute this week petitioned the Department of Energy (DOE) to fix the problem.

Will Government Allow Gene Editing for Cancer Treatment?
The idea of genome editing is no longer a theoretical concept studied only within the confines of labs and scientific research institutions. In August 2017, scientists reportedly managed to successfully use the genome editing technique to correct a disease-causing mutation in viable human embryos. This is just one of the many applications of the technique scientists want to use to alter, and ultimately prevent, damaging mutations in plants, animals, and humans.


from Foreign Policy
Magazine; part of Graham Holdings Company (formerly the Washington Post Company)

Bolton Expected to ‘Clean House’
Incoming National Security Advisor John Bolton and people close to him are expected to launch a massive shake-up at the National Security Council, aiming to remove dozens of current White House officials, starting with holdovers from President Barack Obama’s administration, according to multiple sources.


from Miami Herald

There was a time not long ago when you did expect a simulacrum of it from presidents, lawmakers and people of faith. Now we have a president who injures “the least of these,” who worships the money changers, who bears false witness, who supports the tyrant, the racist and the alleged molester. All while GOP lawmakers make excuses and white evangelicals look the other way, bartering their moral authority for personal and political gain. Yet some people are mortally affronted by Stormy Daniels. Prostitute, whore and slut, they say. And maybe she is. But she, at least, is honest about it.


from Quartz
Media/News Company in New York, NY

Trump may have just kissed his best chance for a “big, beautiful” border wall goodbye
A visibly upset Donald Trump said Friday he would support a $1.3 trillion bill to fund the US government, hours after tweeting that he might veto it. “There are a lot of things I’m unhappy about,” Trump told journalists in the White House’s Diplomatic Reception room at 1:30pm, for a press conference that he had announced on Twitter an hour before. “I will never sign another bill like this again,” he said.

The number of asylum applications in Europe dropped by nearly half last year
The number of first-time asylum applications in Europe dropped by nearly half in 2017. Applications have returned to levels more commonly seen before the civil war in Syria sparked a continent-wide refugee crisis in 2015.

The road to Alzheimer’s disease is lined with processed foods
The popular conception of Alzheimer's is as an inevitable outcome of aging or bad genes. But much of the risk is related to behavioral and lifestyle factors.

The Stanford economist who won the latest “Baby Nobel” explains the biggest flaws in anti-free trade arguments
Stanford economist Dave Donaldson, the 2017 winner of the John Bates Clark Medal (also known as the “Baby Nobel“), studies one of the hottest topics in economics: the effects of international trade. Amid Donald Trump’s blustery tirades against free trade, Donaldson’s measured and contemplative manner of speaking about the pros and cons of international commerce stands out in its own way.


from The Spokesman-Review
Newspaper in Spokane, Washington


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