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Coal to Kaiserslautern Reanimated

May 13, 2016 |

Coal to Kaiserslautern Reanimated After a bipartisan win for taxpayers last year, you’d think lawmakers would be happy to take a victory lap and let sleeping dogs lie. Or... Read More

Insurance Waste, Resurrected

Never underestimate a politician’s ability to resurrect a bad idea, even if it has been cast aside several times before. Straight out of... Read More

Cutting Ties with Clean Coal

April 29, 2016 | Energy , Natural Resources

Cutting Ties with Clean Coal Lawmakers are trying to resuscitate the failed idea of “clean coal” with more subsidies for “carbon capture and storage,” or CCS. The... Read More

Up in Smoke

April 22, 2016 | Energy , Natural Resources

Up in Smoke Today is the deadline for comments to the Bureau of Land Management (“BLM”) on its proposed rule dealing with the loss of natural gas... Read More

Shedding Light on Import Levies

Shedding Light on Import Levies Two weeks ago we played an April Fool’s trick on Weekly Wastebasket readers, listing various actions policymakers in Washington had taken... Read More

Flies on the Aviation Bill

Flies on the Aviation Bill One consequence of virtually no legislation passing Congress is that when something is likely to pass, every legislative Tom, Dick, and... Read More

Fooled by Washington

Fooled by Washington Today is the 1st of April; the first day of the second quarter of the year. In Washington, Spring has sprung and things are looking up. The... Read More

Budget Lip Service to Terrorism Strategy

March 25, 2016 | Budget & Tax , National Security

Budget Lip Service to Terrorism Strategy Terrorists have struck again in a major European capital. Not that long ago the world was stunned by the attacks in Paris, and now we have... Read More

Budget Leadership Needed

Every budget is a dream sheet. They're all unrealistic. The President lays out a slate of new programs, revenue raisers, and strategic... Read More

Dancing with the Four Stars

March 11, 2016 | National Security

Dancing with the Four Stars Well, that didn’t take long. The tremendously bad idea, seeded two years ago, to move the funding for the next generation of ballistic... Read More

TCS Celebrates 20th Anniversary