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Volume 20, Issue 47: November 20, 2018

By John C. Goodman (Forbes, 11/13/18)
Despite Obamacare’s failures—declining private healthcare coverage, higher insurance premiums, and narrowing provider networks—Democrats won the House of Representatives largely by touting Republicans as bad for healthcare. Congressional Republicans paid a heavy price for not holding hearings on Obamacare, not offering a politically viable alternative, and not communicating a vision to American voters. READ MORE »



By Katherine Dwyer (The Hill, 11/15/18)
Gov. Jerry Brown said global warming makes California’s deadly wildfires “the new abnormal.” On the contrary, much could be done here and now to prevent a replay of the worst fire season in the state’s history. Policymakers could, for example, incentivize private loggers to clear densely packed forests and remote highway shoulders, as well as shorten the approval process for harvesting timber. READ MORE »

California Burning: CAL FIRE Wins Dishonor of the California Golden Fleece® Award By Lawrence J. McQuillan


By Stephen P. Halbrook (Investor’s Business Daily, 11/15/18)
November 9 marked the 80th anniversary of Kristallnacht, the Night of the Broken Glass, when Nazi thugs went on a rampage against Germany’s Jewish community. Aptly called “the day the Holocaust began,” it was met with virtually no resistance. The Hitler regime already had disarmed the more than half-a-million Jews who called Germany home at the time. READ MORE »



By Lawrence J. McQuillan (The Washington Times, 10/3/18)
Malaria kills nearly half a million people each year, but past efforts to stop mosquito-borne disease have seen limited success. A new approach tested in Queensland, Australia, offers hope: By releasing sterile males into the environment, the life science company Verily gets female mosquitoes to lay eggs that never hatch. READ MORE »

Future
Economic Peril or Prosperity?

Edited by Christopher J. Coyne, Michael C. Munger, Robert M. Whaples


By Richard K. Vedder (Forbes, 11/5/18)
Much research pouring out of the modern university suffers from the twin problems of non-relevance and non-replicability. It’s therefore not surprising that a team of high-brow pranksters managed to publish nonsense papers in esteemed academic journals. It’s also no wonder that Gallup poll data show a sharp declining public confidence in universities. READ MORE »



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