Government Regulation

Rep. Earl Blumenauer (D-OR) Introduces Federal Legislation Allowing States to Legalize Marijuana With 13 Co-Sponsors

February 25, 2013

“Blumeanuer’s legislation, which has 13 co-sponsors — including GOP Rep. Dana Rohrabacher of California — would create a framework for the FDA to eventually legalize medicinal marijuana. It would also block the feds from interfering in any of the 19 states where medical marijuana is legal.”

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1999 Study: Evidence Indicates Minimum Wage Increases Raise Long-Term Unemployment

February 25, 2013

“The results suggest that a greater minimum wage increases long term unemployment rates. Further evidence indicates that increased minimum wage coverage also raises long term unemployment rates. Subsequent analysis yielded similar patterns for other aggregate labor market measures.”

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USA Today: Raise the Minimum Wage, But Not As Rapidly As President Obama Proposed

February 25, 2013

“A better approach would be to simply start adjusting the minimum wage for inflation, backdating the first increase to 2009. In the current low inflation environment, $7.25 would have only grown to $7.76 as of last year.”

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Der Spiegel: Global War on Drugs Failure Raising Support for Legalization Internationally

February 25, 2013

“Nadelmann believes that the best route is not prohibition, but “regulated legalization.”"

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USA Today/Pew Research Center Poll: 71% of Americans Support Increasing the Minimum Wage to $9.00 an Hour

February 24, 2013

“President Obama’s plan would raise the minimum wage and link additional increases to inflation.”

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North Dakota State House Overwhelmingly Defeats Proposed Welfare Drug Testing Program

February 24, 2013

“A bill that would have required welfare recipients to undergo drug testing died Friday in the North Dakota House. It was defeated soundly on a 72-19 vote.”

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South Carolina Governor Nikki Haley (R-SC) Proposes Limiting Food Stamps to Healthy Foods

February 24, 2013

“Gov. Nikki Haley on Thursday joined leaders of three state agencies to announce plans to seek a waiver from the federal government to change the food stamp program.”

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Copyright Dispute Prevents Germans From Viewing Video of Russian Meteorite

February 20, 2013

“Germany doesn’t have an equivalent of the American fair use provision, which this would almost certainly fall under in the United States.”

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Report: Department of Homeland Security Violating Fourth Amendment Rights of Two-Thirds of Americans

February 20, 2013

“Those numbers come from the ACLU’s estimates of how many people live within 100 miles of the United States border, since Homeland Security’s Office for Civil Rights and Civil Liberties (CLCR) concluded that border searches of electronic devices do not violate the Fourth Amendment.”

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Colorado Task Force Approves Marijuana Tourism By Declining to Limit Legalization to Colorado Residents

February 20, 2013

“If lawmakers agree with the recommendation, tourists would be free to buy and smoke marijuana.”

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President Obama Issues Executive Order to Protect Critical Infrastructure From Hackers

February 19, 2013

“The eight-page order represents a major attempt to shore up the country’s digital defenses against the new threats emerging from China, Iran and elsewhere — though it will require later intervention by a divided Congress.”

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Report: Federal Reserve Let Bank of America Off the Hook For Mortgage Fraud in July 2012

February 17, 2013

“Late last Wednesday, the New York Fed said in a court filing that in July it had released Bank of America from all legal claims arising from losses in some mortgage-backed securities the Fed received when the government bailed out the American International Group in 2008.”

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Washington Post: 4 Things to Know About President Obama’s Proposed Minimum Wage Increase

February 14, 2013

“According to a 2007 study by the CBO, an increase in the minimum wage to $7.25, like that eventually passed that year, would increase wages by $11 billion, of which $1.6 billion went to poor families.”

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Project on Government Oversight Report Highlights Securities and Exchange Commission’s “Revolving Door”

February 12, 2013

“By way of example, it says that in three cases against UBS, after enforcement actions threatened to limit the giant Swiss bank’s ability to issue new securities, the bank hired former S.E.C. lawyers.”

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Bipartisan U.S. Senate Immigration Reform Bill Calls On Employers to Use Federal E-Verify System

February 11, 2013

“Critics of the database system say it’s too costly for small businesses to use, and it’s a serious constitutional concern.”

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