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Thomas Jipping on KavanaughThe Hill, "Kavanaugh’s judicial record should tell Senate Dems all they need to know," August 10, 2018
Opinion: "Kavanaugh’s judicial record in the past, and his hearing in the future, can help clarify whether he believes that his decisions should be driven by the law or by litigants, interests, and agendas. In other words, they can help us determine what kind of justice Kavanaugh will be."
Rachel Greszler on Pension PlansThe Detroit News, "Opinion: Federal taxpayer bailout likely for big union pension funds," August 8, 2018
“The Butch Lewis Act is to just stand behind these plans 100 percent and that would, of course, create the incentive for any defined benefit plan that’s out there today to not [make proper funding assumptions] because they know there’s no consequences. Congress needs to be careful because whatever they do for the private sector is going to set the precedent for what they do with state and local plans.”
Jim Phillips on Iran SanctionsWashington Free Beacon, "Experts: New U.S. Sanctions on Iran Impose Cost on Regime’s Hostile Behavior," August 8, 2018
Analysis: ""Even if [the EU] can protect them in a narrow legal sense, they still won't be able to keep them from losing potential future business. There's going to be an opportunity cost that many companies will not want to pay just to stay active in the Iranian market, especially if it's a smaller contract."
Luke Coffey on U.S. Involvement in SyriaForeign Policy, "Trump’s Post-ISIS Retreat Leaves Syria Vulnerable to Russia and Iran," August 7, 2018
Analysis: "It all makes for a great tweet but when it comes to putting boots on the ground and putting American lives in harm’s way you have to ask: What is the strategic interest of the U.S.?"
Paul Winfree on WelfareWashington Times, "Canadian experiment quickly shows failures of universal basic income," August 6, 2018
Opinion: "A UBI-focused welfare state is based on the assumption that generosity is just about giving people cash. Or at least giving out cash in a way that will make its tech-titan proponents feel better about making money themselves. However, the world is much more complex than policies of redistribution make it out to be."
Luke Coffey on Iran SanctionsThe Hill, "Trump poised to reimpose sanctions on Iran," August 5, 2018
Analysis: “Who knows exactly where this is going, what sort of meeting might take place or not take place. But the rial is plummeting, the Iranian economy is in deep trouble, and it wouldn’t surprise me if before the six-month mark, we see some movement from the Iranian side to try to renegotiate the deal.”