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In the news, Tuesday, March 27, 2018


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from CapX
Media/News Company in London, UK

The detention of five leading Catalan pro-independence politicians on March 23 2018, followed 48 hours later by the arrest and detention of deposed Catalan President Carles Puigdemont in Germany, brings the extraordinary and tumultuous events of Spain and Catalonia since September 2017 closer to an end point.


from City Journal
A quarterly magazine of urban affairs, published by the Manhattan Institute

Reject the Diversity Mandate
Whatever his Interior secretary actually said, President Trump should make clear his administration’s commitment to colorblind merit. President Donald Trump is facing a revolt from his base for having signed the bloated omnibus spending bill that torpedoes his “drain the swamp” pledges. But the president now has an opportunity to achieve a small measure of redemption: he should offer loud and unequivocal support to Interior Secretary Ryan Zinke, who is being hammered for reportedly having rejected identity politics in favor of meritocracy.


from Co.DESIGN (
Magazine in New York, New York

Smartphones Are Killing The Planet Faster Than Anyone Expected
Researchers are sounding the alarm after an analysis showed that buying a new smartphone consumes as much energy as using an existing phone for an entire decade.


from Competitive Enterprise Institute

Senate Can't Let U.S. Railroad Regulator Roll Back Progress
Few Americans give much thought to the Surface Transportation Board (STB), the nation’s economic regulator of railroads. Yet, the STB oversees a critical infrastructure network that affects commerce nationwide. This month, President Trump nominated two new members to the five-member board. Both are experienced in railroad policy and deserve serious consideration during their Senate confirmation hearings. The Senate, in particular the Commerce Committee, has a duty to ensure potential board members have a sound grasp of railroad economics and the gains made in the rail sector in recent decades.

Obama Holdovers Work to Save EPA Junk Science
Obama administration holdovers at the Environmental Protection Agency are doing their best undermine efforts to drain EPA’s bureaucratic swamp. And thus far, unfortunately, they’re succeeding. A recent example is Congress’s failure to cut, or even reduce, funding of one of EPA’s controversial research program known as the Integrated Risk Information System, or IRIS.

Tax Complexity a Major Headache for Small Businesses Online
For a lot of small businesses in America, taxes are not just an expensive hassle but a scary, anxiety-inducing ordeal. Taxes are the number-one concern for small businesspeople in general, and especially so for the smallest entrepreneurs—individuals with a one-person business that may not even be their full-time living.


from FEE (Foundation for Economic Education)
RIGHT-CENTER BIAS, HIGH, non-profit organization

The "Internet Taxation" Fight Isn't Really about Internet Taxation
Extraterritorial tax powers give too much power to governments and undermine tax competition. One of the key principles of a free society is that governmental power should be limited by national borders. Some states—particularly those with punitive sales taxes—want to force merchants in other states to be deputy tax enforcers.

The Anti-Gun Movement’s Use of Child Crusaders Debases National Discourse
Impassioned by the Marjorie Stoneman Douglas shooting that left 17 families without loved ones and a school forever changed, Cameron Kasky, Emma Gonzalez, David Hogg, and other MSD students have embarked on a crusade for stricter gun laws—and become de facto spokespersons for the anti-gun movement. With emotions still raw and wounds both physical and psychological far from healed, the students have unleashed a torrent of vitriol on all parties they think contributed to their tragedy: gun manufacturers, gun-rights advocates, companies that do business with them, lawmakers, and regular gun-owning Americans. The reaction of these young people to the heinous violence they experienced six weeks ago has rightfully been met with sympathy. But the anti-gun movement’s elevation of these students to the status of celebrities merits scrutiny. Gun laws are by no means out of bounds for public discussion, and it is valid to use recent events to illustrate flaws in our system, but the leveraging of emotion—both that felt by the Marjorie Stoneman Douglas survivors and that which it evokes from the public—detracts from the quality of our national discourse. To the survivors of the Marjorie Stoneman Douglas shooting, we owe compassion, but to ourselves, we owe a sober and fact-based approach to policy.


from Intellectual Takeout
Nonprofit Organization in Bloomington, Minnesota

Genetics—Not Fancy Schools—Largely Determine Academic Success, Study Finds
Late last week, an article in the U.K. Telegraph caught my eye. It reported on a new study which found that selective grammar schools – akin to what the U.S. might refer to as college-prep schools – aren’t necessarily the key to producing smart kids. The thing that does produce smart, academically successful kids is simple: genetics.


from The Spokesman-Review
Newspaper in Spokane, Washington


from Sputnik
RIGHT-CENTER BIAS, MIXED, Broadcasting & Media Production Company out of Moscow, Russia

WATCH: Putin Lays Flowers at Burned Mall in Kemerovo After Fire Killed 64 People
Russian President Vladimir Putin arrived in the grieving Siberian city of Kemerovo on Tuesday morning and laid flowers near the Zimnyaya Vishnya ("Winter Cherry") shopping center, in memory of the victims of Sunday's deadly fire. Russia's President also inspected a facade of the burned building with Sergey Menyaylo, the president's envoy in the Siberian Federal District.


from Tribal Tribune
Media/News Company in Nespelem, Washington

Tribe announces hiring of new I.T. CIO
The Colville Tribes announced the hiring of Sanjay Saggere as its new Information Technology CIO March 19.


from We the Governed
[Information from this site may not be reliable.]

Why I’m challenging the AG’s misleading ballot title for I-1631 – the Carbon Tax
Yesterday, I filed a petition (linked here) to challenge the ballot title including the statement of subject, concise description, and ballot measure summary in Thurston County Superior Court.  The reason I filed this petition is because the original ballot title crafted by the Washington State Attorney General’s office is misleading, inaccurate, and deceptive.  The original title “concerns pollution” is just a false label for the Carbon Tax.  The petition I filed spells out the arguments reasonably well, but there should be real concern by the citizens of our state that the Attorney General’s office appears to have been entirely captured by wealthy special interests in our state who hope to profit billions of dollars if they can push this carbon tax scheme through.  It is unknown how these special interests were able to so effectively lobby and influence the Attorney General’s office to ignore the plain language and harmful impact of the proposed initiative.  It would be nice to know what is happening behind closed doors.


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