Forget Obama's Executive Orders; He's Wielding Power by Presidential Memoranda Instead

Forget all the hullabaloo around Barack Obama’s executive orders, says USA Today’s Gregory Korte. The president’s real action revolves around a different type of action that’s just as powerful but less understood. President Obama has issued a form of executive action known as the presidential memorandum more often than any other president in history — […]

Andy Harris Explains Why He Blocked Marijuana Legalization in D.C., Although It Looks Like He Didn't

In a Washingon Post op-ed piece published last Friday, Rep. Andy Harris (R-Md.) defends his attempt to block marijuana legalization in the nation’s capital. Harris and his co-author, Rep. Joe Pitts (R-Pa.) argue that 1) marijuana is dangerous, 2) Congress has the constitutional authority to dictate public policy in the District of Columbia, and 3) allowing […]

Jesse Walker on Elinor Ostrom, Local Government, and How Not to Fix the Ferguson Police

After the Michael Brown shooting and the government’s heavy-handed response to the protests that followed, a wave of stories have suggested that solving St. Louis’ police problems will require a great consolidation of local governments. But centralization could make things even worse, Jesse Walker writes. Fortunately, better reforms are available. View this article.

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