• Lawmakers Suggest Litigious Environmentalists Help China, Hurt National Security

    Lawmakers Suggest Litigious Environmentalists Help China, Hurt National Security

    Environmental advocacy groups that take the Defense Department to court appear to operate as foreign agents working to help China and undermine the U.S. Navy and America’s military readiness in the Asia-Pacific region, congressional leaders suggest.

    Rep. Rob Bishop, R-Utah, chairman of the House Committee on Natural Resources, and Rep. Bruce Westerman, R-Ark., chairman of the oversight and investigations subcommittee,  called on two environmental groups to submit documents that “identify any policies or procedures” the groups took to ensure compliance with the Foreign Agents Registration Act. READ MORE...

  • Groups Linked to George Soros Behind Campaign to Repeal Trump Tax Cuts

    Groups Linked to George Soros Behind Campaign to Repeal Trump Tax Cuts

    Left-wing financier George Soros figures prominently in a campaign by progressives to repeal the Trump tax cuts, according to a review of the campaign’s allied organizations and their tax records by The Daily Signal.

    The campaign, called “Not One Penny,” first came together almost a year ago with what The Washington Post reported was “a seven-figure ad buy in eight Republican-held congressional districts.”

    All of the districts, the Post reported, include “large numbers of white voters without college degrees, who voted for Donald Trump in 2016 but have not historically been passionate about tax cuts.” READ MORE...

  • Supreme Court Strikes Down Mandatory Union Fees for Public Employees

    Supreme Court Strikes Down Mandatory Union Fees for Public Employees

    The Supreme Court ruled 5-4 Wednesday that nonunion government workers can’t be forced to pay dues or other fees to support a union, further diminishing the power of organized labor and setting up what right-to-work proponents called the “hard work” of protecting free speech rights for the nation’s government employees.

    Right-to-work advocates also expressed concern about what they see as ongoing conflicts of interest between public employee unions and the government officials whom those same unions help elect into positions of influence over union contracts negotiated at taxpayer expense. READ MORE...

  • Court Challenges Loom as Right to Work Gathers Steam in New Mexico

    Court Challenges Loom as Right to Work Gathers Steam in New Mexico

    Local laws that free private sector workers from union mandates continue to gain momentum in New Mexico, among other states.

    The Chaves County Commission’s five members voted unanimously last month for a right-to-work ordinance that will prohibit private-sector employers from entering into agreements that make union membership and payment of union dues or fees a condition of employment.

    Twenty-eight states and the territory of Guam now ban forced unionization. Kentucky, Indiana, Michigan, Wisconsin, and West Virginia all became right-to-work states since 2012. READ MORE...

  • Some Push EPA to Reverse Obama-Era Regulation

    Some Push EPA to Reverse Obama-Era Regulation

    Trucking industry interests successfully lobbied the Environmental Protection Agency to impose “job-killing” regulations on remanufactured vehicles known as “gliders” that are cheaper to purchase than new trucks, an energy policy analyst and a maker of the vehicles say.

    Gliders range in size from medium to heavy trucks. They are constructed from “glider kits” that include new truck parts, such as the tractor chassis, with a frame, front axle, cab, and brakes. The glider is manufactured by combining the glider kit with a powertrain from a used vehicle. READ MORE...

  • Government Relies on Flawed Data to Determine Endangered Species

    Government Relies on Flawed Data to Determine Endangered Species

    Americans who live in or near a community built around a lake should be careful about stepping outside to mow the lawn if the temperature isn’t just right and the grass isn’t a certain height.

    They should keep pets indoors. They should forget about using weed killer. And they should be prepared to pony up a steep homeowners association fee.

    That’s because there may be snakes in the area protected by the Endangered Species Act of 1973, which imposes stiff penalties and fines for violating its rules and restrictions. READ MORE...

  • White House Rolls Out Agenda for More Deregulation to Boost Business

    White House Rolls Out Agenda for More Deregulation to Boost Business

    President Donald Trump will continue to target duplicative and ineffective regulations as part of his administration’s “spring agenda,” the White House announced Wednesday.

    Trump’s reform agenda will cut across many areas and top priorities for deregulation include infrastructure development, emerging technologies, and “relief for small business,” a senior White House official said during a conference call coinciding with the announcement.

    The senior official cited Trump’s previous executive order directing all government agencies “to repeal at least two existing regulations for each new regulation issued in [fiscal year] 2017 and thereafter.” In many ways, the official said, the administration’s spring agenda is an extension of that order. READ MORE...

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