A federal law called the Administrative Procedure Act (APA) is supposed to govern how regulations are developed and implemented. The APA requires providing notice to the public of the content of regulations at several steps during the regulatory process and giving the public an opportunity to participate in the regulatory process. This is intended to allow scrutiny of regulatory actions and prevent secret negotiations among regulators behind closed doors.
But the regulatory state does not like this public scrutiny and is always looking for ways to circumvent it. Under the Obama administration, one such backroom regulatory tactic that has seen extensive use is known as “sue-and-settle,” where special interests sue the federal government with a demand for regulation and friendly regulators reach a secret settlement to undertake the demanded regulation. Read more here...
In Our Lost Constitution, Senator Mike Lee tells the dramatic, little-known stories behind six of the Constitution’s most indispensable provisions. He shows their rise. He shows their fall. And he makes vividly clear how nearly every abuse of federal power today is rooted in neglect of this Lost Constitution. Get your copy here...
- by FreedomWorks Senior Economic Contributor Stephen Moore via The Washington Times
This week the Democrats officially coronate the battered Hillary Clinton as the torch bearer for the party. She has slouched to the finish line. She is tired and the country is tired of her. Sorry, Democrats, no do-overs. You’re stuck with her.
But it isn’t just Hillary who is out of touch and in tragic decline, it’s the whole Democratic Party. My friends at the American Enterprise Institute reported last week that the Democratic platform is silent on “economic growth.” Maybe that is because across the country during the past eight years of Obamanomics economic growth has been silent. Read more here...
The ever-growing federal justice system is broken. Archaic policies from the 80s and 90s encourage corruption, waste taxpayer money, ruin the lives of nonviolent criminals, and ultimately contribute to the very problems they address.
Traditionally, the federal system has only prosecuted a specific set of crimes, such as espionage, crimes against federal officials, and crimes that take place across state borders. However, the federal justice system has been growing out of control over the past few decades, with prosecutors going after less serious cases. Today, there are more than five times as many federal prosecutors as there were in 1980, and the number of federal crimes has increased by 50 percent. There are also about 30,000 criminal regulations on the books. Federal prosecutors feel an immense amount of pressure to go after people and hit stats. In fact, their paycheck depends on it. Read more here...
The Common Core national education standards are deeply unpopular with conservatives and left-leaning teachers unions. But since it's not a wedge issue, the Democratic Party has no idea how to exploit it for political gain.
Instead, the party is simply ignoring Common Core altogether, according to internal emails recently leaked by Wikileaks. Eric Walker, a communications director for the DNC, explicitly told staffers that they "should not be touching it at all." Here's the relevant section of his email: Read more here...
Civil asset forfeiture is a practice that allows law enforcement to seize property if they suspect it was involved in a crime. It is then up to the property owner to prove their innocence, even if they are never charged with a crime. This inverts the classic American principle of innocent until proven guilty, and denies citizens their Fifth Amendment right to due process. Watch it here...
- by Reps. Jim Jordan, Tim Huelskamp, and John Fleming via Breitbart
Today Americans see two sets of rules: one for the powerful and politically connected and another for ordinary Americans. They view the system as rigged — and they’re not wrong.
There’s a roster of Obama administration officials that have abused their offices and not been held accountable.
Former Director of the Exempt Organizations unit of the IRS Lois Lerner engaged in systematic targeting of conservative individuals and organizations for their political views. When it came to light, she first lied when she falsely blamed agents in Cincinnati. She then refused to answer questions in a Congressional hearing. And as a result, she was held in contempt of Congress. Read more here...
July has been rough for Obamacare’s non-profit co-op health plans. Four closed after running out of money — three in just one week. Just seven of the original 23 co-ops are still standing. Those seven all lost money last year — and may yet go out of business before the calendar turns to 2017.
All that failure has been pricey. Taxpayers are out $1.7 billion in federal loans that these co-ops will never pay back.
The co-ops stand out as perfect examples of how Obamacare’s idea of government-managed “competition” is doomed to fail. Read more here...
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KC police officer shot and killed; unnamed suspects in custody
A Kansas City, Kansas, police officer was shot and killed while searching for a suspect in a drive-by shooting, police said. Capt. Robert Melton was searching for the suspect when he drove up to someone who matched that person's description just before 2 p.m. Tuesday, police spokesman Tom Tomasic said. Before Melton could get out of his vehicle, the person opened fire, hitting the officer multiple times
Ohio policeman served sandwich with shards of glass -- Was it accidental?
Police in Ohio's capital say a Columbus policeman was served a sandwich containing glass shards at a restaurant, and an assault squad is investigating whether it was intentional.
Ailes ouster could cause seismic shift
Fox News Channel is facing a critical power vacuum with the pending ouster of Roger Ailes and the possible exit of some of its top on-air talent, but it could clear the way for Megyn Kelly to become the face of America's leading conservative news outlet.
It's a done deal; Trump is official It's over, all you GOP dead-enders, both here in Ohio and everywhere else. Donald J. Trump won and you lost. Suck it up and get used to it. You signed the pledge cards to support the nominee, whoever the nominee was.
The Melania Trump Kerfuffle The left was having a rough go of it during the first night of the Republican convention, when they stumbled on their saving grace. Melanie Trump had given a warmly received speech that highlighted her grace and charm
Clinton Destroys Medicare Hillary Clinton is taking a sledgehammer to Medicare. In a move calculated to fire up the extreme left wing of the Democratic Party, presidential candidate Hillary Clinton pledges to open Medicare to people 55 to 64.
What did Ryan and McConnell say about Trump at the RNC? Republican leaders Paul Ryan and Mitch McConnell made the case for a Donald Trump presidency on Tuesday, claiming he could advance a conservative agenda to break the logjam in Washington DC.
Democrat delegate who shot her husband held on charges A Pennsylvania woman accused of trying to kill her husband over the weekend was one of the more than 4,500 delegates to next week's Democratic National Convention in Philadelphia.
Forcing Congress to Keep Its Spending Promises The worst-kept secret in Washington, D.C., is that Congress will once again fail to do its most basic constitutional job and pass legislation to fund the federal government beyond the end of the current fiscal year on Sept. 30.