2015: The Year of the Gun

2015: The Year of the Gun

By Stephen Gutowski / Washington Free Beacon The FBI processed a record number of firearms-related background checks last year, indicating that more guns were sold in 2015 than in any previous year in American history. More than 23 million checks were processed through the National Instant Background Check System in 2015, an all-time record. The […]

New York City mayor files amicus brief in teachers union case

New York City mayor files amicus brief in teachers union case

By Tom Gantert / Heartland Institute In an attempt to thwart what would be a devastating U.S. Supreme Court (SCOTUS) ruling against mandatory union membership, New York City Mayor has filed a brief defending the claim labor unions have the right to force employees to pay “agency fees,” which allegedly strip out costs in dues […]

Regulatory watchdogs call for oversight reform

Regulatory watchdogs call for oversight reform

By Tony Corvo / Heartland Institute A government watchdog organization is calling for changes to how the federal government handles regulatory oversight 35 years after the creation of the Office of Information and Regulatory Affairs (OIRA), a government agency that oversees all regulations coming out of Washington, DC. OIRA is responsible for reviewing and finalizing […]

2015’s top 10 enemies of liberty

2015’s top 10 enemies of liberty

By Sam Rolley / Personal Liberty Digest It would be impossible to list all of the politicians, corrupt public agencies and movements that threatened your liberty in 2015. But here’s a go at listing some we think are top offenders. No. 10: Donald Trump Conservatives like Donald Trump — and for good reason, considering his […]

Foreign hackers are attacking the U.S. power grid with regularity

Foreign hackers are attacking the U.S. power grid with regularity

By Bob Livingston / Personal Liberty Digest A collapse of the electrical grid is a real and present danger. A security researcher recently trying to find the hackers responsible for stealing a university’s housing files in California stumbled onto more than he bargained for. He found that cyberattacks had already been waged on the networks […]

California has plenty of water — and too much politics

California has plenty of water — and too much politics

By Steven Greenhut / for Watchdog.org Almost everyone knows California is running out of water as it enters the fourth year of a grueling drought. The results are stark, as massive reservoirs turn into mud pits, and state inspectors fine residents for watering their lawns. But in the state’s second most populous county, there’s a […]

Death watch Illinois

Death watch Illinois

By Mike “Mish” Shedlock Illinois Pension Problems Mount Illinois’ unfunded liabilities have risen ten out of the last eleven years. The only exception was 2011. This was despite massive rallies in financial markets every year since 2009. One out of every five tax dollars goes to pensions, but that’s nowhere close to enough to stem […]

How Chicago “works”: Tax and graft; Who benefits?

How Chicago “works”: Tax and graft; Who benefits?

By Mike “Mish” Shedlock On October 28, the Chicago City Council passed the largest property-tax hike in modern city history by a vote of 36-14, approving Mayor Rahm Emanuel’s 2016 budget proposal. Taxpayers will have to fork over another $588 million property-tax hike to be phased in over the next four years. Some businesses and […]

Texas governor fights federal claim to Texans’ lands

Texas governor fights federal claim to Texans’ lands

By Ann Purvis / Heartland Institute Texas Gov. Greg Abbott (R) and other Republicans in Texas are calling on the Obama administration’s Bureau of Land Management (BLM) to clarify its intentions regarding property ownership along the Red River and to cease actions Abbot says are nothing short of a “land grab.” “I write for a […]

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