Category Archives: Washington Post

Tennessee’s weird liquor law should be struck down. But expect more wine cases to come.

The Supreme Court’s goal should be to attack one state’s vestigial, irrational law while leaving the bigger wine cases for another day. It was 100 years ago this week that Nebraska approved the 18th Amendment to the constitution, thus providing the necessary 36th vote — three-quarters of the then-48 states — for Prohibition. The 21st […]
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‘This is not controversial’: Bipartisan group of economists calls for carbon tax

Republicans and Democrats are calling for a carbon tax where all the money would be rebated back to Americans. They say it’s the simplest way to address climate change. Forty-five top economists from across the political spectrum are calling for the United States to put a tax on carbon, saying it is by far the […]
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Justice Department issues new opinion that could further restrict online gambling

The restriction, long sought by GOP megadonor Sheldon Adelson, could make it harder to expand online betting across states. The Justice Department late Monday issued a legal opinion that could further restrict online gambling even as some states have been moving to embrace it — a restriction long sought by GOP megadonor Sheldon Adelson, who […]
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The Technology 202: Apple’s Tim Cook wants Congress to rein in data brokers

State Library Ed. Note: Story is added since it refers to state efforts (Califorina and Vermont) to address the sale of location data. He blasted this “shadow economy” as lawmakers focus on Big Tech. Apple Chief Executive Tim Cook wants Congress to shift its attention to the “shadow economy” of data brokers — as policymakers […]
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The shutdown is breaking government websites, one by one

Over 130 Web security certificates belonging to federal agencies have now expired, making it harder to access online services, researchers say. As the government shutdown drags on, a rising number of federal websites are falling into disrepair — making it harder for Americans to access online services and needlessly undermining their faith in the Internet’s […]
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To lower maternal and infant mortality rates, we need more midwives

Far from being anti-science, studies show, midwives lead to a healthier childbirth process. The United States, the most expensive place in the world to give birth, has a higher infant mortality rate than any of the other wealthy countries, according to a recent report from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, a statistic condemned […]
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Trump administration calling nearly 50,000 back to work, unpaid, as shutdown drags on 

Rank-and-file Democrats rejected the president’s invitation to talks at the White House, remaining unified in opposition to a border wall. The Trump administration on Tuesday said it has called back tens of thousands of federal workers to fulfill key government tasks, including disbursing tax refunds, overseeing flight safety and inspecting the nation’s food and drug […]
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The shutdown threatens the promise of government jobs — and a way of life

Three weeks of no pay and lots of uncertainty has changed how aerospace engineer Robert Sprayberry thinks about his job. He joined the Federal Aviation Administration a decade ago because it promised him a stable career with steady hours. He might not earn as much money as he could in the private sector, but he […]
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Shutdown effect on federal contractors: $200 million a week at risk

The partial shutdown threatens an untold legion of workers in private companies that do business with affected agencies. The 160 workers at Transylvania Vocational Services were still filling orders this week. But the company is running on reserves, and jobs are at risk. The biggest customer – the federal government – has stopped paying its […]
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The Health 202: Here’s how the shutdown could jeopardize Obamacare benefits

The IRS plays the role of accountant for the health-care law’s marketplaces. The Department of Health and Human Services isn’t part of the seemingly endless government shutdown. But that doesn’t mean Obamacare will escape unscathed. The Internal Revenue Service — which has sent 90 percent of its staff home without pay — plays the role of […]
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