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Volume 20, Issue 52: December 24, 2018

By John C. Goodman (Forbes, 12/19/18)
Will the U.S. Supreme Court agree with the federal judge in Texas who declared Obamacare unconstitutional? If so, many problems would vanish—but so would many benefits. Neither Republicans nor Democrats have united behind a plan to solve Obamacare’s problems in a thoughtful manner. READ MORE »

By Benjamin Powell (Investor’s Business Daily, 12/18/18)
For most of us, the loss of “nonessential” government services has little impact on our daily lives. A partial shutdown serves to remind Americans how unimportant and unnecessary many government activities are. READ MORE »

By William F. Shughart II (The Washington Times, 12/12/18)
With the closing of coal-fired and nuclear power plants, Americans could see the loss of 100 gigawatts of power by 2025—enough to supply 25 million households. As electric power companies reduce their use of coal and nuclear energy, customers increasingly face the risk of punishing price increases and localized supply shortages. READ MORE »

By Richard K. Vedder (The Independent, 12/10/18)
How might colleges be given a stronger stake in ensuring that graduates have good job prospects? One way is to make them liable for part of their students’ defaulted loan balances. READ MORE »

By Ivan Eland (RealClear World, 12/19/18)
Islamist radicalism has metastasized since the War on Terror, with militants now numbering some 230,000 people across 70 countries. The excessive use of American military power in Islamic countries is not the solution to terrorism. It only breeds terrorism and retaliation. READ MORE »

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