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Volume 20, Issue 44: October 31, 2018

By John C. Goodman (Forbes, 10/9/18)
House Republicans call for giving the states broad authority to improve their own health insurance markets while ensuring protections for preexisting conditions. Learn the three principles that states must embrace so their reforms succeed where Obamacare failed. READ MORE »



by Ivan Eland (Newsday, 10/24/18)
The murder of dissident Saudi journalist Jamal Khashoggi—like the poisoning of ex-spy Sergei Skripal on British soil—is another moral wake-up call. Although the United States should not advocate regime change in any foreign nation, it has no need to coddle dictators and human rights abusers. READ MORE »



By William F. Shughart II (The Hill, 10/14/18)
President Nixon urged Congress to pass nationwide daylight saving time so the nation would save energy. Decades later, the case for the semiannual resetting of the clocks is transparently weak, but the evidence that it’s hazardous to your health only grows. READ MORE »


By Adam B. Summers (The Orange County Register, 10/17/18)
California’s rent-control ballot initiative is bad news for the vast majority of renters seeking affordable housing. The real answer to the affordability crisis is to lift existing rent control, end restrictive zoning, drop excessive development fees, and evict labor and environmental regulations that boost housing prices. READ MORE »

Housing America
Building Out of a Crisis

Edited by Randall G. Holcombe, Benjamin Powell


By Art Carden (Forbes, 10/19/18)
The most effective way to reduce poverty—by far—is to allow greater international labor mobility. The gains to immigrants from moving from poor countries to rich countries and working at prevailing wages are orders of magnitude larger than the gains they could enjoy from even the most successful aid interventions. READ MORE »



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